Microsoft's finally getting serious about making Windows Phone a legit mobile contender, and it's going to do it by making them way cheaper and easier to produce. Ballmer's boys are working with Qualcomm to get prices per phone under £125, less than half of the £255 they cost to build last year.
Amid the numbers and percentages in Sony Ericsson's Q3 financial data is a quote from CEO Bert Nordberg, in which he says the company will move "the entire portfolio to smartphones" by 2012. That K600i update isn't happening.
A pair of seemingly official adverts for Nokia's first Windows Phone handset have been discovered, which give the rumoured Sea Ray the extremely dull new product name Nokia 800. And we get to see the thing, too.
Sharp makes quite a few smartphones, but we're yet to see any arrive in Euro-friendly format. But that's about to change, with its 3D Aquos Phone scheduled to arrive on Orange. Orange France, but that's still nearer than Japan.
Vodafone has tweaked its "Freebee" PAYG loyalty system, introducing the "Rewardz" scheme where top-ups earn "Pointz". And points make free things, like discounts at Thorntons and Blockbuster, or MP3 downloads. They can be saved up for bigger items, too.