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Last Edited by dealwars May 5, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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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Last Edited by Ayahuasca June 21, 2012 at 04:37 PM
* The new Windows Phone 8 will not be compatible with Windows Phone 7. If you have not picked up your phone yet, you may want to consider the $200 GC and wait for Windows Phone 8 later in the fall. It will have many new features that Windows Phone 7 does not have.

Round Nine 5/18 - 5/31
http://content.microsoftstore.com...one/rules9



Please note, this promotion is different than the contest only part listed in C&S. It will not be merged as this post is about the deal, not the contest.

Link to contest: http://content.microsoftstore.com...ndowsPhone


Annoyed by the store's customer service and inconsistent policies? take their survey here: http://microsoftfeedback.com/wix/...55818.aspx (can choose to review any store)

There have been legitimate reports of people receiving Titan II, Lumia 900, and $500 gift cards as a subsitute for standard phones, when the store was out of their original cell phone choice. If you receive any of these, please post in this section of the wiki about with the store location, date you took the challenge, date you picked-up the item, and item received!

INDEX
.1. READ ME FIRST
.2. Testimonials: pickup, replay, etc.
.3. List of pickup calls / emails received
.4. Stores and info by location
.5. Laptop and contest information
.6. Unlocking phones
.7. Where to get cheap smartphones
.8. Example raincheck and confirmation emails
.9. Proxy pickup information
.10. Rumors - Titan I and Titan II Phones


.1. READ ME FIRST
ELIGIBILITY RULES
You are eligible to enter if you meet the following requirements at time of entry:
1. You are an attendee of a Microsoft Retail Store "Smoked by Windows Phone" event contest; and
2. You are a legal resident of the 50 United States (including the District of Columbia), and you are 18 years or older; and
3. You are NOT an employee of Microsoft Corporation, or an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary; and
4. You are NOT an immediate family (parent, sibling, spouse, child) or household member of a Microsoft employee, an employee of a Microsoft subsidiary, any person involved in any part of the administration and execution of this Sweepstakes.

Any smartphone with one of the listed OSes in the title, will work.
WINDOWS MOBILE PHONES ARE ALLOWED, must be older version like the Dash.

Note: If the phone you want to claim is out of stock, the store can determine what to do. Some stores are taking orders (and giving people a $10 GC as an apology for not having it in stock), while others are reportedly telling people to choose from the in stock selection. If a phone is ordered, the store has an estimated delivery time of 10 days. You do need to return to the store to pick it up.

Please check your SPAM folders for emails!
From: Microsoft Store <microsoftstore@microsoftstoreemail.com>
Subject: Windows Phone Challenge - New Windows Phones Are Now Available

If you're afraid of your info being lost, document it with a photo! Camera phones exist for a reason!

-----> Please make sure to erase all data and reset the phone to factory state before returning !!! <-------

Some tips for you and your new Windows Phone:
  1. Install Appflow for finding apps.
  2. Skype is in beta, best alternative now is Tango for video calling.
  3. Nice article here: iOS Is Getting Old: Here Are 9 Places Where Windows Phone Mango Wins http://www.businessinsider.com/wi...z1qSLt7NnM
  4. Enjoy your WP! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aa1Ej_Vqv0A

Please update the status (deal ended/still running/rain checks), promotion hours etc., next the store in the store list below if you have been there today

Re: Swap any Smartphone poll -- which phone did you pick?
http://slickdeals.net/f/4141624-Re-Swap-any-Smartphone-poll-which-phone-did-you-pick?v=1

To the folks posting, asking is this is real. Yes, this is REAL.
Microsoft seems to want more people to try WP7.5. This promo is a great way to get more WP handsets into people's hands.
If you live near a store and have an old smartphone, you really have nothing to lose.


