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Those hoping for a Microsoft mobile phone may need to settle, instead, for a planned online application store for handsets running Windows.

It seems Microsoft won't launch either a Windows handset akin to the Apple-owned iPhone or Google's Android, or a break-through new version of Windows Mobile at this month's Mobile World Congress, so you take your comfort where you can find it.

The Wall St Journal Sunday reported Microsoft plans to offer an online bazaar of applications along with a small range of other online services for phones that run Windows Mobile 6.x devices.

Details were sketchy, and Microsoft was unable to provide further information at time of going to press.

The report emerged two days after a home page went live for a planned - and already announced - online service for use by Windows mobile phones.

The service was not actually available, but Microsoft did cough up a few details.

The MyPhone beta site said Microsoft's service would let you back up and restore your phone's information to a password-protected web site, access and update your contacts and appointments through your web account, and share photos on your phone.

There are limits, and it's not clear whether this is down to the fact that this is a beta service. You will only get 200Mb of free storage and the service won't save anything over that. You'll get an error message on your phone and alert as you approach the storage limit. ®

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