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Microsoft to give free Windows Phone 7 models to Android owners with malware disabled phones

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Microsoft to give free Windows Phone 7 models to Android owners with malware disabled phones
With 22 titles in the Android Market considered to be malware and removed by Google, Microsoft decided it was a good time to be a hero and offer free Windows Phone 7 handsets to Android users affected by these malware attacks. In a tweet sent from Microsoft's Ben Rudolph which used the hashtag DroidRage, Android users were told to share their malware story to "win a #windowsphone upgrade".

Mobile security firm Lookout recently discovered a number of malicious Android apps known as RuFraud. These apps are designed to send SMS messages to premium numbers essentially running up the cellular phone bill for unlucky Android owners who have had the malware loaded on their phone. The RuFraud malware has been targeted to Android owners in Europe, Asia and other markets outside of North America.

Microsoft is offering a Windows Phone 7 device to those Android owners attacked by malware

Microsoft is offering a Windows Phone 7 device to those Android owners attacked by malware

The situation is getting worse. According to the Juniper Global Threat Center, incidnts of viruses, trojans and other malware on Android devices has risen 472% since July. According to researchers, Google's more relaxed screening process for apps has enabled malware loaded apps to reach the Android Market before they get blocked. Last quarter, as we reported, Android replaced Symbian as the mobile OS most targeted for these attacks.

While having a phone loaded with malware and getting billed for texts is no fun, following Rudolph's tweet could allow some of those affected to end up with a new Windows Phone 7 device. And if there ever was a time of the year to follow someone named Rudolph, it is now.

source: @BenRudolph via electronista

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posted on 13 Dec 2011, 01:47 12

1. shy2papa (Posts: 195; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


Sorry I rather keep my malware phone than downgrade to WP7.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:16 4

4. dfdfss (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


i have htc hd7....its super smooth not laggy/crappy ui like your android...remember your crapdroid was never designed 2 b a touchscreen,......however wp7.5 has no flash and limited ringtones and themes......so if u enjoy those i suggest you run away from wp7.5 as fast as u can

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:37 7

9. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


will you ever have democracy? no ;-) enjoy your dictator Microsoft :)
maybe you would like to live in Iran or Russia :)

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 03:11 1

12. dfdfss (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


i was tempted to swap with a gs2....however i realised flash is not essentail for me right now coz youtube vids can still b played....there is even streamin porn for mobile phones....so i am sort of limited in fappin......but i think gs2 would have battery problems....and it would get laggy eventually i guess

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 03:38 2

14. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


SGS2 is form me now a small computer....not any another mobile OS can not give me so much possibilities
when I have to deal with Windows I always drown into clumsy history...into an ancient times....

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 06:10

20. GJanee (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


duhh, droidboys are sooo dumb... :DDD

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 01:58 1

2. davidvvassallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


Can't they just format there phone

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 09:10 2

25. solidsnakeduds013 (Posts: 215; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


their*

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 11:08

28. yooperboogs (Posts: 13; Member since: 10 Dec 2011)


No they can't format the phone, what happens its like when you send a message to those special numbers on the TV that says send here for love calculator or whatever the product may be and if you read the small print it says you'll be charged $9.99 a month to your bill. Well that's whats happening to these people they are getting charged with that extra $9.99 charge or whatever the charge maybe but the malware is sending it to multiple sms services so instead of just one charge there getting probably $100's in charges.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:08 3

3. GeekMovement (Posts: 1497; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


"Share your android malware story"? I bet most of the tweeters will just make up a dumb story just to attempt in getting a free WP.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:27 2

5. xiobnb (Posts: 74; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)


oh plz most ppl would just make some s**t up for a free phone..if i wasnt too lazy to do it i would be writing some s**t to put on there too

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:30 1

6. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


same, but too lazy, but you probably need to give in a bricked android phone, so unless you already have one, its not worth it...

