Fully functional prototype Sony Ericsson Windows Phone up for auction

Fully functional prototype Sony Ericsson Windows Phone up for auction
It is a device that almost was. Sony Ericsson almost mixed it up with HTC, Samsung and Nokia during the release that was Windows Phone 7. The company was mentioned as a manufacturer partner at MWC 2010, but as we now know, that developed into almost nothing.

We say “almost nothing” because the now defunct partnership did build some prototype Windows Phones featuring a sliding QWERTY, dubbed the Windows Phone “Jolie.”

It is a Windows Phone that never was.  Packing a 2010 build of Windows Phone 7, apparently 7 of these prototypes were built and now we see one of them has made it to the auction block of eBay. The seller is in The Netherlands, but is willing to ship internationally (although only within Europe as it is only a tri-band GSM device, so the seller is not willing to ship to the US, but we be money is a powerful persuasion tool). The bidding at the time of this writing was at about €107 ($140).

What do you get if you win the auction? Well not all the specifications are known, but the camera is 8MP, it has 16GB of storage and Julie is unlocked. Like other Windows Phone devices from that time it is probably running a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU. The device is in working condition, but we can see how it might hold limited appeal (do not expect any OS updates...ever).

However, if you truly want to be the only kid on the block, here is one angle to look at. If you are interested, click the eBay source link below.

source: eBay via WPCentral


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22 Comments

1. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

looks awesome ...............

2. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

isn't is looks similar to lumia 710.........

5. lee480 unregistered

This build was earlier than the Lumia

7. mpoznic

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

You mean way eariler than Lumia series.

3. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Is the phone working properly?

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

only $140? i expect for that to go up...

6. Vangmay_j

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

*Ericsson .. Correct it guys

8. Maxwell.R

Posts: 218; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Thanks.

9. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

its funny because this phone was available on e-bay for a very long time and still no one wants it

10. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

When Sony was with erricson, they made unique great looking devices. Now its all copycats of other devices on the market. They put full support for Firefox OS which has no market establishment they said they look into WP when there's one. What does that tell you about Sony, you can't trust them. Never bought a Sony product almost 10 years.

11. lee480 unregistered

It's not about trust. Windows Phone isn't worth Sony's investments, hence they ignored it. As simple as that.

13. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

they just cant promote xbox

14. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

That's an interesting theory, StreetNerd, and potentially accurate. And/or Microsoft wouldn't let them put any Playstation stuff on their Xbox phones?

22. jsdechavez

Posts: 783; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Streetnerd and -box- you two probably nailed it!

12. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I like the look of this phone...the look of the back plate is very nice. Try to call into support at Microsoft or Sony about this phone....poor phone operator would be lost. "Yes, I am having problem with my Sony Ericsson Jolie"......Operator "w..t..f"

15. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I smell a flop...

16. legend1

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

that is soooo sick man i wish i had one

17. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

@lee480... What investment is there in Firefox? Its called bunch of BS.

18. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Sad that Sony (Ericsson) didn't go through with it. I wish Sony would make a Windows Phone, but I guess since Microsoft is competition in the gaming realm, they can't.

19. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

this would be fun to have, i woudn't feel so bad having to reach into my box of phones for a backup

20. bluescreen

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

i wish more smart phones had slide out psychial keyboards....sure it adds to the bulk a bit but alot easier to type on without needing to start at the phone as u type

21. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

If he shipped it to the US, then I would buy it... it would make a nice collector's item and I will be trully the only one with this phone

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