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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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#14836
Quote from nrq007 View Post :
Not a problem I see people unloading more than 15-20 cards on a single transaction at Santa Clara, CA. When I asked associate he said you can use as many cards as you have, the only thing MS refused to do is to merge all cards value on to a single one.
Oh nice! I sure wish I had 15-20 cards. That's around 500 bucks! 4 more can buy a laptop!

How often did those people go to claim those gift cards?
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Quote from sayuri View Post :
WINDOWS PHONE CHALLENGE (FOR CA LOCATIONS ONLY):
click here [microsoftstore.com]

When you lose the challenge instead of receiving a $25 gift card, you get a windows phone with 2 year contract.

FREE GIFT OFFER FOR ENTRANTS THAT DO NOT WIN THE CHALLENGE

Qualified Entrants that do not win the Challenge will be eligible to receive a Windows phone at no cost provided that they enter a qualifying 2-year service agreement with the Service Provider for the phone that they choose. This offer is only valid while supplies last at the store where the entrant participates in the challenge. This offer is valid for all Windows Phones sold at the Microsoft Store, with exception to the Nokia Lumia 800. This offer may not be redeemed for cash or other merchandise, may not be transferred, and may not be combined with any other offer or promotion. Entrant will be responsible for any resulting tax obligation.
Kinda stupid that Microsoft is enforcing that rule for the California stores. I mean they're not going to bring that much foot traffic in since there are no more $25 gift cards being given out. I know I won't be going there for a while. Also, Windows Phones just are not my cup of tea. Too complicated for my tastes.
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#14838
Can the $500 gc be broken up into 5 $100 GC's by the store?
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#14839
Quote from Technosquid View Post :
I believe it has something to do with the fact that Arizona doesn't observe daylight savings time. Are you near the border of your state. Possibly connecting to a tower in a neighboring state? I really have no idea.
I'm in PHX area. Its some weird problem that has resurfaced in this phone and was present in an older T mobile HTC win mobile phone.
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#14840
Quote from titanark View Post :
I'm in PHX area. Its some weird problem that has resurfaced in this phone and was present in an older T mobile HTC win mobile phone.
Well I would be interested to know if this problem began about March 11th, or if it ends about November 4th, to see if it is related to daylight savings time.
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#14841
Quote from t_kamran View Post :
Hi, does anyone know of a way to unlock HTC titan 2 for free (AT&T locked)
I also have a Samsung focus S so if anyone know of a free utility that unlocks phone I would appreciate it.

I've already tried with AT&T but they refuse to provide a code cuz "it doesn't show" on their screen.
there isn't a free utility to unlock htc titan 2, i just paid misterunlock on ebay for $3 to get the code from him/her.

Dam now my Titan 2 is obsolete now since they're not getting win 8 os.
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#14842
Quote from jackbauer24 View Post :
there isn't a free utility to unlock htc titan 2, i just paid misterunlock on ebay for $3 to get the code from him/her.

Dam now my Titan 2 is obsolete now since they're not getting win 8 os.
Obsolete, really? How can it be obsolete when Win8 isn't even out yet. The Titan 2 is still one of the best windows phones out there besides the Nokia 900. Even when Win8 does come out on a phone because you won't have the latest and greatest doesn't make the Titan 2 obsolete, it will still be a good phone. MS has their reasons for not making Win8 available on the Titan, Nokia, and all the rest, it's because the hardware won't be able to handle Win8.
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#14843
Sold my Titan 2 for 270. Bought a Focus flash for 120. Both via Craigslist.
Updated to Tango 8773.98. Focus Flash is good enough for slow death platform Win Pho 7.
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#14844
Quote from Technosquid View Post :
Well I would be interested to know if this problem began about March 11th, or if it ends about November 4th, to see if it is related to daylight savings time.
My understanding is that it would be related to that, but the whole point is they have the phone picking up "mountain" time which is an hour ahead instead of "arizona" time, which is correct.

And interestingly, on manual mode, the phone loses few minutes everyday. If the problem existed in an earlier phone, they ought to patch up future phones too.

I am not cribbing about a free phone, but my honest opinion is that is you flood the market with defective phones, you are not going to garner the same customer satisfaction you should be getting.
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Quote from titanark View Post :
I'm in PHX area. Its some weird problem that has resurfaced in this phone and was present in an older T mobile HTC win mobile phone.
Had same issue (am in PHX area as well). Make sure you have all the Windows Phone updates. There was one from I think back in March that had a fix.

Edit:
Part of 8107 update. But I thought HTC had a specific update as well.
http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2994
Last edited by Spyral July 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM
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#14846
Quote from Spyral View Post :
Had same issue (am in PHX area as well). Make sure you have all the Windows Phone updates. There was one from I think back in March that had a fix.

Edit:
Part of 8107 update. But I thought HTC had a specific update as well.
http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-2994
Thanks for confirming. The problem is I am on Titan 2 and there is no update as yet. Supposedly AT&T is hatching eggs with the latest Tango update (thats what an MS store rep had to say)
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Quote from titanark View Post :
And interestingly, on manual mode, the phone loses few minutes everyday. If the problem existed in an earlier phone, they ought to patch up future phones too.
Everything loses time in manual mode. Phones, computers, whatever. It's why there's carrier time syncing in the first place. It's a constant problem with my Windows Media Center DVR setup, too... the weekly automatic time sync doesn't seem to be enough to keep my recordings starting on time.
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#14848
Quote from titanark View Post :
Thanks for confirming. The problem is I am on Titan 2 and there is no update as yet. Supposedly AT&T is hatching eggs with the latest Tango update (thats what an MS store rep had to say)
Spoke with my nephew the other day, he also has the Titan 2 on AT&T and is having the same problem with the phone losing time.
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#14849
I want to buy HTC Radar for web use as a backup phone. My plan is to get the phone up and running with my TMobile SIM inside of it. Then I will remove the SIM card and use the phone's wi-fi ability to surf the web. Is this doable? Can anyone confirm? 4 reps for the good answer.
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Quote from stevenq View Post :
I want to buy HTC Radar for web use as a backup phone. My plan is to get the phone up and running with my TMobile SIM inside of it. Then I will remove the SIM card and use the phone's wi-fi ability to surf the web. Is this doable? Can anyone confirm? 4 reps for the good answer.
If you use Firefox you might get a message in the browser asking you to upgrade to a data tethering/ wifi hotspot plan, but you can bypass this with a user agent switching firefox plugin. IE and Chrome work fine. Not sure about Safari.
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