Delta Gives Out Windows Phone 8 Handsets to 19,000 Flight Attendants

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Paper Jam

Now I know why bag fees keep going up.

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dimitriz

Ahhh, and I was wondering why my normal round trip went from $350 to $900. It's them FREE phone nobody really pays for.

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DonPMitchell

Walt Mossberg called on of the Lumia phones the best smartphone that nobody is buying. They look great, the cameras are good, Win8 is a good platform for them. But they've lost the apps game. It's not a tech failure, it's an executive management failure, one of many.

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Chad727

That's why I chose Android over Windows when my employer offered me a smartphone. Apps. So many useful (and free) apps at your disposal. Windows makes a great desktop O.S. (I'm talking about Win7 of course) but has failed to get the ball rolling on smartphones.

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hypersonic

I'm so jealous.
Beautiful people always get the best stuff for free.
Sometimes I feel like I want to go away and cry !

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DDRDiesel

I can see it now, "Umm, excuse me, miss? I'd like to ask you to turn your cell phone off? Oh, you can have yours on? Then so can I"

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Mikey109105

I agree completely. If these flight attendants on Delta planes can leave their phones on the entire time, then so can I!

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Paper Jam

+1

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_Jono_

Nokia is spearheading the lackadaisical effort by Microsoft to support its own products. Still, with a bright future of Xbox One, Desktop, Tablet, and Phone integration I am optimistic. Microsoft has all the pieces. Android is fragmented, and Apple is a stagnating pastime that has become merely a brand name.

For those that didn't bother to read the article in its entirety, I just want to point out why Delta made this decision: "based on feedback from flight attendants." Perhaps that's only referring to their desire to have a mobile device for conducting transactions and not specific to wanting a Nokia device. Regardless, diversity sparks growth, and in the boring battle of Apple and Android, Microsoft is bringing its own innovations to the table. Practical and useful information quick and simple. Don't have to unlock my phone. Don't have to open an app and wait for it to load. It's just there at the push of a button, or double-tap. What is google wasting their time doing? Trying to prevent a Windows Phone 8 Youtube app... That's android's "open-source" for ya. They play the same dirty games as Apple did with them.

In my own experience, I let my girl use my phone for her instagram account and she loves how clean, quick, and seamless the interface is. Windows Phone 8 doesn't currently have an official instagram app, but still she notes the positive differences in experience. That's a Windows Phone third party app comparison to the official app she's uses on the iPhone.

At the very least, I am just glad there's a third ecosystem evolving. I hope all three stay around to challenge and spur growth in the mobile market.

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Paper Jam

"What is google wasting their time doing?"

Have you actually used a current Android device? It is clean, quick, has lockscreen widgets so I don't have to unlock first, and doesn't look like the paint-by-numbers mess that is Live Tiles.

And as for Youtube, it is Google's product. Look how long it took for MS to make Office available on Android, and it is a gimped version that isn't available for tablets. Where is your moral outrage about that?

I don't have a problem with MS being the third option, and they have the war chest to stay in the game even without huge sales. But third party apps aren't being written for the platform, and it isn't because of some conspiracy to hold WP8 down. It's simply a numbers game. If more people had Windows Phones then more apps would come, and then more people would want Windows Phones. So maybe more people aren't buying because of the little kid interface, which may also be what is holding Win8 back.

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cownaetion

Opinionated. I have used almost every Android iteration and it is complete and utter crap. I have used every iPhone. Not bad however I do not approve of Apple's complete locked-in design. Windows Phone seems to be the only middle ground.

Point being, your opinion does not outweigh anyone else's opinion.

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mithras77

Just curious as to how much Balmer and Nokia "DONATED" to the CEO of Delta's "BUY MY OWN PRIVATE ISLAND" fund!!!???

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MiGreen

Win Phone 8 is now number 2 in Latin America. Now I can see you bullies saying that all the people their are stupid. To you I say, go to Bolivia and say that. Your one-liners may have been funny once but now there just tiresome.

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limitbreaker

Are you having a conversation with your self again?

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wolfing

I hear they're buying them from each other. Collect 3 of them and you can exchange them for one Galaxy S3

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Mikey109105

I can't WAIT to see how many of those 19,000 people throw them away or sell them, LOL!

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dherrick12

WP8 user here, just gonna chyme in as the devils advocate. I think WP8 is doing well, I mean its growing, and am really impressed with the linup Nokia offers which spans flagship devices such as the 1020 to really affordable ones that are doing well in emerging markets. The market share in the US is not great but I think WP8 will eventually become the third competitor in the smartphone market. Just gonna take a while sadly for marketshare and apps.

I really love the new apps the bing team recently released. News, weather, fianance almost identical to W8 apps - beautiful and functional on the phone, really good example of usefull live tiles. Now if they could just talk to each other (save locations for weather, RSS feeds for news) that would be the kind of integration I expected between WP8 and W8. Rumored to be more integration in the future (sycing tabs in IE for sure) so I'm hoping they keep improving.

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eastbayrae

Is that normal for you to throw away company issued equipment?

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USraging

It does't sound like selling them would work, considering that Microsoft cant sell them either.

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cownaetion

You aren't very knowledgeable.