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Nokia to give away 25,000 Lumia phones to devs starting today

It was announced this morning, almost in passing, that Nokia would begin a program to put 25,000 Nokia Windows Phone in the hands of eager developers. The announcement came during a developer session this morning called "When bigger is better" and was revealed by Marco Argenti (pictured above), Senior Vice President, Developer Experience & Marketplace at Nokia.

We caught up with Argenti a little later to confirm the number and it's 100% accurate. In fact, he revealed that today at Nokia World there would be a developer after-party today where some folks from Nokia will be going around and giving away some Lumia phones. Details for how the rest of 24K+ phones will be given out has not yet been detailed.

Pretty exciting stuff and a huge initiative by Nokia to get developers from Symbian to take a serious look at Windows Phone.

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Reader comments

Nokia to give away 25,000 Lumia phones to devs starting today

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Wow!There are only 9500 registered WP7 developers as of today. This will almost quadruple that number!! Guess we will se some more apps coming our way :-)

As a WP dev it sure would help if I had a device to test my apps on, was going to buy one but this would be a lot better :)

Was there noone around to tell ol' boy to buttin his pants before stepping on stag? ;)But seriously, I plan on makin the move to WP in January and any news that the ecosystem is expanding makes me happy!!

big question here... is this any registered dev or just specific country..? i joined up 3 weeks ago (two apps GoDutch is on and Precious is pending)it would definitely make my decision to join up with wp7 feel like the best thing i've ever done (if i get one...)