Microsoft giving away free phones to those with Android woes

Microsoft is charging into the smartphone war with all guns blazing this year. After launching Mango, the company built a giant Windows Phone in New York and gave away free devices to those who attended parties across the US. Now, the company is giving out devices to anyone with "Droid rage" from Android malware.

Ben the PC Guy on Twitter said today;

 

The Redmond based giant really is picking holes in their competitors' platforms. Back when WebOS was announced to be "dead" a few months ago, the company said they would give free phones and resources to any WebOS developer who wanted to switch and this appears to be a similar move to get those who are unhappy with Android to move away.

If you want to enter the competition, just tweet @benthepcguy with your story and the hashtag #droidrage to be in to win. Some great entries so far:

Are moves like this enough to get Microsoft back on top in the smartphone game? Only time will tell. Let us know your droid rage stories in the comments!

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OK, who are the 4 stupid users that thinks Droid is causing problems, hmmmm? Give me your phone, back away slowly, get back on your yellow bus and go AWAY!

Losers... I wouldn't bank on Microsoft getting much "overflow" from droid customers...

Free? Ill make up any **** I can about my great Android phone just to get a free WP phone and sell it and get a even better Android phone.

htcz said,
Free? Ill make up any **** I can about my great Android phone just to get a free WP phone and sell it and get a even better Android phone.

To sell something you first need someone willing to buy it

j/k

I wouldn't take one (actually I probably will so I can sell it and get an Android with the money LOL) even if they gave it away for free (which they do from time to time LOL). Why? One word: boring! With Android, I can spend entire day tweaking and playing with live wall papers, various apps such as FTP servers, web servers, FTP clients, console emulators, file managers, I can use the SD card as a USB flash drive, various useful widgets etc.

Now why would I want a Windows Phone? If your answer is malware, speak for yourself All one needs to do is look at permissions before install. Simply read the print. I recently got a Samsung Captivate Glide and I reckon it's a great phone featuring Tegra 2 and a full qwerty keyboard.

As far as the ICS menu button is concerned (one of the ICS flaws from the other story), I suggest people get a SGSII and just upgrade to ICS yourself. You get the menu button, and an SD card slot. Face unlock? Pointless in my opinion....So much stuff you can do with Android. I think MS fails to realize that WP7 is just not cool (my point of view). Nice attempt though....I would choose WebOS over WP7. I don't like 2-coloured flat squares designed in MS Paint which is why I am skipping Windows 8 and migrating to Linux.

Edited by rwx, Dec 13 2011, 11:30am :

Microsoft can give their phones away for free because of 2 services they can make revenue from: XBox Live and Zune Pass. the other phones don't have these services, so that is why you don't see the other phones for free (just the crappy phones can be free that run Android).

UndergroundWire said,
Hey I hope it works for Microsoft. Most people don't want Windows Phone as evident by it pathetic sales. So good luck Microsoft.

I bet you said the same thing about the XBox when it first came out. The XBox also came out too late as you would probably say, but now XBox is flying off the shelve because of a tactic that MS did by releasing kinect. Give it 5 years before giving your kind of comment.

jesseinsf said,

I bet you said the same thing about the XBox when it first came out. The XBox also came out too late as you would probably say, but now XBox is flying off the shelve because of a tactic that MS did by releasing kinect. Give it 5 years before giving your kind of comment.

Uh care to compare PS3 vs Xbox? Kinect increased sales a little.. but "flying off the shelf".. HARDLY.. the WII wasn't even IN STOCK, so if XBOX is sooo good, then why are the OTHER consoles outselling XBOX, eh mr. wizard?

Get your FACTS straight douche bag, before you go and give YOUR comments.. and we don't need to wait 5 years.. we can debunk YOU right NOW.

jesseinsf said,

I bet you said the same thing about the XBox when it first came out. The XBox also came out too late as you would probably say, but now XBox is flying off the shelve because of a tactic that MS did by releasing kinect. Give it 5 years before giving your kind of comment.

Wrong. I owned both the original and the 360. Please be quiet. You sound entirely too ignorant.

