Nokia giving devs a free E7, promises a free WP7 handset when it comes out
The offer has been sent to participants in Nokia's mobile app development Launchad program. Membership gives you early access to SDKs and APIs along with other benefits. In addition, the dev program is free for the first year now. Does it sound like a sweet deal to you? It sure does to us, check out Nokia's email below for all the details:
18 February 2011
Dear Launchpad member,
In light of the strategy announcement made by Nokia and Microsoft last week, we are writing to you today to assure you that our commitment to you and your work to develop innovative apps for Nokia devices remains as strong as ever.
We understand that you have a lot of questions, and want to reassure you that we understand and we are here to listen to your feedback and provide you with information. We encourage you to visit Nokia Conversations where you can find a great deal of information regarding the news http://conversations.nokia.com and which can help to answer some initial questions.
We are very energized by recent developments, and believe the opportunities to develop for Nokia devices are as exciting and lucrative today as they have ever been. In addition to the opportunities coming soon with Nokia and WP7, we have several new benefits to share with you today, intended to help accelerate your app business to reach the 225 million app-hungry Nokia smartphone owners worldwide today.
Today, Qt developers can target more than 100 million Nokia devices for their apps and we have announced that we plan to sell an additional 150 million Symbian devices. Nokia will continue to provide free Qt trainings to help you learn how to make the most of this sophisticated cross-development platform. We’re enthusiastically meeting the demand, so please let us know whether you’d like a training set up in your area.
We are also excited to offer you one free admission to the next Nokia World/Nokia Developer Summit later this year. We will take care of the registration costs.
To assist you with your development activities in the near-term, we will ship one free Nokia E7 device to all program members. Additionally, we will send to you one free Nokia WP7 device, as soon as it becomes available.
To accelerate your mobile app development, we will provide free tech support on all Nokia technologies for the next three months (up to 10 tickets). Equally, if you would like to take advantage of a free User Experience evaluation of one of your apps, please let us know and we will work with you to make those arrangements.
We will also be extending our business development support to all Nokia developer and content program members who are currently developing apps for Nokia devices, and we will assist in publishing those apps in Nokia’s Ovi Store. We will continue to offer ideas and guidance for ways to fully promote your published apps so that you can reap the rewards of your hard work.
If you have any questions, or need any help from us in the days ahead, we want you to know that you can count on us to be there for you. We are truly excited about working with you to discover new opportunities that will lead to future successes.
1. hjh (unregistered) posted on 18 Feb 2011, 07:59 1 1
Sounds pretty desperate but whatever; the first Nokia WP7 phone will come out probably in 2012(or 2013, or 2014). And E7 will make a good paper weight.
2. ryq (unregistered) posted on 18 Feb 2011, 08:11 2 0
funny but true! hehehe!
3. Crucial (unregistered) posted on 18 Feb 2011, 11:20 0 0
Nokia has shown their commitment. I don't think it is fair to be judgemental now. Nokia's new CEO is nothing like the old and inefficient one.
4. Crucial (unregistered) posted on 18 Feb 2011, 11:22 2 0
I think Stephen Elop might be the "Steve Jobs" of Nokia. He might be what Nokia has been searching for all these years. Effective and efficient. Go, Mr.Stephen Elop. Please bring Nokia WP7 out before Q4, especially those high-end ones. :)