Microsoft has two ways to win a Nokia Lumia 900

The Nokia Lumia 900 officially launches on Sunday but Microsoft is sponsoring two online contests where some people will win a copy of the Windows Phone-based smartphone. The Windows Phone blog reveals that a Twitter contest is underway and will conclude with one person getting the Lumia 900.

To enter, simply follow the @windowsphone Twitter account and then post an answer to this question: “What would you do with more free time?” The message must include the hashtag #freetimemachine to be eligible to win. The competition is linked to the whole "time machine" promotion that we reported on earlier this week and ends at 5 pm Pacific time today (that's 8 pm Eastern time), so get tweeting quickly!

Another way to win a Lumia 900 is to become a member of Microsoft's Bing Rewards program. As we have reported before, signing up for Bing Rewards allows people to gain points based on searching and engaging in activities in Bing which can then be exchanged for prizes.

In this case, putting in 10 Bing Rewards points will enter you into the contest to win the Lumia 900. Microsoft even throws in $200 to help pay for that pesky AT&T contract. There will be five winners and the contest ends on May 1.

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FalseAgent said,
Too bad us asians who are poorer don't actually get any free stuff by these large corporations.

By contrast how often does a large Asian corporations give US citizens something for free?

To be honest it probably all works out fair... it's just that Neowin mainly reports US / UK promotions.

eddman said,
@n_K
@jbrooksuk

Why would they offer a locked AT&T phone to non-US residents?!

they have a lumia 900 in rogers canada

jbrooksuk said,
USA only gah!

if u live in the UK befriend Nokia UK on facebook or twitter competitions are often posted on there

n_K said,
Let me guess, USA only? *sigh*

Every time one of these contests happen, there is the choir of people complaining about it being US only. In the US, the winner (not the company giving away the device) of a contest is required to pay taxes on the value of the winnings. Being an unlocked Lumia 900 is $899.99 and you get $200, you need to pay taxes on $1100. Because of this, there are laws that restrict who can receive prizes like this. Usually you also need to be a US citizen so the US govt can track you to make sure they get their money. It is not because Microsoft doesn't want non-US citizens to have them, it is because they are restricted by law.

nohone said,

Every time one of these contests happen, there is the choir of people complaining about it being US only. In the US, the winner (not the company giving away the device) of a contest is required to pay taxes on the value of the winnings. Being an unlocked Lumia 900 is $899.99 and you get $200, you need to pay taxes on $1100. Because of this, there are laws that restrict who can receive prizes like this. Usually you also need to be a US citizen so the US govt can track you to make sure they get their money. It is not because Microsoft doesn't want non-US citizens to have them, it is because they are restricted by law.

As a Canadian, I can win US prizes, there is just some paperwork to be tax exempt. Microsoft could ALSO, in addition, run the same promotion for Canadians [or other countries], but maybe only 1 winner instead of five to make up for the population difference. There may be some legal issues, but countries other than the US have contests, and Microsoft has offices in those other countries, so there is nothing stopping them from rewarding their customers that live outside the US, they just choose not to bother.

nohone said,

Every time one of these contests happen, there is the choir of people complaining about it being US only. In the US, the winner (not the company giving away the device) of a contest is required to pay taxes on the value of the winnings. Being an unlocked Lumia 900 is $899.99 and you get $200, you need to pay taxes on $1100. Because of this, there are laws that restrict who can receive prizes like this. Usually you also need to be a US citizen so the US govt can track you to make sure they get their money. It is not because Microsoft doesn't want non-US citizens to have them, it is because they are restricted by law.

Lumia 900 is $450 unlocked.