Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Windows Phone 8 launches in NZ with Telecom

, posted: 19-Nov-2012 13:45

Telecom NZ in conjunction with Microsoft NZ, Nokia, HTC and Samsung have announced the following new Windows Phone 8 handsets for the New Zealand market:

  1. Nokia Lumia 920 $999 (Launch date: 23 November, 2012)
  2. HTC 8S $499 (Launch date: 6 December, 2012)
  3. Samsung Ativ S $799 (Launch date expected to be February 2013)

To demonstrate the capabilities of Windows Phone 8, the Telecom Place foyer has been transformed into a pop-up lounge, deck and home office, all equipped with Windows Phones, Windows 8 tablets and PCs.

Telecom Chief Executive Retail Chris Quin said, "We see Windows Phone 8 as an important and growing part of the mobile market and a strong offering for our customers. 

"The Windows mobile operating system continues to be deliberately different to others on the market, and it is great to be able to offer this sort of choice on our Smartphone Network. 

"The creation of one Windows 8 ecosystem across mobile, tablet and PCs is a real strength and will have a hugely positive impact on business and consumers alike, who are familiar with Windows on their PCs and will quickly come to grips with the format on their phones."

Microsoft New Zealand Managing Director Paul Muckleston said "Windows Phone 8 is the most personal and alive smartphone and puts people at the centre.

"Windows Phone 8 brings together some stunning hardware from our partners and best consumer experiences from Microsoft - Xbox Music and games, Skype, Internet Explorer and Office.

"By closely aligning Windows and Windows Phone, Microsoft has created an unprecedented opportunity for developers to take full advantage of the new reimagined Windows family."

Telecom said that it would be bringing more Windows Phone 8 mobile phones onto its Smartphone Network in early 2013 with details to be released in the New Year.

Note: Stay tuned to @WindowsPhoneNZ and the for more details and hands on reviews soon

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