Nokia handing out free e7 and WP7 smartphones to developers

Even though the e7 smartphone isn't even available outside of Europe just yet, Nokia is handing out units of that smartphone and of the Nokia WP7 device to developers - for free!

Even though the e7 smartphone isn't even available outside of Europe just yet, Nokia is handing out units of that smartphone and of the Nokia WP7 device to developers - for free!

According to SlashGear, the generous move is not only to appease developers who were upset over the loss of Symbian to Windows Phone 7, but also so they can get accustomed to Launchpad, Nokia's mobile app development program.

A letter to Launchpad members also leaked from an anonymous tipster, which cites the following freebies:

We are also excited to offer you one free admission to the next Nokia World/Nokia Developer Summit later this year. We will take care of the registration costs.

To assist you with your development activities in the near-term, we will ship one free Nokia E7 device to all program members. Additionally, we will send to you one free Nokia WP7 device, as soon as it becomes available.

To accelerate your mobile app development, we will provide free tech support on all Nokia technologies for the next three months (up to 10 tickets). Equally, if you would like to take advantage of a free User Experience evaluation of one of your apps, please let us know and we will work with you to make those arrangements.

As nice as free smartphones and tech support sessions are, Nokia's gifts still might not please all developers - or shareholders after a revolt that may or may not have happened. Nevertheless, it's time to move on and just accept the new way of doing things (and accept all of those fun prizes).

Hopefully all of this means we'll not only see the e7 in North America soon, but also the first joint Nokia-Microsoft mobile device too.

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