Microsoft is giving away 25 Windows Phone devices to frustrated BlackBerry users.
Ben Rudolph, Microsoft’s PC guy, offered the devices to BlackBerry users on Wednesday. Rudolph tweeted:
“#DearBlackberry users, Frustrated with your BB? Tell me why your want to upgrade to a #windowsphone – I’ve got 25 to give away”
Microsoft’s latest PR antic follows a number of Windows Phone related stunts by Microsoft employees. Brandon Watson, Microsoft’s senior director of Windows Phone development, recently bet $1,000 on Windows Phone 7 with the author of the comic strip Dilbert. Watson offered Scott Adams the chance to try a Windows Phone 7 device. If Adams didn’t like Windows Phone then Watson promised to donate $1,000 to a charity of Adams’ choice. Adams was impressed by Windows Phone. Watson has also previously offered Windows Phone devices to notorious iPhone hacker Geohot and the original Windows Phone 7 jail breaking team ChevronWP7.
Microsoft also offered webOS developers the opportunity to get a free Windows Phone device to develop apps. Over 500 webOS developers responded to Microsoft’s Windows Phone offer within 24 hours. Microsoft’s latest offer to BlackBerry users follows a three day outage of RIM’s BlackBerry services. BlackBerry BES and BIS services were impacted in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa on October 10, 11 and 12. The outage spread to the U.S., Canada and Latin America on Wednesday preventing users from receiving mail, BBM messages and surfing the internet.
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