Developers can now purchase Windows Phone 7 Devices without Carrier Contracts

Developers can now order Windows Phone 7 without having to get a carrier plan. Developers building apps for the latest iteration of the Microsoft’s mobile platform need the device first of all and not necessarily a carrier plan.

“Microsoft has entered into a partnership with Zones.com for all of our handset OEMs and mobile operator partners to sell phones to developers without requiring a voice or data contract.

“The phones are still carrier locked (varies by region), but you can purchase a Windows Phone 7 for your development purposes,” said Bruce D. Kyle, ISV Architect Evangelist, Microsoft.

It’s important to note that with the exception of the actual phones, Microsoft is offerings all development tools and resources associated with Windows Phone 7 free of charge. For the time being, there are three devices offered to developers:

“Here’s what you need to do: go to our partner’s site: http://www.zones.com/windowsphonedeveloperpurchase. Pick the phone you want to use (note: these devices are carrier locked, based on region). Go thru the site’s check-out process. You will have to pay all sales taxes and shipping charges,” Kyle added.

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