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Would you love to win a Windows Phone? We’re giving them away to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
To enter, follow @windowsphone on Twitter, then send us one of the following messages:
Hurry—the contest ends just before midnight on Valentine’s Day. We’ll randomly pick two lucky winners from all valid entries and hand them a prize package that includes one Windows Phone, one annual Zune Pass, and one annual Xbox LIVE Gold membership.
And now for a little love letter from our lawyers: the official terms and conditions. Good luck!
MICROSOFT WINDOWS PHONE SWEEPSTAKES
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.
COMMON TERMS USED IN THESE RULES:
These are the official rules that govern how the Microsoft Windows Phone sweepstakes promotion will operate. This promotion will be simply referred to as the “Sweepstakes” throughout the rest of these rules.
In these rules, “we,” “our,” and “us” refer to Microsoft Corporation, the sponsor of the Sweepstakes. “You” refers to an eligible Sweepstakes entrant.
WHAT ARE THE START AND END DATES?
This Sweepstakes starts at 12:01 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on February 13, 2012, and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on February 14, 2012 (“Entry Period”).
CAN I ENTER?
You are eligible to enter this Sweepstakes if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
· You are a legal resident of the 50 United States and District of Columbia, and are 18 years of age or older.
· If you are 18 of age or older, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, you should ask your parent’s or legal guardian’s permission prior to submitting an entry into this Sweepstakes; and
· ·You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
· You are NOT involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes; and
· You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, or a person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.
This Sweepstakes is void outside of the geographic area described above and wherever else prohibited by law.
HOW DO I ENTER from 2/13 – 2/14
To receive an entry into the prize drawing, do the following:
Step 1: Sign into your Twitter account and if you are not already, become a follower of @windowsphone at http://twitter.com/windowsphone
Step 2: Tweet a message to @windowsphone that includes one of the following options:
Option 1. A reason why you want to break up with your Android device to get a Windows Phone instead and the hashtag #DumpingMyDroid.
Option 2. A reason why you love Windows Phone and the hashtag #ILoveWindowsPhone.
WINNER SELECTION AND PRIZES
On or around the close of the Prize Period, we will randomly select two winners from among all eligible entries received to win a prize package that includes one Windows Phone, one annual Zune Pass, and one annual Xbox LIVE Gold membership.
If you are a potential winner, we will notify you by sending a direct message via Twitter within seven (7) days following the random drawing. If the notification that we send is returned as undeliverable, or you are otherwise unreachable for any reason, we may award the prize to an alternate, randomly selected winner. Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held after which the applicable prize will remain un-awarded
If there is a dispute as to who is the potential winner, we will consider the potential winner to be the authorized account holder of the Twitter account used to enter the Sweepstakes. If you are a potential winner, we may require you to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability/Publicity Release, and a W-9 tax form or W-8 BEN tax form within 10 days of notification. If you are a potential winner and you are 18 or older, but are considered a minor in your place of legal residence, we may require your parent or legal guardian to sign all required forms on your behalf. If you do not complete the required forms as instructed and/or return the required forms within the time period listed on the winner notification message, we may disqualify you and select an alternate, randomly selected winner.
If you are confirmed as a winner of this Sweepstakes:
• You may not exchange your prize for cash or any other merchandise or services. However, if for any reason an advertised prize is unavailable, we reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value; and
• You may not designate someone else as the winner. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, we will award it to an alternate potential winner; and
• If you accept a prize, you will be solely responsible for all applicable taxes related to accepting the prize; and
• If you are otherwise eligible for this Sweepstakes, but are considered a minor in your place of residence, we may award the prize to your parent/legal guardian on your behalf; and
• Unless otherwise noted, all prizes are subject to their manufacturer’s warranty and / or terms and conditions.
WHAT ARE YOUR ODDS OF WINNING?
Your odds of winning this Sweepstakes depend on the number of eligible entries we receive.
WHAT OTHER CONDITIONS ARE YOU AGREEING TO BY ENTERING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
By entering this Sweepstakes you agree:
· To abide by these Official Rules; and
· To release and hold harmless Microsoft, and its respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, and agents from any and all liability or any injury, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with this Sweepstakes or any prize won; and
· That Microsoft’s decisions will be final and binding on all matters related to this Sweepstakes; and
· That by accepting a prize, Microsoft may use of your proper name and state of residence online and in print, or in any other media, in connection with this Sweepstakes, without payment or compensation to you, except where prohibited by law.
WHAT LAWS GOVERN THE WAY THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS EXECUTED AND ADMINISTRATED?
This Sweepstakes will be governed by the laws of the State of Washington, and you consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of the courts of the State of Washington for any disputes arising out of this Sweepstakes.
WHAT IF SOMETHING UNEXPECTED HAPPENS AND THE SWEEPSTAKES CAN’T RUN AS PLANNED?
