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Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 8 for Smartphones

Close on the heels of announcing the global availability of its new Windows operating system, Windows 8, Microsoft Corp. has now debuted Windows Phone 8, the latest version of the company’s smartphone operating system.

Windows Phone 8 offers a personal phone experience, connecting you to the people and things that matter most, says Microsoft.

As part of the announcement, Microsoft revealed new features, including Kid’s Corner and Rooms, along with details and pricing for a range of new smartphones from Nokia, Samsung and HTC, each with their own designs, colors and features.

Windows Phone 8 devices will go on sale in November at AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon in the U.S., as well as at carriers and retailers around the world.

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“We can’t wait for the world to meet Windows Phone 8, the most personal smartphone there is,” said Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of the Windows Phone Division at Microsoft.

Major mobile operators in the United States will start selling Windows Phone 8 in the coming weeks.

Verizon Wireless will carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC for $199.99 with a two-year contract, and the Nokia Lumia 822, exclusive to Verizon, for $99.99 with a two-year contract. Both will be available by Thanksgiving. In addition the Samsung ATIV Odyssey, also exclusive to Verizon, will be available in December.

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AT&T will carry the Nokia Lumia 920, the Lumia 820 and the Windows Phone 8X by HTC, all going on sale in November. AT&T will have more to share on prices in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile will carry the Windows Phone 8X by HTC starting at $149.99 for the 16GB version and the Nokia Lumia 810 from $99.99. T-Mobile is expecting  customers to be able to purchase these Windows Phones on Nov. 14.

All 65 Microsoft Stores open this holiday will carry every phone available for sale in the U.S., and every color option will be available through its online store at http://www.microsoftstore.com.

Photo courtesy: Microsoft

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