When I read Louis Gray’s EVO review, something struck me as funny.
Not only did he get his HTC EVO for free at Google IO, but he also got his iPhone 3G for free by winning a contest.
Hmm, we here at the ‘Lab have benefited from free phones as well, and not just at this year’s IO.
Here’s my tally:
- Paul got an OG iPhone for attending Office 2.0 in 2007. I believe he also got a netbook of some sort for attending in 2008.
- Rich and Anthony each got unlocked HTC Ions at Google IO last year.
- Rich, Anthony and I each got Motorola Droids before Google IO this year.
- The usual suspects also received HTC EVOs during Google IO this year.
Now, mind you, we don’t attend these conferences to get free stuff, at least I don’t. However, attending tech conference has become a great way to get “free” phones. I use free loosely here because you have to pay for the conference and possibly travel, natch.
Still, Google IO cost less than $500 this year, and we got devices that match that and more when you include the service and the lack of contracts.
Of course, if you can’t travel, try entering contests. Noel (@noelportugal) won a Nexus One from Jason Calacanis that way, so Louis isn’t the only lucky one.
Update: I forgot another great story of free, Chet’s tweeting his way to COLLABORATE 09. In comments, Louis adds a helpful link to FTC disclosure badges, designed by Jeannine Schafer (@neerbot) to use after you get your free stuff.