— Windows Phone 7: Devices built on Microsoft’s latest mobile platform finally go on sale in the U.S. First models out the door, as listed on Microsoft’s own storefront, include HTC’s HD7 on the T-Mobile network; and the HTC Surround and the Samsung Focus, both on AT&T (NYSE: T). All devices are priced at $199.99 with two-year contracts from the respective operators All include a Zune Pass for three months of free music.
— NTT Docomo LTE: The Japanese mobile operator today made it in just under the wire, announcing that it will launch its LTE service on December 24, seven days short of the deadline it set for itself earlier this year. Branded “Xi”, initially services will be data-only and dongle-based, with voice services and handsets expected in April 2011. Xi will be sold via metered data plans, rather than unlimited data usage, and will be the first LTE services in the country. [Release]
— Carphone Warehouse: Smartphone it ain’t, but it won’t set you back very much, either. U.K. retailer Carphone Warehouse is now selling a basic handset that costs 99 pence ($1.60) when you buy a £10 ($16) prepaid card from Virgin Mobile (NYSE: VM). The Alcatel OT-209 offers only voice, texting and an FM radio tuner. [Telegraph]