Smoked by Windows Phone gets extended (again)

if you live near a Microsoft Store retail location in the US and still haven't taken on one of its employees in its Smoked by Windows Phone challenge, the good news is that you still have time to participate. The campaign was supposed to wrap up in late March but got extended to April 5th. Now the contest's official rules (via AnythingbutiPod.com) have shown that the challenge's deadline has been extended again, this time to April 12th.

The bad news is that nice limited edition Hunger Games HP Folio ultrabook is no longer the prize you win if you actually beat the Microsoft Store employee. Instead the prize is a $1,000 Microsoft Store gift card, which could mean you could buy a few Xbox 360 consoles or even a cheaper laptop if they have them available at the retail store.

There will be 10 of those gift cards to win for each Microsoft Store location. If you lose the challenge, you will get one of 250 $25 Microsoft Store gift cards. This is also a replacement compared to Microsoft giving the loser a free Windows Phone smartphone in place of his losing phone.

The Smoked by Windows Phone challenge in the retail store locations got a little bad publicity in its first week when a few participants complained that the store manager would not give them a laptop even though they had allegedly won the challenge. Microsoft made amends with at least two of these people.

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Daniel_Pooh said,
How does this work wouldnt they lose billions to all the Android phones beating them?

Nope, they do this thing called "not paying out the winners". So there really isn't any point to this.

Daniel_Pooh said,
How does this work wouldnt they lose billions to all the Android phones beating them?

yes they would lose billions, if Android could actually beat them

Toysoldier said,

yes they would lose billions, if Android could actually beat them


And Androids would if people were prepared.

I am probably not the only one thinking this but: this campaign needs to die and get buried. It's turned into a laughable lawsuit-ready fiasco over the last few weeks.

ir0nw0lf said,
I am probably not the only one thinking this but: this campaign needs to die and get buried. It's turned into a laughable lawsuit-ready fiasco over the last few weeks.

Except you aren't paying to take the challenge do there's no loss to you. Hard to see how you would win any lawsuit, especially when you still get something if you lose.

If the best selling point you have for your product is that the other guys product sucks....yours probably isn't any better. If you have truly built a great product tell me about it. Don't waste words on your competition..

yowanvista said,
If the best selling point you have for your product is that the other guys product sucks....yours probably isn't any better. If you have truly built a great product tell me about it. Don't waste words on your competition..

I think you are missing the point here. Microsoft is making an effort to show people the built-in capabilities of it's phone; that in fact, the everyday functionality that you do is faster in Windows Phone. It is a different form of marketing, and although there were some set backs, it is still going on strong.

RommelS said,

I think you are missing the point here. Microsoft is making an effort to show people the built-in capabilities of it's phone; that in fact, the everyday functionality that you do is faster in Windows Phone. It is a different form of marketing, and although there were some set backs, it is still going on strong.


So if WP is faster does that imply that it IS better than the competition? It may be faster at some tasks but iOS & Android are more efficient than WP.

and I think Android is a bloated POS, and WP7 is a sleek productive phone, we all have different expectations of an efficient phone