.2. Testimonials: pickup, replay, etc.
Any smartphone with one of the listed OSes in the title, will work.
WINDOWS MOBILE PHONES ARE ALLOWED, must be older version like the Dash.
ATT Samsung Blackjack II (WM6) accepted at the Seattle University Village store.
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Apparently the above is YMMV, as I called L.A. And was told Windows Phone 7.0 & above is what's bad. (Recinded for offer 2)
I successfully lost with my unlocked T-Mobile Dash on WinMo 6.1. Have a Titan on backorder. (Picked up on 4/3)
******

Houston, TX - Went for contest on 3/27 1pm - No confirmation email/no phone call. I was worried that all others are getting confirmation email/Pickup emails, thought that they might have have entered my email incorrectly. I was thinking of calling the store to find out if they can give any info. Thinking about that, I accidentally checked my email spam folder and to my surprise there was a mail from Microsoft store to pick-up the phone. the mail came on 4/2 8:02 pm. And it said I need to pick it up before 4/4. I rushed to the store now, gave old BB Perl and I got the HTC Radar.
Good Luck every one. ID and e-mail confirmation required upon pick-up.


Staff in century city will check phone. (II highly doubt they actually pay attention) Write down the name and phone model while standing in line. After done the challenge, they will match you with the sign in sheet again while putting you into system

3/31/12 - MS STORE in SAN DIEGO (FASHION VALLEY) NOT TAKING ANYONE WHO'S PLAYED BEFORE - WIN OR LOSE... so ymmv.
Was told today (4/3) in the San Diego store that I could do it again tomorrow (they had already done the 100 for the day) as it is a different contest. So, I guess it really is YMMV

3/31/12 - rules on their website explicitly states: "You must not have won a prize from Microsoft, our subsidiaries or our affiliates in the preceding 365 days,..." so ymmv.
They changed the terms today. [microsoftstore.com] However, this is to prevent the winners who won laptops from winning more laptops. The terms didn't state any of the phones as prizes as we didn't win them. They are a "FREE GIFT OFFER FOR CHALLENGE LOSERS".

3/31/12. As per Atlanta store manager, Robert; If you've participated in the first contest, you cannot participate in another promotion for the next 365 days, which includes this phone contest. They received these new rules from Microsoft today.


Quote from uknowsana View Post :
I went there after confirmation[with a second qualifying phone]. This is the email response from Microsoft Store Rep: [Note I have removed the names sorry]


Dear Mr. XXXXXXXXXX,


Thank you for contacting the Microsoft Store to discuss your concerns. We have looked into the situation that you described in your email and have determined that if you were entering the second contest with a different smartphone than the one you entered with the first week and (i) the second smartphone is currently activated with a cellular carrier, (ii) it is registered to you, and (iii) it has not been used by anyone else in this week's contest, then you are able to participate in this week's "Smoked by Windows Phone" Challenge.

The manager at the Microsoft Store at the Oakbrook Shopping Mall has been advised of the situation that you encountered and he is standing by to make sure that you have no further issues entering the contest with a second qualifying phone.

Thank you,
XXXXXXXXXXX
Microsoft Store


If you receive an (Rain Check / Confirmation) E-mail from the Microsoft store, please post here as well!
Location :: When you were put on the waiting list [Time and date] :: The phone you asked for. :: Date/time you received the e-mail.



UserChallenge DateAsked for Raincheck EmailPick up EmailStore Location?
Baulderon 26-Mar HTC Titan30-Mar4-Apr Bloomington, MN MoA
eth700 26-MarNokia Lumia 71030-Mar2-Apr Bloomington, MN MoA
shylurker 26-Mar HTC Radar 30-Mar1-Apr 
Baggy 27-Mar HTC Trophy NA NA 
monkeythoughts27-MarHTC Radar 29-Mar6-Apr Bloominton, MN MOA
Technosquid 27-MarSamsung Focus S29-Mar5-Apr Bloomington, MN MoA
Bete 27-Mar HTC Radar 29-Mar7-Apr 
xenidus 27-Mar Samsung Focus S29-Mar9-Apr 
diamondondemand 29-MarSamsung Focus S30-Mar10-Apr Bloomington, MN MoA
diamond's wife 29-MarTitan2-Apr None Bloomington, MN MoA
cmtuggl 28-Mar NANA 
mnusagc 28-Mar Samsung Focus S29-MarNA 
thuangu 28-Mar  29-Mar  
Urbangatsby29-Mar HTC Titan 29-MarNA 
nkr25 30-Mar HTC Radar NA NA 
majorJSM 31-MarHTC Titan 4-April11-AptilBloomington, MN MoA
vpreddy20031-Apr Titan 5-April 4/14 Bloomington MOA 
toobrown 2-Apr HTC Radar 4-Apr 12-Apr MoA  
bachak 26-Mar Focus S 29-Mar5-April 
buzzman  Lumia    
kodachrome Samsung Focus S    
mknutso2 27-Mar HTC Titan  5-Apr Bloomington, MN MoA
kvk30-MarHTC Arrive04-Apr12-Apr OakBrook IL
audell4-AprilHTC Radar 6-April16-AprilCentury City
audell4-AprilFocus S6-AprilNACentury City
ankush1031- MarchFocus S4-AprilNASanta Clara
gizmoz2-Apr HTC Titan II4-April31-MaySanta Clara
oric4000 29-Mar Focus S 29-Mar 9-Apr Seattle, WA
Cheapcommunist17-May HTC Titan II17-May NA


