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Here’s your chance to mingle with some Windows Phone big wigs, pepper us with questions, and try out our phones.
The occasion (as if you really need one) is Mobile World Congress 2012, the smartphone industry’s big annual gathering that kicks off in Barcelona at the end of the month. If you’re headed to the show, we’re handing out 50 passes to our party as a thank you to our biggest Windows Phone fans. (Sorry, we’re not offering plane tickets, hotel rooms, passes to the Sagrada Familia, or anything else—just a good time at our party.)
To enter, leave a comment below between today and Tuesday, February 21 telling us why you’re a fan of Windows Phone. On Wednesday, we’ll pick 50 winners at random to receive a pair of tickets to the event.
Good luck, and don’t forget to check back here next Wednesday to see if you’re a winner.
And we have our winners! Big thanks to everyone who participated in the contest. If your randomly-chosen screen name is listed below, you and a lucky friend are on your way to securing a pair of tickets to the event. To claim your prize, email email@example.com with your full name, preferred email address, and Windows Phone Blog screen name by 10 a.m. on Friday, February 24 and we’ll send you all the details. Make sure to put “MWC Party” in the subject line.
We’re looking forward to seeing the lucky winners next week in Barcelona!
I think you might want to tweak the title a bit.
I've been a fan of Windows Phone since it was announced at MWC2010 and stayed a fan ever since despite despite the fact it was difficult to be one were I live (fingers crossed for MWC expansion). I own 2 Windows Phones and love them both. I love watching faces of people change from skeptical or even dismissive to impressed when I show them my phone.
I'm coming to MWC and would love to hang out with you there!
Sent from my Windows Phone.
P.S.: I'm wearing my I <3 WP t-shirt in my avatar which I got at MIX10 for asking a question about Metro
it's just like open little parcels. do you that feling when you are waiting for the postman to arrive? you click and a new parcel is open. whith new things!
it's just like open little parcels. do you that felling when you are waiting for the postman to arrive? you click and a new parcel is open. with new things!
What's better for my Lumia than go to the party with their "parents"?
I've been a loyal supporter of Microsoft phones since the Windows Mobile 2002. I have purchased every version since. Gotten countless friends on the bandwagon, to buy Windows Mobile and now even Windows Phone. I have always been a Microsoft user, from Windows Home Server, to Windows Media Center, tablet PCs, Xbox and Kinect and one of the great things is how Microsoft products felxibility and integration. Being able to connect and chat through Live Messenger so easily and switch between that and text. Being able to access Xbox Live on my phone and even manage my Xbox and Avatar with the companion app. Or manage my home server with the My Home Server app. A beatuiful and functional interface doesn't hurt either. Going forward, it will be great to see the platform evolves as greater integration is added. Like synchronous multiplayer gaming, Skype, and integration with Windows 8 and tablets, which I'm definitely getting. You won't find a bigger Microsoft fan out there than me, and I would be honored to attend MWC.
I had to go to the Sprint store this morning, and they'd moved a couple doors down to a bigger location. This made me hopeful that maybe they'd give the Arrive a little spot to call its own.
Nope. It appears to be an online-only, or "secret menu" phone. Really irritating. I told the salesperson there how much I love it, how much my wife loves it, how much my friends love it - even my Android toting friends... He acted like I wasn't saying real words, basically ignored me, and went on to start the process of replacing my wife's defective Arrive. Hoping that the fact they clearly know nothing about it doesn't mean it will take longer to verify that it's broken...
I was planning to lose my Windows Phone virginity during the Mobile World Congress Fiesta.... please, help me!
For my business WP7.5 is the best system because of its build-in features. As I am a big Xbox fan, the companion app is pretty perfect and with kinect its pretty amazing. There will be so many new things possible in the future - I cant stand it... ;-) Hope to see you in Barcelona.
As one of the 1st developers to sign up for WP7 nearly 2 years ago, and developer of 'Manage Your Football Club' how can you have a party in Barcelona, the home of the best football club ion the world, how can you party without me?
