Over 3,200 “Android malware victims” responded to Microsoft’s free Windows Phone offer

By Tom Warren, on 15th Dec 11 2:24 pm with 62 Comments

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Microsoft revealed on Thursday that over 3,200 individuals revealed their Android malware stories after the company offered free Windows Phones for the worst cases.

Microsoft’s senior Director of Windows Phone communications, Bill Cox, revealed that over 3,200 Android users shared their stories with Microsoft in hope of a free Windows Phone. It’s not clear how Microsoft counted the statistics and whether the figure accurately reflects genuine cases of Android malware or not. The responses stem from an offer Microsoft made to Android malware victims earlier this week. Ben Rudolph, part of Microsoft’s Windows and Windows Phone evangelist team, tweeted on Monday to offer Android malware victims a free Windows Phone. “Share your android malware story (there’s lots going around) and you could win a #windowsphone upgrade,” said Rudolph in a Twitter message on Monday. Rudolph’s offer follows the discovery of 22 malicious Android apps in the Android Market. Google has reportedly pulled more than 100 malicious apps this year. Some of the apps contained the “RuFraud” malware that sends a number of text messages to premium numbers, racking up a bill for Android users.

Microsoft has previously offered free Windows Phones to webOS developers after HP announced their plans to kill the TouchPad and Pre hardware. Over 500 webOS developers responded to Microsoft’s Windows Phone offer within 24 hours. Rudolph also gave away 25 Windows Phone devices to frustrated BlackBerry users in October. BlackBerry users in Europe, Middle East, India and Africa were impacted by an outage on October 10, 11 and 12. The outage spread to the U.S., Canada and Latin America too and prevented users from receiving mail, BBM messages and surfing the internet.

  • Anonymous

    I thought there will be like a million. Android, what a POS

    • Test1ngi23

      Let’s see 3200 / 1,000,000 = 0.32%. Android is only 0.32% as shitty as you had originally thought.

    • Anonymous

      n you have been a shit since you were born

    • GP007

      Whatever helps you sleep at night man.  

    • Anonymous

      or only 0.32% knew about the offer, which is more likely. you need to go back to school and retake your stats course.

    • Guest

      Must have been faulty logic like that which got him fired from MS in the first place.

    • arab

      > or only 0.32% knew about the offer, which is more likely

      Which would mean that 100% of Android users(or at lest that 1mln Sadatay expected to switch) who saw that responded. And I knew 11 different person who knew and does not give a shit about free wp7. Therefore your logic is wrong.

  • http://hackerthedude.blogspot.com/ HTD

    Wp7: lost in the woods crusaider

    • Anonymous

      And again what are you doing here…?

    • arab

      What other people? Sharing his thoughts? Or maybe you would only like to read opinions close to yours? Do you feel uncomfortable that people have different opinion then you do?

  • Anonymous

    Android itself is malware.

    • Anonymous

      Now that is simply unfair!  Android is more like spyware, which is a narrower subset of malware.

    • Guest

      Spyware? From Google? Say it ain’t so. /s

    • BadManDuke

      LMAO!

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve.sutton69 Steve Sutton

      AWESOME!!!

    • Aanka

      Send from windows who callect all hardware and software installed on your PC with ability to remotely install whatever MS wants … LOL :)

  • Anonymous

    Haha, we have to admit, considering Windows’ past with malware, this is a bit ironic.  However in this case, it is perfectly valid.

    • Guest

      MS didn’t curate its own software marketplace.

    • Anonymous

      Yes that is true.  I actually was shocked when I learned that Google doesn’t vet the apps in its own marketplace.  Then again, that is their attitude with everything.  They sell you on the product/service and then claim no responsibility.  Apple suing you for using our phone OS?  Got malware from our official Google app store?  No one is buying your G-TV’s Logitech because we gave you a beta?  Not our problem!

    • Guest

      Google was focused on gaining share, which also meant getting apps. They didn’t care about how they got either and cut a lot of corners to make it happen. That has consequences, which we’re now seeing. But it also worked.

    • wonglik

      >They sell you on the product/service and then claim no responsibility

      This is basically not true. They update products they sell. That’s why Nexus-es get regular updates. That’s why they update all their apps via Market updates. That’s why they remove malware from market place faster then MS providing security updates.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I can tell you that 3190 of those just wanted a free WP7 phone, i would have done it because a free phone is a free phone 

    • GP007

      What good is something free if you don’t like it though?    Someone could give me a free iPhone and I wouldn’t mind but I wouldn’t activly try to get a free iPhone off of some promotion because I don’t want one.

      Hell, i’d probably sell the iPhone off and make some cash.

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      And don’t you think those 3200 people didn’t think the same? 

    • Anonymous

      If I got a free iPhone I would destroy it sadistically. One less Apple product in the world.

  • Guest

    Given the are hundreds of millions of android phones out there, a few thousands seems pretty underwhelming.

    • GP007

      How many of those millions of android phones are with normal users who don’t even know they have malware on it?  It’s like the same with average PC users who don’t know about being infected with something and just click yes to everything.

    • Guest

      You mean that virus scan pop up I keep seeing isn’t legitimate? ;-)

    • Anonymous

      android doesn’t have hundreds of millions of users to begin with. second, the malware situation is so bad millions don’t even know they are infected. reminds me of windows 9x

    • Anonymous
    • Wonglik

      >As of November 16, 2011, during the Google Music announcement “These Go
      to Eleven”, 200 million Android devices had been activated.

      Source Wiki.

      >second, the malware situation is so bad millions don’t even know they are infected

      Or simply “Android is full of malware” is just a FUD created by security companies to sell their “antiviruses”.

