If you're looking for a smartphone, now's a good time to consider a Windows Phone — there's a host of new options hitting the market, the Mango update is fully rolled out, the marketplace has 40,000 apps, and now Microsoft is giving buyers $25 of free apps. Simply purchase any Windows Phone between now and the end of 2011, enter your phone and IMEI / MEID number at Microsoft's website, and wait for your $25 gift card to arrive, good for any Windows Phone apps or Xbox Live games. It's a good way to try some apps risk-free and start expanding the functions of your phone out of the box, and it's a pretty painless offer to take advantage of. If you want to know more about Windows Phone, check out this comparison of the newest handsets or our comprehensive smartphone buyers guide!

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