Telstra has been confirmed as a launch carrier for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system in Australia.
The new software platform announcement was made in Barcelona, Spain, as part of the annual Mobile World Congress event. Globally, handset launch partners for Windows Phone 7 will be HTC, Samsung, LG, HP, Dell and Sony Ericsson.
According to Telstra executive director for mobility products, Ross Fielding, being the first Australian telco launch partner is a sign of a close relationship.
“Telstra is pleased to be the Australian launch partner for Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Series,” he said in a statement. “With Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft has developed phone software for devices that, coupled with our Next G network, provides a richer mobile experience for our customers.”
A statement released by Microsoft also names Vodafone as a global launch partner. Although Vodafone’s head of public relations and corporate communications, Greg Spears, said the relationship was likely to extend to Australia, he was unable to confirm by time of publication.
Also unclear is whether or not Hutchison will release the operating system as a launch partner thanks to its merger with Vodafone into VHA Australia last year.