Release Dates Set for Verizon Trophy, AT&T HD7S

After much anticipation, the Verizon Trophy and HTC HD7S are finally going to be released, with online orders of the Verizon device beginning May 26. This week I'll also note other phone-related news, such as Sprint's HTC Arrive selling for a penny, as well as movies available from Paramount that come as apps.

Verizon Trophy, HTC HD7S

The Verizon's first Windows Phone, the HTC Trophy, will be available on the Verizon website starting May 26 and in stores beginning June 2. It will cost $149.99 after a $50 rebate and with a two-year contract. Plus, if you buy it before July 15, it comes with the bonus of a free XBox 360 game (up to $60 in value).

The Trophy has a 3.8-inch WVGA screen, 5-megpixel camera with autofocus and LED flash, 720p HD video capture, SRS WOW HD virtual surround sound, and 16GB of memory.

In addition, AT&T has announced that their HTC HD7S will be available starting on June 5. It will be $199.99 with a two-year contract.

This phone is expected to generate a lot of interest, since its 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD screen is the largest and most impressive for Windows Phone devices. It comes with a 5-megapixel camera and 720p HD video capture. See more specs on PhoneArena.

Both of these phones will come with the recently updated Windows Phone software that includes copy/paste and other enhancements.

Sprint Arrive for a Penny

In other device news, the Sprint HTC Arrive is available on Amazon for $0.01 (yep, a penny) if you purchase before July 23. It has a slide-out tilt-up QWERTY keyboard and a 3.6-inch WVGA screen.

Not everyone's convinced that Windows Phone is going to be a major player in the market, and recently the CTO of Sony Ericsson said that they're going to see how the platform does before committing to coming out with a Windows Phone device. You can read more on WPCentral.

Silverlight Enhanced Movies Now Available

It's a novel concept — movies as apps. Last year Paramount released 10 of them for Windows Phone, and just recently announced another 10, including films such as "True Grit" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. You can read more on PocketNow.

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