Zune Phone

The Zune Phone is on the way and we have Zune phone details including the Zune phone pictures and release date.

Check out the Zune Kin Phones at Kin.com

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Apr 132010
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KIN phones by Microsoft

Microsoft has announced the long awaited results of the “Project Pink” efforts to revamp their position in the mobile market and the first Windows phones to be released are targeted at tweens and teens who are avid users of social media. Kin Phones, which can be seen in detail at Kin.com, come in two models the Kin One and of course Kin Two and these are not Thing One and Thing Two. These are good looking phones and they seem to be the perfect phone for teenage children who use popular social networks such as MySpace, Twitter and Facebook.

The KIN phones feature easy to use high res cameras for capturing HD photos and videos and posting them to your social network with a few flicks of the finger on the multitasking touch screen devices. The new Windows Phones run a custom GUI which integrates Zune media player and according to the Zune Facebook page we will be able to stream Zune Pass music to our phones from anywhere as long as you have minutes on your plan I suppose.

What data plans and cost the new Kin phones have are still to be announced but if they want to compete Microsoft will have to come in cheap if they want the new Zune enabled phones to be a hit with the kids when you consider it is most likely their parents who will be making the contract commitments and monthly bill payments.

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First Zune phones are Kin 1 and Kin 2 with release date in May

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Apr 122010
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The first Zune ready Windows phones will be named the Kin 1 and Kin 2 and should be on the market by May according to the information released today at the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 release conference. The Kin phones from Microsoft will come preinstalled with Zune software for online music and also allow you to update your Facebook, Myspace and Twitter status at the same time.

I think the timing is off for Microsoft on the phone business but at least they are offering some cool new phones for the younger generation. By getting more young people using Windows phones and Zune music service they should be able to keep them using their platform on other devices and in the future.

my only confusion has to be in the names. Why more names? Why do we need a Kin phone when we could have had a Zune phone instead?

Microsoft Introduces Phones Aimed at Young People – NYTimes.com

Microsoft’s effort to revitalize its cellphone business took a new direction Monday with its release of a pair of phones aimed at a younger market.

The phones, the Kin One and Kin Two, are built around their social-networking features. For example, they allow users to update status messages on sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace, all at once, from the home menu. In addition, users can scroll down the touch-screen to see a variety of notes from friends and other information gathered from the Web.

“This generation, let’s call it the social generation, really does have a point of view,” said Robert J. Bach, the president of Microsoft’s entertainment and devices division, at a news conference here. “Their social life is their priority No. 1.”

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Microsoft’s mystery event revealed Its the zunephone release!!!!!

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Apr 122010
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Microsoft’s mystery event revealed | Beyond Binary – CNET News

A source confirms I was on target with my prediction that the event will herald the introduction of Microsoft’s long-awaited new phones for the always-connected crowd. The devices, code-named Pure and Turtle, are both slider phones, each with a touch screen and keyboard, a source told CNET. In the U.S., the devices will run on Verizon Wireless’ network and go on sale within the month following the event.

Microsoft’s invitation for the April 12 event was fairly nondescript, noting only that “It’s time to share.”
(Credit: Kent German)

Microsoft plans to unveil the devices at the April 12 event in San Francisco.

However, those wanting an iPhone should really keep their focus on Apple’s April 8 event. Microsoft’s true run at the iPhone won’t come until Windows Phone 7-based devices arrive later this year. Turtle and Pure are more in line with the market Microsoft targeted with the Sidekick, the T-Mobile device it acquired as part of its 2008 Danger acquisition.

While instant messaging was king when the Sidekick first hit the scene, these days it’s all about Facebook and Twitter and other social services. These phones will offer lots of social media as well as the Zune music service. The Sidekick, with its Java-based operating system, were never very adept at media, but these devices have a version of Windows Mobile inside, paving the way for the Zune connection.

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Windows 7 Series Zune phone getting some good press

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Feb 202010
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It seems the first reviews of the Zune phone are in and even though no and has a device in hand yet many seem positive about what Microsoft plans to offer by holidays 2010.

The Windows 7 Series Zune Phone will integrate the entire suite of Microsoft applications and services including the basic business and contact services such as Office and Outlook but also Xbox and Zune for the first true all in one device with tight integration of the separate ecosystems on 3 different screens.

It’s a long ways off and the mobile smartphone market is going to get a bit crowded with all the competing systems. Who will Microsoft take from if they want to increase marketing share? Will partnerships with existing handset makers be enough to chip away at Apple or will the Windows Phone make a real challenge to their strong position?

TMCnet | Mobile World Congress News

Microsoft is not about the let Apple enjoy the limelight when it comes to portable media players and smartphones. The company’s highly-rated ZuneHD portable media player is now a phone.

At MWC 2010, Microsoft’s press event, the Zune phone finally took center stage, welcomed by a number of approving nods from audience attendees – according to a review in CNET.

This Windows Phone 7 Series is truly more than simply a Zune HD with a phone added to it. This portable device actually combines some of Microsoft’s most successful products, such as Windows Mobile, Zune, Xbox and Microsoft Office – who wouldn’t want this device?

