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Microsoft Gives Out 90,000 Free Phones to Staff

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Free phones for all 95,000 Microsoft employees.

Last week Microsoft announced that it would be sending out preview Windows Phone 7 devices to developers this week. However, Redmond also warned that they had a very limited supply. Could that be because they're giving away 90,000 Windows Phone 7 cell phones, one to each and every Microsoft employee?

Mary Jo Foley yesterday retweeted a message from a Microsoft employee who was gushing about getting a fancy new phone. The original message came from Charl Lee-Pearce, Senior Marketing Manager for Emerging Media at Microsoft.

Giving every employee a WP7 device is a great way to speed up the bug squashing process. With so many Softies using WP7 and reporting back to base, it's likely the majority of bugs will be ironed out before the OS launches publicly in the fall.

Now, let's just hope no one gets drunk and loses it in a bar.

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    sinfulpotato , July 22, 2010 9:02 PM
    Meh, if someone loses it in a bar they should get a bonus for all the free advertising the phone will get.
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    sneaky jedi , July 22, 2010 9:07 PM
    "Now, let's just hope no one gets drunk and loses it in a bar."

    Somehow I don't think they would care as much as apple...
  • 21 Hide
    hellwig , July 22, 2010 8:58 PM
    This just in, 90,000 Win 7 phones just hit e-Bay.
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    sliem , July 22, 2010 8:57 PM
    Fine print reads: "Employee must immediately dispose any non windows phones such as Apple iPhone."
  • 21 Hide
    hellwig , July 22, 2010 8:58 PM
    This just in, 90,000 Win 7 phones just hit e-Bay.
  • 27 Hide
    sinfulpotato , July 22, 2010 9:02 PM
    Meh, if someone loses it in a bar they should get a bonus for all the free advertising the phone will get.
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    zorky9 , July 22, 2010 9:04 PM
    wow! sure is a good way of testing a device. real-world use by real people.

    too bad for the thousands laid off last week.
  • 21 Hide
    sneaky jedi , July 22, 2010 9:07 PM
    "Now, let's just hope no one gets drunk and loses it in a bar."

    Somehow I don't think they would care as much as apple...
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    Marco925 , July 22, 2010 9:08 PM
    zorky9wow! sure is a good way of testing a device. real-world use by real people.too bad for the thousands laid off last week.

    I think they just got laid off because they didn't have enough phones
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    djtronika , July 22, 2010 9:08 PM
    a good gesture.
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    tntom , July 22, 2010 9:11 PM
    This is a smart move on MS's part.
  • 18 Hide
    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 9:13 PM
    90,000 beta testers! WOOT!
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    bigpoppastuke , July 22, 2010 9:15 PM
    Good way to boost service providers profits too.
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    pharge , July 22, 2010 9:24 PM
    hmm.... does that mean MS can claim that I have "sold" more than 90,000 WP7 even before the launch date?..;)

    Wondering does the "every single MS employeee" mean every MS employee in the US or on the earth?... ;) 
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    twu , July 22, 2010 9:41 PM
    Microsoft's last quarter revenue posted 15.3 Billion. That is just a pocket change for 90,000 phone. I'm pretty sure Microsoft pays for more for employee's wireless phone bill monthly. Do you see Apple give out phone's to their employess? no, a few tester got fired instead.
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    Anonymous , July 22, 2010 9:47 PM
    I don't work for Microsoft... but I will take one too. I will even report any bugs found.. Beta testers?
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    pojih , July 22, 2010 9:51 PM
    I'm with craig ^
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    xerroz , July 22, 2010 9:52 PM
    I wish I was one of those employees. Oh well, gonna have to wait till theyre released to buy one :D 
  • 6 Hide
    ben55124 , July 22, 2010 9:54 PM
    Bill Gates - I would have stayed for a free phone.
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    belardo , July 22, 2010 9:57 PM
    What if these phones suck?
  • 5 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , July 22, 2010 10:01 PM
    I wish I worked for Microsoft even more now.
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    NeeKo , July 22, 2010 10:07 PM
    Smart move.

    Kudos Microsoft
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    yellowblue , July 22, 2010 10:23 PM
    They definitely learned from Windows 7. I hope they added more tech to WP7 like natal for free.
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