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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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Quote from theBlizz View Post :
Really? I just bought a Galaxy S2 (switching to Straight Talk from Virgin)... I'd love to swap my Optimus V for a new phone.
Yes, really.

Quote from arribasn View Post :
Would a trio 700w count? (windows mobile 6)
My local MS store was quite explicit about following the rules. No Windows Mobile phones of any sort and they did spot check the phones to make sure they were activated. They told everything that the phones used "had to be able to make a call."

Quote from vicsunus View Post :
is this for real?
I have a $30 optimus V. So I can trade it in for a brand new windows phone that has like 2x the processor speed?
Yes. Totally for real. I've got a HTC Titan on order right now (and a $10 gift card for my trouble since they didn't have it in store today). No cost whatsoever aside from time and my old phone.

Quote from skyang View Post :
So no Sprint phone?
You can use a Sprint phone for the challenge, but they didn't have any HTC Arrives in stock. Honestly, if you're on Sprint, you're better off doing the challenge and getting a Titan or Focus S on ATT. Then, just sell that on CL or eBay and buy the Sprint phone that you want.

Quote from runtohell121 View Post :
I'm surprise this thread haven't been merged with the other one... laugh out loud
The other thread OP was focused on the contest aspect (winning the laptop) and posted in the lower traffic Contest forum since the "prize" is not guaranteed. This thread OP is focused on the free phone upgrade, which is guaranteed to everyone and it's in the main Hot Deals forum so more people will see it. After all, that's what SD is all about, right? Sharing the love.

With this deal there is no chance of missing out, no risk, no YMMV. Follow the rules and you're going to get a free upgrade at no cost and no contract.

Quote from BigBuford View Post :
Do you have to pay any difference ? I can swap a old iphone 3GS
Nope. You don't have to pay anything. In fact, I ended up getting an additional $10 GC because the phone I wanted (Titan) wasn't in stock and they had to order it for me.

Quote from johnnash View Post :
Any way someone without a local microsoft store to benefit from these?
No. B&M only.

Quote from mike.one View Post :
is this legit? any success stories..
Yup. I was in the store today. Took about 5 minutes to do the challenge (wait, paperwork, challenge) and about 5 minutes to do the paperwork to order the new phone.

Quote from dreamexecution View Post :
is there a limit to 10 per day or is that just the computer?
There is NO LIMIT to the free phone upgrades, aside from the previously stated one upgrade per person (and they do take your ID info for this). As long as the promotion is running, you can do a phone swap.

Quote from lmanlo View Post :
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.
The Trophy is the oldest Windows Phone on offer. Honestly, if you're on VZW, I'd suggest the same as the guy on Sprint. Do the challenge, get the Titan or Focus S, flip and buy the VZW phone you want.

Quote from 916 View Post :
is this for real?
Yes, for real.

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
No catch, aside from the time it takes you to go to the store.

Quote from JewwBacca View Post :
Even a cracked screen phone?!
As long as it powers on and works. You need to be able to turn the phone on, make a call and browse the web.

Quote from FierceDeityLink View Post :
Yes, saw a few cracked iPhones today and my TouchPro 2 had a crack in it.
You got lucky with the TP2, as they're not supposed to accept any Windows phones of any kind. The stores are refusing most people who bring in WinMo 5 and 6.x devices. Wink

Quote from SDzZz View Post :
Does the phone have to be in working condition? I have a blackberry that won't turn on.
Yes. Officialy, it has to be working, able to make a call and browse the web. They are only spot checking devices, so you may be able to get away with an unactivated phone, but if they check you and you're not activated, you don't get the free upgrade.

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?
If you're with ATT, just put your SIM in it and go to the MS store.

If you're not with ATT, unlock it and use a pre-paid TMO SIM on the $2/day unlimited plan and go to the MS store.

Quote from jmman View Post :
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
Yeah, I'd say this is better by just a bit. Smilie

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.
Yes. This does not impact your carrier contract in any way. It does not extend it, renew it or cancel it. They are merely giving you new hardware. If you're using a GSM phone all you have to do is swap SIMs if you get a device that's branded for the same carrier. If you want a device from another carrer (ie if you're on TMO and want one of the ATT devices or vice versa) you'll have to get the new phone unlocked before you can use your SIM in it.

Quote from WackyP View Post :
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.
Officially you're supposed to have it. Some stores are being more picky about this than others so if you're lucky you can get away without having it.
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Quote from dealwars View Post :


There is NO LIMIT to the free phone upgrades, aside from the previously stated one upgrade per person (and they do take your ID info for this). As long as the promotion is running, you can do a phone swap.
was today the last day or the 29th? I'm getting mixed messages
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Quote from dreamexecution View Post :
was today the last day or the 29th? I'm getting mixed messages
29th..
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#49
I've got a droid x with half the screen not working . Can I just walk in and swap for a Windows phone? There is no service on it since I've already purchased a new phone.
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I've got a droid x with half the screen not working . Can I just walk in and swap for a Windows phone? There is no service on it since I've already purchased a new phone.
read the thread
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Quote from dreamexecution View Post :
was today the last day or the 29th? I'm getting mixed messages
I was told by the one nearest me that today was the last day for the promotion. Keep in mind that the promotion ends either on the 29th or when 10 laptops have been given out, whichever comes first.
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would be great if someone could confirm tomorrow if it still works at valley fair... I don't want to drive over a hour to get there
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Quote from xSeongminx View Post :
I was told by the one nearest me that today was the last day for the promotion. Keep in mind that the promotion ends either on the 29th or when 10 laptops have been given out, whichever comes first.
Which store? (there are only like 15 across the country...)
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#54
perfect swap for me to move from my grandfathered VM plan to AtnT 5GB data plan.
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#55
Cool!! I am gonna try this tomorrow..
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Code:
http://skattertech.com/2012/03/i-won-the-windows-phone-challenge-but-lost-just-because/
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Code:
http://skattertech.com/2012/03/i-won-the-windows-phone-challenge-but-lost-just-because/
Yeah, this crybaby is going to be why they stop doing this. shake head
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Oh wow this is perfect.I have two Microsoft stores within 20 min of me and we can trade in my dad's old blackberry for a $500 phone. Awesome!
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Code:
http://skattertech.com/2012/03/i-won-the-windows-phone-challenge-but-lost-just-because/
Yeah yeah..Microsoft Store employees were not briefed on rules etc. The point is they don't want you to win. What better way to skew numbers and say "99% of phones lost to Windows Phone" then by choosing to make up excuses on why their phone won.

That's the ultimate goal here. I want a Windows Phone, but Microsoft just wants some publicity, so that's how they're going to get it. Smilie

Quote from Dozens View Post :
Yeah, this crybaby is going to be why they stop doing this. shake head
..why? Because he was trying to win instead of purposely lose like everyone else?

How about this. What if a casino told you you just won a brand new car, and then said "Oh sorry... we meant the little die cast model from our gift shop"..instead. Would YOU not be pissed?
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Is it just me or the windows phone sucks !!!
Even free they still suck , the only way to get a piece of the market is; if Microsoft offer free phone and free plan with it.

P.S. if you end up with a Focus S there is free unlock and jailbreak method or cheap $ 9 unlock code
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