I was forwarded an email from new member Harry Mayeux (welcome!) and after replying to him, I realized the info I sent could be shared with the entire group now.
So on the subject of getting access to free Nokia Lumias:
- First, note that Visual Studio (even express version) includes a device emulator. I
have not used it much but from what I have heard it seems to behave close enough
to a real phone for most test purposes. Of course there are always going to be
those situations that require getting something in the field to test, so an
emulator can come up short there. That said, there's even GPS emulation so it's
- Every Nokia Developer Ambassador will soon have a very limited number of Lumia
800s and 900s to give out. These won't run Windows Phone 8 but *will* run 7.8,
which for many uses may be fine. Right now we are encouraging new developers to
target 7.5/7.8 with the understanding that 99% of the apps will be forward
- We will have an even smaller number of WP 8 devices to give out, so
requirements will be tight and expectations of use high.
- We need to be very sure that any developer device is treated exactly as that,
with one exception: if recipients are willing to act as an extension of us I
will be more inclined to hand out a device. By this I mean attending all sorts
of relevant events (not just coding, but other forms of tech networking) to sell
people on Windows Phone and in particular Nokia Lumia. Showing the devices off
to large numbers of potential developers and/or customers.
- My personal primary focus is on pulling students and young Xbox gamers with
coding skills in to WP development. So anyone willing to work on that is going
to get my attention and possibly a device.
- I am also planning on using general recruiting incentives to dispense devices.
For instance, first person to bring X number of new developers into my local
meetup group could receive a Lumia 900 for their effort. That could extend to
whoever builds up a satellite WP meetup group (a reasonable physical distance from this one).
So keep these things in mind when looking to get a Windows Phone device. I am definitely willing to give some out! Nokia just needs to be assured that they're going to be used in a way that grows the Windows Phone ecosystem and community. The faster and bigger the better!
Comments welcome! I'm sharing this on the discussion board as well. Let's get a conversation going!