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FREE $25 GC to Microsoft Store if you own a working Smartphone (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, PalmOS, WebOS, some Symbian) - B&M Only "Smoked by Windows Phone" thru May 10, 2012

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Original Title: Swap any Smartphone (Android, Blackberry, iPhone, PalmOS, WebOS, some Symbian) for a BNIB Windows Phone (no contract!) - Microsoft Store B&M



Edit - Round 7 Info

Once again the "Smoked by Windows Phone" promotion has been extended. The Round 6 eligibility period is May 4 - May 10, 2012. There are no major changes from Round 3, Round 4, Round 5 or Round 6.

Note: If you got a $25 GC in prior rounds, you can get another. If you traded a phone, won a laptop or won the $1000 GC in a prior round, you cannot enter again.



"You must not have received a prize, free gift, or item on rain check worth more than $25.00 in any previous Microsoft Store challenge involving the Windows Phone challenge during the preceding 180 days;"


Updated rules:
http://content.microsoftstore.com...one/rules7

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Round 6 Info

Once again the "Smoked by Windows Phone" promotion has been extended. The Round 6 eligibility period is April 27 - May 3, 2012. There are no major changes from Round 3, Round 4 or Round 5.


Updated rules:
http://content.microsoftstore.com...one/rules6

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Round 5 Info

Once again the "Smoked by Windows Phone" promotion has been extended. The Round 5 eligibility period is April 20 - April 26, 2012. There are no major changes from Round 3 or Round 4.


Updated rules:
http://content.microsoftstore.com...one/rules5

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Round 4 Info

Once again the "Smoked by Windows Phone" promotion has been extended. The Round 4 eligibility period is April 13 - April 19, 2012. There are no major changes from Round 3.


Updated rules:
http://content.microsoftstore.com...one/rules4

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Round 3 Info

Once again the "Smoked by Windows Phone" promotion has been extended. The Round 3 eligibility period is April 6 - April 12, 2012. Again, there are changes. This time around the guaranteed freebie isn't as good.



1) THERE ARE NO MORE FREE PHONE SWAPS. YOU DO NOT RECYCLE YOUR OLD PHONE.

2) The first 250 participants per store, per day will get a $25 Gift Card.

3) If you won a laptop in Round 1 or Round 2, you CANNOT get a $25 Gift Card in Round 3.

4) If you got a free phone in Round 1 or Round 2, you CANNOT get a $25 Gift Card in Round 3.

5) If you got a $25 Gift Card in Round 2, you CAN get a $25 Gift Card in Round 3.

6) Those attempting to win the "Smoked by Windows Phone" challenge are now competing for a $1000 Gift Card instead of a laptop.


Updated rules:
http://content.microsoftstore.com...one/rules3

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Round 2 Info

Deal has officially been EXTENDED to April 5 by Microsoft, however there are now a few minor changes which impact swaps in the 3/30 to 4/5 period.

1) There are only 100 phones available per store, per day. After the 100 phones have been given away for the day, then next 500 participants will not have the option to swap. Instead they will simply get a $25 Gift Card.

2) The Samsung FOCUS FLASH Black has been officially added to the phone list.

3) Pre-paid phones are no longer eligible.

Updated rules:
http://content.microsoftstore.com...hone/rules

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THIS IS NOT A CONTEST

There is already a post on the contest aspect of this deal in the Contest section of SD, but in all honesty, the contest is the part of the deal that most SDers aren't going to care about. So, ignore the contest part. Pretend it doesn't exist.

Instead, focus on the fact that you can take any cheap, crappy smartphone you can get your hands on and swap it for your choice of almost any new Windows Phone (sole exception being the Nokia Lumia 800) get a $25 Gift Card at no cost.

NO CONTRACT IS REQUIRED - LIMIT ONE SWAP PER PERSON - NO PAYMENT REQUIRED

How to get the deal:

1) Get the cheapest a smartphone you can find (must be a smartphone, no feature phones).
2) Get it activated somehow (although not every store checks, some do, so you'll want to make sure it has phone and data on it when you go into the store).
3) Go to your local B&M Microsoft Store and tell them you want to take the "Windows Phone Challenge."
4) Lose the contest.
5) Fill out recycling paperwork.
6) Give them your crappy, old smartphone (make sure you format it beforehand as you don't get to keep your old phone).

7) Walk away with a $25 Gift Card brand new Windows Phone with no contract attached.

Again, NO CONTRACT IS REQUIRED, however you are limited to one swap per person. They will take down your ID information.

The smartphone you bring in can be on any carrier, but it cannot be prepaid MVNO. so if you don't have one, you can always buy a cheap Cricket, PagePlus or Virgin Mobile Android.

Quote from Updated Official Rules :
Microsoft Windows Phones and non-smartphones are excluded from this Challenge. Non-smartphones include, but are not limited to Feature Phones, Flip phones, "dumb-phones," "go-phones," pre-paid phones, or other pay as you go phones. Phones must be activated with a cellular carrier. Your smartphone must be using the original, unmodified operating system that came standard on your smartphone.

