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

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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32 Comments

1. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

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

4. dfdfss

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 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

9. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

12. dfdfss

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 13, 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

14. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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....

20. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

duhh, droidboys are sooo dumb... :DDD

2. davidvvassallo

Posts: 39; Member since: Jul 02, 2011

Can't they just format there phone

25. solidsnakeduds013

Posts: 219; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

their*

28. yooperboogs

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

3. GeekMovement unregistered

"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.

5. xiobnb

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 11, 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

6. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 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...

7. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

8. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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 ;-)

18. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

23. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

22. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 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

24. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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

27. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 2011

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

30. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

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

31. GJanee

Posts: 214; Member since: Jun 29, 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

32. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

10. chadrick0814 unregistered

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

11. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 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

13. kindkin

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

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

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

16. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

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

17. Uzzelien

Posts: 131; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

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

19. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 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.

21. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

What Microsoft is giving for a buggy Microsoft phone ?

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