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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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Last Edited by dealwars May 5, 2012 at 11:21 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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Quote from dealwars View Post :
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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#9241
I am not naive to believe that they will give you 500 GC.
I guess I wouldn't be coming in tomorrow. It's Easter. The mall is closed.

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You people are really believing them.......... 500GC.
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#9242
I went to the store in Bellevue, and they ran out of phones since Thursday. Got the $25 GC though.
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#9243
Quote from manyee View Post :
Went to pick up my HTC Radar at Century City.
The process is smooth and pleasant. The associates are very helpful and nice.
I've been playing with the phone for a while and overall I'm impressed.
Windows phone is actually pretty good and in many parts are even better and simpler than android.
I think they're pretty close to iOS.
Thank you, Microsoft & OP.
what day did you do the challenge?
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#9244
how do i unlock the htc titan?? would i need to call at&t and have them give me a code?
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#9245
Passonate Sders. Microsoft store is close tomorrow, get some sleep otherwise next thing you know it's Monday again.
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#9246
San Diego was out of phones but I yelled until they gave me a pony!!
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#9247
Sigh..... mainland chinese people really ARE the scum of the universe.
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#9248
Quote from Xellos2099 View Post :
Sigh..... mainland chinese people really ARE the scum of the universe.
Lol what? Basing your opinion of an entire group of people on one guy? You are a bigot. All ethnicities have good and bad people.
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Quote from b0bab0i View Post :
Lol what? Basing your opinion of an entire group of people on one guy? You are a bigot. All ethnicities have good and bad people.
Did I say all? But think of it this way, has there ANY other country in the world evil enough to sell poison milk for baby and children? Most of them have zero sense of morality. I am chinese myself and I am politically incorrect and self proclaim racist.
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Quote from b0bab0i View Post :
Lol what? Basing your opinion of an entire group of people on one guy? You are a bigot. All ethnicities have good and bad people.
what about belgians? Confused

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iXvhcw07do
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#9251
Quote from no_ron_paul View Post :
San Diego was out of phones but I yelled until they gave me a pony!!
Any clue when San Diego store would be getting Samsung Focus S and HTC Titan?
Your signature shows you already got some Focus S and Titan's... Did you get a pick up email or you just decided to visit the store and got the phones?
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#9252
Went to the Atlanta store Sunday April 1st. Got my raincheck email Friday April 6th. Requested HTC Trophy.
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#9253
Quote from no_ron_paul View Post :
San Diego was out of phones but I yelled until they gave me a pony!!


When I was a little girl in Poland, we all had ponies.
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#9254
anybody who did the challenge on 03/29 in Tyson's Corner, did you receive your pick up email yet?
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Quote from yourwhiteshadow View Post :
this is by FAR the best deal i've seen in my 3-4 year tenure of SD... partly because of how awesome the deal is and partly because of how awesome the drama is. keep it up Smilie

btw, waiting for pick up email, 3/29 challenge at scottsdale. from what it sounds like, i should keep waiting.
Really, then you have missed out on many many deals.....
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