Microsoft Confident in Windows Phone, Holds Promotion

The Windows phone has been on the market for some time now, but it has failed to really take off. Though the OS itself isn’t lacking, people have not yet seen the light in Microsoft’s branding for the phone. Microsoft are placing sheer confidence in the speed of the platform by offering a limited time promotion that can arguably be considered a win-win situation…if you want to give up your iPhone that is.

Most ads that Microsoft airs for its device have concerned the device’s speed; they’s supposedly built the OS from the ground up to make it function lightning fast, whether its with technical aspects (quickly loading up the camera and taking a shot) or social (posting to Facebook in a flash). They’ve evidently placed a lot of trust into the phone’s speed and processor with the following contest.

All you’ve got to do to enter is walk into a Microsoft retail store and ask to enter the contest (or be prompted depending on the sales clerks). If you can achieve one of the following five tasks, with your smartphone, faster than the Windows phone, you’ll receive a limited edition Hunger Games PC (HP Folio 13 Special Edition), which is valued at a total of $1049.00.

Microsoft explains:

“The object of this contest is for you to come into the Microsoft Store and try to beat the Microsoft Windows Phone in a series of five ‘Smoked by Windows Phone’ challenge scenarios selected by Microsoft.”

The scenarios include:

1) Pocket-to-Picture-to-Post

2) Real-Time Information with Live Tiles

3) Using the People Hub to Stay in Touch with the People You Care About Most

4) Updating Your Status Across Multiple Social Networks

5) Local Scout (find nearby points of interest)

Jolly day! Free Windows phones for all! Yeah…not really. The catch behind the whole promotion is that you can either opt to take the phone for free or not. Why would you choose not to you may ask? In order for you to gain possession of the new phone, you must first give up your current device regardless of if it’s an iPhone, a Blackberry, one of the multitude of Android devices or whatever. Depending on what exactly you’ve got, this may not be such a bad trade, but I certainly wouldn’t want to give up my iPhone 4S for a Windows phone.

The good news is that the phone will come unlocked.

You can read the rules of the contest here and also can see a video of contestants embedded below:

[Via Appboy]