If cheating, a virus, bug, catastrophic event, or any other unforeseen or unexpected event that cannot be reasonably anticipated or controlled, (also referred to as force majeure) affects the fairness and / or integrity of this Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to cancel, change, or suspend this Sweepstakes. This right is reserved whether the event is due to human or technical error. If a solution cannot be found to restore the integrity of the Sweepstakes, we reserve the right to randomly select winners from among all eligible entries received before we had to cancel, change, or suspend the Sweepstakes.
If you attempt to compromise the integrity or the legitimate operation of this Sweepstakes by hacking or by cheating or committing fraud in ANY way, we may seek damages from you to the fullest extent permitted by law. Further, we may ban you from participating in any of our future Sweepstakes, so please play fairly.
HOW CAN YOU FIND OUT WHO WON?
If you send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the address by February 20, 2012, we will provide you with a list of winners that received a prize worth $25.00 or more.
Attn. Windows Phone Twitter Contest 500 Washington Street Suite 200 San Francisco, CA 94111
WHO IS SPONSORING THIS SWEEPSTAKES?
Microsoft Corporation One Microsoft Way Redmond, WA 98052
Thanks for The Opportunity to win a Windows Phone
This is nice - but why limit this to US residents?
I love Windows Phone because Ben Rudolph Smoked the competition!,,,, You know what would blow the competition away??? Well, Fully Animated Live Tiles! Can you imagine single, or double tiles playing silent 16:9, 30 second, looping video clips of weather radar, music videos, app clips from developers, YouTube favorites, IMDB clips, and so on? Can you imagine how cool that would look sitting on the shelf at retail locations? If retail associates wont sell the phone have the phones sell themselves.. HAHAHAHA! This is going to be great!
no windows phone gift to people who live in saudi arabia =(
anyway its still good offer to people who live in US so congratulations to the winners as long as they join windows phone club :)
Why only u.s residents can join these raffles? I want to try windows phone but I think W.P are all exclusive to America ):
It's Valentine's day, yet no love for Europeans :(
Wow. America only. Again. Beyond belief. Just, no words for this. I simply cannot believe it. The board needs to be alerted of this prejudicial behaviour.
In regards to the contests or giveaways: People from other parts of the world, chill out! I live in the USA and don’t give a crap about these non-sense contests. It’s easy to set up a guy from MS -who evidently knows WP7 very good, and bring average competitors to try to beat him in different tasks.
I love my WP7 but I am not looking for a free ride, all I am looking for is accountability from MS about their new shady update/upgrade policy, continuous support for this platform, full ownership of the platform and its processes, consistency and most importantly, commitment.
Don’t you people realize that every time they do something against their original business plan, they start doing these silly contests so we can forget about the real issue? They, MS, don’t have a clue of what they are doing, to the extend that they are now asking us to come up with marketing ideas to promote this phone better. Are we finally domesticated? Are we? If so, then we are screwed! I hope I am wrong but I am telling you all, WP7 will end up as another Android phone. Time will tell.
I have one major issue with the WP7 and that is contact management on Windows Live. Don't get me wrong I love the auto sync but the website interface is terrible. For instance if I go and edit or even view a contacts information and want to back to the main contacts page I have to run through minimum two steps to do that. There isn't a simple button redirecting you back to the contacts homepage. Second major issue is that the live address book doesn't have unlimited fields for phone numbers. A very useful feature that I have in GMAIL. I know they provide with 3 phone number possibilities, but I have family that travels a lot and unlike Google contacts where I can have multiple phone fields. Another problem I have is the view, it would be awesome to have different viewing options like in Outlook, so we could see basic information for each contact on the home screen.
What I like about my contacts though is that the universal integration with all the accounts which is awesome and much appreciated. I hope the Windows Live team can update the calendar and contacts website so the UI is much simpler.
@BuckeyeTico you don't give a crap but others do care and want
secondly Microsoft trying to listen to people and give them the ability to be part of marketing ,apps, new features of os and development its easy to ignore people and do same as corporates i respect what Microsoft doing it shows that they really care about people and really care about their opinion
@ riseagn – Of course some people are interested in these silly contests! Otherwise, they wouldn’t continue doing it. But, do you think these contests have really helped the exposure and growth of WP7? I bet you that 90% of the contestants are already WP7 users or enthusiasts.
On the other hand, do you really believe MS is listening to us, the users? About 3 weeks ago, one of their managers stopped by to drop the new bomb related to their new upgrade/update policy and then ran away… After hundreds of questions and complains, do you think they have addressed even one of them? This is serious stuff and they choose to ignore it. I don’t know if you are new to WP7 or not but I got news for you: MS listens to what they want to listen to.
@BuckeyeTico yes it does help and yes they do listen to what people want
the rest of your talk i call it BS
@ riseagn – Right or wrong, I guess you are entitled to your opinion… BTW, in my book, everything you just said is called FANBOY. Take it easy.
@BuckeyeTico rofl so in your dictionary if anyone disagree with you he immediately becomes a fanboy
when you have words that makes any sense i'll be happy to read it