Want a Windows Phone? Tell us why and win

By Kip Kniskern | Posted December 4, 2012 19 comments

8xAt the Windows Phone 8 launch event in San Francisco in late October, Microsoft handed out Windows Phones, the HTC 8x, to everyone in attendance.  As much as we like the 8x, we think the Nokia experience is something we need to keep an eye on, and we picked up a Nokia 920, with the idea that we’d give away the 8x to one of our readers.

Before we get into specifics of how you can come away with a new Windows Phone, a couple of details: The phone is (very lightly) used, but we’ll pack it back up in its original box.  It’s also (as it says on the box), a “Pre-Production Unit”, although it’s running the final version of Windows Phone 8 just fine. 

It’s also locked to AT&T, and will come without a SIM card – it’s apparently pretty easy to unlock the phone for a fairly nominal fee (Bing is your friend), but unless you’re in the US on AT&T, we don’t make any promises that you’ll be able to use the phone as anything more than just a nice looking MP3 player Winking smile.  We’re not giving away any phone contracts, getting connected to a mobile provider is totally and entirely up to you (as is unlocking it if you’re not on AT&T)– we’re just giving away the phone hardware.

We also reserve any and all rights in deciding who gets the phone – we’re going to take our little “contest” seriously, but if we get a crapload of contest professionals spamming us, or if we spot what we think to be some kind of a scam, for example, we may have to amend the rules as we see fit.  Our decision is final, and rests solely with us.

So, on to the “rules”.  We want to know what you think of Windows Phone, and why you want one.  So in a short (~100 words) email, to 8x@liveside.net, tell us “Why I want a Windows Phone” (include that in the subject line).  What intrigues you about Microsoft’s mobile strategy?  What makes Windows Phone great (or not so great, be honest!).  How will having a Windows Phone change your life?

Get creative (and concise!), and tell us “Why I want a Windows Phone”, and email your responses to 8x@liveside.net net by the end of the day, Wednesday December 12th at 11:59pmt PST (GMT –8).  We’ll pick a winner and ship it out on Friday December 14th, hopefully in time for Christmas (although no guarantees there, either)

We’d like to share some of your responses, even if you don’t win, so any responses you email in become our property, and by entering you give us the right to publish your response.

You will need to respond using an email address where we can get in touch with you to get an address to send the phone (we’ll take care of the shipping costs), and please don’t spam us with multiple copies of a response from different email accounts, we’ll be picking the winner by hand, and having to wade through a bunch of copycat responses is only going to piss us off and lessen your chance of winning.

To make it a bit more official, we’ve set up a page with all the rules.  Good luck, and looking forward to reading your responses!

Posted December 4th, 2012 at 5:20 pm
Category: News
Tags: LiveSide, Windows Phone
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mendel-Jedwab/1648947199 Mendel Jedwab

    To show it off to other ppl to convince them to buy one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mendel-Jedwab/1648947199 Mendel Jedwab

    To show it off to other ppl to convince them to buy one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Price/1833412197 Daniel Price

    I’ve been excited about Windows phone ever since it first announced. It was the first mobile platform I felt worth developing for, so I had an app ready for the U.S. launch. It wasn’t exactly an overwhelming success ($6 in revenue), namely because I did not have a phone to develop on (to try out usability). I want to write an improved version for WP8, but do not yet have a phone (have to wait another two months before I am eligible to upgrade). I would love for Christmas to come early so I can get back to developing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Price/1833412197 Daniel Price

    I’ve been excited about Windows phone ever since it first announced. It was the first mobile platform I felt worth developing for, so I had an app ready for the U.S. launch. It wasn’t exactly an overwhelming success ($6 in revenue), namely because I did not have a phone to develop on (to try out usability). I want to write an improved version for WP8, but do not yet have a phone (have to wait another two months before I am eligible to upgrade). I would love for Christmas to come early so I can get back to developing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.keefer Jamie Keefer

    I want an phone OS that is quick and clean. I am not an Apple person and not interested in their ecosystem. I have a half dozen windows based computers in my house and have no plans to change that.

