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Microsoft Giving Away Windows Phones to Developers

Want a free Windows Phone? If you're a West Coast-based developer writing apps for that platform, you're in luck. Microsoft's Daniel Egan has a limited supply that he's giving away, according to his blog.

So, what do you do if you're a Midwesterner, Southerner or non-Leftie? Egan says it may take some more work to get your phone, but you may still be able to score one of the devices. If you just want the phone and aren't directly interested in building apps for it, you won't get one, Egan says.

This is more evidence of Microsoft's intense push to grow the app ecosystem around Windows Phone, which is likely to determine the phone's ultimate success. And it's smart; I'm a big fan of Windows Phone, and also want iPhone and Android to have some real competition (disclaimer: I do not own a Windows Phone, but I've used several).

But you can only get one, as they say, while supplies last.

Posted by Keith Ward on 02/22/2012 at 1:15 PM


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Reader Comments:

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 Lee Rochester, NY

Rich - the $99 is a "suck you in" price. After the first year the price jumps - A LOT - for the required secure certificate to sign your apps with. I think it was a ridiculous $300 or something - over and above the $100/year, and you're not allowed to shop around for vendors or encryption agents - you must use theirs.

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 Rich Phila

I already have a Phone. Microsoft needs to stop the 99.00 MarketPlace costs. I'm an independent developer that would be existed to to create another app. I already did once, but it got revoked since I stopped my membership. It was just a free app.

Tue, Feb 28, 2012 David Konecny Washington DC

Haven't yet developed on Windows Phone but I've been getting excited about it. Have Visual Studio 2010 but haven't used the phone app builder yet.

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 Gideon Columbus OH

Chris, from Queens, NY. A non-developer from East Coast would not get any free phone. They shouldn't, since they already had Android or iPhone.

Thu, Feb 23, 2012 Keith Ward

Chris: In that case, you can find some great deals on them!

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 Chris Queens, NY

What if your an east coast based non developer?

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