Microsoft turned way more than a few potential Windows Phone users when they limit the number of people who wanted to participate in the Windows Phone challenge. Essentially, Microsoft forfeited. It's unfortunate that there are no records of how many.
I was one of them. I called up the Century City store in California to participate in the challenge. I asked how long the line would be but they said the line was about a twenty minutes. Great, I said, I will be there between 6:30 and 7 PM. However, the store employee said that they're cut off time is 5:45pm.
Given the LA traffic and my obligations at work, there was no way I would have made it there in time. However, the rules said that the challenge is available during store hours.
WTF, right? I was so excited about getting my hands on a Lumia 710. I was sure that I would eventually get Lumia 900 and Windows 8 a tablet later this year.
Redmond can forget about that. And now the national media is wondering about the challenge with Forbes call it a scam.
Sorry, I thought I could be open about this but we'll be making Microsoft our bitch in all this - now and forever. They care nothing about the customers as far as I'm concerned. I truly thought given the drumming they've received in the mobile market by the likes of Google that they would have changed.
The publicity that they thought they are getting is slowly and surly turning into a nightmare. We'll provide examples of how they've rigged to so that they can't lose but still manage to do so anyway.
Honestly, I thought Microsoft could provide viable competition to Android and the iPhone. I'm beginning to think I'm wrong about this. Outside of Nokia's Lumia, which is just a draw for aging Symbian users, it doesn't appear anyone is interested.
As far as I'm concerned, those of us denied the challenge won because Microsoft forfeited. People have been right about picking Androids and iPhones.