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11/15/2010 05:01 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Windows Phone 7 Goes on Sale at AT&T and T-Mobile

The time has finally arrived when we can get our hands on a Windows Phone 7 handset, in the US. The launch party was actually held in NYC -- both Steve Ballmer and Ralph de la Vega were present. This level of star power lends itself to the commitment of both companies. Microsoft has spent considerable time in not only building a new mobile operating system but the hype as well.

You won't have to look to far for your Windows Phone 7 fix. It is being sold at T-Mobile -- HTC HD7 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. You can also pick one up from AT&T -- HTC Surround and Samsung Focus for $199.99 with a two-year contract. Surprisingly, Microsoft is also selling the handset for both AT&T and T-Mobile. Microsoft is adding additional value to buying the handset. If you buy a phone through the Microsoft Store -- the company will add (for free) a 3 month Zune pass (a $44.99 value).

As you probably already know, Microsoft is challenging people to get a grip on their bad mobile phone habits. Why, because cell phones have become such an important part of our lives that they have become a distraction. Microsoft claims that Windows Phone 7 will help us curb that bad mobile phone habit. If you have seen how beautiful Windows Phone 7 looks on the T-Mobile HTC HD7 -- those bad mobile phone habits will simply continue.

This is part of the recent Harris poll that shows surprising data about American's phone use:
Adults
  • Among U.S. adults surveyed, 72 percent identified bad mobile phone behavior as one of their top 10 pet peeves.
Generation Y
  • Among owners ages 18-24, 64 percent of those surveyed have lost their mobile phone in an uncommon place, such as in the refrigerator or under the cushions of their couch.
Prevalence of Bad Mobile Phone Behavior
  • Six in 10 adults (61 percent) saw someone display bad mobile phone behavior, but less than one in five (18 percent) mobile phone owners admit they were guilty of displaying such behavior.
With Family and Friends
  • About two in five (38 percent) U.S. adult cell phone owners said they have used their mobile phone at the table while having dinner with family or friends.
    • More than half (54 percent) of those ages 18-34 said they have used their mobile phone on such an occasion.
    • Of those adults ages 18-34, women were more likely than men (60 percent versus 47 percent, respectively) to have used their mobile phone at dinner with family or friends.