Microsoft has its hand in a lot of services: music, video, games, productivity--the list goes on. If someone wanted to know what Microsoft's all about, the most effective (and pleasant!) way to show them is Windows Phone. Xbox! Office! Zune! Everything they do is in a sweet little package. There are more fundamental reasons why I love Windows Phone, of course. It's buttery smooth, it's efficient, and gorgeous. There aren't many phones that can caim all of that, now is there? Plus, the gargantuan Titan doesn't hurt, either :)
I'm going to MWC and I can't wait to see the new Nokia's phones with WP! I have to say, I'veen an iPhone and BB user for the last 6 years....but maybe is time for a change! :) I really like the way Microsoft is doing things with WP7.
It would be so great to come to your party! :)
I"m a great fan of Windows Phone..Owning one in the Netherlands since the first HTC models (an Orange branded SPV) and had a Windows Phone ever since (I think the first phone was launched in the Netherlands back in 2002). I still own the device....
I've been a fan of Windows Phone since MWC2011. It's interface is incredible (cute, good design, functional). I would like to go at MWC to begin to decide what model I'm going to buy :D
Wp7 is simple, smart, powerful, entertaining, flawless and is Ms office powered. it just rocks :)
I got a Windows Mobile phone years ago and decided that I love the OS. When I heard about the "New" Windows Phone, I only knew it would be an improvement. I love the fact that it syncs with Exchange super easy and with skydrive and MS Office (mobile) I can edit and create new documents for work.
The easy to use UI is a great refeshing difference than what the iOS and Android have. Overall, the WP7 (Mango) has been a very enjoyable experience when using the phone for everything from taking pictures to working on Word docuemts or Excel.
I wil lhave to admit that I haven't gotten into really messing with music or playlists yet, but I will ge there soon.
Just want to say that when everyone in my office thought I was crazy to get a Windows Phone (they are all Android users) I still have new things to show them on my phone and they are impressed... Unfortunaetly they will not change since they are hard core users who have rooted their phone and have networking tools (which I wish I had and if I did, that would make my phone complete) that get used on a regular basis.
Windows phone has become the core of my daily organisation with a quick glance of what to do, or a detailed view of what is planned in the future, to a glance of what my friends are doing on all the different social networks.
in one word... great!
WP7's definitely the OS to watch at this year's show.
I was an early adoper and loved my Omnia 7 before I had to give it back to work. Would be awesome to see what you've got in store for us for the coming year.
I've been championing Windows Phone since it was announced. Heck I even made a business around it and published 15 apps! I have been a fan from the beginning and would love to be in the party!
I am a fan of WP, no doubt about it......
When Somebody Tells You You Should Sell Windows Phones For A Living That Means You Are A Huge Fan of WP!
My love for WP began with Win-Mo... I don't really want to get into that to much because I have told my Win-Mo-WP transition story so many times it's sad. Basically, I was sad to leave Win-Mo because I didn't want to go to Android or iOS, so when I heard that WP was to be totally redesigned, I almost .... my pants!!! I decided to make a "small" list of why I'm a fan......
1. I love Windows Phone so much sometimes I still spell it out instead of saying "WP"
2. I highly recommend WP to others, and have at least 8 WP users under my belt so far. I literally work for MS! LOL..
3. I actually plan trips to retail stores to do "spy" jobs to gather feedback for this blog, and others.
4. I actually plan trips to stores so that I can train store staff on how to sell WP! No joke.
5. I actively give my feedback and opinions on blogs like this blog, and WPCentral.
6. I have been asking for a T shirt since the night out party,,, I was about to pull one of those promoters into a closet, take care of business, and walk out in his WP hoody and t shirt!,, I was thinking that maybe I could finally get one at MWC. HAHAHA!
And there it is. I hope that didn't sound to pathetic, but I put in work for WP. PERIOD! And I love it...
