3,200+ responded to Microsoft’s call for Android malware horror stories

3,200+ responded to Microsoft’s call for Android malware horror stories
A few days ago Microsoft said it wanted to hear Android users’ malware stories. In exchange for the best ones, Microsoft promised a brand spankin’ new Windows Phone 7 handset.

Today Bill Cox, Microsoft’s senior Director of Windows Phone communications, has reported that they received over 3,200 responses. It is not clear if there were actually 3,200 legitimate stories or if fabricators that just wanted a shot at a free phone bumped this number up a little bit.

It is not unreasonable to think that 3,200 people could of responded to this request, especially considering that recently Lookout Mobile Security estimated that Android users have a 4% chance of encountering mobile malware. While ‘Microsoft’ and ‘malware-free’ aren’t usually synonymous, hopefully Microsoft can put its money where its mouth is and keep Windows Phone a bit cleaner than its competitor.

source: Twitter via BGR



1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if i knew i would've made up a story to get a free Windows Phone...just sayin'.

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Ahead of you, I'm part of those 3200+ :P its a free phone and a chance to try Win7mo

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

can we still sign up? I'll take a nokia 900 in red please or a samsung focus + :)

28. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Count me too...

2. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Its sad that they have to stoop this low to try and gain some market share.

34. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

really? first 3200 phones is barely anything in marketshare, microsft just wants unhappy constumers with android to try something new… and i seem to remember samsung setting up mobile stores outside apple stores in australia where they practically gave away phones… and windows phone actually rose in market shafre while both ios and android fell.. although only like .2 percent fell, it still shows wp is doing something

3. mrvid

Posts: 77; Member since: Oct 02, 2008

A free windows phone is not worth it!!

8. shafboy

Posts: 179; Member since: Sep 26, 2010

Even if someone absolutely hated windows phone, it is worth it

4. ZEUS.the.thunder.god unregistered

true. if all of `em are genuine why would they go to microsoft, why not to some kinda android forum or google. and i dont understand what MS wanna prove with this. why dont go n grab some market share

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

There is no market share for MS to grab.

41. Skoll

Posts: 15; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

if i remember corectly only 20% of the phones are smartphones. so MS still has the option to get 80% of the market share.

5. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I'm looking forward to what Nokia can do.......not microsoft.

7. thatdude1 unregistered

Totally agree with you, @Rayzin.

11. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

They are too late for that. You have two companies falling fast behind Apple and Android, that they likely can't make up the ground. With the lack of 4.3-4.65" Phones, Dual Cores and LTE/HSPA+, it really hurts them

14. Rayzin

Posts: 83; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Agreed, but they're bringing some fresh new styling and I believe any market needs diversity to grow.

6. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

i have worked for Tmobile for almost a year and i have never seen a virus on anyone's phone. Nor have any of my co-workers ever had to deal with a virus. This " android is full of viruses" is such a low move by microsoft.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

"This " android is full of viruses" is such a low move by microsoft." Which is why only 3,200 phones were given away. They were the dolts who didn't know that viruses aren't really a problem on Android. They don't know the difference between viruses and malware.

22. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

This was Microsoft asking them to submit their malware stories, not virus stories. Good job not reading and calling other people dolts, though. Those kinds of presumptions suit you well.

23. rob5150

Posts: 183; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

3,200 phones not given to anyone. ... Only 3200 responses out of 500,000,000 phones

36. CellieCell

Posts: 153; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

I agree, I've had an android since the g1 and many many more after, even rooted a few. and never encountered a virus, plus i too work for the cellphone company's. and also haven't seen anything suspicious related to. viruses!

12. Thullraven

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

That's why I prefer my Blackberry Torch over Android. BB has it's issues as all OS's do, but they aren't known for having malware problems.

13. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Well, as far as making up stories are concerned. No one beats the fandroids :)

15. catfacepanda

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Gemini, that is such a stupid thing to say. People hear "free" and they will do what they want. It obviously doesn't matter what phone they currently have.

30. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

oh plz like apple fanboys are any better.... if i can i get a iphone for free i can pretend i love apple like crazy too

16. willywill_evo

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

i rather get a free window phone than a iphone but for now their no way am leaving android

18. Martine

Posts: 102; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

In another news. About 3.2 Million Nokia and WP users have just switched to Android... Yeah! Android wins again

24. Nico85

Posts: 18; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Surely you can't be serious

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

of course im serious, and dont call me shirly! :)

37. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

^+10 Extra points for that one!

29. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hi. I bought a leash for you. I hope you're potty trained.

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