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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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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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#12826
if you haven't get it at Houston. Go and pick up. I believe they have all carriers that you choose. Each model have about 5 in stock.

I got Titan.

Thanks SD
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#12827
Tysons Corner VA store

challenge: 4/4
Email: 4/6
Pick up email: 4/17

I opted for a HTC Titan 2.
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#12828
This has to be one of the best SD of all time and at the same time, one of the WORST threads ever due to all the insane BS constantly spread in here.

It's so simple, The earth won't quit turning, the skies won't fall..

When you get your email to pick up your phone, you go get it.

If you haven't got an email and go and get shot down, oh well, it's not really Microsoft's problem... It's your own fault for going without a email to pick your phone up.

If you don't get a Titan II or Lumina 900, you're freaking complaining???? Jeees, it's a freakin free phone!!!!!!

If all this fails, get a fxxxking life...

AND

Quit asking people questions about stuff that couldn't possibly know. Like; hmmm, how many phones did xxxx store get today, and on and on and on..

Oh, and one more thing...

If you don't get a Lumina 900 or Titan II, I really hope you don't have a heart attack and die. Just enjoy the phone you get.






Oh - I got a Titan II, but then I didn't demand one, I walked in with my email in hand, they politely stated they were out of Titans and would it be OK if they gave me a Titan II? I said OK and was out in 10 minutes. I would've been happy with a Titan though if that would have been what they gave me.. Why, because that is all I expected.
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#12829
Quote from notavailable View Post :
Tysons Corner VA store

challenge: 4/4
Email: 4/6
Pick up email: 4/17

I opted for a HTC Titan 2.
really? i knw people who did the challenge on 29/30 for a titan and never got their pick up email.
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#12830
News from Oakbrook:

Challenge: 3/28
Confirmation email: 3/29
Pickup email: none
Pickup call: none
What you need: print out your confirmation email (highlight your email address) and your ID.
Date: Tonight. 4/18
Phone: HTC Titan I
What I did: I walked in Oakbrook store at 8pm . . . waited in line for about 10 minutes (3 people ahead of me) . . . . showed the associate (blond hair woman) my printed confirmation email and my ID. She searched in record for about 2 minutes . . . handed Titan I to me . . . offer me a $40 2-year warranty with a Titan case ($30 tag price) . . . I paid $30 with the $10GC . . . done . . . almost forgot . . . she did take my swap phone . . . but she didn't really care what it was . . . took it and sticker it with paper work . . . done. I walked out at 820pm.

ps. don't wait until friday night and weekend or you will wait next round of shipping.

Important: your email address was correctly documented on the day of challenge. I believe some people ahead of me trying to fake it and MS can't find their record from email address and phone they provided. If you REALLY did the challenge, print out the confirmation email or, at least, write down the email address on a piece of paper . . . the process will be much smoother. Good luck.
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#12831
Quote from rodge View Post :
I have an old Tilt running Windows Mobile 6.5. Does anyone know if I can turn that in for a Titan-II phone at the Tyson's store? I could flash Android on it too and turn it in. I used a Motorola Atrix for the challenge. The Atrix ear piece and camera don't work but still a workable phone for browsing. The Windows 6.5 phone works fine, but no one wants to even touch it in my house.
That's what I turned in~ The Tilt from AT&T / HTC
they don't check what you used at challenge
heck, they don't even check what carrier you turn in
whether it's cricket or some prepaid
they didn't ask me to turn mine on nor my friend's iphone 3gs w/o back light
but then again, you know how inconsistent they are at Tyson's
Tilt should be fine, just make sure you don't have it running Android.....
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Quote from ant0n View Post :
She's the fat girl with blonde hair right? Yeah she is a complete C U Next Tuesday.
Yep that's her.
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#12833
I ordered Samsung Focus while I took the challenge at oakbrook location, does any know what they are giving out instead of Samsung Focus right now ?
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#12834
Status Update

Location: Oakbrook
Challenge Date: 4/1
Waitlist Email: None
Pickup Email: 4/18
Pickedup Phone: 4/18
Phone requested: HTC Radar

Entire MS staff was very friendly. I had a print of the email but never needed it. Walked in, mentioned that I received the pickup email for the phone from the challenge. I was directed to the back of the store. The employee asked for my ID and asked me to place the phone that I used during the challenge on the counter (no verification, although if someone tried to place a non-smart phone on the counter, it would probably be obvious). He plugged away at a computer for a few minutes, verified the phone I requested, and then asked another employee to retrieve the phone. I went ahead and got the case and 2 year warranty for the $40 (and was thrilled to find a screen protector came with the case). The process was very smooth.

