Feeds

AT&T to lead Windows Phone 7's US touchdown

T-Mobile eclipsed by politics

Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet

Microsoft is teaming up with premier partner AT&T for Windows Phone 7's US coming-out party next Monday.

Chief executive Steve Ballmer will host the press event at its New York City technology center along with AT&T mobility and consumer markets CEO Ralph de la Vega, where they will preview Windows Phone 7 devices from different handset makers.

The event is designed to shine the light on Microsoft's partnership with US number-two carrier AT&T, which Microsoft has nailed as a premier partner for Windows Phone 7.

Contrary to earlier reports, it now seems that number-three US carrier T-Mobile won't be the "star" of the event — but it might participate in a lower capacity later in the day.

T-Mobile will appear at an OEM-showcase of phones scheduled for after the big AT&T flag-waver.

The event runs from 9am to 5pm Eastern Time, with the AT&T press conference starting at 9:30. T-Mobile had been listed in an earlier event invitation from Microsoft here (thanks All Things D's John Paczkowski) as being on hand between 3:30 and 4:30 to present devices — but the current version has erased T-Mobile's name. The earlier text had read:

T-Mobile reps will be present for device showing and their service offering discussion / Microsoft developer architect will demonstrate Windows Phone 7 applications

Now, in the same time slot, we get:

We will present a Windows Phone 7 device / Microsoft developer architect will demonstrate Windows Phone 7 applications

Given that AT&T is the designated premier partner, it would have been extremely bad politics for a rival carrier's name to have made it onto the billing.

That said, when Windows Phone 7 is available for purchase, AT&T won't be the exclusive provider in the US — expect phones from T-Mobile, as well.

Welcome to the arena of carrier politics, where the frailty of the egos is matched only by the might of the muscles.

Microsoft's event, meanwhile, is shaping up as something designed to generate blogospheric coverage for Windows Phone 7. Phones won't actually be available for sale on October 11 — that's expected on November 8. AT&T, and later T-Mobile, will simply show off their forthcoming phones next Monday.

Separately, Microsoft has opened early submissions of Windows Phone 7 applications to its Windows Marketplace. Developers have until October 6 to submit applications for certification in time for the October 11 launch. ®

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills
BT and Co: Independence vote likely to mean 'increased costs'
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Turnbull: NBN won't turn your town into Silicon Valley
'People have been brainwashed to believe that their world will be changed forever if they get FTTP'
Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars
Symbian's David Wood bares all. Not for the faint hearted
Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets
... into submission. Weve squeals, ditches payment plans
ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee
Father of the worldwide web is extremely peeved over pay-per-packet-type plans
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.