We didn't have to give the iPhone or Android 5 years. Why must I do that for Windows Phone?

Hah... comments here are funny....

When Apple ran virus ads against PC then people thought that was deserved. Look at all the robot fanboys cry now!

BigBoy said,
Hah... comments here are funny....

When Apple ran virus ads against PC then people thought that was deserved. Look at all the robot fanboys cry now!

On the other hand MS fans though they were lame, and now they cheer

ATTENTION Microsoft, I left Windows Phone earlier this year because you all were horrible with us when we had Windows Mobile 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5. You didn't support Windows phone 6.5 at all. You let your customers who had 6.5 sit with useless phones while you worked on Windows phone 7. Finally when you all did come out with Windows Phone 7, it set in a coma for a year with whack phones and some brick updates.. After having 2 phones by you all, and seeing how Windows Phone 7 stayed in a coma, I just couldn't give you all another chance. You all want your fan base back?, Start by having us turn in our old windows mobile 6.5 phone that you all didn't support from day one, and let us choose a new Windows Phone 7 of our choice for free. How about that?

JSYOUNG571 said,
ATTENTION Microsoft, I left Windows Phone earlier this year because you all were horrible with us when we had Windows Mobile 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5. You didn't support Windows phone 6.5 at all. You let your customers who had 6.5 sit with useless phones while you worked on Windows phone 7. Finally when you all did come out with Windows Phone 7, it set in a coma for a year with whack phones and some brick updates.. After having 2 phones by you all, and seeing how Windows Phone 7 stayed in a coma, I just couldn't give you all another chance. You all want your fan base back?, Start by having us turn in our old windows mobile 6.5 phone that you all didn't support from day one, and let us choose a new Windows Phone 7 of our choice for free. How about that?

Huh? Windows Phone 7.5 is great. Don't know what you're complaining about.

JSYOUNG571 said,
and let us choose a new Windows Phone 7 of our choice for free. How about that?

I think you need a nap... Where is your mommy? It's clear your have lost your mind and your pacifier..

I've got a Dell Streak, rooted, still on 2.2.2, 100 apps installed, over a year, not one problem. Maybe if people were not d*cking with their device it would work.

Not everyone knows how to 'root' their devices.
Besides, for what the customer pays, the performance should justify the price out of the box, not after rooting it

To late, I already made the switch and sold my EVO 4G on ebay, which btw was the worst piece of sh.. phone I ever owned. It constantly stalled when listening to music or crashed when syncing to my computer. I had to reboot that sucker first before connecting to the USB cord to avoid stalling my open apps.
I don't even remember last time I restarted my WP7 phone. I think it was when I updated it to Mango over a month ago. So yes, I'm much happier on WP7.5 than on Android and I could see a lot of people making the switch.

@Chica - I bet you spend hours on end trying to get your Mac or iPad desktop/surface to look just right, and cry when you get a smudge on either screen. Others (and, as in "Others" I mean "People-who-actually-do-income-producing-work-on-their-systems") choose Windows because it *is* better for us 85%'ers - if it wasn't, do you think that those of us who use Windows are so vapid as to just keep on rolling-with-the-changes? Get real.

As for a Windows Phone, I'd love to have one to replace my barely functional LG Vortex (and, by "barely functional", I mean that I have to use a totally different piece of software to sync my Outlook Contacts & Appointments). Some of us out there really *do* use our phones to do something productive, instead of downloading games, cute apps that do nothing and other apps to just find the nearest Pho Tai restauraunt that doesn't reak of rancid peanut paste & oil. A Windows Phone would be an awesome, Neil-Armstrong-On-The-Moon moment for me; sadly things like Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy in my left leg and Type II Diabetes doesn't give me an income to get a FREE Windows Phone, so I do what I must.

The issue with Android is people like you and I that recommend it to the other 90+% of the population, those are the folks that are technology quadriplegics and couldn't care less if they owned an Android phone, an iPhone or a Windows Phone, or if their phone has a single core, dual core or runs at 1.5GHz vs. 1.4GHz, because quite frankly they are non-technical and couldn't care less as long as it plays Angry Birds and supports texting (ok maybe a few other things).

