Microsoft Adds Premium Location Features to My Phone
Today Microsoft made a number of announcements regarding its new mobile operating system and associated services. Windows Mobile 6.5 is launching today on a handful of handsets, including the HTC Pure, Imagio, Tilt 2 and Ozone, as well as the Samsung Intrepid. Beyond the device announcements, Microsoft says that all phones can access the Marketplace for Windows Phones starting today. The Marketplace is free to use and has 246 applications in the catalog, with 735 registered developers working on them. Microsoft's My Phone service is fully up and running, and lets users backup and store their data, such as contacts, messages and pictures. Part of a premium package for My Phone will allow users to locate their phones via GPS if lost, post an "if found" message to its screen; loudly ring the phone even if it is set to vibrate or silent mode; and, if needed, completely erase the phone to protect personal data. My Phone premium is only available in the U.S. and costs $5 for seven days of access (it will be free to use until November 30). My Phone supports Widows Phones running 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5.