.4. Stores and info by location
Microsoft store locations:
http://content.microsoftstore.com/home.aspx
Tyson's Corner, VA :: 3/26 8PM :: HTC Titan :: 4/3 Email 7pm, no phone call, ton of Focuses and Titans sitting around

OFFICIAL UNLOCK POLICY LINKS:

AT&T:
http://www.wireless.att.com/learn....svl=title

T-Mobile:
http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-1588

You'll need some sort of receipt when you pick up the phone from teh MS Store, but other than that, the folks with T-Mobile handsets should be able to get unlocks with no issue.[/quote]

Tmobile Tzones Users:
Will the Samsung Focus S work on Tmobile Tzones when its unlocked? Thank you. Please let me know by Pm or email. THanks!
Answer: No it will only work on EDGE.

Please add any sources for unlocking Att focus S phone and other phones here on wiki.Thank You.
1. For AT&T Samsung Focus S, you can get the phone unlocked at http://www.cellunlock.net for $19.99 by using the code android50

HTC Titan 2 unlock code for $2.31 :
http://www.ebay.com/itm/180861769...1116wt_922

.7. Where to get cheap smartphones
Cheap Android Smartphone at Best Buy:
If you need a cheap smartphone to swap (because you only have a fancy phone that you want to keep, you don't have a smartphone, etc.), Best Buy has the Cricket ZTE Chorus for $50 retail.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Crick...8406268966

Cheap AT&T Palm OS Smartphones at Newegg and Amazon:
For those on AT&T using a good Android or iphone and want to retain your current phone, you can use the below cheap Palm OS phones

Palm Pixi Plus Unlocked GSM Smartphone(AT&T) on Newegg for $54.99 and Free Shoprunner 2 day shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6875101040

Palm Centro Unlocked GSM Smartphone(AT&T) on Amazon for $39.99 with Free Supersaver shipping
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...d_i=507846

^^ Houston Galleria not taking Cricket phones ^^ - only carrier for carrer , ex. cant trade in tmo phone and get ATT Titan


.8. Example raincheck and confirmation emails
I just received the following email (3/29/12 6:21PM PST) confirmation for my raincheck.
That is just a little over 48HRS after I had my challenge on (3/27/12 5:00PM)

Dear MYNAME,

Thank you for taking the Windows Phone Challenge at the Microsoft Store! The store has acknowledged your rain check for a free Windows Phone and we are in process of fulfilling your order. Please keep in mind that certain phones were excluded from the contest in the Official Rules and will not be available through your rain check. When the phone you requested is in stock, we will send you a follow-up email. If for some reason we can't offer you the phone that you requested, we'll be happy to offer a substitute of comparable value.

We appreciate your participation in the Windows Phone Challenge and hope to see you at the Microsoft Store again soon.

Microsoft Store


The email comes from microsoftstore@microsoftstoreemail.com

This is the conformation email that I got stating that my phone was ready to be picked up.

Dear Microsoft Store Customer,

Thank you for participating in the Windows Phone Challenge! Customer participation and positive responce to the
Challenge was enormous, far exceeding our expectations.

We apologize that your preferred choice of eligible phone was not available when you took the challenge. However, we
recently received a shipment of eligible Windows Phones at the Store Location Microsoft Store where you
participated. To maximize the chances of receiving your preferred phone befofe we run out of eligible phone inventory,
please return to the store before April 5th, 2012 to select from the available handsets.

Remember to bring the smartphone you originally used in the challenge for recycling. We will swap it out for a brand new
Windows Phone! Choice is limited to on-hand stock and will be abailable on a first-come, first served basis.

