For those of you that were at Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 with us in Los Angeles, you may have heard the exciting announcements that were made for our partners that obtain or have the Mobility competency as well as for all partners with competencies in regards to Windows Phone hardware and service plan discounts. For those of you that weren’t there, or even those who were but may have missed this, I wanted to recap these here for you so that you are aware and know how to utilize these as a Microsoft partner.

First, to help the Microsoft partners with the Mobility competency help differentiate themselves from the crowd, we are now offering a distinctive Microsoft Partner Network Marketplace logo that you can add to your Windows Phone app icons so that when people see them in the Windows Phone Marketplace, they can quickly see that these applications are being offered by Microsoft partners with either a Gold Mobility competency or a Silver Mobility competency. Here are a couple of example logos showing how Microsoft Mobility Competency partners can use these on their application icons: image image

Next, to help our partners when it comes to the phones themselves and the service plans that go with them, we announced that we have put together the following agreements for all competency partners (not just the mobility competency) to help you out:

  • Provider: eXpansys
    • Offer: Up to 33% discount on unlocked GSM Windows phone devices
    • Availability: Worldwide
  • Provider: Sprint
    • Offer: Enterprise discounts on voice and data plans
    • Availability: Currently U.S. only
  • Provider: T-Mobile
    • Offer: Enterprise discounts on voice and data plans
    • Availability: Currently U.S. only
Another announcement was the new Microsoft Mobility Partner Windows Phone app for Microsoft partners with the Mobility Competency. This app brings: news, benefits, community, search, and more related to the Mobility Competency to the phones of Microsoft partners with the Mobility Competency. This app is only available to partners with the Microsoft Mobility Competency and you can download it directly from the Windows Phone Marketplace by searching on “Mobility Partner.”

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Mobility Partner

So what are Microsoft partners saying about the opportunity that Windows Phone provides? Have a look for yourself:

Some other resources to check out:

Oh, and since we’re talking about Windows Phone, apps, and Microsoft partners, do you have the Microsoft Partner Info mobile app on your phone yet?

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