Now that I have been proven completely wrong about the announcement of the Zune 2, (I found out too late it was under an embargo) I have still followed the new release to see what other information could be gleaned.
In a surprise statement (for its candor) from J. Allard, Corporate Vice President, Design and Development, Entertainment and Devices Division for Microsoft (the guy behind the Zune and had a hand in the original XBox), pulled by the curtain a little to confirm that a Zune phone at some point in the future, may definitely be an option, somewhere down the road.
Speaking with MocoNews.net, Allard responded to the question:
So are there any thoughts about a Zune phone?
“A: (Points to head) Yes. (Points to mouth) No. (Laughs) The thing we are focusing on is that Zune is music first. We think there is a lot of runway first in redefining the music experience with partners. That said, we built it on the same operating system as that phone right there. (Points to Motorola Q running Windows Mobile) So we have the flexibility to take these in a different direction where our customers, our partners and we are ready.”
So, seems Microsoft is certainly headed in the direction of a Zune phone and I wouldn't be surprised if there is an unofficial prototype or two floating around MS HQ. It is in keeping with the normal tactics of creating corporate confusion when big corporations slug it out that a Zune Phone will someday be unleashed on the world as Mindy Mount said back in early September.
As for now, we will have to wait and see. But, I do like J. Allard's answer which would lead me to believe we may see the Zune phone sooner rather than later.