If you would like to transfer contacts, perform phone activation, or make adjustments to your account, please schedule a
15-Minute Answer Desk appointment. Answer Desk appointments can be scheduled by visiting your local store page
here [microsoftstore.com] and selecting the schedule an appointment link.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you at the Microsoft Store soon.
Microsoft Store


Windows Phone Challenge - Update on Windows Phone Inventory

Dear Microsoft Store Customer,

Thank you for participating in the Windows Phone Challenge! We're thrilled to say that response to the challenge far exceeded our expectations. While the response to the challenge was great, the incredible demand also depleted our inventory of many popular Windows Phone models and, unfortunately, your preferred choice of Windows Phone is no longer in-stock. We are actively working to secure more inventory and anticipate receiving additional inventory in the next 4-5 weeks. We genuinely appreciate your patience.

We understand that 4-5 weeks is a long time to wait for your new Windows phone. If you would prefer not to wait for additional phone inventory, we are pleased to offer an alternative. Instead of receiving a Windows Phone, you may visit the Mission Viejo, CA Microsoft Store where you participated in the challenge to receive a $200 Microsoft Store gift card for use on any products carried at the Microsoft Store. If you choose the $200 Microsoft Store gift card option, you will not be required to recycle your existing phone, but you will no longer be eligible for a free phone from the Windows Phone Challenge.

Of course, if you elect the option of a new Windows Phone, we will let you know when your new phone is available.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you at the Microsoft Store soon.


.9. Proxy pickup information
"Proxy Pickup": Some stores allow a designated individual (family, friend, etc.) to pickup a phone for you, the final recipient.
NOTE: This is YMMV as the proxy pickup policy is set by the manager of the store!
If you have policy info from your local store, please post!

Mission Viejo, CA
Proxy pickup is ALLOWED, requirements:
1. Phone recycle authorization form - obtained from the store, if you can't get it in person ASK if they call fax / email it to you / your other!
2. Proxy pickup authorization statement - write something like the following example on the recycle auth form or a separate piece of paper:
"I, (FINAL RECIPIENT NAME), hereby authorize (PROXY PICKUP NAME) to receive my (PHONE MODEL) at the Microsoft Store in (LOCATION) on my behalf for the "Smoked by Windows Phone" promotion.
Signature: (SIGN HERE) Date: (DATE HERE)"
3. Copy of final recipient's photo ID - you can use a student ID
4. Copy of final recipient's pickup confirmation email


Tyson's Corner, VA
Proxy pickup MAY be ALLOWED

1. One store employee said they are allowing it for active duty military where customers can't physically be there to pickup phone.


Mall of America, MN
Proxy pickup MAY be ALLOWED

Proxy pickup allowed for out of state customers
1. Call store and get name of employee and ask for manager approval
2. Bring physical government ID of person you are picking phone up for (helps if its a relative or spouse)



.10. Rumors - Titan I and Titan II Phones 4/11/2012 UPDATED *****

It has been reported by a few people (about 10), that they went to pickup their phones and the stores were out of Titan I, so they were given the new Titan II phone. Yes, this is real and yes it has been proven that this is legitimate and not trolls. Multiple photos have been shown as proof. One poster even showed proof in the form of photos of his new Titan II phone box. When asked to prove that he did not copy the photos from another website he/she took photos in front of a SlickDeals post inquiring if he/she was a troll.

Not every store is doing this. If Microsoft corporate is allowing Titan II to be given for this promotion, then logically more stores should start offering the Titan II as they run out of the Titan I, and after the debut date.

Substituting the Titan II for Titan I is not surprising or unexpected when you look at the specs for the Titan I vs. Titan II. The Titan II is more like a reload than an upgrade and is selling for the same price as the Titan I. The only significant difference is that the Titan II has a 16 megapixel camera instead of 8 megapixel, and LTE. There are a few other minor changes like the housing is now plastic instead of metal (to solve sound quality issues). They also probably worked out a few bugs with the phone.

There are also a few reports of Microsoft stores giving out Nokia Lumia 900 phones or $500 gift cards when they have run out of your phone selection. Again, this is not at every store, so YMMV depending on your locations. If you receive one of these 3 premium items please add your info to the section at the very top of this thread wiki, located at the top of the page!




