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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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#31
Quote from SDzZz View Post :
Does the phone have to be in working condition? I have a blackberry that won't turn on.
Yes, it needs to work.
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#32
Quote from SDzZz View Post :
Does the phone have to be in working condition? I have a blackberry that won't turn on.
You have to be able to turn it on and complete a challenge of their picking.

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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#33
I have a iphone3g that i used when i was with att. How can i use that phone for this deal?
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#34
Quote from PogiBoy View Post :
I have a iphone3g that i used when i was with att. How can i use that phone for this deal?
Go to Microsoft Store, take the challenge, lose, trade in your iPhone 3G for a Windows Phone
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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#35
This deal is probably better that the last deal where they let you trade in junk phones for a $25 gift card each. I traded in a phone last time that had been run over by a car.....lol
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#36
No MS store in Thailand. I would love to get rid of my Optimus.
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#37
Quote from runtohell121 View Post :
Go to Microsoft Store, take the challenge, lose, trade in your iPhone 3G for a Windows Phone
http://slickdeals.net/f/4111691-Chance-to-win-free-PC-or-trade-current-smartphone-for-new-no-contact-Windows-Phone?v=1
Does it need to be activated? Reading on that thread it seems that you just need to be connected on a wifi.
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#38
dang...wish the two stores in my state are not in "coming soon" phase.
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#39
Can I swap my phone even if I am currently under a contract? It would be great if I could swap the sim card and just continue with my contract. Thanks.
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#40
Quote from PogiBoy View Post :
Does it need to be activated? Reading on that thread it seems that you just need to be connected on a wifi.
Nope, used two today on WiFi. Obviously, if your store doesn't have WiFi, you need to tether from somewhere.

http://slickdeals.net/f/4111691-Chance-to-win-free-PC-or-trade-current-smartphone-for-new-no-contact-Windows-Phone?v=1

Quote from srmmrthy View Post :
Can I swap my phone even if I am currently under a contract? It would be great if I could swap the sim card and just continue with my contract. Thanks.
Doesn't matter, just be aware that all you get is the phone and no receipt (at least my friend and I didn't get one).

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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#41
Damn. I would love this. I was already looking into getting a Radar/Lumia 710, and this would have been perfect. If only there was one in Boston...
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#42
I don't think you need a data plan for the challenge.

Just use the store's wi-fi. My phone had a prepaid sim with NO minutes left on it. Somebody else on the other thread did not even have a sim installed in the phone.
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#43
come on, do we need two threads? No.
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#44
store opening in austin, in one month, great.
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#45
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Can I swap my phone even if I am currently under a contract? It would be great if I could swap the sim card and just continue with my contract. Thanks.
Yep, I swapped out two lines that were both under contract. I just took my sim cards out of my good phones and put them in the crap phones to trade them. Now I have two extra good phones without signing a new contract......
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