15 Nov 2010
By Mike Hickinbotham

Introducing the Telstra Windows® Phone 7 Social Review


Yep, we’re at it again. Because we think it’s important for the people who use the phone to review the phone – we’re opening up applications to participate in the Telstra Windows® Phone 7 Social Review.
Apply to become a Windows Phone 7 social reviewer

What’s the deal?

For two weeks beginning 29 November 2010, the selected participants will be running a Social Review of the HTC 7 Mozart that runs on the new Windows® Phone 7 operating system. Windows Phone 7 is a different kind of phone designed to bring together everything you care about most – easier and faster.

The 25 selected Social Reviewers will receive the HTC 7 Mozart plus a Telstra Next G™ Network SIM with credit to get you through the two-week review period.  Once the two-week review period is over the handset is yours to keep.

What’s new?

What’s new with this Social Review? This review will primarily focus on three distinct elements – the Windows® Phone 7 operating system, the HTC 7 Mozart handset and the Telstra Next G™ network.

As well, we are partnering with Microsoft and are in the process of creating a designated Windows Phone 7 Social Review forum.  The forum will be a one stop shop that will host people’s thoughts and impressions of the operating system, the handset and the network.  Watch this space for details ….

HTC Mozart 7 handset with Windows Phone

What’s a Social Review?

Social Reviewers will use the phone, explore the features and share their experiences with the social media world.

The reviewers are also required to disclose they are participating in the Telstra Windows 7 Social Review.

Because context and differing viewpoints are critical to the success of the Social Review, we’re looking for applicants with all sorts of interests, such as:

  • social networking;
  • Xbox LIVE and gaming;
  • business on the go;
  • apps and apps development;
  • kids and family; and
  • technology and gadgets.

For more info about your obligations and ours, please check the Telstra Windows® Phone 7 Social Review Terms and Conditions

Apply to become a Telstra Windows® Phone 7 Social Reviewer

Applications are open now, and will close 5PM AEST Friday 19 November 2010.

® Microsoft Windows Phone, the Windows Phone logo are trade marks of the Microsoft group of companies. Some features and services may vary by area, phone, carrier, network availability and service plan. Fees may apply. See and for more information.


Posts: 8


  1. Ellana says:

    I was the first to comment, I was hoping I was one of the lucky ones……….Oh well congrats to the lucky 25 who got the chance to have a really cool phone.
    I think Im jealous.

  2. TLC says:

    Just wondering if anyone can tell me how to get files from a CD via a windows 7 laptop to this ‘you bute’ motzart? I have a nightforce ballistics program (for my range target shooting) that is compatiable with a windows mobile. At this stage I have not been able to get the program to transfer. Is or isn’t this possible with this phone?

    • hollowpoint76 says:

      I just got a HTC mozart -- also shoot -- also own a night force scope on my 300 win mag -- have you had any luck?

    • FOX says:

      Sorry buddy, programs running on Windows Mobile are now officially ‘dead’ with WP7 -- these two systems are just different.

    • Stewart says:

      The windows phone 7 dev kit makes it extremely easy to create apps for this system. I would bet the devs who created your app would create an update to your software. However, depending on your subsription to the software, you may (or may not) need to pay for it again. Check the developers’ website.

  3. Richard says:

    I have bought the HTC Mozart and if anybody is thinking about buying a phone buy a windows 7 mobile phone, anybody looking at the Iphone have a look at a windows 7 mobile phone, I have had nokia’s (excellent phones) I have an Iphone 3gs and an Iphone 4g and I say my Mozart leaves them for dead.

    • Turtle says:

      I have an iPhone 3GS, and am looking for a replacement. Does the Mozart sync with MS Outlook? ie: calendar -- contacts etc?
      This is the major stumbling block with most phones, they won’t sync. Does the Mozart have Bluetooth? Something else that isn’t listed. What makes you say the Mozart leaves all others for dead? Just curious.

    • Richard says:

      Mozart has bluetooth and synces with outlook if you have a hotmail account and link it to outlook, once linked with outlook anytime you open hotmail on your windows phone it will automaically sync with outlook

    • Stewart says:

      Windows Phone 7 Outlook app syncs perfectly with exchange. With the new update (April), copy-and-paste is enabled. Update your phone.

  4. Mike says:

    Whats the best HTC phone ?

    • David says:

      HTC HD7 16GB

    • Louise says:

      My husband and I both bought HTC Mozart phones and they are the worst phone either of us have ever used. The battery seems to last 12 hrs standby and less if in use, we are forever having to charge them and it is flat by the end of his work shift! The reception is also terrible, have never had a problem here with any other phones but these, its so bad that I have to borrow a work phone when on call as I cant trust this one to deliver. Attempting to return them next week!

