gatesofwp7hellMicrosoft’s Mobile Communications Business Director Aaron Woodman, when asked by CNET if people with phones running WM6.5 would be able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7 without buying a new device, said no: “I don’t know if any Windows Mobile 6.5 Device today meets those specifications.” He went on to discuss new hardware plans which include devices of equal aspect ratios and Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. Which is great, but you own something different.

So if this man spoke the truth and if your heart’s set on seeing if Microsoft has finally figured it out with WP7, not only will you have to abandon all of the software you’ve installed and grown attached to since your first WinMo phone, you will have to say goodbye to your phone, even if it’s a fresh and unscratched Tilt 2, a solid chunk of money and, presumably, your freedom from having to renew your contract if you get such a phone from your carrier (or an even bigger chunk of money). Sounds like pretty much the only thing a phone like this would have in common with your current phone is that Microsoft’s lousy mobile department is still behind it — but they’re trying really hard this time with their feet to the fire so hey, maybe they’ll actually manage to step their game up with an “embraced and extended” hybrid clone of the competition.

I’ve got a question for you, the obvious one. For the sake of argument let’s suppose that this is God’s way of telling you yet again but with added emphasis to go Android next time around. Will you listen to Him? Let’s also say God’s flexible in his recommendation regarding iPhones and Blackberries also being options He’s cool with. One more time people, there will be no upgrading according to this suit who did the interview. Would you really even need to wait for divine technological recommendations at this point to see the light? Or are you clinging to your misguided albeit eloquently and comprehensively articulated hope? What’s with the unconditional allegience I’m still seeing here?

Doug Simmons

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  2. Thats a bummer. For a while I was starting to think that Microsoft was almost (secretly) supporting the idea of developers making roms and what not. I know that if you cant get WM7 roms on a fuze or tilt2 that more people will buy the new phone however the whole “customization” factor of WM7 phones has been one of the largest positive argument points for why WM is so amazing. I was just hoping that one day we would be able to get ported objects/cabs onto older phones from WM7

  3. I’m going to stick with my previous statements.. I don’t care if NOTHING I have on my current phone works or not. WP7 has the features that I want/need from my phone out of the box. Anything else added on top is a bonus IMO. If they have it severely locked down, and we’re unable to do some of the more simple tasks that we’ve gotten away with on WM6.x (free tethering is the only one I can think of), I’ll still have my Tilt 2 to keep me company if needed.

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