Microsoft wants you to trade-in your used iPhone 4/4s or Galaxy SII for a free Lumia 1020 or 1520


Microsoft has kicked up things to a whole new level this week, and in a pretty aggressive manner. Just 3 days ago, it offered customers up to $250 of Microsofot Store credit for their used smartphone or tablet, but that now seems to have been nothing more than a prelude to something even bigger. Already in effect, a new deal will see Microsoft buy out your used iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, or Samsung Galaxy S II, and swap it with either a Nokia Lumia 1020, or Lumia 1520

Sounds a bit too good to be true? We thought so, too. Which is why we went looking for the fine print. Luckily, there is none, at least not in the typical sense. Eligible candidates still need to be based in the US/Puerto Rico, and you need to track down one of the still few Microsoft retail stores to take advantage of the deal. Since both these Lumia devices are exclusive to AT&T, you'll also need an existing or new 2-year commitment with Ma Bell. Lastly, your device obviously needs to be in a working condition, and the terms also require you to trade-in the original charger/accessories. 

All of this sounds like quite the deal to us, especially if you've been on the lookout for a phablet, or you're intrigued by the massive 41-megapixel sensor on the Lumia 1020. If anything, this goes to show that Microsoft is as determined as ever, especially now that it caught a whiff of the competition. We're only hoping that Microsoft rationed well, and the Nokia deal is just the beginning. After all, this is a marathon, not a sprint.

source: Microsoft via TWB

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57 Comments

1. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

I'm no Nokia fan and never will be but, heeeeyyy go for it (to 4/4s users) not s2 cause that phone still rocks

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Rather have an S3, than an S2, so if I had either of these 2 yr old+ phones - I would trade them for a new phone - at worst, if I did not like the new Nokia phablet, I could sell it on ebay...

58. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The 1520 or 1320 should not be called phablets. WP has no tablet capabilities what so ever. In fact the 1520 and 1320 will function exactly the same as a 520, except for the display size will give you more tiles.

3. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You're not a Nokia fan, and obviously not to fond of iPhones, but you say the S2 still rocks? .................... Come on,,, even you have to admit that sounds a little too biased.. Really?

6. SleepingOz unregistered

It does! Sure, its specs is a lil outdated now but the SII is one of the best Android handset ever made.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I'd say it is the best Android ever..It turned Samsung into dominating force. The GSII and HTC Desire were real hero products for Android in general

10. sabretigger

Posts: 84; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Very much agreed. Had both the desire and s2 up until last month when it was replaced by moto g for the mean time. Still missing my s2. Swaying towards a z1 compact now having played around with one.

15. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Microsoft is really desperate .... Drop phones with Android and they do not have to give away the phones Their OS is really handicapped

20. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is an advertising trick from Microsoft, they aren't desperate since WP sales are increasing by the day. And have you ever used a WP ?

30. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

we know the story about samasugi fans .... so we dont care and move away from this news ... SAMASUGI DROIDS FANS . NOKIA FTW

17. SleepingOz unregistered

Right! SII was my first droid. Switched from the N8, it was like waking up from a terrible nightmare.

26. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Sure I might be biased but that was the device that made Sammy where it is now, so it is a history in my heart that I'll never forget.

45. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Not really biased, it's still a great phone. I gave mine to a co-worker when I upgraded, he still uses it and it's still a great performer. It's still a smart move by MS though. If it gets people locked into their ecosystem, they'll likely buy a new WP handset in a couple of years. It's a gamble though, if WP doesn't live up to their expectations, they were due for a new phone anyway so they can just as easily go back to Android for a newer model.

53. Cyberchum

Posts: 1116; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

My SGS2 gave up on me jlate last year but had it not, i would give it up in a heartbeat. It was great in it's time but now? don't think so. Crappy battery life and a Crapxynos processor that will literary fry your thumbs while playing games with jmw-mid graphics. Bought a Gionee Elife E6 and has never missed that fryer a bit.

4. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

Unrelated, but in my country, both the Lumia 1020 and 1520 are sold at the same price. Seems weird to me

5. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Someone trade me for my Original Droid ;)

29. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Biggest problem for me would be the requirement for AT&T. This is what happens with carrier exclusives....

46. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Ironic but that's why I don't own an iPhone. I refused to go to AT&T and bought the G1 on T-mobile instead. Been hooked on Android since. Even Apple figured out the carrier exclusives are damaging, you'd think Nokia and MS would come around as well.

7. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

"Determined as ever?" Desperate as ever!

8. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Good thinking by Microsoft. Offer the best of the best hardware so people don't notice the software.

18. SleepingOz unregistered

You may have the latest hardware available but if the software sucks, the experience will suck as well.

27. papss unregistered

Better software than lagdroid my space dude.. I've recently replaced all lagdroids in my house with something better.

31. SleepingOz unregistered

Oh, here's the butthurt delusional MS fanboy. In your biased opinion..

36. papss unregistered

Yes like you aren't? I get sick of your butthurt comments in anything related to windows. Sounds like you need a vacation from this site again. You contribute zero to any windows article but hate

37. SleepingOz unregistered

My butthurt comments? LMAO! You're mistaking your own comments with mine, bud.. Why would I even be butthurt? The OS I'm supporting is basically the most advanced and the most popular by far! Vacation from this site again? When was the first one? Pot calling kettle black, LMAO! So what? Call the cops! Same as you on android articles.

38. papss unregistered

You sound like a commercial. Keep telling yourself that its the best and it might come true.

40. SleepingOz unregistered

Well, sorry to break your bubble but it's already the case in the world we're living in. But I guess truth is indeed a bitter pill to swallow for delusional haters.

42. papss unregistered

Are you that dense to come into every WP subject spewing you form of reality and complain about others being fanboys. Like an effing kid that needs attention

47. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

We get tired of reading lagdroid as well, mainly because it's not true.

43. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So you think your opinion about WP is unbiased?

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