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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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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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#7501
Quote from iBoo View Post :
Why do people choose HTC Titan than Samsung Focus S?

HTC Titan have better features & reliability than the Samsung Focus S?
Bigger screen on the Titan and can be unlocked cheaper/easier.
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Quote from surajrcc View Post :
Can the HTC Titan be unlocked and used for AT&T w/o data plan and just wifi? I already have a primary Iphone4 with data plan and a second line w/o data plan.. any thoughts anyone??
The Titan is an ATT phone so why would you unlock it? Just disable data in the network menu.
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#7503
Quote from runtohell121 View Post :
I doubt. Unlocking or not does nothing since the phone is AT&T branded and I'm sure they can detect your phone. You can try to use it and see if they will put a data plan on it or not, you can get away for a day, a week, a month, or a year, depending if any action will be taken in their system.
Quote from athlon64x2 View Post :
yes you can .. but why spend money online and unlock it in the first place if you gonna stay on ATT .. but I have heard ATT sometimes sends people message about upgrading your data plan after it detects the phone on its network .. but I have also seen people slip under the radar .. so its YMMV ..
I had previously used an unlocked phone (Motorola Flip-out) and had not incurred data plan charges as it was not detected by AT&T. That's the reason I was inclined to getting it unlocked first. But I am not sure this time with HTC Titan though..
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Quote from Spycker View Post :
I talked to the manager of the Santa Clara Store and I was told that the contest has been extended BUT itll be for a $25 GiftCard.
Quote from caliwolv View Post :
Bigger screen on the Titan and can be unlocked cheaper/easier.
Yeah it has a bigger screen but then doesn't it have more problems than the focus S?
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#7505
just check the microsoft store website tomorrow morning for updates on the status of the contest.
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Quote from iBoo View Post :
oh wow really? They requested the phone that you listed used for the challenge? So then I can't use my black jack II Frown

well I wonder if me and my dad ( both have same exact names & share the same email & phone number ) can go in and exchange our smart phones for the new windows phone. I would only have 1 rain check email and a pick up email but then i'll throw in an excuse saying that the MS employee said it was okay to have one of our listed in their data base as (2) people. hahaha i'd laugh if i would be able to pull this off!
you are a dishonest moron....
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Quote from Ivelweyz View Post :
The Titan is an ATT phone so why would you unlock it? Just disable data in the network menu.
But being a AT&T phone it will incur data charges anyhow if it is not unlocked..as they will detect it as a smartphone and add data automatically! rt?
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#7508
Quote from surajrcc View Post :
I had previously used an unlocked phone (Motorola Flip-out) and had not incurred data plan charges as it was not detected by AT&T. That's the reason I was inclined to getting it unlocked first. But I am not sure this time with HTC Titan though..
doesnt matter if its unlocked or not ..If I am not wrong its the way the phones talk to ATT cell towers .. they detect it by some kind of protocol .. if you keep data disabled like someone else suggested .. you could continue it using only wifi ..
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Quote from antnee View Post :
you are a dishonest moron....
agreed Facepalm
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Quote from surajrcc View Post :
But being a AT&T phone it will incur data charges anyhow if it is not unlocked..as they will detect it as a smartphone and add data automatically! rt?
yup they will...only unlocked phones that ARENT sold by att you can get away with it easier.
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Quote from surajrcc View Post :
But being a AT&T phone it will incur data charges anyhow if it is not unlocked..as they will detect it as a smartphone and add data automatically! rt?
Unlock doesn't matter when it comes to branded AT&T Phones. You can get away with it in some cases, disabling data on the phone, ask AT&T to put a data block, etc. but it's YMMV
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Quote from Ivelweyz View Post :
The Titan is an ATT phone so why would you unlock it? Just disable data in the network menu.
Doesn't matter, AT&T detects the IMEI code from the phone right when you put the sim into the phone.
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Quote from surajrcc View Post :
But being a AT&T phone it will incur data charges anyhow if it is not unlocked..as they will detect it as a smartphone and add data automatically! rt?
Whether the phone is branded or not doesn't always matter. ATT has a range of IMEI numbers in their database and it just depends if yours is on there. I have had a few branded and unbranded phones and as long as I disabled data, they never did anything.
I have an unbranded Streak that they detected in a few days. Had to call and say I borrowed it for a few days and wanted my data plan cancelled.
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Quote from iBoo View Post :
Why do people choose HTC Titan than Samsung Focus S?

HTC Titan have better features & reliability than the Samsung Focus S?
Three reasons I picked the Titan over the Focus S.

1) HTC has always had better software support than Samsung.

2) AMOLED screens are nice, but the one on my Samsung Galaxy has some pretty annoying burn-in. Never got that with any of my HTC screens.

3) Camera in the Titan is better according to both reviews and my photo-loving GF who took a look at both demo phones.
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Quote from syn73 View Post :
since this contest is coming to an end let's have a poll.

which was the most annoying question during the contest?
1. can I switch carriers?
2. will they take windows phones?
3. will they take jailbroken phones?
4. will ATT phones work on Tmobile and vice versa
5. will unlocked phones from ATT have 3G or 4G speed on Tmobile (vice versa)?
6. which is the best phone to sell and make money?
7. which is the best phone period.
8. do the employees check id when you come to get the new phone?
9. do the employees check if the phone turns on?
and finally
10. is this thing still going on?

LOL...

Well, we might get one more week of rehashing haha
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