Microsoft extends #SmokedByWindowsPhone challenge

Microsoft extends #SmokedByWindowsPhone challenge
Even though Microsoft had a bit of a kerfuffle with one #SmokedByWindowsPhone participant last week, overall the campaign must be doing well because the Redmond-based giant has decided to extend it.

Originally the contest, which has been occurring at all Microsoft Store locations, was scheduled to end on March 29th. It is now being extended until April 5th, with a few changes to the prizes.

Moving forward, only the first 100 people who get smoked by a Windows Phone will have the option to take a free phone. After that, the next 500 will receive a $25 gift card. Gift card recipients will not have to trade in their phone to collect a prize. The $1,000 special edition The Hunger Games HP Folio 13 is still up for grabs.

If you have a Microsoft Store in your area and think you have what it takes to smoke a Windows Phone or just want to get a free one for yourself, you still have a few days to get out there. Have any of our readers taken the Smoked by Windows Phone challenge? We would love to hear about your experience in the comments.

source: TheVerge



1. Whodaboss

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

Good for MS. It's obvious they expected to lose some or else they would not have had 13+ HP Folios up for grabs. Just bring a "hero" device like the 900 to TMobile so those like me can join in the fun.


Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

May be a nother fail like last time?

3. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

Andoird's a potato

4. flyingsolo88

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 31, 2012

Windows Store in Scottsdale Arizona hasn't lost yet. according to an employee over the phone.

5. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Coming from android background,i feel like i made a mistake buying an ipad,i didnt know i can't even delete photos and that i have to delete photos in my pc and re-sync!!!!!

7. ddxmms

Posts: 170; Member since: Feb 09, 2012


8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

oh cool dude that is just so relevant its ridiculous! im so glad ur an android fan who bought an ipad jut to bitch about it...

10. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

I know Lucas this is totally irrelevant but hey I'm pissed man,sorry if that makes you kinda feel bad and no I didn't buy an iPad just to bitch about it,I bought cuz I thought its great and I've never used any idevice before well I've learned my lesson,let the joke be on me for now!

13. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

That's what you get for straying from the Android Army.

14. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Just to get the record straight, i''m not staying away from android FYI i'm using atrix,i bought ipad cuz i wanted to give it a try so i know what's missing!

6. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

One store in Bellevue, WA lost 3 times. Yes we are talking about the store next to base camp. Around 1000 phones were replaced. 2 of the wins were actually ties. One phone actually won! 3 lab tops were given out total. Oh the Nokia 900 is already in the states, some Microsoft engineers are testing them out. I took the challenge today, there's really no way you can win unless you cheat and even when you cheat you really don't stand a chance. However, you may get lucky by taking some of the challenges where an android phone stands a chance. I mention android because well out of the three that won its been Android. But one thing I noticed that really opened my eyes is how streamlined, well thought out, convenient, stable, live (integrated!), cool, and developed windows phone os is and I also got to try out the windows 8 developer edition. I first caught glimpse of it in one of the employee’s hands. At first he was reluctant I have messed with developer’s editions before and this one didn’t mention it anywhere when I was browsing the tablet. The Ui is incredibly deep and customizable and it just works well. Windows has always been known for being easily hacked and manipulated. Hopefully windows 8 will be easily manipulated like windows 7 and below. Otherwise Im sticking with android For certain after today’s visit I realize that the android experience is nowhere near streamlined and intuitive as my experience with windows. Windows seems to do android stuff but just better. If you love android you have to try windows. If tethering, lte, expansion ability, and long battery life formulates itself in a windows phone. I think I might make the switch. Like I said windows does android stuff just slightly better.

9. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

I wish this came to Singapore. I could totally use a free laptop right now.

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

These challenges doesn't prove that Nokia Lumia 800 is better device than any other smartphone! They just shows that Nokia Lumia 800 has some comfortable apps for current challenges. I even can bet that other latest smartphones with similar apps as Nokia Lumia 800 has, would be faster than Nokia Lumia 800.

12. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

They should expand the challenge to all the carrier stores that sell windows. So they can reach more people.

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