    I have had a few android phones since the smartphone revolution started and only recently have I found one that works without some sort of short coming. I still accidentally pick the wrong button, hang up or perform some other interface error due to UI design. My HTC EVO 4g LTE is a decent phone, and I can sync well with google and G+, but I am looking for more.

    I want to start developing for the Win8 platform, I am enjoying the new OS a lot. I have ti installed on two machines at the house, one upgrade and one OEM for a new box I put together running the AMD Trinity chip. I am becoming re-enamored with my inner computer hobbyist and think this phone is the next step for my development ambitions.

    Currently my 12 year old daughter is the only one in the house using the windows phone, HTC arrive, and she really enjoys it. Whenever I play games on her phone, I am amazed at how smooth everything runs compared to apps on the android.

    These are things that compel me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jamie.keefer Jamie Keefer

    I want an phone OS that is quick and clean. I am not an Apple person and not interested in their ecosystem. I have a half dozen windows based computers in my house and have no plans to change that.

    I have had a few android phones since the smartphone revolution started and only recently have I found one that works without some sort of short coming. I still accidentally pick the wrong button, hang up or perform some other interface error due to UI design. My HTC EVO 4g LTE is a decent phone, and I can sync well with google and G+, but I am looking for more.

    I want to start developing for the Win8 platform, I am enjoying the new OS a lot. I have ti installed on two machines at the house, one upgrade and one OEM for a new box I put together running the AMD Trinity chip. I am becoming re-enamored with my inner computer hobbyist and think this phone is the next step for my development ambitions.

    Currently my 12 year old daughter is the only one in the house using the windows phone, HTC arrive, and she really enjoys it. Whenever I play games on her phone, I am amazed at how smooth everything runs compared to apps on the android.

    These are things that compel me.

  • http://twitter.com/harlemS Travis Pope

    I want one to complete the entertainment experience for my girl friend. She’s got #DroidRage

  • Travis Pope

    I want one to complete the entertainment experience for my girl friend. She’s got #DroidRage

    • http://www.techmansworld.com/ Michael Hazell

      hehe. Why does she have Droid rage?

  • Dev V

    Beauty and creativity in your hand. ‘Nuff said.

  • Dev V

    Beauty and creativity in your hand. ‘Nuff said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.cussen John Cussen

    Because Windows phone 8 is the one that is going to dominate them all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.cussen John Cussen

    Because Windows phone 8 is the one that is going to dominate them all.

  • http://twitter.com/Lehjr1 Leon

    I believe anything worth doing is worth overdoing, and being stuck in a contract with an Atrix 4G and not getting OS updates because the company is failing just isn’t a big enough failure for me. I want a phone that takes failure to the highest level possible as Microsoft fades into obscurity by continuing to strive for mediocrity.

  • Leon

    I believe anything worth doing is worth overdoing, and being stuck in a contract with an Atrix 4G and not getting OS updates because the company is failing just isn’t a big enough failure for me. I want a phone that takes failure to the highest level possible as Microsoft fades into obscurity by continuing to strive for mediocrity.

  • May

    I want a Windows phone because it’s like having a personal computer that fits in the palm of your hand! Literally has save me so much time and energy. It’s great for school work, fun for entertainment, and organize for my hectic lifestyle.

  • May

    I want a Windows phone because it’s like having a personal computer that fits in the palm of your hand! Literally has save me so much time and energy. It’s great for school work, fun for entertainment, and organize for my hectic lifestyle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ocovarr112 Oscar Covarrubias

    I want a Windows Phone because is the best combination between quality and price and it have everything a person will need such as home task, professional, students or similars.

  • Guest

    I want a Windows Phone because is the best combination between quality and price and it have everything a person will need such as home task, professional, students or similars.