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Feature and service availability

Windows Phone feature and service experiences can vary depending on a variety of factors, including your language, locale, mobile operator, hardware manufacturer, phone model and operating system version. This topic describes some of the primary differences you may encounter.

Note

This isn't a comprehensive list of every feature or service that may differ, and this list may change without notice.

Languages

Display. Windows Phone supports the following display languages: Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK and US), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian (Bokmål), Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Mexico and Spain), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese.

The specific languages included in your phone depend on your mobile operator or phone manufacturer.

On-screen keyboard. The following on-screen keyboard languages are supported: Albanian, Arabic, Azerbaijani, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK and US), Estonian, Filipino, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian (Bokmål), Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (Mexico and Spain), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Vietnamese.

These input languages are available on all phones, regardless of which display languages your mobile operator or phone manufacturer chose to include.

Text suggestions. The following on-screen keyboard languages also support text suggestions: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK and US), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian (Bokmål), Persian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Mexico and Spain), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese.

Apps

App purchase. You can buy apps from the Windows Phone Store in the following countries/regions: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo (DRC), Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao SAR, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

App availability, prices and supported languages vary by country/region.

Music and podcasts

Depending on your country/region, you might be able to do some or all of the following:

  • Buy music.
  • Rent music.
  • Download podcasts from the Store (only available in the United States).
  • Use Smart DJ.

Search

Bing search. Bing search (accessed from the phone's hardware Search button) is available in the following countries/regions: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Congo (DRC), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Côte d’Ivoire, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao SAR, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Palau, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Romania, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

In some cases, phone manufacturers and mobile operators can configure the hardware Search button to a locally relevant search site.

Local search. Local search results (which appear as a pivot in Bing search results) are available in the following countries/regions: Albania, Andorra, Angola, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Bulgaria, Burundi, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao SAR, Macedonia, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.

Image search. Image search results (which appear as a pivot in Bing search results) are available in the following countries/regions: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.

Music search. Music search results are available in the following countries/regions: Australia, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States.

Vision search. Depending on your country/region, Bing Vision can use your phone camera to do the following:

  • Search for product information: France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain (Spanish only), Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.
  • Look up Microsoft Tags and QR codes: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India (English only), Italy, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines (English only), Portugal, Russia, Singapore (English only), South Africa, Spain (Spanish only), Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.
  • Translate written text: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines (English only), Portugal, Singapore (English only), South Africa, Spain (Spanish only), United Kingdom, United States.

Voice search. Voice search results are available in the following countries/regions: Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.

Maps

Maps. The Windows Phone Maps app is available in the following countries/regions: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States. In some cases, mobile operators and phone manufacturers can choose to remove or replace the app.

Local Scout. Local Scout (a feature accessible from the Start screen, Bing search, and Maps) is available in the following countries/regions: Australia, China, France, United Kingdom, United States.

Traffic. Traffic information from Bing is available for selected cities in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

Speech

Find and Search. The "Find" and "Search" speech commands (used for searching the web with your voice) are available in the following countries/regions: France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States.

Open and Start. The "Open" and "Start" speech commands (used for starting an app with your voice) are available in the following countries/regions: Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India (English), Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Taiwan, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.

Call. The "Call" speech command (used for calling someone from your contact list or for dialling a phone number) is available in the following countries/regions: Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, India (English), Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States.

Voice to text. You can use your voice to dictate text messages in the following countries/regions: France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.

Networking

WiFi. Your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer can choose not to include support for WiFi networking. For more info, see Connecting to a WiFi network.

Internet connection sharing. Your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer can choose not to include support for Internet connection sharing.

Bluetooth. Your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer can choose not to include support for Bluetooth. For more info, see Pairing your phone with a Bluetooth accessory.

Other

Find My Phone. The ability to locate your phone on a map isn't available in the following countries/regions: Argentina, China, India, Korea, Peru and Turkey.

Data Sense. This feature isn't available in all countries/regions. Not all mobile operators offer Data Sense.

Windows Phone app for desktop (beta). This app is available in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), English, German, Italian and Spanish.

Memory (RAM). Some apps and features won't work on phones with less than 1 GB of RAM. To see how much memory your phone has, check the manufacturer's website or your phone's documentation.

Xbox LIVE service. For a list of countries/regions where the Xbox LIVE service is supported, see Xbox.com.

Visual voicemail. Visual voicemail isn't available for all mobile operators.

Group text messaging. Your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer can choose how to configure this feature. For more information, see Sending a text or chatting.

Camera focus. Your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer can choose not to support custom focus (the ability to focus on the point you tap on the screen when you take a photo). For more information, see Taking, editing and sharing photos and videos.

TTY. Your mobile operator or hardware manufacturer can choose not to include support for TTY (also known as a teletypewriter, text telephone or a telecommunication device for the deaf).

Tap a phone number. In some countries/regions, you can tap a phone number in text to dial that number.

Note

Some of the features and services described above require the most recent version of Windows Phone. If your phone doesn't already have the most recent version of Windows Phone software, you might be able to install it. See How do I update my phone software? to learn more.

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