The way I see it is, Android is too complicated for that segment of the population, it was created by a bunch of geeks like me, but who unfortunately don't seem to be filtered by folks who are part of that 90% segment. So the result is very bright people at Google creating a mediocre product, and this you see in software companies that have not yet matured.

Apple and Microsoft on the other hand are more mature companies who do put the user experience first. And yes there are very bright and intelligent people that work in all 3 companies, but the main difference is that Google seems to be creating geeky and unrefined products for their own circles, geeks.

So before I recommend a product like Android or even Linux (I think they fit in the same category) to someone who barely knows how to use a computer, let alone a smart phone, I think twice and 9 times out of 10 I'll end-up recommending something else that will make their life more enjoyable, not mine.

NocturnalAlloy said,

Wow +1

It is refreshing to see someone embrace reality.

You are spot on that Geeks tend to design for Geeks; however, unlike yourself, many Geeks still think 'complicated' = better or more powerful.

The whole concept of 'automation' and technology is to make things so easy that even if there are 10 million lines of code, the user doesn't need to see 5000 commands when they can have two buttons that give them all the features.

Complicated is actually the opposite of 'advanced' in technology in the purist form.

Microsoft Word back in the early 90s was deemed the most complicated piece of software ever written due to the capabilities and the number of lines of code. However, the average person writing a letter could care less, and it was successful because it worked and was easy to use.

The other trap is being in the 'in' crowd, where Geeks feel a need to show off complexity as a badge of being in the club. I cringe when I hear a Geek say something like, "OF course I run Linux, I'm a Computer Guru."

This also happens in the Mac and iOS world, as it is the opposite, as it creates a club mentality that lets non-technical people 'pretend' they are trendy and technically brilliant. Part of Apple's marketing is to pull in average people and make them feel like a computer Genius, which is a badge they often try to wear with superiority. However owning an iPad might make watching Netflix on the patio fun, it doesn't give them the instant brilliance into computer science, even though they seem to think it does.

Android has trouble with its 'complexity' that doesn't offer more 'power/features', and Google doesn't seem to grasp the disparity in their OS model compared to iOS or WP7 and why Android is 1990s hair with some lipstick and getting a bit wrinkled and fat.

NocturnalAlloy said,

The way I see it is, Android is too complicated for that segment of the population, it was created by a bunch of geeks like me, but who unfortunately don't seem to be filtered by folks who are part of that 90% segment.

So the result is very bright people at Google creating a mediocre product, and this you see in software companies that have not yet matured. who barely knows how to use a computer, let alone a smart phone, I think twice and 9 times out of 10 I'll end-up recommending something else that will make their life more enjoyable, not mine.

+1 !

Yeah, I agree, it's not limited to computers, it's DVD (with network built in), TV's with google and cars with stereos that play MP3.. same people, different technology.. Dumb asses that cannot (or more likely WILL NOT) RTFM!

thenetavenger said,

and technically brilliant. Part of Apple's marketing is to pull in average people and make them feel like a computer Genius, which is a badge they often try to wear with superiority. However owning an iPad might make watching Netflix on the patio fun, it doesn't give them the instant brilliance into computer science, even though they seem to think it does.

+1 !

Wow imagine couple of years Windows Phones needs antivirus because they are so called *popular* and that they sucks so badly at security.

Just like the PCs running on Windows, whats the difference between your Windows and other people's Windows? nothing.

Once they so called *dominate* the market, the market dies so the only company that can take them down is Apple.

Mac/iPhone/iPad rules while Microsoft sucks. Watch as the history repeats as they take the crown as the worst security for a company.

Chica Ami said,
Wow imagine couple of years Windows Phones needs antivirus because they are so called *popular* and that they sucks so badly at security.

Just like the PCs running on Windows, whats the difference between your Windows and other people's Windows? nothing.

Once they so called *dominate* the market, the market dies so the only company that can take them down is Apple.

Mac/iPhone/iPad rules while Microsoft sucks. Watch as the history repeats as they take the crown as the worst security for a company.

