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MS: Free Windows Phones for Disgruntled Android Users

By - Source: Sophos | B 39 comments

Microsoft wants to hear your Android-based horror stories... it may just land you a free Windows Phone device.

Are you a disgruntled Android device owner who is just sick and tired of all that malware plaguing Google's OS? Microsoft wants to hear all about it. In fact, the company may even give you a free Windows Phone 7 device after hearing your #droidrage.

According to Graham Cluley of security firm Sophos, Windows Phone "evangelist" Ben Rudolph is the mastermind behind Microsoft's latest scheme to get consumers interested in Windows Phone 7. As Cluley points out, the Redmond company is hitting below the belt, seemingly promoting Android's lack of proper malware protection rather than the benefits of Windows Phone 7.

The scheme was started by Rudolph on Twitter, using the #droidrage hashtag while linking to articles regarding Android malware. Rudolph claims that he will provide a Windows Phone "upgrade" to the "5 best/worst" Android malware encounters. "Been nailed with Android malware and have #Droidrage? Share you story with me...you might win an upgrade to a #windowsphone!" he promises in a Tweet.

One reply tells of an Android device owner whose personal information was compromised twice. Another complains about the overall instability of Android, covering fragmentation, constant restarts, poor battery life and more. Others have even complained about Microsoft's rather transparent marketing ploy, turning their nose up at the offer.

"A big THANK YOU to everyone who shared a #droidrage story," Rudolph said on Twitter. "Yes, I read every single one. But only have 5 phones to give away!"

To vent your aggravation over Android, leave him a message after the Tweet, and perhaps he'll get back to you with a sparkly new Windows Phone device.

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    pythy , December 15, 2011 12:20 AM
    Does the offer apply for disgrunted iOS users?
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    shoda , December 15, 2011 12:24 AM
    I'm with pythy, what about us iOS users?!
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    laxduck26 , December 15, 2011 2:11 AM
    I think it's quite a smart marketing move. I know many people who go straight to the iPhone when they get sick of putting up with Android because they think the iPhone is the only other option. This is a way for them to capture some of those people looking to move away from Android.
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    pythy , December 15, 2011 12:20 AM
    Does the offer apply for disgrunted iOS users?
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    shoda , December 15, 2011 12:24 AM
    I'm with pythy, what about us iOS users?!
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    Yuka , December 15, 2011 12:31 AM
    Hope this doesn't turn against them... It's very arrogant to do this kind of publicity/stunt.

    Oh well, let's see how this turns out.

    Cheers!
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    ananthu123 , December 15, 2011 12:34 AM
    Pity their marketing strategy. If you can't beat them, blame them- and give away free phones?
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    bluekoala , December 15, 2011 12:36 AM
    I'm willing to bet 10$ that percentage wise there will be more disgruntled windows phone users.
    That if there will be windows phone users other than the ones who win a phone from this contest.
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    bobusboy , December 15, 2011 12:51 AM
    pythyDoes the offer apply for disgrunted iOS users?


    What ever do you mean? There's nothing wrong with iOS devices; they just work.
    *poker face*
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    yose3 , December 15, 2011 1:01 AM
    when thay trying to todo something like that it mean android is doing prety well....
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    bebangs , December 15, 2011 1:08 AM
    post some "arrow to the knee" jokes on his post. you might win wp7. profit!

    i used to have an android phone, then i took an arrow to the knee. Now, im just hoping to win free WP7.

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    richboyliang , December 15, 2011 1:09 AM
    nice try microsoft
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    stm1185 , December 15, 2011 1:28 AM
    Wonder what they gave Androids users on Verizon, seeing how they cant get a WP7 phone worth a dam on big red.
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    kinggraves , December 15, 2011 1:37 AM
    What do I get for the many years of Windows malware issues?
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    laxduck26 , December 15, 2011 2:11 AM
    I think it's quite a smart marketing move. I know many people who go straight to the iPhone when they get sick of putting up with Android because they think the iPhone is the only other option. This is a way for them to capture some of those people looking to move away from Android.
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    Parsian , December 15, 2011 2:24 AM
    Honestly their WP7 is great. They just didnt market properly or they got into it late. And from what i see, Nokia models seem to be inferior in hardware to whats coming from other companies.

    So they are not in a good shape hardware wise. I hope, Samsung and HTC boost WP7 and W8 devices.
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    otacon72 , December 15, 2011 2:26 AM
    Um it's actually a great marketing strategy. Those comments are going to wind up in all kind of marketing ads.
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    holdingholder , December 15, 2011 4:38 AM
    Damn, the thumbs-downers are in full effect on this one.
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    dtm4trix , December 15, 2011 5:07 AM
    this whole thread is malware
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    JOSHSKORN , December 15, 2011 5:13 AM
    Now if only the tables were turned. I have a Windows Mobile 6.1 phone, I'm disgruntled and want an Android phone now.
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    phamhlam , December 15, 2011 5:20 AM
    Just look at the product reviews of most...maybe all windows phone on the 4 nation carriers. They get mostly 5 star reviews from hundreds of people. They are great phones once you give them a try but there are still a few sour folks who might need something from Android or iOS.
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    razorblaze42 , December 15, 2011 5:40 AM
    Anyone know if Windows Phones also have the malware "carrier iq"?
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    freggo , December 15, 2011 5:50 AM
    Hey, just a fair offer.
    After all, you can get FREE Linux if you are a disgruntled Windows user :-)
    (/SARCASM)
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