WM 6.5.3 to become Windows Phone Classic; Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition announced for emerging markets

Since Windows Phone 7 Series is designed for high-end smartphones, Microsoft will still need an OS for mid and low-end devices.

That’s why it will continue with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 – but it looks like it will rename it and call it Windows Phone Classic (via jkOnTheRun and I started something). Most probably, this will happen after Windows Phone 7 Series is launched (sometime in late 2010).

Windows Phone Classic aside, Microsoft will also have an OS especially designed for emerging markets: Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition, which is based on WM 6.5 and will be able to run on both consumer and rugged devices.

HTC-HD-Mini Windows Mobile 653 Windows Phone Classic

(HTC HD Mini, one of the latest Windows Mobile 6.5.3 smartphones)

According to Bsquare, Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition will only support 2G (GSM), 2.5G (CDMA2000 xRTT, EDGE, GPRS), CDMA (Rev A, EV-DO Rev A) and TD-SCDMA radios – so there’s no UMTS/HSDPA support. Well, I assume that there will be lots of Windows Phone 6 Starter Edition devices in China, since TD-SCDMA is supported.

The bottom line of all this: the “Windows Mobile” moniker is pretty much dead.

Author: Ilinca Nita

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