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article imageReport: Microsoft phone real, coming to the US 'very soon'

By Brenton Currie     Mar 4, 2010 in Technology
Microsoft's 'Pink' project, which has been rumoured for the last year or so, has finally been unveiled according to a report on Gizmodo today, who say the device is set to premiere on Verizon Wireless's network sometime in April this year.
In September last year, reports surfaced that Microsoft was making its own mobile phone, under the project title "Pink". It has since emerged that there are now two versions of the device, and according to documents leaked to Gizmodo today, both will soon be available at launch exclusively on the Verizon Wireless network in the United States.
"Verizon is a launch partner for the device, and probably an exclusive carrier," Engadget writer John Herrman said.
"The branding and marketing in the documents suggests a joint Microsoft/Verizon launch, but another carrier isn't completely out of the question."
The first phone, goes under the codename "turtle", because of its odd-looking shape, whilst the second device, which resembles closely the HTC Touch Pro, is referred to as the "Pure horizontal slider."
The documents leaked have come from a third-party company working with both parties on marketing materials for the launch, so details such as the real launch names are not mentioned, although a tipster told Engdagdet that from what they've been told the current names are "awful".
"Frankly the names are really really awful sounding so I hope what I've been told aren't the final names," the anonymous tipster said.
An analyst told All Things Digital in January this year that they expected to see Microsoft debut their own phone "sometime in the next two months," with a launch at either the now completed Mobile World Congress or still upcoming CTIA conference.
“We expect the new phone to debut soon, at either the Feb 15-18 Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona Spain, or possibly at CTIA in Las Vegas one month later,” she said.
“Revenue from the phone is also very unlikely to be meaningful for many years, however, the new phone might explain why Microsoft has allowed WinMo to dwindle to
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