This post can be edited by most users to provide up-to-date information about developments of this thread based on user responses, and user findings. Feel free to add, change or remove information shown here as it becomes available. This includes new coupons, rebates, ideas, thread summary, and similar items.

Do NOT remove information just because the contest is over at your store! This information may be useful to other SD users and if Microsoft ever runs this promotion again this information will serve as an excellent reference.

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#7426
Quote from FAMIR View Post :
For whiners for long lines, I have nothing to say, as we know, first come first serve, people are willing to sacrifice sleep, time for the free phone.
But for guys doing repeat challenges, that's against the rule, although not all stores check that, but still it is against rule, and those @$3 actually took away others' chance.
For the fvckers to go without pickup emails, those are just pure aholes, it is exactly the same as cut in the line, steal others' spot... no life suckers.
Terms doesn't prohibit people from doing the contest twice(unless you won). It only prohibits people from winning the laptops twice. Point out where in the terms where it says otherwise.
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#7427
Today, I was the 93rd person in line. Only 1 laptop was won. Most people didn't take the challenge and they just got their information entered and they walked away.
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Quote from FAMIR View Post :
For whiners for long lines, I have nothing to say, as we know, first come first serve, people are willing to sacrifice sleep, time for the free phone.
But for guys doing repeat challenges, that's against the rule, although not all stores check that, but still it is against rule, and those @$3 actually took away others' chance.
For the fvckers to go without pickup emails, those are just pure aholes, it is exactly the same as cut in the line, steal others' spot... no life suckers.
I went there after confirmation[with a second qualifying phone]. This is the email response from Microsoft Store Rep: [Note I have removed the names sorry]


Dear Mr. XXXXXXXXXX,


Thank you for contacting the Microsoft Store to discuss your concerns. We have looked into the situation that you described in your email and have determined that if you were entering the second contest with a different smartphone than the one you entered with the first week and (i) the second smartphone is currently activated with a cellular carrier, (ii) it is registered to you, and (iii) it has not been used by anyone else in this week's contest, then you are able to participate in this week's "Smoked by Windows Phone" Challenge.

The manager at the Microsoft Store at the Oakbrook Shopping Mall has been advised of the situation that you encountered and he is standing by to make sure that you have no further issues entering the contest with a second qualifying phone.

Thank you,
XXXXXXXXXXX
Microsoft Store
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#7429
i got a notification mail about the phone that came in last night at atlanta store.
Got there this morning and picked up titan and focus s.~ so easy... .
DId the challenge on 3/27
rain check mail on 3/30.
notification mail to pick up the phone on 4/04/12 ---7:09pm and 8pm(titan and focus s).
Got there this morning at 10am and picked up the phones within 30 minutes.

There was about 150 people already lined up for the challenge at 9:45am...
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#7430
Quote from Urbangatsby View Post :
So they checked over the phone if they sent the email? I called up yesterday to see about the second email and some bitch was saying she can't check ANYTHING and for me to come in.....if I go, I'm leaving with a phone
no, my friend called and they said the exact same thing (which makes sense bc they can't have 10000 people calling and making them check status lol). I asked a guy while I was at the store picking up my phone and he looked it up for me since we did the challenge 3/24 at the same exact time for the same phone.
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Quote from uknowsana View Post :
Today, I was the 93rd person in line. Only 1 laptop was won. Most people didn't take the challenge and they just got their information entered and they walked away.
Was this before 10am that they let you enter your info and walk away? BTW: since most MS stores open at 10am and the mall opens at 10am, where are people waiting in line if they show up at 6am-7am or whatever? Are the mall doors usually open that early?
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#7432
Does everyone who took the challenge receiving their rain check mail? I took the challenge in Santa Clara 3/28 noon, but I haven't received any mail from Microsoft by now.Frown
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#7433
Quote from ack31184 View Post :
Here's a detailed update on how my pickup went down:

Arrived at the Santa Clara Valley Fair store around 5 PM yesterday (April 4th) after receiving the pickup email at 4 PM. The store was pretty active, but there weren't any lines, neither at the challenge booths nor at the front desk.

