Scott Hanselman

WIN a FREE Phone with like NO effort and attend the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch

October 1, '10 Comments [128] Posted in WinPhone
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image October 12th will be the Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch. There's an MSDN Simulcast event you can sign up for, that'll be a full day of training on writing Windows Phone apps.

In the US, there are also a lot of live in-person Free Events to learn Windows Phone 7 Development listed at I encourage you to register now as they are filling up fast.

A friend asked me to put a Windows Phone 7 banner on my blog, and I said half-jokingly, what'll you give me? Then I realized it's less interesting if there's a banner on MY blog and more interesting if there's a banner on YOUR blog.

So, I brokered a deal where two of you (US only for now, sorry, I seriously tried) will win a free Windows Phone 7.

Here's the legal rules they wrote, but here's my four-step layman's version.

  1. Go get a Windows Phone 7 banner or badge
  2. Put the image on your blog
  3. Link the image to
  4. Lie in wait

Now, they'll use Bingle/Gobing and a link: query to find two of you randomly, I'm sure, but even better, after you've done it, add a comment on this post and Iet everyone know!

Within 10 days after the final Windows Phone 7 developer launch event, they'll select TWO folks randomly. Your odds are good, friend. Like way less than 1 in a billion. We shall see. Go Go Go!

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(No, I'm not eligible, I already asked.)

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Friday, October 01, 2010 8:40:42 PM UTC
Friday, October 01, 2010 8:42:45 PM UTC
durn, why'd I think there'd be some magic auto name/email thing with my openid?
Friday, October 01, 2010 8:48:41 PM UTC
I'm a sucker for the chance at free stuff. Image is on my blog. Hoping free phone arrives.
Friday, October 01, 2010 8:52:51 PM UTC
Done and Done!
Friday, October 01, 2010 8:53:44 PM UTC
Doesn't hurt - I certainly hope it supports other carriers soon!
Friday, October 01, 2010 8:57:17 PM UTC

I really want one of these =)
Friday, October 01, 2010 8:58:46 PM UTC
Done my duty for a chance at a free WP7
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:00:44 PM UTC
Wow, you will go to great lengths to NOT have to display that banner on your site! ;-)
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:02:36 PM UTC
Yeah, I'm a sucker for free stuff too. Count me in!
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:03:40 PM UTC
Very excited for the chance.
Check out for some WP7 device info.
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:05:13 PM UTC
Added it to my crappy tech blog I'm very excited about developing for phone 7!!!
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:12:55 PM UTC
I would be totally up for doing this, such a pity it isn't available in Europe.
Really want a windows mobile 7 phone
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:17:33 PM UTC
No fun!
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:18:24 PM UTC
I love the free stuff, too. On top of that, I'm really excited for the Windows Phone 7, so I'm happy to do it.
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:39:40 PM UTC
I'm very excited for the new phone ... I'm attending the launch in Philly.
Friday, October 01, 2010 9:42:21 PM UTC
Friday, October 01, 2010 10:03:47 PM UTC
US-only means US residents only? Or if I ask for it to be sent within the US can I be eligigle?
Friday, October 01, 2010 10:30:17 PM UTC
Added to my blog
Friday, October 01, 2010 11:11:38 PM UTC
Looks like I just missed the WP7 event that was in Utah this week :-( We don't get a lot of MSDN events out here, but I enjoy attending them when we do. I added the link to the side bar of my Code Blog, and put the full banner at the bottom of my WP7 Game development project. Free phone or not, I'm just excited to see a great new platform come out!
Friday, October 01, 2010 11:46:17 PM UTC
would be fun... :)
Saturday, October 02, 2010 12:21:57 AM UTC
Done :)

Saturday, October 02, 2010 12:48:40 AM UTC
added to my gaming blog. i'm so stoked for windows phone 7 to come out! really disappointed in verizon not having it at launch.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 2:39:34 AM UTC
Pick me! Pick me!
My blog post
Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:04:52 AM UTC
Done, where's my WP7? xD

What do you want to program today
Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:11:27 AM UTC
Tacos. Tacos. Tacos. Tacos....
Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:29:36 AM UTC
Commencing countdown, engines on
Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:30:49 AM UTC
Commencing countdown, engines on... again

Saturday, October 02, 2010 4:32:59 AM UTC
Saturday, October 02, 2010 6:26:26 AM UTC
Canada, eh?

