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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing 90

Posted by timothy
from the what's-your-value-proposition dept.
New submitter perplexing.reader (2241844) writes "Microsoft is paying Brazilian users US$2 in Skype vouchers to set Bing as their default search engine and MSN as their default home page. Translated from the site: 'Make MSN your homepage and Bing your default search engine and earn up to 60 minutes of calls to mobiles and landlines in Skype.' ... The Rules: 'After receiving the voucher, this should be used until July 31, 2014. Once on Skype, the credits do not expire. The minutes are based on a rate of $ 0.023 per minute, but the number of minutes may vary depending on the destination of the call and the number of calls you make. The current value of the voucher is $2.00. [One claimed], the voucher will appear in your Skype account." (For those outside Brazil, the page brings up a message that translates to "Sorry, this promotion is not available for your country.")
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Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

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  • So... (Score:5, Informative)

    by jez9999 (618189) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @02:29PM (#47084069) Homepage Journal

    ... you set your default to Bing, use your Skype vouchers, then set your default back again?

    • Re:So... (Score:5, Informative)

      by gl4ss (559668) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @02:33PM (#47084085) Homepage Journal

      I got a better idea, set it as default on IE and just keep trucking with the other browser...

      only way they would know would be for them to do something(too specific surveillance) to sue them up....

      • by Anonymous Coward

        That's what I thought too, but you have to download a tool that changes your home page and search engine in IE, Chrome, and Firefox simultaneously. Now I'm not sure if I want to let it screw with my Chrome and Firefox settings...

    • by TigerPlish (174064) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @02:45PM (#47084121)

      This is how elections are won, too.

      • read elections as electrons, and briefly had a mental image of me giving my best gal a pile of electrons after performing a feat of strength at a fun fair.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        You mean like when I download Firefox, Google is the default search engine, and mysteriously Google also ends up paying tens of millions of dollars per year to the Mozilla foundation?

        Or when I download [insert half a thousand products here] and there is a default-selected option somewhere along the install wizard to download Chrome? which is why whenever I look at someone's PC, I notice they have Chrome installed, and I ask them, "Do you want that?" and they say, "Oh, I didn't put that there,.. I don't use

        • Do you not see the difference between bundling a product with a different product and promising monetary rewards in exchange for a user using a product? Because that is what is being compared here.

    • by markdavis (642305)

      Not that it affects me (since I am in USA, use Linux, and would never use Bing) but I would love to know:

      1) How MS knows you actually switched anything in your browser, unless they built in spyware to watch what you are doing.

      2) If this applies to browsers other than IE.

      3) If it applies to platforms other than MS-Windows.

      4) As others said, what prevents you from immediately just switching back?

      5) Are they really THAT desperate to have people use their search engine/home page?? (Although I guess it really i

      • Could it just be a cheap way to ferret out unlicensed copies of Windows...?

      • In a Linux computer the button continues there, but there is a warning bellow it telling that the campaign only applies to Windows computers. When I click the button, it tries to download .exe file, Igot tempted to run it on Wine and see what it does, but setting a VM and etc is too much work :)

        There is probably something in the .exe to tell them if you switch back. But I doubt they reclaim the credit, as that would break consumer laws.

        • by markdavis (642305)

          Thanks for the info

        • This is exactly because of this kind of method that I've switched to full linux (except for games). We are hostages of computer superpowers who fights for our default settings. The money is in the defaults settings. The "by default.... but you can turn it off in the options" is a teller that you are getting screwed at this very moment, the facebook favorite method.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Just subscribe to any VOIP service, will be far cheaper.

  • by Volanin (935080) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @03:00PM (#47084153)

    After years of "this [game/service/promotion] is not available for your country" trying to listen to Pandora, to watch Hulu and to download some Xbox Live games, now it's my turn to be delighted seeing this crushing bitterness bite your souls, dear Americans! Who needs Full HD videos and customised Internet Radio when I can call my grandma for FREE? I love you Bing!

