Mary Jo Foley knows all and she’s sharing with us.
October 29 will be the official "launch" of Windows Phone 8, I am told. I’m hearing this event will likely be on the west coast, either in San Francisco or Los Angeles. (Again, I don’t know exactly where. A photo studio? Outside an Apple store?) But this is considered the "consumer launch" of the product, with handsets to be made available starting a week or two later, meaning early November, as other sources of mine had indicated.
So this will be after the iPhone launches but still there will be lots of noise as it’s just after the Windows 8 launch so you can see tons of cross-promotions in the mix. And yes, that’s two months away so mark your calendars and save your money.