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Old 09-08-2011, 09:00 PM
Ron Hostetter
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Default Why Does T-Mobile Hate Microsoft? Or is it Vice Versa?

<p><img src="" style="border: 0;" />&nbsp;</p><p>I&rsquo;ve always been a Microsoft fan. Years ago, I worked for a consulting firm that was a Microsoft Partner, so I spent a lot of my time implementing various Microsoft technologies. A good portion of my salary was derived from the success of the Redmond company.</p><p>A few years ago, Microsoft released the Zune, and I jumped on board. It, of course, has become somewhat of a disappointment. I love the Zune Pass service, but the Zune music player device has already died. When Microsoft released their plans for a new Windows phone last year, I was excited. When I saw the early demos of the interface, I was thrilled. I thought that finally, Microsoft could put a dent in the iPhone universe. <MORE /></p><p>My family mobile phone service is with T-Mobile. We&rsquo;ve been with T-Mobile for years. They&rsquo;ve always had the best prices, and a decent selection of phones. Last year, when my teenage son was ready to buy his own phone, I talked him into waiting for the new Windows 7 phone to launch before buying. He wanted to buy a jail-broken iPhone to use on T-Mobile.</p><p>He agreed with me, and purchased the T-Mobile HTC HD7 on launch day. I was little concerned that the HD7 was the only Windows 7 phone available on T-Mobile. It&rsquo;s a good phone, but it&rsquo;s not for everybody.</p><p>Here we are a year later, and T-Mobile never did offer any other Windows 7 phone. We went to the store last weekend to look at a new phone for my teenage daughter. There were no Windows 7 phones available. None. Not a one. She bought a Droid. (There were dozens of Droid phones available, by the way).</p><p>Why is this? Does T-Mobile hate Microsoft? Does Microsoft hate T-Mobile? Why can&rsquo;t Microsoft promote its own products? Think about the last time you watched television. How many iPhone or Droid commercials did you see? And how many Windows Phone 7 ads? Pathetic!</p><p>Is Microsoft just determined to undermine every cool new consumer technology they come up with? You would think every carrier would have a selection of at least two or three different phones &ndash; slide out keyboards, smaller or larger screens, etc.</p><p>I asked the sales person, and he told me that he thought a new Windows 7 Phone would be released &ldquo;soon,&rdquo; but of course, he had no information about the phone or when it might be released.</p><p>C&rsquo;mon, Microsoft&hellip; I&rsquo;m trying to cheer you on, but you are making it so hard.</p>
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