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Microsoft Recovers Lumia 920 Lost On A Bus

A Microsoft prototype handset was lost on a bus, then sold on eBay, and has now been reclaimed by MSFT. But before it was recovered, the device hinted at the future of Windows Phone.

Microsoft has retrieved a lost Lumia 920 smartphone bearing a prototype load of Windows Phone from an unsuspecting second-hand buyer. It turns out the phone purchased by Jeremiah Wong had been dropped on a bus and then sold, and Microsoft really wanted it back. Before they got it back, though, Wong shared some details about the phone, which reveal a little about the future of Microsoft’s mobile platform.

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The Windows Phone build on the phone is understood to relate to next year’s update to the OS, codenamed “Blue.” It had some new improvements, like better multitasking and a new notifications center.

Apple found itself in a similar situation a few years ago when an employee lost a prototype iPhone 4 in a bar. The device was eventually bought by Gizmodo, which published details on the upcoming device. While that case led to a complex legal affair, Microsoft simply remote-disconnected their Lumia phone and offered to replace the unit for Wong.

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