  5. Larry Sixsmith (Telstra Employee) says:

    Mike, I have the HD2 (the big screen). Though it is now 12 months old Im still very happy with it. Many people comment on the graphics and the clarrity of the screen. Camera is brilliant, loads of storage and so on.

    • spatch says:

      I wholeheartedly agree. Although I have now switched to Mozart for my new contract, the HD2 was a joy to use for 12 months. I will continue to use the HD2 for fun, with it’s huge & responsive screen, massive storage via expansion and the unlimited potential for games & media.

      There is a reason why the HD2 has become the de facto developer’s phone of choice. This hardware is so perfect that everyone wants to port a new OS onto it.

      Do you want a phone with both Android & Windows Phone 7 as dual-booting operating systems? You can have it on the HD2. Meego? No problem. How about Ubuntu? Yep, it’s available.

      Simply an amazing device that has matched & bettered just about every other handset released in the last 15 months.

  6. Debb says:

    Can anyone tell me how to change the sim pin code on the Mozart? Thank you

  7. Hannah says:

    Guys, have just bought the Mozart on a $49 cap with 1GB internet usage. Does anyone know, if I sign it up to Facebook through the “People” tab, does it keep on using the GB available??

    • spatch says:

      Yes it does. In fact, nearly everything you do on Windows Phone 7 uses data, from updating the homescreen live tiles to accessing your photos stored in SkyDrive.

      I know that some carriers offer unmetred access to Facebook, but I don’t know if Telstra is one of them.

      Just make sure you follow some simple steps to limit your data use. This great article by Adam Z. Lein of should provide all the assistance you need:

  8. spatch says:

    I think there must be a set of dud handsets out there, because I have read a number of complaints like this online. Louise, I would recommend returning these handsets and getting new ones in exchange, because I’ve had my Mozart for about 2 weeks now and I’ve had no problems whatsoever. I simply do a few simple things to minimise battery drain (common to ALL smartphones, so I don’t know what you’re thinking of exchanging them for) and data use, and the handset works like a charm, easily giving me about 12 hours of use. The Zune stuff in particular is just a joy to use, and the Mozart’s SRS Enhancement really beefs up the audio quality, far surpassing anything I can get out of my iPod.

  9. Robert says:

    When will Telstra release the Microsoft Windows 7 Phone February update?

  10. Robert says:

    Is there any news on Telstra’s release date for the much anticipated HTC HD7 with NextG support?

  11. Joanne says:

    I have had a HTC Mozart phone since late December 2010 and it is the worst phone I have ever had the battery life is crap and also at thsi point in time the phone is not only asking me for me sim which isn’t a problem but also requesting that I enter a password which I have never had. I contacted telstra and they were unable to assist and put me through to the manufacturer who also could not help, I’ve now been unable to use my phone for 2 days and am extremely disatisified as I am locked into a 24 month contract.
    I would not recommend this phone to anyone

    Unhappy HTC Mozart user

  12. Andrew Volard, Director of Devices says:

    Hi everyone,
    I wanted to provide an update on where we are at with our Windows Phone 7 software releases.
    Telstra has now tested and approved “copy and paste” updates for the HTC Mozart and Optimus 7Q and we expect Microsoft to make them available to download mid next week.
    Telstra has also prioritised the testing of a further software update called the “7392 update” and this is included in our “copy and paste” software releases. A separate “7392 update” release will also be available to HTC HD7 customers shortly.  More about the “7392 update” here
    Thanks for your patience while we worked with Microsoft and our handset vendors to make this software available.

    • spatch says:

      That’s great news, Andrew. Forgive me if I take this with a grain of salt, because Telstra clearly promised to deliver the Nodo update for WP7 in April, and failed to keep that promise. As an enthusiastic WP7 supporter, and the proud owner of an HTC Mozart, I am astonished to see how long it has taken to finish “testing” this update — an update already released by almost every other carrier on the planet, and already available on the Telstra HTC HD7. Apart from the screen size, the Mozart & HD7 have almost identical specs, so saying the Mozart needed an extra month or two to test is simply a joke, and another failure on Telstra’s part.

      Thankfully you mention the new security update will be bundled in next week, but I fear for all future WP7 updates if this experience with Telstra is anything to go by. Seriously, you almost make me want to jump ship to an iPhone, and that’d be like eating razor blades for someone like me…

  13. Steve says:

    Can anyone tell me if any of the Windows Phones available in Australia have an external antenae connection capability? If so, which one.

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