    • by lucm (889690)

      If your grandma lives in the USA, you could use screen sharing to watch Hulu during those 2 free hours per month. Or you could ask her to point her webcam towards the tv screen and watch high-quality American tv (like Keeping Up With the Kardashians) live, as long as she does not change the channel.

      For some reason you don't want her to know what you are watching? No problem, here is what you could do

      1) ask her to setup Dial-Up networking on her Windows XP machine
      2) use dial-up over Skype to access her inte

      • by tepples (727027)

        Since when does Skype's voice codec pass phone modem signals? And since when can one do anything that is both useful and geoblocked at phone modem data rates?

        But seriously, let me boil your post down into something similar that will actually work: Have your grandma install a VPN app.

        • by lucm (889690)

          since when can one do anything that is both useful and geoblocked at phone modem data rates?

          1973

  • by zr (19885)

    (eom)

  • Not just Brazil (Score:5, Interesting)

    by wjcofkc (964165) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @03:20PM (#47084211)
    For quite awhile now, Microsoft has had programs that pay people to use Bing. This even true in the United States. It's a rather sad and pathetic move. Kind of like saying, "Our search in engine is so substandard compared to the competition we have to pay people to use it." Past all that, can anyone tell me if this practice is in any way anti-competitive or legally questionable? Or is it like swiping a CVS card.
    • It's a rather sad and pathetic move...

      Sure, whatever you say.

      But providing incentives to use a particular product is neither new nor exclusive to Microsoft. If you don't think Google, Apple, and every single other major company, within or outside the USA doesn't do this, you are deluding yourself with Microsoft Hate Group Think.

      Seriously, you think "free" services on Google are really "free"?

      Do you use *ANY* service or product that is ostensibly "free", but provided by a company that is not non-profit? That you are being paid to use it. Perhaps

    • For quite awhile now, OSS has given their programs away for free to people to use them. This even true in the United States. It's a rather sad and pathetic move. Kind of like saying, "Our programs are substandard compared to the competition we have to give it away for people to use it.

      I do understand Microsoft, however. Once a company is seen as the #1 in something, it's very hard to tell people to try other options.

      I am, however, delighted by the irony.

    • by dmomo (256005)

      I remember when Google was starting out in 98 or so. They were paying people to use their search engine too. I made a small amount of money using them instead of Yahoo, Alta Vista, or Lycos. Substandard has little to do with it. It's hard to make people switch out of what they're used to.

    • by dhalsim2 (626618)

      I switched for the cash [bing.com]. I don't consider it pathetic at all. The quality of the web results are on par with Google. Image results seem to be slightly behind, but for the $8/month I make, to me it was clearly worth it.

  • by NoNonAlphaCharsHere (2201864) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @03:57PM (#47084335)
    That Bing doesn't have a "I'm Feeling Lucky" button? <Sam Kinison>It's because your using Bing!</Sam Kinison>
  • by dafradu (868234) on Saturday May 24, 2014 @03:58PM (#47084343)
    No way i'm installing "Skype voucher.exe" on my PC. Can anyone tell me what the file REALLY do? Original download link: http://g.msn.com/Skype/123 [msn.com]
  • Wait, how many is a brazilian again?

    • I define a brazillion as an amount equal to however many there are of something in Brazil. For example, a brazillion people is 200 million, but a brazillion soldiers is however big Brazil's army is. A brazillion dollars is 900 billion USD (based on real M2 [tradingeconomics.com] at current exchange rate between reais and USD), but a brazillion dollars per year is Brazil's GDP.
  • This seems to me like a desperate move to suck people into their net.

    Both Bing and MSN sucks so badly that I get a rash from it. To me Bing is the brand of a carburetor (often on mopeds and other small engines), but it is also locally a defamatory statement.

  • Good God, I had no idea Bing has that many users!
  • Just a reminder that calls within the US are free through Gmail's voice and video plugin thing (which doesn't work with 64-bit browsers because reasons). I don't even bother with a cell, since I'm already at a computer most of the day anyway.

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