The Register reports Carphone Warehouse is planning to give away free Windows Mobile 7 smartphones with copies of the upcoming Windows 7 operating system, but the exact details of the promotion are unknown:
A phone manufacturer source familiar with the phone retailer's plans told us that the Windows Mobile 7 phone and Windows 7 bundle boxes will be released on the same day that the new desktop OS is launched in the UK, which he said could come during September or October 2009.
Carphone Warehouse recently announced that it’ll open a series of electronics megastores in the UK next year, in conjunction with US retailer Best Buy. So it’s not unreasonable to assume that the bundles will be sold through these stores.
The source added that the manufacturer of the bundled phones hasn’t yet been chosen.
Exactly how the bundle pack will be presented is also still unknown, but selling a copy of a PC OS with a free mobile phone running the latest version of Windows Mobile is bound to be an expensive promotion.
One possibility is that Carphone Warehouse will only offer the promo pack on the first day on Windows 7’s release, or that it’ll be restricted to, say, the first 100 customers in each store.