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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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#16
is there a limit to 10 per day or is that just the computer?
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#17
Quote from mike.one View Post :
is this legit? any success stories..
Yes... check this thread. This is a repost.
http://slickdeals.net/f/4111691-Chance-to-win-free-PC-or-trade-current-smartphone-for-new-no-contact-Windows-Phone?v=1
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Quote from johnnash View Post :
Any way someone without a local microsoft store to benefit from these?
no...
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Quote from dreamexecution View Post :
is there a limit to 10 per day or is that just the computer?
Each store have 10 computers, once they're out, they will end the challenge. If you loose, you can trade in your current smartphone for a Windows smartphone.
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#20
Yeah this sounds a good way to get a phone without the contract as read the rules and that's what it seems like it but you have to recycle your phone through them to be able to get it for free.

I right now stuck until October with the Samsung Fascinate and might be something good to get to be able to wait until that time and be able to get a better phone.

The phone that I would be able to get is the HTC Trophy as that's the only Windows Phone for Verizon.
Mostly why I might do this is because my phone freezes a lot and restarts by itself. Love Android but not the phone.

Do you think the HTC Trophy is a good phone? Also if I do this will be the 2nd windows phone but my first one was the WIndows 6.1 with the HTC Touch(As no need for data plan).

What do you guys think about this promotion. I know I won't win, will have to backup my phone and at least most of the apps I have are free but the ones from Amazon Appstore will not work and will have to find ways to get free apps. Is there a deal like the Amazon Free App.

Thanks everyone.
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#21
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.
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#22
is this for real?
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#23
I don't understand. I can give them my old Android phone I was going to throw away and get a new unlocked $500 phone and sell it on ebay? Where is the catch?? No really, i don't understand, explain please
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Quote from 916 View Post :
is this for real?
Yes, look at this thread
http://slickdeals.net/f/4111691-Chance-to-win-free-PC-or-trade-current-smartphone-for-new-no-contact-Windows-Phone?v=1

Quote from yrv View Post :
I don't understand. I can give them my old Android phone I was going to throw away and get a new unlocked $500 phone and sell it on ebay? Where is the catch?? No really, i don't understand, explain please
The phone is not unlocked. It's just that there is no contract required. All in the info is like in this thread
http://slickdeals.net/f/4111691-Chance-to-win-free-PC-or-trade-current-smartphone-for-new-no-contact-Windows-Phone?v=1
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#25
Even a cracked screen phone?!
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#26
Yep, sitting here looking at my new HTC Titan and my new Samsung Focus S. Traded in two old crappy phones., or I should say that I traded 1 in and my wife did too......nod
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Quote from runtohell121 View Post :
Yes, look at this thread
http://slickdeals.net/f/4111691-Chance-to-win-free-PC-or-trade-current-smartphone-for-new-no-contact-Windows-Phone?v=1



The phone is not unlocked. It's just that there is no contract required. All in the info is like in this thread
http://slickdeals.net/f/4111691-Chance-to-win-free-PC-or-trade-current-smartphone-for-new-no-contact-Windows-Phone?v=1
oh ok thanks!
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#28
Quote from JewwBacca View Post :
Even a cracked screen phone?!
Yes, saw a few cracked iPhones today and my TouchPro 2 had a crack in it.

Also, this thread is a repost:
http://slickdeals.net/f/4111691-Chance-to-win-free-PC-or-trade-current-smartphone-for-new-no-contact-Windows-Phone?v=1
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#29
I'd so take advantage of this if a store was close by
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#30
Does the phone have to be in working condition? I have a blackberry that won't turn on.
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