Free AT&T 8525 Pocket PCs for Microsofties

The price just doesn’t get better than free, especially when the device is this awesome.  I just picked up a couple of AT&T 8525 Mobile Devices for myself and my son.  My husband and daughter are still deciding if they want the extra weight in their pockets.  It is a little bulky for those who are only interested in making phone calls. 


You do have to sign up for the two year data plan but it’s heavily discounted for MS employees.  Unlike the iPhone, this one is 3G-enabled.  It’s running Windows Mobile 5.0 now but you’ll be able to upgrade to 6.0 in the next couple of months.  Check out the Satisfy Me blog post on this device or CNET’s (8 out of 10) review. 


  • Tri-band UMTS/HSDPA; Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE for global use

  • Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 5.0 with Messaging and Security Feature Pack

  • 128MB ROM / 64MB SDRAM

  • Samsung 400MHz Processor

  • Sliding QWERTY keyboard

  • 2.8" QVGA 320x240 64K Color LCD Touch Screen

  • Push to Talk capable*

  • Bluetooth v2.0

  • Integrated WiFi (802.11b/g)

  • Micro SD expansion slot for greater storage and expansion

  • Take advantage of Windows Media Player 10 Mobile to take your favorite music and videos with you.

  • Log in to Pocket MSN – Hotmail, MSN Messenger and more!

  • 2.0 mega-pixel camera with built-in flash and video capability
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Comments (10)

  1. After spending the first 24 hours with my free AT&T 8525 PocketPC I realize the mobile browsing experience

  2. My team mate Lance Zielinski was a little annoyed to find that AT&T charges an extra $14 per month

  3. shahpiyush says:

    Did you create a new account or upgrade? Did you order online or store?

    I looked at the premier site, it shows $399


  4. MSDN Archive says:

    I was an existing AT&T (Cingular) customer so I upgraded to the unlimited data plan and signed up for 2 years at $23 per month ($39 for non-Microsoft employees).  I traded in two phones old phones I already had for two free 8525s.  The phones I traded in were not eligible for upgrades but with this special it didn’t matter.  I still got the phones free.  I did this on two different nights with two different sales people at the AT&T store in Bell Square.  The sales people were amazingly wonderful (Carly and Christina).  If you go to the Premier site and look at special offers you can see the offer.  Another person in my group got the same deal.

    The deal is the same if you order online or in the store, although you get an additional $25 off if you order online I think.

  5. tamir says:

    But still in some buildings in the campus (especially 40-45) AT&T has very bad coverage and T-Mobile it better…

  6. MSDN Archive says:

    This is true.  The AT&T coverage at my house (2 miles south of main campus is bad, but a new tower is going in a block away that will improve the situation.  (My husband has T-Mobil and it’s no better for him at home.) Apparently all new towers in Bellevue and Redmond will serve both T-Mobil and AT&T from now on.  

    I’m in 41 and the AT&T coverage is wonderful, but there are 2 holes between my house and main campus where my phone dies for about a block.  I guess things can only get better…

  7. So, half a million iPhones were sold over the weekend to mostly positive reviews. Crave.cnet reports

  8. szurgot says:

    I *love* my 8525. I paid $150 for it which isn’t quite as good as free, but much better than the $399 they want to charge, or the price on an iPhone.

  9. shahpiyush says:

    Hmm, looks like I am not that lucky 🙁 The promotion for MSFT’s ended on 06/25. Did you buy it before that? Currently it’s going for $299.99.

  10. MSDN Archive says:

    That’s unlucky.  But I bought my two phones on 6/27 and 6/28 and they said in the store they thought the promotion would last at least another week.

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