As a mobile market researcher I see first hand the types of people that buy different types of phones...as soon as my upgrade was due, there was no contest - I wanted to be one of you! Windows mobile...the intelligent choice
because i like squares more than circles
The first phone I purchased since 2009 was a Nokia Lumia 800. Its live tiles and Xbox integration combined with Office and Skydive makes it the greatest mobile device to date.
Switched so Windows Phone from Android and iOS because the experience is so much better. Yes Android has higher specs but the Windows Phone experience is so much more than specs.iOS is playing catchup on the design front. Who'd have thought it :-D
I like the way that applications and services are nicely integrated to the WP7 os, from an user or developer view it's a great and consistent experience develop and use WP7 (not like android)
I love Windows phone because metro ux is fantastic!
Indeed, I love c# which is the best language to develop in nowadays.
I walked into a room with friend that are talking cell phones and when they saw me, they said don't talk to SeNiLe about phones, he'll sell you on a Windows Phone. Everyone knows I live and breath Microsoft products... HAHA!
Been following the development of WP7 since the beginning. Bought a Samsung Focus day one. Sold friends, family and others on getting them self's a WP7.
I'll be picking up the Lumia 900 next month and will further spread the word about how great the WP7 is.
I'll see you in Barcelona?
I like Windows Phone because it's fresh and exciting but also because it's the best! I ditched my iPhone (had an iPhone for 3 years) on day 1 lauch in UK. I have had a HD7, Omnia 7 and am now the proud owner of a Focus S.
It's a microsft product that makes me smile :)
oh man wp7 is awesome! love how many promotions and contest you guys have!
I'd love to go to Barcelona and see all the Windows Phone goodness. I frequently create my own tweets to push the platform using all my serivces simultaneously by using my Windows Phone's Me Tile. I keep track of my Me tile which automiatically tells me what's up. Windows Phone is the most decorated Mobile Platform, and I am trying to constantly get the word out. My new app (which I won't mention here, because this isn't spam) is different than others of its kind, and works great with its pivoting plates of information only available on Windows Phone.
I love my old LG Quantum, I got one for my wife too when the phones were 2 for 1. She loves it and uses it often.
Windows Phone is just refreshingly different, more open than iDevices, and much more secure than Androld.
-Enjoy Windows Phone 7.5 and beyond
Leaving Muscat 3am, arr Barcelona 11.30am, return next day 12:30pm arr Muscat 2am. 25 hours of travel for 25 hours in Barcelona. And all because I want to be there for the WP7 and Windows 8 latest. WOA is going to be the best 'new new' revenue stream ever!
As a developer, I've spent a great deal of time with each major mobile platform, iOS, Android, BlackBerry and of course, Windows Phone.
I can safely say that there is no match out there for the speed and efficiency of a Windows Phone. Aesthetically pleasing and feature packed, buttery smooth animations and a great browser, I am a Windows Phone man for the foreseeable!
New windows phone is simplely awesome
I live in Barcelona and I will come to the event as a member of the press (I work on a group of blogs about mobiles, one of them only for Windows Phone) and I will love to assist to your fiesta (what a wonderful spanish word XD). Is there an invitation for me? Pleeeaseee...
Metro is the best UI of all smartphones, and it gives a feel to the phone that no other smartphone can match currently.
I really still am not a fan of Windows Mobile. The Mobile World Congress 2012 is a good place to start ...
I'm a fan because of the design of Windows Phone, its just amazing how elegant and thought-through the design is. I've even been able to convert a few apples to WMP... See you in Barcelona hopefully
Really excited about the Nokia and windows mashup, can't wait to see where it all goes especially with Skype and groupme... Things are looking interesting. Just wonder when manutd will go live on WP7
I love big, beautiful typography and slick, minimalist design. Windows Phone is the BEST!
Hi. Got my first windows phone about a year ago, a LG E900.
I love that it is so quick and simple to use. Great features, so much so that
no need to be wasting money on apps for simple things
Great job! What's the ETA on Tango-I update? Waiting for the remaining 120 languages support....
