Nokia’s large and well-established developer community weren’t exactly thrilled with the switch to Windows Phone 7 from Symbian that came with the company’s partnership with Microsoft. Now, SlashGear is reporting that an email sent to Nokia Launchpad program members, promised a free Nokia E7 together with “one free Nokia WP7 device, as soon as it becomes available.”
Launchpad members will also receive free tech support on all Nokia technologies for three months and a free ”User Experience evaluation” for one app. Nokia will also extend business development support to everyone who is developing apps for Nokia devices.
Launchpad is Nokia’s mobile app development program, usually priced at €300 annually but currently free for the first year. Membership is available — on an approved application basis — for individuals and companies, and regularly includes early access to APIs and SDKs, promotions in the Ovi Store and invitations to training events.