Even the loyal Microsoft fanboys hates the company. I bet they buy Windows is because of Apps and Games. Nothing more.

Chica Ami said,
Wow imagine couple of years Windows Phones needs antivirus because they are so called *popular*

Excuses excuses. Android is worse than Windows XP when it comes to malware.

Chica Ami said,

Even the loyal Microsoft fanboys hates the company. I bet they buy Windows is because of Apps and Games. Nothing more.

lol

Chica Ami said,
Wow imagine couple of years Windows Phones needs antivirus because they are so called *popular* and that they sucks so badly at security.

Just like the PCs running on Windows, whats the difference between your Windows and other people's Windows? nothing.

Once they so called *dominate* the market, the market dies so the only company that can take them down is Apple.

Mac/iPhone/iPad rules while Microsoft sucks. Watch as the history repeats as they take the crown as the worst security for a company.


Dude can't you be neutral instead of taking sides. If you can't then please crawl back into your fan box because fanboys are like people in cults. religious cults either do mass suicide or create wars or even both (war and suicide). A fanboy is a form of product religion. So be neutral and life will have allot more positivity in it. :-)

Chica Ami said,
Mac/iPhone/iPad rules while Microsoft sucks. Watch as the history repeats as they take the crown as the worst security for a company.

Keep on dreaming. People tend to forget that there are still WAY more Windows 7 PC's than all Macs, iPhones, iPads and all other iOS toys combined. Go back to your cave.

thenonhacker said,

Excuses excuses. Android is worse than Windows XP when it comes to malware.

It is? I don't have Malware.. I have a droid.. QUIT grandstanding fool!, now go back to your coloring book, stupid sheep!

Coi said,

Keep on dreaming. People tend to forget that there are still WAY more Windows 7 PC's than all Macs, iPhones, iPads and all other iOS toys combined. Go back to your cave.

Well that's true, but we aren't talking POPULARITY are we? NO! We are talking advanced devices, how long has Windows been out, 20, 30 years? Of COURSE there is more, wow that's just genius.. droid has been out 2 years??!?!?

That's just fantastic use of economics there.. I will go back to my cave if you will go back your planet, dumb ass.

KomaWeiss said,
Why is Microsoft doing this, when their OS for computers gets viruses, trojans, worms, adware, malware, etc? JS

Wait, what? We're still on Windows XP? Damn, we suck.

randomevent said,

Wait, what? We're still on Windows XP? Damn, we suck.

I assur you that there is plenty of malware on Windows 7 too. It doesn't mean that Windows 7 is insecure, as it takes a (very small) amount of social engineering to get it on there, which is no different to Android.

To Microsoft's credit, their speed of fixing exploits in their operating system is pretty decent considering the amount of computers that run Windows.

The issue is that people simply have different mindsets when it comes to computers and electronic devices. Should you run antimalware on your PMP? On your settop box? On your console? Sure, mobile phones are essentially small computers, but even, you can't compare the security models between computers and phones.

Given the proliferation of malware on desktop operating systems, they have proactive measures built in, not including third party antiviruses. In addition, one runs as a limited user with reduced privileges in the desktop operating systems, with permission required to run tasks as administrator or root.

There's no concept of distinguishing user privileges, or even user accounts, on a mobile OS. For instance, iOS has everything running as the 'mobile' user with password 'alpine'. Thus you need a checked ecosystem to keep users secure.

Android's openness can be a good thing but only if users know what they're getting themselves into. Try explaining to an average user why they should avoid checking any random third party marketplace or why they should avoid popular applications that carry little downloads/votes as it's really a popular app with malware wrapped inside.

Simon- said,

I assur you that there is plenty of malware on Windows 7 too. It doesn't mean that Windows 7 is insecure, as it takes a (very small) amount of social engineering to get it on there, which is no different to Android.

Give me your Phone's IP address and I'll show you how it doesn't take social engineering to get malware on Android...

Sadly, the majority of malware on Android is spread directly through the Google Market and often is slipped on top of legitimate App updates, with even Google's own Apps often victim to the piggybacking. The last round of malware out Techs investigated on Android came in on two Google App updates, and Lookout never noticed, even as they took control of the phone performing tasks that are IMPOSSIBLE on WP7.