I need Windows Phone device with dual core processor and extendable memory! something like Samdung Focus Duo :D
What I love about the Windows' mobile operating system is the clean, clear Metro interface, which is so good. The Live Tiles are awesome. The battery saver option is a life saver. Social networks integration is neat. IE browsing is good but sometimes i miss flash support. Email, Calendar are good but the Office integration is a big differentiator from rest of mobile platforms.
I am a Windows Phone blogger in Japan, Nanapho.jp.
The first article of my blog posted in fall 2010. At that time, there were no Windows Phone in Japan. I purchased a T-Mobile USA branded HTC HD7, my first Windows Phone 7, from Amazon Wireless at $500. I also had to trip to Europe to see more Windows Phones. I actually went on a Windows Phone trip to UK, France and Germany.
It really surprised me that the first Mango phone in the world was IS12T. It's one of the most important event for my blog. Today I am a full-time Windows Phone blogger in Japan.
I own 8 Windows Phones including Focus, Omnia 7, HD7, Trophy, Optimus 7, Quantum, IS12T and Lumia 800. I want to purchase the next, Lumia 710 or 900.
I will go to Barcelona next friday. This is my first time MWC.
Windows Phone is great for it's speed, Metro UI and because Microsoft isn't as evil as Google or Apple :D
After Symbian, Blackberry, iOs and Android... it's my time for Windows Phone. May be MWC2012 it is the begginning of the a very long friendship.
as a developer i still cannot believe it was so easy to deuuvelop for wp7, 10 min and you are ready, amazing!
Really keen to see what is planned next with windows and mobile.... Coverage in faster smart phones as well as covering off emerging markets... Please keep the updates coming so we can develop for all these new channels
WP7+ all the way
Just love phones. Looking for the perfect one. Havn't found him yet, But I am puuurdy good at partying =)
Would love to attend the Windows Phone party at MWC. Will be a great opportunity to find people to add the People Hub!
Why am I a fan Windows phone? Simple, I'm not geeky enough to carry Android, and not vein enough to wear an iPhone!
I appreciate all the efforts the development team are putting into the phone. But you guys need to speed up the updates. So many good features are lacking on the phone. Also marketing is bad. Sprint won't even bring on anymore phones to their current line. We need a 4G phone from windows! We also need a lot of the features that are taking a long time to get to us. Where is the sd slot? Also I have seen exactly one commercial for a windows phone and even that no longer plays. When will you guys start pushing out more ads? How about making sprint and verizon adopt new windows phones. There is exactly 1 phone on both networks. I mean sure it's sprints fault as well but it would do you guys good to actually push it on to them to get some more phones. Anyway thanks.
Mobile Monday update and with accommodation and flights booked.... I am looking to Windows Phone to aid me complete the package with a MWC ticket.
My Mango phone is what we are currently using to develop our suite of mobile apps moving forwards in the mobile gaming apps and as a mobile consultant to Manchester United I am keen to learn more about newer OS
I'm a fan of Windows Phone because it's simply the best mobile operating system out there! With it's easy-to-use interface, clean & stylish design, combined with the ability to connect to your other Microsoft products such as Xbox and Windows Live - I would say it's a dream that has come true :-)
Yesterday, the last thing i saw before sleeping and the first thing I saw when i woke up is nothing other than my lumia with WP7.5, basically, i'm married to an OS. Can we get the chance to have a honeymoon in Barcelona?
As an app developer currently building Olympic apps I have SO MUCH to talk to you about. I have flights, hotel & plus 1. I really need tickets, I'll tell you why on Tuesday...
Windows Phones are reliable, don't crash, user friendly and are easy to sync with my computer. Having also had an iPhone and a Blackberry, Windows is my favourite.
Windows Phone is great platform to develop for. We look forward to see great things happen with WP. Expect great apps from DROIDERS.
Oh and I really want to win the ticket and see the show.
I really am in love with Metro UI. The tiles, the font... I think Microsoft did it again :) I'd be honored to attend the event on Barcelona (my hometown and current city)
Hurry up with the updates please. Why still no outlook syncing? Think about the business people not just consumers please.
