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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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#151
Quote from geost View Post :
Which phone seems like the best option for ATT? The Samsung Focus S or the HTC Titan?

I'm thinking of activating my old 3GS (currently have a 4S) and see if I can get one of these.
For me, the Samsung S seems more reasonable to use as a phone. The titan is big and heavy, almost like a little tablet......
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#152
The all powerful mighty microsoft has no stores on the east coast? Well done!
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#153
I'll be heading to Atlanta to try this. Have an old prepaid Virgin mobile android I'd love to get some money for.

Anyone know if Atlanta MS store is checking for actual service on the phone before the test?
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#154
Quote from superfan86 View Post :
I'll be heading to Atlanta to try this. Have an old prepaid Virgin mobile android I'd love to get some money for.

Anyone know if Atlanta MS store is checking for actual service on the phone before the test?
Some employee might check and some might not, YMMV.
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#155
I have Touch Pro2 (Sprint) unlocked using it with T-Mobile.

Do they inspect the phone OS (currently it has Windows Mobile 6.1)? How about loading Touch Pro 2 (Sprint) with Android on mem card? This might work Confused???
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#156
Quote from hightop32 View Post :
this deal sounds awesome... except all the waviers and permission to use your image and experience in advertising... also no MS store i my area yet Frown

http://skattertech.com/2012/03/i-...t-because/

"After signing a waiver agreeing to let Microsoft use a photo of me in their advertising, I got in line for the challenge."

"I was then asked to snap a photo in front of a sign that read along the lines of “My Android was smoked by Windows Phone” before leaving the store."

not for me.
Wear something they wouldn't want to appear in their advertising and you're set.
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#157
Quote from riteshbafna View Post :
Same here. April 26th at the Domain competing with Apple store.
I was there last last weekend. They were recruiting some sales toowoot
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#158
wow, there isnt even a microsoft store in nyc. sigh
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#159
Quote from dzap View Post :
FREAKING CALLED IT!! Whee
http://www.engadget.com/2012/03/2...xus-owner/
http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/26...ndroid-4-0
Not on Giz but screw them anyway...

..not long before it hits some actual news networks.

And choo-choo goes the bad PR train. Hope that $1,000 laptop is worth the shitstorm you are about to get Microsoft..
Quote from dzap View Post :
From what I've heard, yes. It has to have active service. They will be checking.


Wow...I've been on reddit for hours and JUST saw that laugh out loud Trust me. I was an original Digg refugee..I read it. laugh out loud

I give it 6 hours to hit Engadget, Gizmodo, or TheVerge.

EDIT: I definitely think it'll hit the Consumerist though. They will LOVE this.
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It's on the top of the front page of reddit. Millions of people read it.Big Grin
Quote from WackyP View Post :
If they gave all the laptops away quickly, then they would not have a chance to do as many trade-ins. I suspect that people who want to get a new phone hope that their local store made it tough to win the laptop.
https://twitter.com/#!/BenThePCGu...0654021632
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Quote from Zoomer View Post :
Wear something they wouldn't want to appear in their advertising and you're set.
heyyy good idea!
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#161
When does this exchange program end?
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#162
Quote from chunli View Post :
When does this exchange program end?
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#163
is blackberry curve 8320 qualified?
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#164
Anyone know what time will Santa Clara start the challenge? I guess I'm going to go drive 1 hour today and lose with the iPhone 2G laugh out loud
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#165
so i can exchange my 1st gen iphone 2G (that still works) for a brand new windows phone??
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