CTIA Wireless 2008: A Shout Out to Microsoft?!

As a diehard BlackBerry fanactic this post is a little awkward to write, but I felt compelled to do it up nonetheless. Yesterday after leaving the main exhibitor's hall at CTIA, I tagged along with Dieter (who's covering the news for WMExperts.com) and we attended a Microsoft Happy Hour.

I gotta say - Microsoft knows how to show appreciation for its peeps. Even better than the free food and drinks was the fact that high-level Microsoft & partner executives were in attendance who were more than happy to give bloggers like Dieter and I facetime (they didn't even mind that my badge said CrackBerry.com and I blogged in favor of the competition). Equally cool was the present we received upon leaving - an ugly Microsoft bag, a bottle of water and.... a free phone?!?! I was shocked! Dieter got a Samsung BlackJack II and I got a Motorola Q9H. It's no BlackBerry, but still... how can you argue with a free test unit?!

Why do I say test unit? Because it turns out (much to our surprise) the new toys came loaded with Windows Mobile 6.1, which hasn't even been released yet (Microsoft just announced it yesterday at CTIA)! This OS won't be publicly available until sometime this summer. A free phone with a pre-release software... how cool is that?!

Update: I've managed to strike a deal with Dieter to trade the free Moto Q9H for a new BlackBerry 8320 Curve. Dieter is so excited to get his hands on a second WinMo phone with 6.1 that he didn't have to think twice about shelling out the cash to buy me off with a new Berry. w00t!!!!!

By Kevin Michaluk on 2 Apr 2008 12:14 pm EDT
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As a diehard BlackBerry fanactic this post is a little awkward to write, but I felt compelled to do it up nonetheless. Yesterday after leaving the main exhibitor's hall at CTIA, I tagged along with Dieter (who's covering the news for WMExperts.com) and we attended a Microsoft Happy Hour.

I gotta say - Microsoft knows how to show appreciation for its peeps. Even better than the free food and drinks was the fact that high-level Microsoft & partner executives were in attendance who were more than happy to give bloggers like Dieter and I facetime (they didn't even mind that my badge said CrackBerry.com and I blogged in favor of the competition). Equally cool was the present we received upon leaving - an ugly Microsoft bag, a bottle of water and.... a free phone?!?! I was shocked! Dieter got a Samsung BlackJack II and I got a Motorola Q9H. It's no BlackBerry, but still... how can you argue with a free test unit?!

Why do I say test unit? Because it turns out (much to our surprise) the new toys came loaded with Windows Mobile 6.1, which hasn't even been released yet (Microsoft just announced it yesterday at CTIA)! This OS won't be publicly available until sometime this summer. A free phone with a pre-release software... how cool is that?!

Update: I've managed to strike a deal with Dieter to trade the free Moto Q9H for a new BlackBerry 8320 Curve. Dieter is so excited to get his hands on a second WinMo phone with 6.1 that he didn't have to think twice about shelling out the cash to buy me off with a new Berry. w00t!!!!!

5 comments

Michael Koby

Microsoft is notorious for giving out great freebies at many of their events. The Visual Studio 2008 launch here in Houston saw attendees get Visual Studio 2008 Standard, non-trial Vista Ultimate (with SP1), and a couple other pieces of nice software.

Microsoft definitely takes care of it's people in that regard. And lately I personally find Microsoft to be a lot less annoying in general. Those two phones running WM6.1 are pretty cool gifts though.

Anonymous

so much for "Crackberry" eh

Kevin Michaluk

Yeah Right! I'm trying to swap it with somebody for a T-Mobile BlackBerry 8320. I'm still rock'n my 8300 day-to-day and need to trade up.

Like I'd actually give up the Crack!!!

Rhon228

Although I like free, I prefer the quality the Blackberry brings.

Maybe RIM will one up them and give you a 9000 for free!

JonV

I see them on Fido's website and it's tempting to upgrade from a 8700. They are slimmer and nice to hold. But then the WinMo OS reminds me of my old wince & pocketpc days that I never want to go back. Even if Fido is offering unlimited email at $15.