During a event held in Johannesburg Â Mobility Business Group Lead, Nkosi Kumalo and Business Development Manager for Windows Phone, John Press, announced the launch of Windows Phone 7 in South Africa. Initially there will be only two WP7 devices. Both are HTC devices, the Â HTC 7 Trophy and HTC 7 Mozart.
HTC Mozart will be made available through various carriers in South Africa while HTC 7 Trophy is exclusive to Vodacom, aÂ leading mobile operator in SA. The final pricing was not announced, but it will be competitive to Samsung Galaxy S which is successful there. Mr.Kumalo said that there will be separate data plans for WP7 devices and negotiations are going on with the carriers. Initially there wont be Windows Phone 7 marketplace for SA but it will be made available in the near future. It was mentioned that Samsung, and LG handsets are scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2011 while these HTC devices will be released later this month or December first week.