I approached the front desk and told them "I'm here to pick up my phone from the Windows Phone Challenge." The guy asked me what my name was, which he looked up in his computer to make sure I actually took the challenge. He then asked which phone I asked for, and I told him I requested the HTC Titan (that he asked at all makes me think that you can pick up anything you want, not necessarily the phone you told them you wanted after the challenge -- but only as long as there is stock of what you want?).

He went into the back to get the phone and another service rep gave me a recycle form to initial and sign, which I finished in about a minute. The other rep returned with an unopened, new HTC Titan box and scanned everything in. There were two reps helping me out at this point.

At this point they let me know of the 2-yr warranty, cover, and 1-yr zune pass for $50 promotion. Seeing as how I got that much in gift cards from the second round of challenges I took the offer. The rep then asked for my ID (driver's license) and confirmed that I was indeed the guy I said I was. I thought that at this point I would be able to walk out of the store with my old phone, but then he asked if for the phone I was trading in. I gave him my LG Optimus V (just phone + battery, no microSD card or cords) as I shed a single tear. (I loved everything about the phone except for the crippling 125MB onboard storage.)

He didn't confirm whether that was the phone I committed to trading in (even though it was), whether it turned on (even though it was on), or whether it was rooted, etc.; all he did was take the phone, wrap it with my signed form, and place it in a cupboard behind the front desk. (I think the battery is probably dead by now.)

After that, we went through a standard checkout process. I asked whether I could swap out the 1-yr zune pass sub with a $100 MS Point card, and he said no. I also noticed that the case I was given was an Incipio "Feather" cover, which looked like those cheap $2 plastic snap on covers you can get on eBay or Amazon, so I asked if I could get the Incipio "Silicrylic" cover instead (hybrid silicone+polycarb cover), which he cheerfully swapped for.

We then finished the transaction and printed the receipt. The rep gave me a nice looking bag with all the goodies inside. The whole process was very smooth and took about 7-10 minutes. Throughout this promotion, the customer service reps at the MS Store were extremely nice, helpful, patient, and cheerful every time I called and visited the store, even with what I am sure was (is) a hellish week and half for them.

All in all I walked out of the store around with a new HTC Titan, cover, 2-yr warranty, 1-yr zune pass, and a pretty sweet vinyl bag with $0 out of pocket. Very slick deal.

PS So far, this phone is a fast, smooth, and well-constructed beast. I may consider opening an AT&T line if I end up liking the WinPho system.
Thanks for the details. Did you take the pickup email printout with you?
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Quote from jplee3 View Post :
Does your girlfriend say things like "So far, this phone is a fast, smooth, and well-constructed beast" ?

Wink
I get told that all the time....
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Quote from uknowsana View Post :
Just came back from Oak Brook, IL for second challenge. Lost Frown but was very close. All the numbers were gone by 9:30 AM this morning and then the store employee then started giving away 25$ gift cards for the rest of the crowd.

did they check any ID's or anything or just gave away the Gift cards?
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Quote from jplee3 View Post :
Was this before 10am that they let you enter your info and walk away? BTW: since most MS stores open at 10am and the mall opens at 10am, where are people waiting in line if they show up at 6am-7am or whatever? Are the mall doors usually open that early?

No, actually I managed to enter around 11:15 AM. The store was full so they stopped after around 80 people and the rest were waiting outside. For the second question, Oak Brook, IL doesn't have Mall Doors. The mall is pretty much wide spread and they are no physical doors that can stop any one from entering the mall before 10 AM.
I have heard some persons were there since last night and also some as early as 6 AM. I reached there around 9:32 AM and got number 93
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Quote from elym View Post :
Does everyone who took the challenge receiving their rain check mail? I took the challenge in Santa Clara 3/28 noon, but I haven't received any mail from Microsoft by now.Frown
You are not alone, many haven't received any emails as yet so I would say don't worry !
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Quote from spacedust View Post :
Thanks for the details. Did you take the pickup email printout with you?
I did, but neither of the reps asked for it. It may have shown up in their system that I received the pickup confirmation. YMMV, I guess.
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Quote from ywallet View Post :
You are not alone, many haven't received any emails as yet so I would say don't worry !
Thank you very much~
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have you guys thought about why the windows phone is faster than other phones?
I know those skill challenges are some what biased
but what was it? do they have an app pegged to the tiles that does what they want them to do?
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