Verizon’s first Windows Phone 7 handset, the HTC Trophy, to launch May 26


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Verizon is joining AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile in offering a smartphone running Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system with the announcement of the HTC Trophy.

The new phone will go on sale at May 26, and in Verizon stores June 2, selling for $149.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.


Those who pick up the Trophy will receive their rebates on the phone in the form of a debit card, which customers can use ‘as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted,’ Verizon said.

The Trophy, which will run on Verizon’s 3G wireless network, features a 3.8-inch touch screen and a 1gigahertz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. A 5-megapixel camera is on the back of the device with an LED flash. It’s also capable of shooting high-definition 720p video. Memory comes in at 16 gigabytes.

As with all Windows Phone handsets, the Trophy will feature Microsoft Office apps and an Xbox Live app for mobile gaming.

Microsoft and Verizon are also offering a free Xbox 360 console game -- Halo: Reach, Kinect Sports or Lode Runner -- for those who buy a Trophy before July 15.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles