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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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#1501
Just got back from Mission Viejo; did it around 1:30PM local time.

Was in line for maybe 25 minutes (no line at all after I got out...). Palm Centro. Didn't ask what phone I had until I was at the challenge, and the guy was like, "So, what've we got today?" "Palm Centro." "*laughter* Okay, we'll just try and pull up the weather in New York." Got as far as unlocking the screen before he was done and he didn't bother checking if I had a data plan or anything.

They were out of everything, so they just kept track of what people wanted and gave out 10$ gift cards.

Edit: Oh, and they said they'd let me know via phone (weird, since the release form asked for email on everything, but she recorded my phone number separately). When I asked about an ETA, she said it was really up in the air, but don't expect anything in less than two weeks. Also, according to the guy out front, somebody won about two hours before I showed up, so there's at least one gone from that location.
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#1502
Quote from jackygogo View Post :
definitely an upgrade from both phones. Vibrant is more on the same level as iPhone 4 though, so I am not sure if you want to trade that in. In terms of resale value however, both are about the same.

Vibrant also has a really easy unlock.
Okay, that's good to know. I might jump on it anyway since it will have a front-facing camera.

As for my brother's 3GS, think they would give him an ATT HTC Titan even if he uses T-Mobile? He doesn't have a data plan on the 3GS since it was an unlocked ATT phone to begin with, and I'm not sure if he could use the T-mobile phones without having to pay for the data plan. Unlocking it myself wouldn't be too big of a deal, just not sure if they will give him the phone.
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Quote from amc1870 View Post :
Just got back from Mission Viejo; did it around 1:30PM local time.

Was in line for maybe 25 minutes (no line at all after I got out...). Palm Centro. Didn't ask what phone I had until I was at the challenge, and the guy was like, "So, what've we got today?" "Palm Centro." "*laughter* Okay, we'll just try and pull up the weather in New York." Got as far as unlocking the screen before he was done and he didn't bother checking if I had a data plan or anything.

They were out of everything, so they just kept track of what people wanted and gave out 10$ gift cards.
Sounds like my experience with a Palm Pixi. He just checked that we were connected to Wifi.
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#1504
Anyone know if the one in the mall of America is doing this?
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#1505
Quote from amc1870 View Post :
Just got back from Mission Viejo; did it around 1:30PM local time.

Was in line for maybe 25 minutes (no line at all after I got out...). Palm Centro. Didn't ask what phone I had until I was at the challenge, and the guy was like, "So, what've we got today?" "Palm Centro." "*laughter* Okay, we'll just try and pull up the weather in New York." Got as far as unlocking the screen before he was done and he didn't bother checking if I had a data plan or anything.

They were out of everything, so they just kept track of what people wanted and gave out 10$ gift cards.

Edit: Oh, and they said they'd let me know via phone (weird, since the release form asked for email on everything, but she recorded my phone number separately). When I asked about an ETA, she said it was really up in the air, but don't expect anything in less than two weeks. Also, according to the guy out front, somebody won about two hours before I showed up, so there's at least one gone from that location.
Is this only until 5pm or all day?
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Quote from majorJSM View Post :
Anyone know if the one in the mall of America is doing this?
yes and they are handing out rain checks
i was there today 1pm. all they had was samsung flash.
so don't go there too early. try 3pm or 4pm. otherwise you will be waiting forever.
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#1507
Taking names and phone numbers and telling you, we will call you later, doesnt sound right. Microsoft will have no way of knowing if the employees are taking the brand spanking $550 phones or they are actually calling some stranger and handing the $550 phone to the stranger. Weird.
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#1508
Mission Viejo had 30 to 50 people at around 1pm and now there is no line.
So guys dont need to stand in line at costamesa(if that is the situation). Just drive a few extra miles and get done with it faster. Hope this helps.
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Quote from Brooklynite View Post :
Taking names and phone numbers and telling you, we will call you later, doesnt sound right. Microsoft will have no way of knowing if the employees are taking the brand spanking $550 phones or they are actually calling some stranger and handing the $550 phone to the stranger. Weird.
When you pick it up, you will have to show ID.
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#1510
Quote from grovestreet View Post :
yes and they are handing out rain checks
i was there today 1pm. all they had was samsung flash.
so don't go there too early. try 3pm or 4pm. otherwise you will be waiting forever.
ok thanks.
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Quote from Brooklynite View Post :
Taking names and phone numbers and telling you, we will call you later, doesnt sound right. Microsoft will have no way of knowing if the employees are taking the brand spanking $550 phones or they are actually calling some stranger and handing the $550 phone to the stranger. Weird.
I agree. Or what if the employee put his/her friends name on the list instead?

Million dollar question: will microsoft fulfill each person on the list?
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#1512
omagah... when is the Freehold NJ store opening?

They announced it on March 15th and its the featured store on their retailstores page
http://www.microsoft.com/presspas...ailstores/
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Quote from Brooklynite View Post :
Taking names and phone numbers and telling you, we will call you later, doesnt sound right. Microsoft will have no way of knowing if the employees are taking the brand spanking $550 phones or they are actually calling some stranger and handing the $550 phone to the stranger. Weird.
They had to enter people's info like DL or some sort of id when handing out new phones. So i don't think they would do that. I am sure they must have gotten some reliable word from upper mgmt, otherwise they wouldn't take the hassle of letting people wait in line for hour or two for nothing.
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Quote from westpark View Post :
I agree. Or what if the employee put his/her friends name on the list instead?

Million dollar question: will microsoft fulfill each person on the list?
I have huge doubts about getting a phone but i'm ok with it.
They'll get alot of negative PR if they dont.

And plus when I was at the MS store today, they seem to be putting alot of resources into this.


I wish MS would come out on twitter or their website and tell us something if anything
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#1515
Quote from funknjunk View Post :
Do they check if your phone is rooted?
Did it at the Mall of America earlier today and they didn't check my rooted Cyanogen phone. I was actually kind of worried they wouldn't take mine because my kernel is messed up and my wifi doesn't work. I also think it depends who is doing the challenges. There was a girl who was doing multiple challenges with the people in front of me and checking wifi and everything. The guy who I challenged just did the picture taking/uploading test with no questions asked.
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