The current version of the Dell Venue Pro fully supports only T-Mobile’s cellular network, but an upcoming version will work with AT&T. This will greatly increase the number of potential users of this high-end device running Windows Phone 7.
Dell has not yet announced plans to release a version of this smartphone with AT&T support, but the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved one. This is distinctly different from the version of the Venue Pro already in limited distribution, which is for T-Mobile subscribers.
Although T-Mobile is one of the top four U.S. wireless carriers, it is significantly smaller than AT&T. Any phone offered by AT&T is available to far more customers than one that can only be used on T-Mobile.
It’s not known when Dell is going to release the AT&T version of this smartphone.
Microsoft put the Venue Pro on sale in its brick-and-mortar stores in November, but it wasn’t until the beginning of this month that Dell started taking pre-orders for its website.
The pre-order devices were scheduled to begin arriving this week, but most consumers were notified that their purchases won’t arrive until some point in January.
The cause for this delay has not yet been revealed, but Dell has already run into hardware and software problems that caused recalls of units sold last month.
Dell Venue Pro Overview
Dell’s first Windows phone has a 4.1-inch, WVGA (800 x 480) capacitive touchscreen and a sliding keyboard. This isn’t the only slider running Microsoft’s new mobile operating system, but it is the only one with a portrait-oriented keyboard rather than a landscape-oriented one.
It runs Windows Phone 7 on a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.
As mentioned earlier, the current version of the Venue Pro is able to connect to T-Mobile’s 3G network (but not its 4G one), and it includes Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver.
This smartphone also includes 8 GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, a 1,400 mAh battery, and an FM tuner.