Microsoft Stores will take your feature phone, exchange it for a brand new Windows Phone

Microsoft Stores will take your feature phone, exchange it for a brand new Windows Phone
Windows Phone is a new platform and as such it desperately needs the user base - now Microsoft Stores are helping by offering to take your old feature phone and exchange it for a brand new Windows Phone. This is aimed at first-time smartphone buyers, people who are not yet familiar with the smartphone OS realities.

This seems like a killer deal - a feature phone has little value compared to costly Windows Phone devices, and the only requirement seems to be that the feature phone has some web access.

Tech reporter Dave Zatz learned about the promo at Microsoft’s Tysons Corner store, and it was so popular the line reached 60 people and the store went out of stock of Windows Phone devices. So instead of the actual handsets, the store is now handing customers $10 Gift cards that they will later be able to swap for Windows Phones once the next shipment arrives.

And that’s with no contractual obligations - it just sounds too good to be true. So it wouldn’t hurt visiting your local Microsoft Store and just grabbing that old feature phone you probably having lying around in a drawer somewhere.

source: @davezatz via SlashGear

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24 Comments

1. santaclaus

Posts: 52; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

is this promotion available outside US?

2. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Can it change the wallpaper? No? nothingtodohere.jpg Am I the only one feeling like Microsoft is getting desperate like RIM with their Playbook?

3. JSern

Posts: 282; Member since: May 22, 2011

They just wanna show people about their products, and to deepen your view besides wallpapers

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Because wallpapers is like one of the basic functions. That's like trying to sell a car without a windscreen

7. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Changing wallpaper is your hang up? You are going to scrub an entire ecosystem based on making your homescreen look all pretty? And your analogy is silly. Of course this quick little sports car has a windshield- it is designed with function in mind, not style. Would style be nice? Sure. But it is getting to where that is all anyone can knock the OS about- "I WANT PRETTIER TILES!!" "I WANT A PRETTIER BACKGROUND WHEN I TURN ON MY PHONE!!" Who cares if it is sleek, provides immediate shortcuts to the everyday items that most smartphone users enjoy, is a safe, bug free OS, and is supported with every major update for every device so far. Is it me, or does it seem lately here on Phone Arena this insignificant, unpopular, and totally lame Windows Phone OS is making people very defensive? Maybe It isn't as insignificant as people want to think? Maybe as more and more people try it, it wins them over? And that is before Apollo takes off and all the upgraded options really puts them in the same catagory as Android and Apple? Thing is, most WP users are very respectful of Android and Apple, and even Blackberry. What is up with the negativity?

10. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Woah, chill dude, I'm just saying. Maybe Microsoft might choose to put these functions in one day, who knows. But right now, WP7 is starting to stink of iOS, it's like they're going down the same path iOS went, give users less options = less bugs = less problems = People love it. That being said, not giving users option to set their own wallpapers isn't really important to me, but it pretty much tells me what Microsoft has planned for WP to not even give it basic customisation options, much less more user options.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yo.. can i get a free nokia 900 with tmo frequencies?!? lemmie get that! :)

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

total boo.. they havent built the florida stores in my city yet

5. thebikerboi2

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 01, 2011

Bwhahahahah not likely.

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Very effective promotion

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

So far, it seems pretty obvious that WP is not cutting into the sales of Android or Apple, or even getting that many consumers that are leaving Blackberry (iPhone seems to be getting the majority of those, from what I have heard). Why not build your own brand loyality by reaching out to feature phone users, who stil make up somewhere between 40% 50% of the mobile market?

9. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

I distinctly recall the ridicule MS had to endure when they launched the original XBOX. Nobody believed they could ever compete with Sony and Nintendo. We all know what happened next. I do not think that MS is going to dethrone Apple or Google anytime soon. However, once Windows 8 will make it onto computers, tablets, and phones, many consumers will appreciate the seamless experience and will consider ditching their iPhones and Androids.

11. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

The Xbox 360 had similar promotions. Microsoft was giving Xboxs for free via promotions, contests, Amazon contests, free gift vouchers. When the first gen xbox 360 got red ring, Microsoft would give you the new Slim one with free games, extended warranty and xbox live gold for 2 months. Now look where we are, Xbox 360 is selling well, it has enough good games and developers are making money out of it. Similar approach will be done with Windows Phones.

12. rg987

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

is this promotion available in INDIA too? . plz reply if u knw

13. hepresearch unregistered

They are letting you give them your old web-enabled feature phone, and then straight-up trading it in to give you a brand new Windows Phone of your choice (from currently available offerings), contract-free and at no cost... last I checked, there's still no such thing as a "free lunch"... I'm not disputing that this promotion is happening as we speak, but they wouldn't be doing this if it wasn't for their benefit overall, and, in an unseen way, cost you something more in the end.

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hmm Maybe I can get one for my old AT and T Nokia feature phone I'LL check it out!

15. DechyX

Posts: 156; Member since: May 16, 2011

I just called the Microsoft store at Lenox Square in Atlanta where I'm visiting... they said there is no promotion like that there

16. Allen3697

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Dude. I would definitely turn in my old MSGM8 II on Cricket for any Windows Phone and go no contract on a different carrier.

17. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Very interesting if true. Were they giving out CDMA and GSM phones? And wouldn't the customer have to add a data plan with their carrier?

18. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

I've used Android, Meego, Symbian (touch, non-touch), Symbian UIQ, iOS, BB's. They're all good OS's, Windows Phone is my favorite OS so far, hands down. Android and iOS has got it beat with apps, but in terms of interface and usability, Windows Phone is way better. No crashes, random reboots, or any of that stuff.

22. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

the usual M$ sales pitch... if its that fantastic why only 2% market share. Either everyone a idiot or Microsoft is very poor at marketing. I was doing my market research to buy my next phone played with Nokia Windows Phone at their sales booth and hated it. My last phone was a Nokia C7 and the one before that is a Nokia 5800, and the one before that a Nokia 6610 Navigator. I love all my past Nokia phones. Anyway when my contract is due i end up with an LG Optimus 3D. I like it and took a lot of 3D photos during my oversea HK trip. Bye Nokia, thanks for all the great phones in the past.

21. MickDM

Posts: 63; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

only vh could make such a great deal sound negative...ijs...

23. mobilefuture

Posts: 224; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

@phonearena is this offer valid in other countries like pakistan??? please respond before it expires

24. iniittowinitall

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

this is not true i called the store and you have to have a smartphone and race them to get a windows phone

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