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:34 10

7. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Now this is a great deal. Not really a fan for Windows Phone 7, but I'll take it over Android any day.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:36 3

8. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


do you want to live in Iran or Russia? No, thank you, better democracy (Android) with problems (democracy always has more problems but not so big) than under dictator (WP7 or iOS) like in Russia or Iran ;-)

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 05:19 4

18. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


You mean like locked Honeycomb, or locked bootloaders. Give me a safe phone any day over the android ghetto. BTW you should get out more -Russia has had as much of a "democracy" as the US for 2 decades.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 08:00 3

23. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


you havent read much about Honeycomb, have you? ;-)
locked bootloaders? show me locked bootloaders on the new devices with android ;-)

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 06:19 3

22. GJanee (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


you confuse democracy with anarchy dude. in democracy there's a priority for what people want, with a good leadership (Jobs, Gates) (unity, good performance, no lag, usability, quality, less bugs and security threats -> WP7 and iOs). and there's anarchy, where there's one thing that's open to everyone, each individual does with it what he wants (might be more functions, but no unity in either the platform, or the updates or phones performances, lack of unity causes more vulnerability in security), so everything is ruled by welter and chaos (android). problem, mr droid? :P

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 08:01 2

24. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


Android market is an anarchy?? oh, maybe for you is diktat good solution :)
maybe we should forbid to use roads because there is democratic use with a lot of accidents :)
maybe there should be cars just with approval of Jobs :-D

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 09:42

27. GJanee (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


did you understand anything from my comment, or you'll just keep blabbering nonsense? :D

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 23:17 2

30. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


did you understand anything from my comment, or you'll just keep blabbering nonsense? :D

posted on 14 Dec 2011, 05:51

31. GJanee (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Jun 2011)


whoaaaahhh! nice comeback dude! how original and informative! just look how you disproved everything i said!
NOT!!
but i see you and a fellow mindless droidboy liked your brainless comments. didn't expect anything more from you guys. :DDD
you surely know how to lose arguments. :D

posted on 16 Dec 2011, 10:07

32. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


your comment has no validity

every report without fail says that jobs ruled with an iron fist. that is not a democracy, that is a dictatorship.

Android is not the wild wild west. It is a sandbox where people can create what they want, but like any sandbox there are borders on what u can do and there are even a few rules.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:54 5

10. chadrick0814 (Posts: 208; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


What kind of special are they doing for windows PCs with viruses?

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 02:55 4

11. bloodline (Posts: 688; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Nice tactical move by windows, they are playing dirty.

Someone explain to me what the visual difference is between a nokia lumia 800 and the samsung flash s - I am not talking about hardware or build just software.

there is no difference because there is zero customisation, and more restriction than any other mobile OS.

I have been with android for 4 years - not had one malware or virus problem.

Most of the malware problems you hear about are from anti virus companies trying to promote their products.

Android is the fastest growing and improving OS - FACT ! haters gonna hate - deal with it

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 03:12 2

13. kindkin (Posts: 9; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Off topic, what is the relationship between Razr and malware infection?

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 03:40 2

15. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)


hehe, "it just works"
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Software-bug-in-Windows-Phone-Mango-crashes-handsets-disables-Messaging-hub_id24667

:-D

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 03:50 2

16. Sniggly (Posts: 6496; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Wow, Microsoft, and I thought Apple was good at working FUD to their advantage.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 03:57 1

17. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


Nice move MS...very nice. Don't use insurance and just get ours.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 05:22

19. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)


More and more malware writers are realizing what an opportunity android really is. Millions of ignorant buyers are getting the first cheap droid they see and don't realize they're buying crap that won't get any updates or support except from malware updates.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 06:13 2

21. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


What Microsoft is giving for a buggy Microsoft phone ?

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 09:30

26. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Honestly I think MS's US sales strategy sucks. They think they could just throw their best WP products in front of ATT or Verizon's door steps and expect it to sell like hotcakes against the established iPhone and a slew of AAA Androids. They need to sell their products on a carrier that has less competition in their product line up and pour money on ad campaign to that carrier or with carrier. Tmo would be a good carrier to work with. Now I don't know wtf is wrong with tmo taking up low mid WPs instead of high ends and that maybe a problem but it would make sense!

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 13:57 1

29. jibraihimi (Posts: 541; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


May b they should offer Linux based pc's or Mac computers for all the Virus and malware affected windows Pc's........ :)

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