Microsoft gives away free phones, announces Spotify at Windows Phone party

Today, Microsoft was literally giving away Windows Phone devices at a launch event in New York City, where the company created a giant Windows Phone replica (that actually was a giant display, not static).

It's clear that the company thinks that the devices are going to be a hit, and the party today was no let down. Ben the PC guy took the stage inside the giant Windows Phone and talked about how great the devices were before giving a whole lot away, according to his Twitter account.

Microsoft had it's usual advertising gimmicks out to play, with a Mango Cafe on site, bands inside the giant phone and massive amounts of phone advertising everywhere.

No big plans for Windows Phone were announced at the event, however the company did unveil that Spotify is officially coming to the platform today, and is available now in the marketplace. The company did repeat what we kind of already know at the event about devices becoming available:

  • HTC Radar 4G: Crafted from a single piece of polished aluminum, the HTC Radar is the only white handset in the Windows Phone lineup. $99 after $50 mail-in rebate. 
  • Samsung Focus S: Successor to the award-winning Samsung Focus, the Focus S features a brilliant 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display—the brightest screen in the lineup—a thin 8.55-millimeter profile, and an 8-megapixel camera. $199. 
  • Samsung Focus Flash: The fast and lightweight Samsung Focus Flash features a 3.7” Super AMOLED screen and 5-megapixel camera. $49.
  • HTC Titan: Coming soon from AT&T, the  HTC Titan sports a 4.7” screen—the largest in the Windows Phone lineup—an ultra-thin 9.9-millimeter design, and an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash. $199.

If you attended the event and have any great stories or photos, let us know in the comments!

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18 Comments

Paul Ferson said,
They're giving away phones? If anyone manages to grab more than one, then send one my way!

Plus one on wanting one of those phones...

Xerax said,
I really want that hoodie!

This! I already have a "I <3 Windows Phone" shirt from one of the managers up at MS. I LOVE HOODIES MORE!

It's called marketing. There's nothing better than receiving something for free especially a nice shinny phone. I could care less if had android on it, a free phone just for being there? Sign me up.

smooth3006 said,
Pretty bad the methods microsoft have to use to push the wp7 line.

Yeah, giving away free phones is horrible...Why can't they be more like Apple? /s

smooth3006 said,
Pretty bad the methods microsoft have to use to push the wp7 line.

How they can be so evil and give phones free of charge? </ sarcasm >

I think almost everyone will be happy if get a free phone.

Sell on ebay or give to a friend if u don't like.

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