Orange UK is evaluating a test unit of a Stinger SmartPhone, Microsoft SmartPhone 2002, produced by contract manufacturer HTC. How well it works on the Orange system may go a long way to determining the SmartPhone’s place in the integrated device world.
The Canary test unit contains few surprises:
This device is not the first manufacturing assignment for HTC. They assembled the highly-advanced XDA earlier this year.
This ploy by Microsoft to gain support from the service carries is dramatically different than earlier plans of wooing device manufacturers. The much-hyped Stinger platform has yet to gets it’s legs, well behind schedule in both the US and Europe. It’s critical for this test to go well for Microsoft to prove its vitality to the broad markets.