T-Mobile expected to debut WP7 device next week

T-Mobile USA is jumping on the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 operating system bandwagon. According to the Wall Street Journal, the operator confirmed it will announce details of its WP7 device Oct. 11, the day that Microsoft is scheduled to launch its revamped OS.

Microsoft scheduled a launch event Oct. 11 in New York City in conjunction with AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile. The event is intended to formally launch the operating system, which is seen as an attempt by Microsoft to reinvigorate its ailing mobile business. Microsoft has steadily been losing market share to other operating systems such as Google's Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS.

Having another operator besides AT&T participate in its launch event is seen as a positive sign for Microsoft. The addition of another carrier partner means more distribution outlets.

At the launch event, AT&T is expected to offer three Windows Phone smartphones including devices from HTC, LG and Samsung. According to the Journal, T-Mobile initially will launch an HTC-made device, but plans to sell a more business-oriented WP7 device later.

For more:
- see this WSJ article  (sub. req.)
- see this Reuters article
- see this AllThingsD post

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