Microsoft cures Droid Rage by giving away Windows Phone handsets

Microsoft cures Droid Rage by giving away Windows Phone handsets
Even though the recently discovered Android “malware” threat turned out to be not as scary as previously reported, Microsoft decided to take advantage of the situation. And could have they chosen a better way to do that than letting Ben “PC Guy” Rudolf give away a handful of Windows Phone smartphones to those who got their Android devices contaminated?

Ben asked those who suffered a malware infection to share their stories via Twitter. He then picked the 20 stories that he liked the most and awarded their authors with a brand new Windows Phone device. What is the make and model of the awards is not exactly clear, but during the Smoked by Windows Phone challenge, at least one of the contenders received an HTC Trophy.

Interestingly, some Android users who shared their frustration with their smartphone report random reboots and freezes, which are issues that we know could have not been caused by the exaggerated malware outbreak from last week. What's more is that others blame Android for the junk mail that they receive, as ridiculous as it may sound. Having apps constantly loaded in RAM is also viewed as a weakness of Android, even though this is not necessarily a bad thing, but rather a common misconception. Still, 20 of those enraged by Android users are soon to be enjoying their new Windows Phone device, and we hope that their frustration will be a thing of the past. 

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15 Comments

1. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

Good stuff Microsoft.

2. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Well you didn't answer the question to the last paragraph. What IS the deal with androids rebooting and issues then?

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ankle biting. MS needs to post how many WP activations they are seeing each day. Somehow, I suspect even RIM has a higher daily activation rate.

4. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Trouble with an ad campaign like this is that since it's entirely based around bashing the competition, and a very specific competitor at that, Microsoft will be in for a world of hurt each time an issue is reported with its OS. Furthermore, Microsoft is hurting itself with this ad campaign if it's successful; the only major Android manufacturer which doesn't pay it royalties for patents is Motorola, and right now Android phones are those manufacturers' bread and butter. Not everyone who gets pissed off with Android will switch to Windows Phone, so the manufacturers will see a great loss of business, of which WP will fail to pick up the slack. In other words, Microsoft is shooting their OEMS in the foot, as well as their own margins from their patent holdings. Plus, it makes them, and Ben, look like assholes. Even Apple doesn't really sink this low.

9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Sniggs, I think you are looking through Android-colored glasses here. Apple doesn't "sink this low" because they sell a record smashing number of their products every time they dust another off the shelf and repackage it as new. They do not even acknowledge other OS's exist. They are the frontrunner, and to even mention Android, Blackberry, and WP would be to give them free advertising. Besides, do I need to que up the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials that railed on every mistep of the Microsoft launch as Apple tried to push their Mac's? As for the patents, do you not think MS would make more money off of selling more WP's than off of the 5 - 10$ they get off of Androids? Not even a debate. They would trade that in a heartbeat. Secondly, how does pointing out how you feel your product is better than the competition and pushing your strengths smack as anything "low"? You TRULY think if Google wasn't launching Android right now, and if Metro tile phones were all the rage, that pure, sainted Google wouldn't do the same thing? I think you are just being a tad defensive here, buddy. Every time this malware "threat" shows up, within days it is put to bed. Android is not an unsafe OS, and everyone knows it. But, it is at risk at a higher rate than WP, and MS wants people to know it. This is not false advertisment, it is a trade off for not having an open source device. Android has plenty of advantages, but this isn't one of them.

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Okay, I could understand "Smoked By Windows Phone," a competition in which Ben showed how WP does things faster than other OSes (though, I suspect, with optimization of widgets and features Android would KILL WP way more than the results Ben got at CES). It demonstrated an advantage of WP's design and performance. However, #DroidRage is nothing of the sort. The entire campaign relies on bashing Android and inflating the supposed issues it has while spreading FUD. There is no advantage given for WP, other than the implication that "Ooh, we don't have malware." Trouble is, that WP doesn't have a big enough sample size in which to gauge its reliability or susceptibility to malware itself, which means that Microsoft could very well be standing in a glass house. Of course, this is after Microsoft's previous ad campaigns for WP kinda did nothing to excite people about it. If nothing else, they are gaining exposure for their product. I still wish they weren't assholes about it.

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

"Trouble is, that WP doesn't have a big enough sample size in which to gauge its reliability or susceptibility to malware itself, which means that Microsoft could very well be standing in a glass house." Absolutely, they could. No doubt, no denying, no way to argue that. I am sure when (yep, I still believe) WP really starts to enjoy a surge in popularity, they will come under the microscopes of these parasites. (By the way, who does this malware crap anyways? What do they get out of it? I have never understood.) Then, we will see if they are an easy target or as secure as they claim. Of course they will get hacked sooner or later: even Blackberry has been, and their security is still the best of any OS that has ever graced a smartphone. But the question is how bad will it be, and can MS counter? Rest assured, my friend: I will remember this as well as you do. If MS falls on it's sword, I will be right next to you bringing this up and holding Microsoft accountable. Just promise if they do well at responding to threats and dealing with malware, you will give them credit.

5. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

what about if they didnt like wp7 either? that didnt solve nothing

6. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

i wonder what those phones are ?

7. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Only 20 ? M$ should give to 20 000 000

8. xray174

Posts: 85; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

right if this was so bad why not give more

12. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

My SGS2 keeps rebooting even with firmware update and hard reset. I wish i could avail one

13. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lol microsoft are really desperate for customers.

14. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

lol Man U is not even competing for Champions league

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

IMO a very good campaign for MSFT.

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