While we know that a good amount of Windows Phone 7 smartphones will be launched later this fall from HTC, Samsung, and Asus with more to follow from Dell and Sony Ericsson, not a single Windows Phone 7 was announced yet - even if a couple of them already hit the Global Certification Forum and FCC. However, since neither the manufacturers nor the mobile operators have announced anything official yet, there's no official (or unofficial) indication what a Windows Phone 7 might cost and how competitive its price is - until now. Microsoft Germany is currently holding a raffle where it seems carrier and retail store employees can win a couple of prices - including 7 Windows Phone 7 smartphones (for sure).
However, the most interesting part are the terms and conditions of the raffle which mentions that the retail price of the Windows Phone 7 (manufacturer and model unknown) is around 499 Euro (which should mean it's including VAT but excluding mobile a phone contract).
If the mentioned price is true, it's not bad at all and quite competitive; especially if you keep in mind the minimum Windows Phone 7 specs are a capacitive WVGA or HVGA touchscreen, a 5 megapixel or higher camera with flash-light, aGPS, accelerometer, compass, light and proximity sensors, at least 256 MB RAM and 8 GB flash ROM and ARM-based Cortex/Scorpion or better CPUs.
Cheers ~ Arne