UK retailer offers free Windows 8 upgrade with Lumia 820 purchase

You would think that Microsoft would do more to boost up sales of its newly launched Windows Phone 8 devices from Nokia and HTC by tying in the purchases of those products with its new Windows 8 OS. Thankfully, a UK retailer has the bright idea to do just that. reports that UK-based Carphone Warehouse is giving people who buy the just launched Nokia Lumia 820 a way to get a free upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for their PC. Normally, the cost to get such an upgrade would be 49.99 pounds in that part of the world.

Again, we don't understand why Microsoft wouldn't make this kind of offer on its own. We think that not only would it be a great incentive for anyone who was thinking about the purchase of a new Windows Phone 8 device, but it would certainly boost the number of Windows 8 upgrades for older PCs.

With the holiday season coming up, along with Black Friday 2012, it's possible that smartphone retailers here in the US will launch similar Windows 8-Windows Phone 8 tie in deals. We will be keeping an eye out on such sales over the next several weeks.

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