Nokia giving out free Windows Phone to developers today in London

Some future Windows Phone devs just had their day made as Nokia is evidently prepared to give out some free Nokia Windows Phones to woo them over.

Details are coming in now, but the story is there is a Nokia Windows Phone Training event going on in London today, where Nokia is demonstrating the power and capability of Windows Phone to new devs. A few tweets from developers and bloggers (Rafe Blandford, Mehdi El Gueddari and Nash Bansal) who are attending, confirm that Nokia has committed to giving the gift that keeps on giving--a new Nokia phone.

Sure, they're not getting the phones today (only after announced), but it's clear that Nokia and Microsoft are serious about bringing over new developers to the platform. What better way to pique interest than a free Nokia phone, eh?

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.

  • Awesome. Wish I was there.
  • ^ This.
  • Developers get all the fun.
  • only @trashpants is a developer out of those three listed in the tweets!
  • thats how you win people.
  • Nokia have always been generous at their events in the past and this is not a surprise.
  • Anyone know of any MS/Nokia events coming to the US? I went to one in Ft. Lauderdale as an executive preview last year and we all got free HD7s.
  • son of a.... hopefully they do the product review!!!!
  • Nokia should really try to get free devices to other prominent developers. At the top of their list should be Jan Ole of Gravity fame. Gravity has kept many loyal users on the Symbian platform. I count myself among those who are tied to Gravity. If Jan Ole ever announced a version of Gravity for WP7, it would quicken my move to Mango.Also getting a Mango device to Rafe is a great move. He is not, to my knowledge, a developer. However he runs the best website and podcast for all things Nokia/Symbian (both are called All About Symbian). If he loves Mango, a lot of people all over the world will hear his praise. I look forward to that podcast.
  • Jan Ole has no intention of developing for WP, he tends to be slating it as of late somewhat on Twitter. TBH there is no need for Gravity on WP, with the integration for a quick tweet and seeing mentions in notifications, if you need anything more then we have the excellent Rowi app.Rafe is in the middle of doing AllaboutWindowsPhone site and rest assured Nokia will send him every WP device just like they do with Symbian devices. I would expect him to have the N9 already aswell.I can tell you that Steve Litchfield is highly impressed with WP Mango, not so much with the current hardware and the dependency on Zune to transfer media.
  • Bummer to hear about Gravity. Given that Jan Ole is in the midst of Gravity 2.0, I kinda guessed he wouldn't be working on WP (but I still hope he changes his mind). This is especially true since he lives in Germany where Nokia will be releasing Symbian products. In the US, there will be no new phones, and the Anna update still hasn't made it out to any devices. This is the reason why I've been looking at other platforms. I don't know much about WP, but I'll look into Rowi. Thanks for the info.
  • I met Rafe at Mobile World Congress last year. Nice guy, great site.
  • Yeah also prides himself on researching before posting stuff too which I highly respect. Very much like Paul Thurrott who clearly thinks about things before he posts.
  • Blushing here. Thanks guys :)Just to add a bit more details about the day:It was an introduction to Windows Phone, with Rob Miles and co. giving the talks on the basics of Windows Phone development (complete with Cheese games etc.). Topics included getting started with Visual Studio, Silverlight, XNA and taking your app to the marketplace.Mixed audience of Nokia and generic mobile developers. Positive response in general from the audience I thought, though some concerns around data siloing (esp for sharing data between apps) and the methodology of tombstoning / suspend being restrictive when porting existing code assets (basically means a need to rewrite 'library' code in some cases).Plenty of opportunity to talk to fellow attendees, which is always helpful too. Nokia would not be drawn on when device announcement would happen of course, but they were described as soon.And yes, plenty of smiles when the device give away was announced. Make sense though to engage with developers like this. It is part of a wider program too, with plenty of other developers involved too. More to come on that front I'm told.