(thx for trying)
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:52:04 AM UTC
Scott, Hi.
US only for now - Just for US man or just for US address? I'm from Russia, but I have US address, can I take part in competition?
Saturday, October 02, 2010 12:51:21 PM UTC
Hoping to win...
Saturday, October 02, 2010 1:24:04 PM UTC
Hoping to win...
Saturday, October 02, 2010 3:01:19 PM UTC
I really need a new mobile phone. Mine's so old it has a rotary dial.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 7:20:49 PM UTC
After using a WP7 dev phone (and sadly having to turn it back in), I'm going through withdrawal. I could definitely use a WP7 phone.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:33:48 PM UTC
just starting to get into SL4. I guess Windows phone 7 is the next logical step...
Saturday, October 02, 2010 8:51:47 PM UTC
Perfect opportunity to announce that I'll be proctoring the hands-on labs in Dallas. Also linked to a couple of videos of my own WP7 development.
Saturday, October 02, 2010 10:27:02 PM UTC
Crosses fingers =)
Sunday, October 03, 2010 1:09:07 AM UTC
I think I just diluted everyone's chances. Sorry.
Sunday, October 03, 2010 5:21:48 AM UTC
Awesome contest! Good luck everybody!
Sunday, October 03, 2010 12:01:01 PM UTC
can you guys arrange a windows phone 7 training in florida too...
Sunday, October 03, 2010 7:10:03 PM UTC
Less than 1 and a billion is right up my alley. Banner added. New blog is in the works, will have it on that one as well. Does that improve my odds? :)
Sunday, October 03, 2010 11:26:45 PM UTC
Monday, October 04, 2010 4:22:50 AM UTC
Monday, October 04, 2010 4:31:06 AM UTC
Monday, October 04, 2010 6:55:27 AM UTC
My blog (banner/link in the right sidebar)

Got to play around with a WP7 device at a launch event. It's a nice one!
Monday, October 04, 2010 1:17:07 PM UTC
Done, and registered for the Washington DC launch events.
Monday, October 04, 2010 1:56:34 PM UTC
I was torn between going ahead and getting an Android phone or waiting for WP7. I think I'll wait now that WP7 will be supporting VB.
Monday, October 04, 2010 3:38:25 PM UTC
WP7 looks cool, but MS's decision to launch on the sub-par data network of AT&T has caused my company to go with Android. Good luck on WP7 though.
Monday, October 04, 2010 4:32:47 PM UTC
I have completed the mission you have placed before me.
Monday, October 04, 2010 4:43:48 PM UTC
I have the banner on my blog!
Monday, October 04, 2010 4:43:58 PM UTC
Monday, October 04, 2010 4:47:42 PM UTC
Done, birthday is on October 14th this would be a great birthday present :)
Monday, October 04, 2010 4:49:03 PM UTC
Pretty low odds huh? Count me in -- although I consider low odds to be 1 in 20 or better. :)
Monday, October 04, 2010 4:54:38 PM UTC
Done -
Windows Phone 7 Launch.
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:02:57 PM UTC
I have never won any online contests. But even if I will not win this one as well, it actually made me to write my first blog post :)
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:10:09 PM UTC
Oh, what the heck...

Does need Verizon for best results, tho :).
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:10:15 PM UTC
Thanks for the promotion. I added the logo here:

Can't wait for the launch in Chicago on the 19th/20th.
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:17:54 PM UTC
I posted my link here:
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:35:15 PM UTC
got it on , my BB really sucks, time to join the new wave...
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:40:19 PM UTC
I'll take off those ugly banners from my argentinian page, right now baby!!! :)
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:53:32 PM UTC
Done. And looking forward to the launch!
Monday, October 04, 2010 5:55:52 PM UTC
Done -
Monday, October 04, 2010 6:19:12 PM UTC
my fair share.....
Monday, October 04, 2010 6:24:03 PM UTC
Monday, October 04, 2010 7:04:09 PM UTC
What the heck, right?

Richard Chung
Monday, October 04, 2010 7:21:15 PM UTC
Who knows. Maybe something cool will come out of it.

My Blog </a> or
Monday, October 04, 2010 7:30:38 PM UTC
I'm in.
Monday, October 04, 2010 8:17:28 PM UTC
Monday, October 04, 2010 11:31:40 PM UTC
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 12:20:19 AM UTC
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:16:18 AM UTC
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:32:26 AM UTC
I added it to my new WordPress blog courtesy of Windows Live Spaces, but now I need content. Surely I have something to write about.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 2:22:15 AM UTC
This was a great idea, and it was fun to join in. I'd love a free Windows Phone, so... Bing me!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 2:23:45 AM UTC
I guess an address would be helpful...
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 3:15:18 AM UTC
Posted to the blog. I've never won anything, ever...but hey, there is always a first (fingers crossed).

