Microsoft giving out 500 Nokia Lumia 800s to US developers who publish Mango apps

Microsoft have mailed their AppHub subscribers to inform them of an offer which should see 500 US developers receive Nokia Lumia 800 handsets simple for posting an app compiled for Mango to Marketplace.

The app needs to be new and published between January 1, 2012 and by February 10, 2012 and developers need to be registered AppHub members in USA, and also need to email Microsoft when their app is published, but the bar does not seem to be very high.

See the email with the conditions after the break.

We invite you to ring in the New Year by publishing a qualifying new app to the Windows Phone Marketplace.
Be one of the first U.S. App Hub members to publish a qualifying new app that combines functionality and features with the great Windows Phone UX this year and you may be among the first in the country to show off your very own Nokia Lumia 800 device.
To continue spreading the holiday cheer (and the excitement surrounding the new Nokia Lumia devices), we are giving a Nokia Lumia 800 phone to the first 500 U.S. App Hub members who publish, to the Windows Phone Marketplace, a completely new Windows Phone 7.5 app that meets the qualification requirements stated below, as determined by the Windows Phone Team. We think you’ll agree: it’s an exciting time to be an App Hub member!
Get started on your app today and cross "building a Windows Phone app" off your New Year’s resolution list.
Here are the basics (see below for full terms and conditions):

  1. Your App must be published to the Windows Phone Marketplace and have a release date that is, or between, January 1, 2012 and by February 10, 2012 (by 11:59 PM PST).
  2. Your App must:
    • Target Windows Phone 7.5;
    • Work as described;
    • Include Fast App Switching; and
    • Conform to Metro guidelines.
  3. You must be a U.S. registered member of App Hub.
  4. You must then email the following information to [email protected]
    • Name (matches App Hub account):
    • Mailing Address (where device will be shipped-not used by Microsoft for any other purpose):
    • App Hub Publisher/ISV ID #:
    • Application ID:
    • Marketplace deep link:
    • Application publication date:
    • Uses Fast app switching (yes or no):
    • Conforms to Metro guidelines (yes or no):

We are excited by all of the great apps that we see being published in the Windows Phone Marketplace on a daily basis. We look forward to seeing what you create!
To a very app’y New Year!
The U.S. Windows Phone Team

Thanks Richard for the tip.

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