I'm a fan of Windows Phone 7! I was at the UK launch and I'm out in Barcelona next week, so I'd love to be picked to come along!
I've been a fan of Windows Phone since I saw presentation for the first time in MWC 2010. I admire the smart WP7 campaign in MWC 2011, especially light in the hotel across the fira. I own a mango phone and I develop for it. I hope I can join you guys at WP party @ MWC 2012.
I'm a big fan since the beginning of Windows Phone, had a Windows Mobile since 6.1 and changed it as soon as possible to WP.
The UI and way of presenting information is simply the best seen ever. Just replaced my iPhone with a Nokia Lumia and i love it. The outlook client, the way of merging contacts and message thread is what i love the most.
I am just a fan of my Lumia 800 because it combines an excellent hardware/mechanical design, superb screen and great usability... so I would be glad to party with you!
I've been developing apps for mobile phones for many years for various different platforms, and Windows Phone has one of the best development environments. That makes it even more exciting to create stuff for Windows Phone, as consuming it is even more enjoyable thanks to the well-designed and fast UI! So, would be great to join the party at this year's MWC! :)
I love that the UI shows a lot of information without launching apps, and I also like the pivot/panorama controls, they are very easy to use (swipe) compared to other UI solutions that require clicks on specific places (tabs, buttons, etc) ;)
I love the Nokia Lumia 800, it's gorgeous blue rounded polycarbonate body: it's just amazing! And I love it's guts too : simple, clever and all integrated.
I have a windows 6.5 htchd2, and I love windows.
I like WP because It's something new in smart phone industry. It's also very easy to develop app for Windows Phone using Silverlight. It's one of the great Microsoft's product. I'll be very touched to involve to that event! Go Windows Phone gooo!!!!!
I want to go to MWC to witness the look on everyone's face when Windows 8 is revealed. Windows Phone 7 and Windows will be making a comeback! Lets party!
I have a windows phone since WP 7.0 came out. I picked the samsung SGH, which has a large screen and is very neat! The mango 7.5 surely boost up the windows phone to another level and I love it! Look forward to WP's bright future!!
I am a big fan as a user and as a developer.
As a user, I enjoy the speed, design, and the fact that I can truly get in, out, and back to life.
As a developer, it allows me to build apps using my favorite environment. C# and Visual Studio.
Well, I think that's better having a Windows Phone than an Android with a stupid wp7 launcher! That's the reason why I bought my WIndows Phone!
Well I think actions speak loader than words (or comments)... I live in a country that is not supporting Windows Phone 7 yet. I speak and write a language that is not supported by Windows Phone 7 yet (RTL)... I had an iPhone 3GS, sold it to buy an HD7.
After a few months I had to update the software and by mistake I unplugged the phone during the update and the phone crashed. I don't have a service support for my phone so what did I do? I went and bought an HTC Trophy... I just love Windows Phone 7 and if anything happens to my phone I'll buy another one again and again.
Note: I convinced all friends how Windows Phone 7 is a kicka** phone and they're all waiting for Nokia Lumias to be announced in my country
I've been a fan of Windows Phone since it was first announced.
I kept myself up to date with any information that was released about it.
When it was released in the UK in October 2010, I made sure to buy myself one as soon as possible.
I bought the HD7.
This was my first smartphone as I had been using basic phones before.
I was extremely happy with what I'd bought.
Everyone else was using iPhone or laggy Android and there I was with my unique and 'sexy' Windows Phone.
Since then I have bought myself a Nokia Lumia 800 and I just love the speed and reliability of it. I have never known a device to be this fast. I love everything about the Operating System itself, from the Xbox integration, to the live tiles to the Skydrive/Social Networking integration.
There are too many things to list about why I love Windows Phone, but I'm definitely not moving to any other mobile platform and as part of working in a mobile retail store, I will continue to push these phones out as much as possible!