And good luck to everyone too!!!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 3:42:43 AM UTC
I'd love a chance at this!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 3:43:09 AM UTC
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 4:38:53 AM UTC
Done!, Good luck to everyone!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 7:44:42 AM UTC
Any chance if you stay in Bahrain?
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 8:59:11 AM UTC
I had already started mentally planning the update to my blog templates... Until I read "US only" and cried.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:19:53 PM UTC
I am a SL developer, wait so long, good luck for phone 7.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:37:55 PM UTC
Pick me! Pick me!
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 3:19:05 PM UTC
Added it to my MMTRG blog
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 3:23:43 PM UTC
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 4:11:38 PM UTC
Hi Scott,

I have created dedicated post for this event and posted your announcement and the images pointing to the url you have provided.
Here is the post:

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 5:37:52 PM UTC
Here's hoping...
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 5:48:19 PM UTC
Could really use this for development of mobile site & apps at a small college.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:01:13 PM UTC
Added to Here's hoping I win, as the emulator is seems rather slow for animations & Silverlight games.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 6:49:05 PM UTC
Done.. my blog is at:
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 9:28:00 PM UTC
Hi Scott, too bad only US citizens can win a free Windows Phone 7.
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 11:21:20 PM UTC
Added to
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 1:04:02 AM UTC
I am wired up and proudly displaying the banner in my header. Here is hoping I can move from the MyTouch to this new gadget!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:30:55 AM UTC
Added to my blog, w00t!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 3:01:34 AM UTC
Added it to my blog:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 3:43:57 AM UTC
All done! Check it if you don't believe me ...
<a href=">Right here</a>
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 4:00:08 AM UTC
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 12:50:11 PM UTC
My link:

Jeff Weber
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:46:20 PM UTC
Just blogged... OctoberFest, Silverfest (DFW) - including the Phone 7 Launch!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:47:09 PM UTC
I have my fingers crossed :)
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 2:50:38 PM UTC
Got it on my blog
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 4:47:22 PM UTC
I finally made it!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 5:58:40 PM UTC
Proudly sporting a link to the Windows Phone 7 developers launch at
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 6:39:53 PM UTC
Apparently my comments are getting flagged for moderation. Hmmm.

Here it is without the actual href link:

My development/tech blog:

Wednesday, October 06, 2010 9:55:30 PM UTC
I've tried commenting 8 or 10 times and it never goes through. Maybe Matt has the idea of how to get past the moderation.

My blog is at:
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 9:57:33 PM UTC
Weird. I have no moderation system. I don't moderate comments at all. Perhaps the Akismet Wordpress Anti-Spam is getting suspicious of all the links to blogs with really short comments.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 10:47:45 PM UTC
Weird. Here is what I tried to post:

This is the result that I got:

It seems like just the use of the anchor tags did it, though I see others here got it to work.
Thursday, October 07, 2010 1:41:20 AM UTC
I did it. Let's see if my shameless attempt for a free phone works. :-)

Thursday, October 07, 2010 5:26:18 PM UTC
Let's rock!
Paul J
Thursday, October 07, 2010 6:58:02 PM UTC
Sorry guys, the phone is mine :P
Friday, October 08, 2010 12:53:05 AM UTC
Posted to my website: -
Saturday, October 09, 2010 5:55:28 AM UTC
Posted to:
Monday, October 11, 2010 1:40:44 AM UTC
Monday, October 11, 2010 2:01:24 AM UTC
Posted here: UberGamerMonkey
Monday, October 11, 2010 3:15:09 AM UTC
Sign me up! RobotFootGames
Monday, October 11, 2010 3:25:15 AM UTC
Ok posted on
Monday, October 11, 2010 4:54:56 AM UTC
I added the banner to and the badge to
Monday, October 11, 2010 12:48:55 PM UTC
I added the banner to Read my ongoing blog about my quest for a Windows 7 Phone.
Tim Corbett
Monday, October 11, 2010 10:28:02 PM UTC
I've posted the banner on my site,
Monday, October 11, 2010 10:29:24 PM UTC
I've posted the banner on my site, Thanks, Scott!
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:17:52 AM UTC
I am trying to post one more time with an anchor tag. Anyway here is my blog
Friday, October 15, 2010 6:23:02 PM UTC
Got mine out there!
Sunday, October 17, 2010 5:56:59 PM UTC
Sunday, October 17, 2010 5:57:13 PM UTC
Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:16:33 AM UTC
I've posted some thoughts and remarks on the Chicago Windows Phone 7 Developer Launch here, as well as the banner:

Please take a look and let me know what you think! And Scott/Microsoft, I could really use a Windows Phone 7! ;)
Thursday, October 21, 2010 7:18:12 AM UTC
Let's try that again, but clickable this time:
Sunday, October 24, 2010 3:52:59 PM UTC
Having a Windows Phone will help me compare between iPhone and Windows Phone 7 intensely.

I would really like to get a Windows Phone for testing and posting. My blog is Dush's Windows Phone.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:01:47 AM UTC
Has it been 10 days since the final event happened? I don't see a list of the event dates on the site.

Wanting to know who won? Should I officially give up hope and go pick up a new crappy phone to replace my old crappy phone?
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 12:30:53 AM UTC
Yep, I literally just called the final winner a few hours ago. There were hundreds of entries and two winners. Thanks everyone for playing!
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