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Each store will give away at least 8 devices

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) has posted a new event on Facebook, Inc.'s (FB) social network that should interest some readers.  This weekend it will give away at least eight Windows Phone devices at every Microsoft Store for free via an instant win game called "Opportunity Rings".
Details on the game are scarce; it's unclear which handset or handsets will be given away.  But presumably they'll be devices from Microsoft's recently acquired Nokia Devices unit.
The event may have something to do with Windows Phone 8.1, which is expected to roll out to Windows Phone 8 devices in the U.S. shortly as a free upgrade.

Windows Phone event

The Facebook page alludes to "tickets" for the event, but visiting our store's page just brings up a list of events.  It's unclear whether this simply hasn't been activated yet, or if it's just some unintentional verbiage from Facebook.
For those unfamiliar with Microsoft Stores, check out the following link.  You might be surprised at how many Microsoft has set up.

Microsoft Store
A Microsoft Store in San Francisco, Calif. [Image Source: Jason Mick/DailyTech LLC]

Microsoft's Windows Phone is currently in third place in the smartphone market, but has struggled to gain market share. The devices are largely outpriced on the budget end by low-end devices with Google Inc.'s (GOOG) Android, and outsold on the high-end as well by Android and Apple, Inc. (AAPL) smartphones which enjoy higher brand visibility and consumer familiarity.
However, it's expected to gain traction with Windows Phone now offered -- for the first time -- to OEMs for free.  As virtually every Android smartphone maker must pay a patent licensing fee to Microsoft, Microsoft now enjoys a key price advantage over Google.  And as they say in Field of Dreams "If you build it [they] will come."

Source: Windows Phone Event on Facebook

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Female photos
By chµck on 5/1/2014 12:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
Gee, I'd really like a better view of that microsoft store. Unfortunately, there's a lady blocking a large portion of the photo.

RE: Female photos
By theplaidfad on 5/1/2014 12:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
Directly behind her is a skinny nerd guy with glasses. Which would you rather see?

(Don't say the store, again!)

RE: Female photos
By chµck on 5/1/2014 12:47:30 PM , Rating: 3
the store, again!

RE: Female photos
By milktea on 5/1/2014 12:58:24 PM , Rating: 3
Very sad that whoever took that picture of MS store doesn't know how to use HDR mode?

RE: Female photos
By Argon18 on 5/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Female photos
By Dave1231 on 5/2/2014 8:45:54 AM , Rating: 2
That's not a lady.......

Phone revenue
By wordsworm on 5/1/2014 11:28:19 AM , Rating: 2
They make more on every Android made than they do from their own phone OS.

RE: Phone revenue
By Flunk on 5/1/2014 11:46:00 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe on sale they do, but not in the long term. Their phones plug right into Bing, Xbox Services, their app store and other Microsoft services. They all work great, much like Google's services on Android but that's where they're making the money.

RE: Phone revenue
By lagomorpha on 5/1/14, Rating: 0
RE: Phone revenue
By synapse46 on 5/1/2014 4:12:06 PM , Rating: 2
I believe this is from licensing fat, I forget the details, but I don't understand why some carriers don't just drop this support and the MS fee.

By juanitoriv on 5/3/2014 1:02:19 AM , Rating: 2
I knew I should have gone to Denver today. I'd get me a new WP!! RRRRRR

By ResStellarum on 5/5/2014 1:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
Well they needed to get rid of that surplus Nokia stock sitting in the warehouse somehow. They couldn't very well take another billion dollar write down. So give them away, call it a promotion, and keep their jobs. Ingenious.

Wintard phones
By Argon18 on 5/1/14, Rating: -1
RE: Wintard phones
By Argon18 on 5/1/14, Rating: -1
RE: Wintard phones
By PsychoPif on 5/1/2014 5:14:17 PM , Rating: 3
Or because it's false.

Windows Phone

Also, marketshare in the US is not the end of the world.

RE: Wintard phones
By CharonPDX on 5/1/2014 7:58:15 PM , Rating: 2
While there are other smartphone OSes, new-device OS share is vastly dominated by just three. Even Blackberry at this point is an asterisk.

2013 Q4: Android 219M, iOS 50M, Windows 8.5M, Blackberry 1.8M, all other 1.9M. Or Android 78%, iOS 18%, Windows 3%, BB 1%, Other 1%. Tizen, Firefox, Sailfish, Ubuntu, Bada, AND BLACKBERRY, ALL COMBINED are less than 1.5% of the market. (Numbers from Wikipedia's sources.)

The OSes that, all combined, are less than half the market share of the #3 OS (which itself is already way behind #2,) are effectively not worth counting in comparisons. I don't compare AC Propulsion to Ford and Chevy. I don't compare Firefox with Android or even Windows Phone.

RE: Wintard phones
By CharonPDX on 5/1/2014 7:48:57 PM , Rating: 1
No, you got voted down for using the word-part "tard".

RE: Wintard phones
By scbundy on 5/1/2014 10:36:33 PM , Rating: 5
Never ceases to amaze me how people get so hostile over an article as simple as a tech company giving away free hardware.

RE: Wintard phones
By ResStellarum on 5/5/2014 12:38:55 PM , Rating: 1
It should be a prerequisite that whenever someone calls Windows Phone 'third place', they prefix it with 'distant'. Or preferably just 'bottom of the market', after all it's almost indistinguishable from Bada, Jolla, Firefox OS, Blackberry, and so on.

you couldnt PAY me to use one of their phones!
By jnemesh on 5/1/14, Rating: -1
By flyingpants1 on 5/2/2014 1:37:29 AM , Rating: 1
Android interface is not that slow. Android phones have the best battery life on the market. Malware comes from the user installing dumb stuff, it's not like it gets on there automatically. And every company tracks everything nowadays.

Windows phone is OK, but there's no way I'd ever get a Lumia 930 over a Nexus 5 or OnePlus One. If it were $299 I'd consider it, but it's not.

By Gunbuster on 5/2/2014 1:51:13 PM , Rating: 2
Why use one? Hmmm lets see:

Consistently fast UI
Cheap phones (Lumia 52X)
Best camera (Lumia 1020)
Covers all the basics out of the box without need for apps
Can uninstall 100% of the carrier shitware
Super cheap phones ($6 Lumia 925)
One Note
One Drive
The list goes on...

By juanitoriv on 5/3/2014 12:58:43 AM , Rating: 1
I have an HTC 8X, had since November 2012. It has consistently ben great, and only getting better with all the updates. WP8.1 is awesome!! I have no idea what you're talking about. Horrid UI?? So one would prefer static icons instead of tiles that provide actual information?? You're not right in the head bro..

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