If you're fed up with your Droid smartphone and want the world to know about it, you could win one of two Windows Phone devices from Microsoft. And if you're simply jonesing for a Windows Phone without any mobile hate in your heart, you could also win, provided you act fast. Microsoft is celebrating Valentine's Day by giving away a pair of Windows Phone devices with multiple ways to enter.
If you’re got a hankering for a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone and don’t want to wait for the Lumia 900 to drop on AT&T, Microsoft might have you covered very shortly. Microsoft will reportedly be selling Lumia 800 bundles in its retail stores on February 14th for a whopping $899. While that’s a big number, users get more than the phone in the deal.
Windows Phone has struggled to differentiate itself in the market against established rivals such as Android and iOS, but through it all Brandon Watson was the developer evangelist making sure a lack of apps was never the reason people opted for the competition. His commitment to platform has helped to inspire app development beyond Redmond’s wildest expectations, however ZDnet blogger Mary Jo Foley has just confirmed that Brandon is moving on, and being tasked with leading Amazon’s cross-platform Kindle efforts.
If Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 device proves all that a bag of chocolate covered popcorn, perhaps it will give the Finnish phone maker some much needed momentum going into 2012. Nokia needs the Lumia 900 and subsequent smartphones to be successful. Sales were down 21 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter at Nokia, and its operating profit tipped into the negative side to the tune of 1.07 billion euros, or $1.4 billion.
It's not unusual for a high-end smartphone to command $300 on a subsidized contract, and there are certainly a great number of powerful devices priced at $200. Word on the Web is that Nokia's upcoming Lumia 900 smartphone will run just $100 at AT&T with a two-year service agreement, and if that's true, kudos are in order for both Nokia and AT&T for such an aggressive launch.
The next time you're out battling the crowd at Wally World stocking up on toilet paper, cereal, and fish bait (hopefully for different purposes and not because of some weird fetish), you may decide to add a Windows Phone 7.5 device to your shopping cart. It's not exactly a tough sell when the mega retailer decides to give one away for free, like it's doing with Nokia's Lumia 710 smartphone.
Microsoft has begun rolling out a Windows Phone update intended to stomp out myriad bugs and glitches associated with the mobile OS platform, and that should be received as a good thing. So why are so many Windows Phone users freaking out and suddenly worrying about fragmentation similar to what exists on Android? It has to do with a change in Microsoft's transparency policy.
If you thought 2011 was a busy year in the mobile handset market, just wait until you see what's in store for 2012. The battleground is quickly becoming a lot more competitive and will include Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) handsets from Google and its partners, probably an iPhone 5 model with a slightly larger screen, and the introduction of so-called "superphones."
Windows Phone Marketplace has now surpassed the 50,000-app mark, according to the All About Windows Phone blog, which has established itself as the leading authority on Windows Phone app counts. More importantly, this milestone has been reached just under 14 months. Hit the jump more.
The first Nokia Windows Phone 7 device is about to hit American shores, and it’s coming to none other than... T-Mobile? It might not be the network people were hoping for, but it’s also not the device either. The Lumia 710 is the budget-friendly Nokia handset, and is going to sell for $49.99 on a 2-year contract. No one looks to be carrying the higher-end Lumia 800.