Simon- said,

I assur you that there is plenty of malware on Windows 7 too. It doesn't mean that Windows 7 is insecure, as it takes a (very small) amount of social engineering to get it on there, which is no different to Android.

Wow, how times change.

Microsoft finally gets a good handle on security, and people start defending 'social engineering' and other excuses that were NOT considered legitimate when it was happening to WindowsXP users.

As for Windows 7 malware, yes it exists, but the weakness is now in crap like Firefox, Flash, JAVA and social engineering, not incompetence of Microsoft.

Sadly we can't say the same for Google, as security is a foreign concept to them, with Android having virtual NO security model, let alone being a secure architecture design like WP7.

thenetavenger said,

Wow, how times change.

Microsoft finally gets a good handle on security, and people start defending 'social engineering' and other excuses that were NOT considered legitimate when it was happening to WindowsXP users.

As for Windows 7 malware, yes it exists, but the weakness is now in crap like Firefox, Flash, JAVA and social engineering, not incompetence of Microsoft.

Sadly we can't say the same for Google, as security is a foreign concept to them, with Android having virtual NO security model, let alone being a secure architecture design like WP7.

butbutbut Android is a Linux Distro, running a Linux Kernel, the safest operating system in the world!!!!
funny that as soon as a Linux distro goes famous, you don't here those fanboys screaming this anymore, been haering it for years. been saying for years 'wait untill a linux distro gets famous enough, bye bye security'

Shadowzz said,

running a Linux Kernel, the safest operating system in the world!!!!

Yes, Android is proof of that.

Jarren Horrocks is the death of himself for most likely trying to pirate the game, the legit game from the market place is clean

Anant Das is probably running outdated software.


Old software really is the curse of android. That and badly designed phones that perform poorly put people off.

Auzeras said,
Jarren Horrocks is the death of himself for most likely trying to pirate the game, the legit game from the market place is clean

Anant Das is probably running outdated software.


Old software really is the curse of android. That and badly designed phones that perform poorly put people off.

Whilst I agree with you in principle I would find it pretty difficult to pirate Angry Birds on Android considering they are all free. Software is all down to OEMs, if you need bleeding edge then that is why the Nexus range exists.

I've never had an issue with malware, it only takes a minimal amount of common sense when you're using a phone - clearly some people cannot handle this. Besides, this is a rather saddening tactic from Microsoft, they can't get their mobile OS to be really competitive in the market so they launch campaigns like this to just give handsets away. It's a shame as I do actually like Windows Phone, if it weren't for the lack of hardware grunt and screen resolution at present but some of the marketing tactics only serve to put me off what could be a great platform.

Glorious said,

Whilst I agree with you in principle I would find it pretty difficult to pirate Angry Birds on Android considering they are all free. Software is all down to OEMs, if you need bleeding edge then that is why the Nexus range exists.

I've never had an issue with malware, it only takes a minimal amount of common sense when you're using a phone - clearly some people cannot handle this. Besides, this is a rather saddening tactic from Microsoft, they can't get their mobile OS to be really competitive in the market so they launch campaigns like this to just give handsets away. It's a shame as I do actually like Windows Phone, if it weren't for the lack of hardware grunt and screen resolution at present but some of the marketing tactics only serve to put me off what could be a great platform.

I am assuming you don't buy from Apple either then?

WA7ER said,

I am assuming you don't buy from Apple either then?

If you're referring to the iPhone, no I have not purchased one. Purely as I find the touchscreen too small and iOS' is not the right fit for me as a mobile phone, the UI etc. are too restrictive for my preferences as I like to be able to customize the experience and have important info at hand as soon as I unlock the device rather than heading into different apps to find what I need.

However, I have no problem with my iPod and enjoy it as a music player. Horses for courses and all that, the issue I have is with marketing tactics like this which only serve to put me off the alternative product.