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Zune Phone is hear with lame name of Windows Phone 7 Series

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Feb 152010
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Music in the next Windows Phone | Digital Noise: Music and Tech – CNET News

At long last, the Zune Phone is here. Microsoft isn’t calling it that–apparently it thought the name Windows Phone 7 Series rolled off the tongue a bit more easily–but the next generation of Microsoft’s smartphone software not only features the entire Zune HD software and services experience (just like the iPod became a component of the iPhone), but the entire user interface itself bears a close resemblance to the Zune HD.

To be clear, Microsoft isn’t building the hardware like it did with Zune–rather, partners like HTC, LG, and Samsung will do that work. But a lot of what the company learned from several iterations of Zune design has been rolled into its mobile platform.

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Zunephone links in Zune software 4.2 updates

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Jan 262010
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New evidence of the coming release of the Zunephone is appearing with details in the latest Zune software pointing t drivers for the new devices. The numbers below are supposed to mean we should see 3 new hardware configurations with the Phone.DeviceDesc description.

Three new hardware devices or stock keeping units (SKU) is certainly interesting. Hopefully what we’ll find are three new Zune Mobile Phones running Windows Mobile 7 and Zune software. We have written previously about the possibiliyt of having a business and personal edition of the new Microsoft phone but the 3rd option is intriguiging. What could the 3rd Zunephone be?

Updated Zune software drivers hints at Zune “Phone” – istartedsomething

New to this version of the driver which was actually generated on October 20, 2009 are several lines which pretty much speak for themselves.

%Zune.DeviceDesc% = ZuneMTPZUSB, USB\MS_COMP_MTPZ
%Zune.DeviceDesc% = ZuneMTPZUSB, USB\VID_045E&PID_0710
%Zune.DeviceDesc% = ZuneMTPZUSB, USB\VID_045E&PID_063E
%Phone.DeviceDesc% = ZuneMTPZUSB, USB\VID_045E&PID_0640
%Phone.DeviceDesc% = ZuneMTPZUSB, USB\VID_045E&PID_0641
%Phone.DeviceDesc% = ZuneMTPZUSB, USB\VID_045E&PID_0642
%ZuneIp.DeviceDesc% = ZuneMTPZIP, umb\urn:microsoft-com:device:mtpz:1

; Localizable strings
Msft = “Microsoft”
Zune.DeviceDesc = “Zune”

Phone.DeviceDesc = “Phone”

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Zune phone release date finally here

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Jan 232010
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Is the Zunephone release date finally here? Zune news and the buzz online is that Microsoft is finally releasing the Zune phone. The Microsoft Zune phone will feature Zune software and full suite of premium services for music, video and hopefully Xbox video games as well running on Windows Mobile 7. A business edition minus the media features and tailored to corporate communications would also be available, according to the first Zune rumor of 2010.

I like the idea of offering two different models for business and personal use. It makes sense for business users to focus on business features but lets hope the Zune software can be installed if say for instance your business involves music or you want to enjoy your phone after work ours. Maybe you can login to a Business mode with scaled down features and even lock the phone into these settings based on the time of day. Of course that might make to much sense for some business owners or even Microsot. I suppose they just have to have two phones with one login each instead of one phone with two different modes.

The phone will be a partnership and not manufactured by Microsoft, according to the new rumors, and it will not be made in the existing Zune factory. Microsoft will probably do what Google has done and brand a phone by HTC or some other phone hardware maker. Why did we wait two years for this? Why din’t they just port the Zune software over to existing phones a long time ago even if they were working on some super new mobile opertatoing system? By branding the Zune early on as mobile music subscription service it may have had a real chance against Apple and the iPod/iPhone/Mac powerhouse combination it appears they have had the vision to mimic. instead it’s been laughed at as half assed and a joke by everyone who never owned a Zune player.

Check out the article below and other Zune rumors on Bing or Google for more ideas on that they have been working on for so long.

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Zune Phone Could Fulfill Microsoft’s ’3 Screens’ Wish – PC World

Zune Phone Could Fulfill Microsoft’s ’3 Screens’ Wish
Microsoft’s mobile play is still a mystery, but reports about WinMo 7 and a Zune-like Microsoft phone provide new clues.

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More Zune Phone Rumors. Does anyone care?

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Jan 222010
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There are more rumors that Microsoft will finally release the Zune phone. My question in all of this is who cares at this point? I mean we have been asking about this for over 2 years now and in that time the iPhone has become the defacto smartphone standard and even Google jumped on the mobile bandwagon with the Nexus One.

Tech years are longer than dog years and these past two years may as well have been 20 as far as Microsoft is concerned as a competitor in the mobile marketplace. Windows Mobile 7 looks like vaporware and if it ever is released it wont be anything more than a new shine on old code.

Microsoft screwed Zune and their entire mobile market play by waiting what amounts to an eternity to release a look what we copied from someone else device. Does anyone but us Zune fans care about the Zunephone.

Microsoft To Unveil Zune Phone? — InformationWeek

Microsoft is planning to introduce a Windows Mobile-based phone in the coming weeks in order to keep up with rivals Apple and Google, according to a financial analyst.

Jefferies stock picker Katherine Egbert said the company would likely unveil the device next month at the Mobile World Congress in San Francisco.

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