NOTE - Cheap Data Activation
If you are using an unlocked GSM device, T-Mobile Prepaid offers a $2/day unlimited everything plan.



Phones available for selection:
ATT: HTC Titan, Samsung Focus Flash, Samsung Focus S
T-Mobile: HTC Radar, Nokia 710
Verizon: HTC Trophy


HTC Titan (MSRP $549):
http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-...ku5400337#

Samsung Focus Flash (MSRP $399):
http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-...ku5400236#

Samsung Focus S (MSRP $549):
http://www.wireless.att.com/cell-...ku5400268#

HTC Radar (MSRP $399):
http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Phon...r-4G-White

Nokia Lumia 710 (MSRP $349):
http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Phon...-710-Black
http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Phon...-710-White

HTC Trophy (MSRP $429):
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2...oneId=5635


The phone you use for the challenge does not determine which phone you get in exchange. You are free to pick a Windows Phone for a different carrier.


Again, THIS IS NOT A CONTEST. Everyone who walks The first 100 250 people who walk in the door each day with a working, activated, smartphone has the option of swapping it for a BRAND NEW Windows Phone at no cost whatsoever. After the daily limit of phones have been given away, stores will be offering can get a totally free $25 Gift Cards.



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SANTA CLARA STORE REPORT:

1) Did original challenge on 3/25.
2) Got first notification (raincheck) email on 3/29.
3) Got pickup email today - 4/3.

Picked up HTC Titan. Box and phone were new (whoever claimed that these were refurbs was either lying or talking out their ass), though the seal was broken. The store employee said they were all like that. Basically it looked like when you buy a cell phone at a cell store and they open the box at the time of purchase for activation (though they didn't make us activate there).

I'm guessing that this is in part to help curb the resellers. No one can sell this as "New in Box" since the seal has been broken. laugh out loud

Store associate was REALLY nice and the trade in part was painless. They just asked what phone it was and collected it.

Had the choice of two bonus offers (ended up buying one because it IS a stupid slick deal).

Offer #1: 2 year MS warranty + case + 1 year Zune Pass = $50
Offer #2: 2 year MS warranty + case + $100 in MS Points = $50

Got in and out rather quick and VERY pleased with the experience.

SANTA CLARA VALLEY FAIR store rocks. Big Grin

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#6361
Hi, quick update, I went to Moa on 3/26 to do the challenge. Got my confirmation email on 3/30 and my ready for pickup email on 4/1. I picked my phones up today (two HTC radars), they made me bring the pick up emails they sent, they also checked I'd, they did not check the phones at all (didn't even check if they powered on). Whole process took 10 min tops. Service was great they offered me sodas while I waited. Really nice staff.
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....the majority of new replies requires one big reply... READ and SEARCH before you POST

Quote from iBoo View Post :
I have a few questions about the Samsung Focus S.

1. My current plan with AT&T with only voice and texting. If I used the samsung focus S, would I be able to keep my current plan without data usage?

2. Is it possible to convert the samsung focus S to android?


WOW!! READ!! OMGOMGOMGLMAOEEK!laugh out loudMad
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Quote from iBoo View Post :
I have a few questions about the Samsung Focus S.

1. My current plan with AT&T with only voice and texting. If I used the samsung focus S, would I be able to keep my current plan without data usage?

2. Is it possible to convert the samsung focus S to android?
1. No. You will need a data plan ($20 or $30 data plan)

2. I don't know. I don't think so for now.
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Quote from runtohell121 View Post :
1. No. You will need a data plan ($20 or $30 data plan)

2. I don't know. I don't think so for now.
Why thats dumb.

I had a black jack II that is considered a smart phone but didn't require data plan.

Paying 240$ a year for unused data is unnecessary
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#6365
You cant change O/S from WINDOWS phone to ANDROID....
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Quote from Spycker View Post :
....the majority of new replies requires one big reply... READ and SEARCH before you POST
WOW!! READ!! OMGOMGOMGLMAOEEK!laugh out loudMad
THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just read 425 pages of this shit and I think I missed the deal now Mad
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#6367
Added pickup email information.
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Quote from G37 View Post :
THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just read 425 pages of this shit and I think I missed the deal now Mad
[sarcasm]I liked how you completely ignored the search suggestion and opted to read all 425 pages like an idiot.[/sarcasm]
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Quote from iBoo View Post :
I have a few questions about the Samsung Focus S.

1. My current plan with AT&T with only voice and texting. If I used the samsung focus S, would I be able to keep my current plan without data usage?

2. Is it possible to convert the samsung focus S to android?
Wow REALLY?

Quote from iBoo View Post :
Why thats dumb.

I had a black jack II that is considered a smart phone but didn't require data plan.

Paying 240$ a year for unused data is unnecessary
Or you could go prepaid with Straight talk 45 a month.
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#6370
My OCD urge me to reorganize wiki and remove useless info everytime I look up this thread.

Probably it helps to reduce redundant question and relive other OCD guys.
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SANTA CLARA STORE REPORT:

1) Did original challenge on 3/25.
2) Got first notification (raincheck) email on 3/29.
3) Got pickup email today - 4/3.