Although I didn't ask, it looked like they had lots of the phones in. Definitely lots of Radars and I think they had several Titans as well (don't know if titan 1 or 2). In hindsight, I should have just asked out of curiousity so I could report back here for everyone else.
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#12835
Bellevue, WA:

Challenge: 3/28
Confirmation: dunno, never received it
Pick-up Email: past 3-4 days according to MS, never received it

I called them today and they said I should come in and get the phone. I requested a Titan and they have 40 in stock as of 9 PM 4/18.
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Quote from cme4oil View Post :
This has to be one of the best SD of all time and at the same time, one of the WORST threads ever due to all the insane BS constantly spread in here.

It's so simple, The earth won't quit turning, the skies won't fall..

When you get your email to pick up your phone, you go get it.

If you haven't got an email and go and get shot down, oh well, it's not really Microsoft's problem... It's your own fault for going without a email to pick your phone up.

If you don't get a Titan II or Lumina 900, you're freaking complaining???? Jeees, it's a freakin free phone!!!!!!

If all this fails, get a fxxxking life...

AND

Quit asking people questions about stuff that couldn't possibly know. Like; hmmm, how many phones did xxxx store get today, and on and on and on..

Oh, and one more thing...

If you don't get a Lumina 900 or Titan II, I really hope you don't have a heart attack and die. Just enjoy the phone you get.






Oh - I got a Titan II, but then I didn't demand one, I walked in with my email in hand, they politely stated they were out of Titans and would it be OK if they gave me a Titan II? I said OK and was out in 10 minutes. I would've been happy with a Titan though if that would have been what they gave me.. Why, because that is all I expected.
Get off your pedestal girl.
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Quote from cme4oil View Post :
This has to be one of the best SD of all time and at the same time, one of the WORST threads ever due to all the insane BS constantly spread in here.

It's so simple, The earth won't quit turning, the skies won't fall..

When you get your email to pick up your phone, you go get it.

If you haven't got an email and go and get shot down, oh well, it's not really Microsoft's problem... It's your own fault for going without a email to pick your phone up.

If you don't get a Titan II or Lumina 900, you're freaking complaining???? Jeees, it's a freakin free phone!!!!!!

If all this fails, get a fxxxking life...

AND

Quit asking people questions about stuff that couldn't possibly know. Like; hmmm, how many phones did xxxx store get today, and on and on and on..

Oh, and one more thing...

If you don't get a Lumina 900 or Titan II, I really hope you don't have a heart attack and die. Just enjoy the phone you get.






Oh - I got a Titan II, but then I didn't demand one, I walked in with my email in hand, they politely stated they were out of Titans and would it be OK if they gave me a Titan II? I said OK and was out in 10 minutes. I would've been happy with a Titan though if that would have been what they gave me.. Why, because that is all I expected.
Damn girl, calm down.


I went in and got my phones with an email.

So....
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#12838
Quote from just4ivaylo View Post :
Bellevue, WA store...what's up? Mad
Not much. Just hanging out here in the mall like I do every day, trying to sell Microsoft stuff, and wishing slickdealers would quit calling me.
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#12839
Quote from kuzon513 View Post :
anyone got a titan 2 today at Costa Mesa?
yes, go now.

Quote from AyoItsPat View Post :
Any update on the Fashion Valley Store?
Read the thread.
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#12840
Quote from shikari View Post :
I ordered Samsung Focus while I took the challenge at oakbrook location, does any know what they are giving out instead of Samsung Focus right now ?
Why does it matter? You'll get a phone regardless or a GC.

Quote from yourwhiteshadow View Post :
fking scottsdale store has no idea what's going on in their own store. called twice today, once i was told they had only had titans, then titan IIs, then titans. after i called the second time and found out they had titan IIs, i decided it might be worth a shot asking them to hold 2 for my mom and i while we make the long ass drive over there... third time...no titan IIs, just titans...wtf?
Stop being lazy and just drive down there and get your phones. This deal is YMMV. Its not MS's fault they're far from you.
Quote from testlinkt View Post :
Does the AT&T Samsung Focus S come with a sim card? Just received the phone and there is no sim card in it. Thanks
Naw
Quote from salefan View Post :
What is the latest from Santa Clara Valley Fair please ? Can anyone please fill in
Read the thread.
Quote from chaolanren View Post :
anybody did the challenge on the 4th got a pick up email or call yet?
No, people still on the first round. Depends on store as well. I was second round at the LA store, already got my two $500 GC's
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