By Michael Fisher | June 25, 2013 1:55 PM
Update: We’re still waiting to hear back from our prospective winner, folks. Once we qualify his entry we’ll make an announcement proper. Sorry for the delay, but we’ll have this sorted out one way or the other very soon! And thanks so much for your reviews – they’ve already given the Weekly quite a shot in the arm, and we appreciate it.
It’s been a little while since we shared the wealth, and we have a special occasion coming up: episode 050 of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast is just around the corner! We wanted to celebrate our golden anniversary of tech-podcast tomfoolery with a gift to the masses, but we ran into a problem: we didn’t have any freebie devices in our inventory (the devices we use for review, even if they’re long-term loaners, eventually need to be returned). So we settled on our most gently-used device: the glass-and-metal stunner that captured the heart of Brandon Miniman way back in episode 028. That’s right: this is an LG Optimus G giveaway. And there are some caveats, so get your complaint-comments ready.
First of all, this is an AT&T-branded device, so those of you outside the U.S. should be cool with AT&T branding & banding if you enter. Secondly, it’s not new-in-box; Brandon may only have used this device as a DD for a week or so, but it’s still technically only a “like-new” device, rather than a “brand-new” one. Finally, since this is still a $500 smartphone, you do need to do a little something for us: after listening to this week’s podcast, airing this Thursday, you need to leave us a review of the Pocketnow Weekly on iTunes.
Reviews are important to us because they help the podcast rise in iTunes’ rankings, which helps the show become more visible, which helps us reach more ears, which helps everyone who likes hearing three reasonably-fun dudes talking about mobile technology. So click the button in iTunes and leave us a written review. It can be as brief as a sentence or as long as a paragraph, as long as it’s honest; we’re not asking for only positive reviews, as that’s shady and lame and probably disallowed. That said, if you hate us, we’ll hate sending you a free phone, so … you know. There’s that.
So leave your review by noon EDT on Monday, July 1, 2013 to enter – and then shoot an email to [email protected] with a screenshot of your review, which you thoughtfully took before hitting submit. That part is crucial to proving that your review is yours, so don’t overlook it! On a computer it’ll look like this, but you can do it via a mobile device as well:
We’ll randomize the entries that have been submitted (remember, only entries which have been emailed to [email protected] with a screenshot will be tabulated) and announce the winner on Monday.
Entries received before episode 050 goes live will be immediately disqualified. We want you to listen to the show before you review it, remember?
Sound good? Yes, yes, we know – we’re lame to limit this to iTunes, lame to give away a U.S.-branded device, and lame to make you do any work at all to secure a like-new (but not brand-new) phone. If you don’t want to enter, we’re “sorry” to have wasted your time. Those quotation marks mean what you think they mean.
Everyone else: enjoy episode 050 of the Pocketnow Weekly when it drops this Thursday, and follow the instructions above to claim your chance at winning the sleek glass smartphone we reviewed a few months back. Leave questions in the comment section below and we’ll do our best to answer them. And our genuine thanks to everyone who’s already a listener, and everyone who’s already reviewed the show!
(If you’re a member of the latter group, of course you can still enter. Send a screenshot of your review like the one above; the box appears after clicking “Write a Review,” with the date of your original review in the upper left.)
Good luck, everyone, and happy listening!