See, the contest is set to end each week on Thursday (hence why other tech sites pronounced April 12th as the end date), but Microsoft just keeps renewing it and renewing it each week. It has now been renewed until the 3rd of May, but something tells me, that when the 4th comes, we will see it renewed again and again.
The contest, as if anyone needs a refresher at this point, pits Windows Phone against competitor’s phones at doing an everyday task such as posting a picture to Facebook or translating text into another language. If the competitor wins they receive a $1000 gift card, but even if they lose they receive a $25 gift card.
So think about it: why would Microsoft want to end a perfect opportunity to get people to shop at their stores, as well as a chance to inform people of the strengths of Windows Phone? Something tells me the Smoked challenge will be a permanent fixture at the stores for some time to comeâ€¦
Note: If you have taken the Smoked challenge in the past for the free phone offer you are no longer eligible for the contest.