I LOVE WINDOWS PHONE. <3
Big fan of email on Windows Phone! I also love showing my cyan Nokia Lumia 800 to friends. Hope I win and party it up with other Windows Phone fans
Its easy, Im not only Windows Phone fun , im Windows fun...
Windows...and our life is becoming interesting...
I am a big fan of windows phone 7 beacause I have been using windows mobile for past 5 years ! Never used any phone beyond that. Microsoft products are seamlessly simple innovative and feature rich. I am a windows phone 7 app developer myself and constantly promote each and every product of Microsoft . I am a Microsoft student partner of my college as well . Microsoft offers an extraordinary experience to every kind of user whether hes a amateur or a professional. All said and done products like these make my nation India emerge from a developing nation to a developed nation .
I like Windows Phone because it just works, and it always works. It's simple and fun to use and integrates nicely with a variety of services. It's incredibly simple without really sacrificing functionality. I hated Windows Mobile but I've been using Windows Phone for over a year and I'm very happy.
I love windows phone, especially user interface, e-mail and game. I own one windows phone and i love to get new deivce in near future and I have windows mobile too.
I am very happy to make windows phone apps , finally i am working for the platform which i love most.
I love Windows Phone because it's different. The minimal, clean and simplified Metro interface makes a pleasure operating system to use. I think that you can do the same things that you would be able to do with another OS, but plus living a new and incredible experience. I use Windows Phone everyday since its was launched and develop applications on my own, so I would be really glad to assist to the Windows Phone party at my town.
The first Windows Phone 7 party in the town I live, I love my Windows Phone and I have to be there
I I was an early adopter and loved my windows phone Lumia 800
i like it because it had a great interface, i"'m very happy
I have always loved the Windows Phone because of its amazing UI and seamless user experience. Unlike other Operating Systems, I have immense respect for WP because it completely stands out for its original metro design looks. Also, the way it integrates with social networks like Facebook, Linkedin etc and Windows SkyDrive is simply awesome.
I so envy the people at workplace who own a Windows Phone (which is a majority). Gotta get one soon!
Since May 2010 I'm a big fan of Windows Phone. At the time I attended a Coding Camp in Germany, where I first wrote apps for the phone. Since October 2010, I use my various Windows Phone devices that offer me everything I need for student life. In addition, I attend other events to be well informed about Windows Phone.
I'm a fan of Windows Phone because it's the only OS that comes out of the gates with Office and Xbox Live!
I have the windows trophy 7 excellent phone never had a problem with it updated fownoads effectively . This is a phone that I will never give up,best ever phone I've had.
Windows phone family - well almost - 2 Mozarts and one Lumia - just one to get - help me decide.
Bit cheeky - but I'll need a family ticket if you have any!
Oh mighty Microsoft, please pick me! :)
Sorry, it was an error to post a comment here... Because I went wrong with my calendar, so I didn't have time to got to Barcelona next week...
i am really excited about windows phone Future , and i hope from window think over supporting Arabic language and all right to lift languages Persian , Hebrew , etc ...
One of my best friends works promoting Window Phone, and I wish the best to both of them... Cheers!
I was present at the Dutch launch party and sold since. The best Smartphone OS out there. Love everything about and believe WP7 will be a mayor player in the market. A trip to Barcelona would seal the deal ;)
I am a Developer of Windows Phone Application and a frequent user of it
I like the Windows Phone page because I use to update with every atom info regarding it and about Development of Windows Phone
Windows Phone is the most stable smart phone I've ever used and I've had one of everything at this point. The live tiles are outstanding and no phone integrates better with Facebook, Twitter and Live services
I like Windows Phone since the first sight of the fabulous UI when it is released last year. It looks much cooler than Android and iOS, and finally I got myself a real one 3 weeks ago. It's a Samsung Omnia W. I have to say it is an amazing phone, not only for the UI but also for the user experience. And I'm looking forward to the Skype for Windows Phone very much. With Skype, Windows Phone will be perfect. I hope we can see that on MWC 2012!
because I love xbox live and halo waypoint