It’s hard to get a review device if you are just a regular Joe. A company is only going to send you one if they are going to get something out of it, and that means publicity. If you are a big tech site or YouTuber, chances are, you might be able to get your hands on one, but if you are someone who just loves to tinker with tech, and would love to get their hands on pretty much any new hardware and software out there, but you don’t have a following, it’s going to be darn near impossible, or at the very least extremely hard.
But, yet again, Microsoft is in the news with a program that wants to get Lumia a device into your hands. It is called the Lumia Conversation Program and through it you can try a Lumia device for 2 weeks. Microsoft makes clear that this program is for everyone interested:
“Regardless of whether you’re a tech blogger looking to do a review or a skateboarder eager to document a new trick, if we like what we hear we’ll be in touch.”
All you have to do is fill in a short application with your name, email, where you live, social media, and online presences, what kind of thing you are interested in, which device you would like, and of course agree to their terms and conditions. The devices that are available are the Lumia 630, 735, 830, 1520, 930, and the Nokia X which is powered by Android. All pretty solid phones especially the 830 and 1520.
Of course with a program like this, the terms and conditions are pretty strict and can be seen when you apply for the program. After all, they will be sending you an expensive hunk of tech. They make pretty clear that you need to be able to get it back to them after two weeks and it needs to be in the exact same condition. I wonder what collateral they are going to ask for. Hopefully not your soul.
In short, Microsoft wants to get Lumias in to the hands of creative and active people so that they start sharing their stories with friends and followers, in turn promoting Lumia and getting devices into the world.
Do you want to get your hands on a Lumia device? Are you going to be applying? Let us know in the comments or on social media what you think of Microsoft’s strategy of getting devices out into the world.