What a dirty and lame tactic. Focusing on defacing another product instead of focusing at all on your own products merits is just lame.
Seriously does Microsoft realize that
a: their company's products are probably home to over 90% of the worlds malware
b: the only reason android has more malware than win phone is because windows phone has been so incredibly unsuccessful there is virtually no incentive for any dirty scoundrels to bother programming any malware for it

I don't get this whole android malware buzz lately. I've certainly never had a problem with it and install alot of random apk's. Anyway you have to change a setting before you can even install third party apps. I'd rather have a system like androids than say IOS's where the market is safer but the deny and remove countless great apps because they don't confer with their super strict standards...

Must have learned it from Apple then.

Crender said,
What a dirty and lame tactic. Focusing on defacing another product instead of focusing at all on your own products merits is just lame.
Seriously does Microsoft realize that
a: their company's products are probably home to over 90% of the worlds malware
b: the only reason android has more malware than win phone is because windows phone has been so incredibly unsuccessful there is virtually no incentive for any dirty scoundrels to bother programming any malware for it

I don't get this whole android malware buzz lately. I've certainly never had a problem with it and install alot of random apk's. Anyway you have to change a setting before you can even install third party apps. I'd rather have a system like androids than say IOS's where the market is safer but the deny and remove countless great apps because they don't confer with their super strict standards...

Crender said,
What a dirty and lame tactic. Focusing on defacing another product instead of focusing at all on your own products merits is just lame.
Seriously does Microsoft realize that
a: their company's products are probably home to over 90% of the worlds malware
b: the only reason android has more malware than win phone is because windows phone has been so incredibly unsuccessful there is virtually no incentive for any dirty scoundrels to bother programming any malware for it

I don't get this whole android malware buzz lately. I've certainly never had a problem with it and install alot of random apk's. Anyway you have to change a setting before you can even install third party apps. I'd rather have a system like androids than say IOS's where the market is safer but the deny and remove countless great apps because they don't confer with their super strict standards...


Doesn't your point B explains point A?

Crender said,
What a dirty and lame tactic. Focusing on defacing another product instead of focusing at all on your own products merits is just lame.
Seriously does Microsoft realize that
a: their company's products are probably home to over 90% of the worlds malware
b: the only reason android has more malware than win phone is because windows phone has been so incredibly unsuccessful there is virtually no incentive for any dirty scoundrels to bother programming any malware for it

I don't get this whole android malware buzz lately. I've certainly never had a problem with it and install alot of random apk's. Anyway you have to change a setting before you can even install third party apps. I'd rather have a system like androids than say IOS's where the market is safer but the deny and remove countless great apps because they don't confer with their super strict standards...

But they are focusing on their phone and what their platform does better than Android or iOS, run software in a highly secure isolated manner, making malware virtually impossible.

BTW The reason I stopped using my last Droid was malware that slipped in (through an update to a legitimate App from Google's Market, that Lookout also missed.) The malware wasn't highly malicious, but did generate some click through and web site visiting revenue generation, helped shoved a few sites up higher on search click throughs, and sent out several text messages.

Why are the details of what the Malware did important? Well these things are impossible on WP7, as Apps cannot even perform these types of automated actions even if my phone is unlocked and I specifically give an App permission to be God.


BTW, How many years of crashes, malware, and poking fun at Windows (prior to 7) did the Linux community and Apple use as examples of how 'bad' Windows, instead of how 'good' their products are? Well they still try to do it today, even though Windows 7 is far more secure and solid than Linux or OS X.

(Yes, there are numerous reports, studies that show this to be factual about Windows 7, and if that isn't convincing, ask Anonymous, as they had to use Linux servers to get a substantial number of bots to attack Sony and others, instead of the old days of just grabbing WindowsXP desktops.)

Crender said,
What a dirty and lame tactic. Focusing on defacing another product instead of focusing at all on your own products merits is just lame.

Umm ... throwing your turds at your enemies [like monkeys] is legally acceptable in the US. Free Market and Capitalism, which some morons tout, permits such anti-competitive behavior in the fullest.

Regardless, any corporation would pull the same thing given the chance. Google pulls the same **** against Microsoft in various ways everyday.

Edited by Jebadiah, Dec 13 2011, 10:00am :