Microsoft Employee "free-phone program" starts November 18th

The other day we had an interesting rumor about the HTC 7 Pro: Sprint was starting pre-orders on December 8th for the new device. As it turns out, we learned that this was for Microsoft peeps only (lucky them). That ties into the "free phones for all Microsoft employees" boast that we heard awhile back and verified recently by Ballmer himself.

Here are some more details of that program just given to Microsoft employees:

Do NOT purchase your Windows Phone 7 device prior to November 18, 2010 or after June 15, 2011 . You will not receive reimbursement for your phone purchase if you have purchased your phone outside of the start or end date of the program. (A preorder may be placed through an authorized channel prior to November 18, but not an actual purchase).

Seems like a fair system: employee picks phone and carrier, pre-orders/purchases through authorized channel, Microsoft reimburses you for the device. No other details were given but it sounds good to us!

Source: Anonymous tip (thanks!)

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • Someone's gotta use them ;)
  • Sounds good to me, the fact that have it extended out so far is interesting as well, June 2011.
  • I just got back from a Microsoft Event for executives and I'll be getting a Windows Phone for free plus two months of service. I have to tell you, I was impressed, and can't wait to get my hands on it in a couple of weeks. I think it is a real game changer. I'll be getting a HD7 or a Dell Venue Pro. Not sure which one yet but I hope it is the Dell. I hope I'm in the same program and can expect to receive my phone at the same time. Microsoft is going after the business community very aggressively for porting their apps to WP7, and the development tools make it very easy. I just watched them build an sample app in a few hours for a company that I know had provided no prior information (I know the CEO and Director of Infrastructure for them). Development will clearly drive WP7 for the enterprise when you can build your mobile and desktop apps simultaneously with the same tools.
  • anyone know if this is only 1 wp7 per employee?
  • So is it Nov. 18th or December 8th?