Handsets powered by the new Windows Phone 7 software went on sale across Canada today as Microsoft tries to win market share in the mobile phone space.
In Canada, the Big Three big launched a variety of Windows Phone 7 smartphones at their retail locations and online.
Bell is selling the LG Optimus Quantum, which has a touchscreen and full horizontal QWERTY keyboard. It's being offered for $449.95 without a contract or $99.95 on a three-year contract with a voice and data plan of at least $50 a month.
Telus is selling two phones — the LG Optimus 7 (pictured) and the HTC 7 Surround. The Optimus 7 has a 3.8-inch touch screen, wireless media sharing through its Digital Living Network Alliance features, augmented reality and speech-to-text functions. The HTC 7 Surround features Yamaha speakers. Both are available for $99 on a three-year contract with a monthly voice and data plan of $50 or more.
Rogers launched the online availability of Samsung's Focus Windows Phone 7 smartphone — which has a four-inch AMOLED touch screen — for $199.95 on a three-year contract. The Focus will be available at Rogers' retail locations later this month.
All Windows Phone 7 handsets feature a "tile" interface that is designed to allow users quickly access social media sites, make a call, send photos, text messages and emails, and access apps and services. The new phones organize their apps in “hubs” using a vertical scrolling interface.