Windows Phone 7 looks like reasonable value at first glance, but a big part of the appeal for any smart phone is the range of apps. I've mused over whether the app range will be up to scratch, but for Aussie users there's a more fundamental problem: foreign transaction credit card charges every time you buy an app.
Nick at Gizmodo reports that purchases on Windows Phone 7 by Australian customers are being charged via Singapore, which means they attract a foreign transaction charge if you use a . Microsoft has form for stupid Singapore-based charging, but that's no excuse for something so moronic. (People who use carrier-based billing don't have this problem.)
There's no nice way to say this Microsoft: that's a stupid decision, and reason enough to recommend that no-one in Australia buys Windows Phone 7 apps. Every other app store can manage Australian dollar charging: not doing that means you just don't give a rats, so we should we?