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Microsoft's Turtle phone reaches FCC

updated 12:10 pm EST, Sat February 13, 2010

MS denials of own phone debunked

One of Microsoft's own phones was confirmed today through an FCC filing that was discovered late Friday. The Sharp PB10ZU is a direct match for the Microsoft Turtle and has its same squat QWERTY slider shape. It also appears to share the same CDMA support, Bluetooth, camera, Wi-Fi and center-mounted 3.5mm headphone jack.

No immediate clues have surfaced as to the release info or the software, though it's expected the phone will use Windows Phone 7 and draw heavily on its Zune-influenced interface.

Microsoft has repeatedly tried to deny any development of its own phone but is widely understood to have have been at least collaborating heavily on hardware design through Project Pink. The program has seen Microsoft use its acquisition of the Sidekick's designer, Danger, to produce a much more media- and social networking-friendly phone than existing Windows Mobile devices. Sharp was one of Danger's key hardware partners before the Microsoft takeover, and rumors have pointed to the Turtle and its sister phone the Pure carrying a "Microsoft+Sharp" label.

The Turtle and Pure aren't necessarily due to show at Mobile World Congress, where Microsoft's keynote is assumed to center mainly on the new OS. Actual devices might not be announced until another event at a later date, especially as the CDMA-based versions would only be destined for the US. [via Wireless Goodness]

by MacNN Staff




    Joined: Dec 1969


    Project Pink? !!!!!!!!!!

    What is wrong with these people? Do they think that cute names is all it takes to produce good products? And Project Pink is not even cute.

  1. qazwart

    Joined: Dec 1969


    The Turtle?

    This really shows how tone deaf Microsoft is. When the two "Project Pink" prototypes (of which the turtle was one) were leaked, they got one big public raspberry. Rumor was that the bad reception made Microsoft dismantle Project Pink and start from scratch.

    Now, just six months later, they look like they're actively testing these devices. Is the bureaucracy at Microsoft so insulated from the real world?

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Another stolen design....

    Motorola karma much?

    - A

  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There seems to be a mis-spelling. Zune is a certain color, so the turtle should really be TURDtle.

  1. Bengt77

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What this game needs is a turtle character.

    This reminds me of JPod, and everybody knows how the game in that book fared after a stupid turtle character was forced in by Steve.

  1. spyintheskyuk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A true game changer

    I am sure there's a child somewhere that might like this rather than a game of tiddlywinks.

  1. brainiac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You missed the point

    They are naming it after an aspect of the innovative, graphical programming language upon which it is based, LOGO.

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