Picked up HTC Titan. Box and phone were new (whoever claimed that these were refurbs was either lying or talking out their ass), though the seal was broken. The store employee said they were all like that. Basically it looked like when you buy a cell phone at a cell store and they open the box at the time of purchase for activation (though they didn't make us activate there).

I'm guessing that this is in part to help curb the resellers. No one can sell this as "New in Box" since the seal has been broken. laugh out loud

Store associate was REALLY nice and the trade in part was painless. They just asked what phone it was and collected it.

Had the choice of two bonus offers (ended up buying one because it IS a stupid slick deal).

Offer #1: 2 year MS warranty + case + 1 year Zune Pass = $50
Offer #2: 2 year MS warranty + case + $100 in MS Points = $50

Got in and out rather quick and VERY pleased with the experience.

SANTA CLARA VALLEY FAIR store rocks. Big Grin


Quote from Nothing00 View Post :
What do they consider an AT&T "prepaid" phone? Is there a "prepaid" list?
If it says "GoPhone" on the case, it is considered an AT&T prepaid phone.

Quote from Anth.Trinh View Post :
Its true, look at XDA
You won't get 3G/4G speeds, but you won't lose MMS. You will likely need to configure the T-Mobile APN setting however for MMS to work.

Quote from pancakes213 View Post :
Is the box sealed when Microsoft gives it to you? I'm currently waiting on an HTC Titan.
I'm not asking for resale purposes. I'm actually wondering if there's a way to get a store (AT&T, Best Buy or someone else) to exchange it for a Lumia 900 when it comes out.

Another random question: Is there a hotspot feature for Windows Phone on AT&T that doesn't require the tethering fees?
Boxes are not sealed. It's similar to when you get a phone at a cell store and they break the seal before giving it to you.

Quote from drroone View Post :
so with that said. If i get the trophy from verizon I would be able to use it for T-mobile. But Verzion doesn't have any sim card slot right?
Verizon Trophy will NOT work on T-Mobile or AT&T. Wrong radio type.

Quote from opeeum View Post :
QUESTION: (smartphone newbie here) if I just buy a smartphone with no contract And no activation, wouldn't it already be capable of wifi and text so I'd be able to do the challenge?

Could someone plsssss explain what "phone and data" in the following means?

"2) Get it activated somehow (although not every store checks, some do, so you'll want to make sure it has phone and data on it when you go into the store)."

Any ideas what the best option to cheaply get it "activated" with "data" since they updated contest rules to exclude prepaid phones? (saw something about tmobile $2 data plan, not sure if that's eligible still)

Thank you SOoOoo much
Phone and data means that it can make phone calls and get on the web.

The T-Mobile $2 plan works if you have a T-Mobile or unlocked GSM cell phone. Basically, you go into a T-Mobile store and get their pre-paid starter kit. It sells for $5-$10 in the store (and $2 on the TMO website). Comes with a SIM and an activation code. You put the SIM in your phone and register it with TMO with the activation code. The SIM comes with $3.34 credit. Sign up for the UNLIMITED $2/day plan and you'll get one day of unlimited calling, texting and data.

Quote from drroone View Post :
so out the phone that were possible to get for t-mobile. The only one that would function properly with t-mo are the radar, and lumia? as obvious as that sounds.. -_-
HTC Radar and Nokia Lumia 710 are the only two phones that will get 3G/4G on T-Mobile US.

Quote from DavidK20 View Post :
To the people who keep asking over, and over about:
- Do you have to have an active phone
- Can I use a prepaid phone
- Do they really check to see if your phone is eligible
etc, etc, etc.

Please stop. The answer is always the same. It's a tossup. Those things are spelled out in the rules, but it's dependent on the actual person running your contest. We've seen the same stores with different results depending on who is working, etc. It will always be "well they did/didn't when I went" answers, but it's always dependent upon whom was working.

Please... stop asking. It's all spelled out in the TOS/Rules and the wiki here.

We know you're excited to get a free phone. We all are/were, but seeing the same question literally on every page is getting to my psyche here...lol.
QFT + REP! Big Grin
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#6372
^

I can rest easy knowing how Valley Fair works now (did my challenge on 4/2)
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Quote from pancakes213 View Post :
Is the box sealed when Microsoft gives it to you? I'm currently waiting on an HTC Titan.
I'm not asking for resale purposes. I'm actually wondering if there's a way to get a store (AT&T, Best Buy or someone else) to exchange it for a Lumia 900 when it comes out.

Another random question: Is there a hotspot feature for Windows Phone on AT&T that doesn't require the tethering fees?
The two HTC radars I got were completely sealed. Stickers still in place. I think its very ymmv.
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#6374
What is Zune pass?
What do you get with $100 microsoft points? Is it like a $100 ms gift card?
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Quote from Anth.Trinh View Post :
What is Zune pass?
What do you get with $100 microsoft points? Is it like a $100 ms gift card?
http://www.zune.net/en-us/product...efault.htm

http://www.xbox.com/en-US/live/microsoftpoints

I don't mean to be a hard-ass, but come on. Google is your friend.
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