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Microsoft giving $25 in apps to Windows Phone buyers

November 21, 2011 |  9:52 am

Game apps for sale on Microsoft Windows Phone Mango

Microsoft is looking to generate a Windows Phone sales boost this holiday shopping season by giving away $25 in free apps and games through the end of the year.

The offer is good for all Windows Phone handsets purchased between Nov. 2 and Dec. 31 by consumers in the United States, said Michael Stroh, a Microsoft spokesman, on the company's Windows Phone blog.

To get the $25 app card, new Windows Phone owners have to fill out a form at windowsphoneappcard.com. Oddly enough, the card comes by mail and not as a digital credit.

Microsoft said in its terms and conditions that it will give away one card for each Windows Phone sold (as long as the owner applies for the app card of course) and that each person can claim up to five cards for five phones.

A major strike in the past against Windows Phone has been an overall lack of apps and games, and while the touch-centric operating system still lags behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android on the number of apps available, it is growing. The blog All About Windows Phone reported recently that the Windows Phone Marketplace now has more than 40,000 apps for sale.

The tech giant will accept card requests until Feb. 14 -- Valentine's Day.

So, if you're considering buying a new smartphone sometime soon this holiday season, is this offer enough to make you go Windows Phone over iOS, Android or even Research In Motion's BlackBerry phones?

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

Twitter.com/nateog

Photo: Xbox Live game apps for sale on Microsoft's Windows Phone Mango mobile operating system. Credit: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times

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