Microsoft Stores offer up free Windows Phone 7 devices

Everyone wants to get free stuff. Now Microsoft is offering something for free if patrons to its various Microsoft retail stores in the US spend $499 or more on products while inside the store. According to, those folks will get to choose one free Windows Phone 7 first generation smartphone if they reach that amount.

People can pick from one of several devices, including the LG Quantum, the HTC HD7 and the Dell Venue Pro. The HTC Surround, which is now no longer made, is also part of this special deal. Microsoft currently has 14 Microsoft Store locations in the US. That includes a new location in the University Village section of Seattle, Washington that's slated to open its doors to the public on Thursday.

The free Windows Phone 7 offer with the $499 Microsoft Store purchase ends on October 28. It's currently not known if Microsoft will add any of the Windows Phone 7.5 devices already announced by HTC and others before the promotional deal runs out.

In related Windows Phone 7 news, has posted up some more rumors about the next version of Windows Phone 7. It includes word that the chassis design for smartphones for the next update, code name Tango, could include a screen resolution of 480x320, similar to the BlackBerry design, along with LTE support. The chassis design for the next major overall for the OS, code named Apollo, could finally allow for a dual core processor along with a 1280x720 screen. As usual, Microsoft has not commented on this rumor.

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