Remember the original Windows Phone experience? No, not Mango in it’s early stages – we’re talking about Windows Mobile 6.0 and onwards. Yes, the same one complete with a start button and a mish-mash of ten thousand icons that left you wondering if you’ll ever fully understand the device. As reported by Engadget, now, there’s some news for those of you’ll who still haven’t discarded those phones (we still have a bunch of them!). Beginning May 9, 2012, the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available. Starting on this date, you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications directly on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone using the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace application and service.

Going..going..gone?

Going..going..gone?

Applications and games acquired from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone will continue to work even after the service is discontinued on May 9, 2012. However, additional downloads of these applications and games from the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service will no longer be available. In addition to this, Microsoft has also recommended you review the applications or games installed on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone and install any available updates in advance of the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service shutdown on May 9, 2012.

What’s also important to note is that all phone data, including applications acquired through the Windows Mobile 6.x Marketplace service, data and user-specific settings will be deleted from your Windows Mobile 6.x phone in an event of your phone data being wiped or “hard reset.” Any data on a removable storage card, if present, will also be deleted, if your phone is wiped or “hard reset”. Windows Mobile applications and games that are compatible with Windows Mobile 6.x may still be available directly from their developers or via third-party marketplaces. In addition to this, they’ve also put a separate notice out for Windows Mobile 6.x Developers informing that the company is discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile service for Windows Mobile 6.x.

We’ve got a few Dopods and HTC Touchs lying around and in terms of longevity, they’ve quite stood the test of time. Do any of you guys still use Windows Mobile 6.x phones? Name them in the comments section below and probably somebody out there might shipover another brand new Windows Mobile phone to you!

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