    • Guest

      How many would have heard about the offer?

  • http://www.youtube.com/jwbjnwolf Jwarn

    When I get a smartphone, my first choice will be iPhone, but if I isn’t able to be iPhone, it would have to be windows phone.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351455698 Markus Eggert Andersen

      Why wouldn’t you be able to get an iPhone?

    • Jwarn

      Money-wise?considered that?

      I got an iMac and iPod touch 4, and am more interested in getting stuff that I really will benefit from like final cut pro. As soon as started with the trial, fell in LOVE with it. My creations are on youtube.com/jwbjnwolf

      I want to eventually get a MacBook air 11″ to replace my lovely acer one netbook for out and about.
      My netbook I love, but I wish the CPU was more powerful like at least a pentium 2GHZ.

      I ticked off 16gb ram from my wish list as that I just need to insert in my mac.

      I am not that desperate for an iPhone as my old 5/6 yr old Nokia is ok for what I need phone for as hardly use phone. Only really use to text mum when arrive at college, and to stay up to date with twitter tweets via text when not online.

      So even though my Nokia is painfully slow and annoying compared to iPhones, it gets the job done for time being.

      Until I actually require using it a lot and accessing Internet out and about, I would rather spend £700 on stuff for my iMac and iPod that are going to help keep me being creative.

      I hate the android interface, the only one that looks nice is htc as like the clock/weather widget but can easily accomplish that with jailbroken iDevice and still likely have better battery life.

      I think windows phone 7.5 looks stunning the interface but I do still prefer iOS, and at least if you do jailbreak, you can accomplish lots of stuff.

      But I like the good old default look and am not interested in jailbreak apart from telling mates who are interested like the news of iOS 5.01 untethered.

      But when do need an upgrade of phone, either iPhone or windows phone if turns out to be a stunning phone.

      Not logged in as on iPod and password trouble, but will change when on my mac.

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve.sutton69 Steve Sutton

      I love the iPhone!  It’s so retro!  I mean, i remember back in the 80′s when Windows 3.1 came out with the rows and rows of icons with no organization…  Total awesomeness! /s

  • http://twitter.com/edfalc ed

    Funny. The vast majority of posts are not “victims”. Lol. Most are retweets of the promotion, then followed by people who like their Android phones, then a few comments by people who probably do not even have an Android phone.

    • Guest

      Read them all did you? FO troll.

    • Anonymous

      Never write something you just made up.

  • Guest

    This is one of the most pathetic and desperate things I’ve seen in a long time. Most of the tweets I saw with the hash tag were tweeting links to stories about the WM7 vulnerability http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Windows-Phone-Vulnerable-to-Malicious-SMS-Messages-Facebook-Chats-777208/

    • Guest

      Sure Gshill, sure.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t think Microsooft simply counted up every tweet with the #DROIDRAGE hashtag…

  • http://twitter.com/PerriMcPhee Perri McPhee

    Does it start to bug anyone else that MS / WP is so quick to give free phones to those that have problems with other OS’s but doesn’t do much to care for its continuously loyal customer base that love its phones? I’ve had Windows Mobile / Windows Phone for years and I’ll continue buying them but it would be nice if MS would recognize all of us out there too. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/steve.sutton69 Steve Sutton

      I definately get your point.  But you can say the same for any product…  Perhaps it’s just business.  I will say that I’ve run across a bunch of swag recently…from emails, twitter, FB, etc.  Keep looking and hopefully you’ll get lucky!

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    • Anonymous

      spam ?

    • Anonymous

      ???

    • Anonymous

      just wondering if this was spam…seing as tho you posted it on 2 unrelated blog posts

    • Anonymous

      I just wanted to share this  a story

    • Anonymous

      ;) even if you were just trying to share some story, it wouldn’t be advisable to post it on an unrelated blog post

    • Anonymous

      Ok

    • Guest

      That is crazy. Hey, I just found a bank account of yours in Nigeria. Reply to me and I’ll send you the details.

  • Anonymous

    vvvvvvv@vvvv:disqus 

  • Ralph

    It appears all they can do is give Windows Phone devices away.. 

    • Guest

      Yawn. You’re going to have to try harder than that, shill.

  • Aanka

    MS concerned about security … LOL .

    I wonder if Apple would have enough money to give free PC to all Windows malware victims.

    • Crankyarchitect

      stop living in the past Win7 has better security record then any desktop OS right now.

  • Wonglik

    In the 90′s they did the same. After series of security flaws discovered in Unix they made campaigns “Windows is not Unix” and then when it gains popularity people actually noticed that it’s not really an advantage as Unix is much more safe and secure then Windows. Right now WP7 have 0% of the market share so nobody gives a damm about it but if it’s market would grow we easily found out how “secure” wp7 is…

    • Major Plonquer

      I agree 100%.  I mean those MS b’stards actually did take on Unix.  And boy did they FAIL.  BIG TIME.  They only ended up with a miniscule 94% of the market while Unix went on to power home a massive 0.0001%. (Unless they include Linux in which case it’s a whopping great 0.01%).

      Right now WP7 has 0% of the market.  Five years ago Android had a much more impressive 0% though Apple had a much bigger 0%.  And today TIZEN has a microscopic 0%.

      Lets not live in the past.  Lets see what 2012 brings.  I mean, not including all the law suits against Google for stealing stuff.  That’s just lame.

  • Guest

    Microsoft should change the Windows Phone logo to target younger people like Android. Maybe a duck with a bill or an ape wearing a hat.

  • Danny

    Android phone make good……… papaer weight. so much lighter than my old laptop

  • Anamika

    WOW 3200!!!! WP7 just doubled their user base. SUPERB! Keep it UP.