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    Default Microsoft to Begin Offering Cash for Your iPhone with a New Trade-In Program


    Following an initiative originally meant to lure users away from their iPads by offering at least $200 for used versions of the tablet, Microsoft is said to be preparing an extension of the deal to include used iPhones as well. Sources are telling Forbes that Microsoft will be adding used iPhones to the list of Apple products that it is willing to buy as part of its #timetoswitch campaign. Much like the iPads, the iPhones can be exchanged for a gift card for at least $200 in the company’s retail stores as well.

    The change to their campaign starts this Friday in select Microsoft Stores in the US and in Canada. The trade-in values are said to start at a minimum of $200 for a used iPhone 4S or 5 with the potential of being higher for devices that are in good condition.

    Similarly to its iPad buyback program, Microsoft is hoping that its iPhone buyback scheme will help them gain new Windows Phone users. In addition to this Apple-focused strategy, Microsoft is also running a wider online campaign that offers Visa gift cards for Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices. Unlike the brick-and-mortar trade-ins for the iPad and iPhone, this offer isn’t restricted to physical retail locations.

    As many of you probably already know, the whole campaign is an attempt to resolve the Microsoft Windows Phone platform flop. In comScore’s latest MobiLens survey for the three-month period ending in July, Android accounted for 51.8% of US smartphone users while Apple’s iPhone took 40.4%. Even BlackBerry which was recently bought out held a 4.3% share of the market compared to Microsoft’s fourth-place finish with just 3%. Microsoft is clearly looking to turn things around but I’m not entirely sure if this campaign will be as successful as the company is hoping for it to be.

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    Ugh...can't see ppl doing this...MS u are getting desperate! You've missed the smartphone & tablet boat!!!
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    They're offering $200 for a used iPhone 5? If you're stupid enough to sell your 5 for that price, you should definitely join the Windows phone ecosystem.

    And what is Microsoft going to do with all these iPhones they collect? My suggestion: take that $200 iPhone 5 you just bought and sell it on eBay for $400. You will have made more profit selling the iPhone than your own phones.

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    I have a dell 18" tablet win 8. Not bad. If you use your tablet for work and are used to windows then its much better than iPad cuz you can do so much more. But nothing like the ease of use of an iPad

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    Yeah, never understood why people "trade" their phones in. Selling the phone yourself reaps maximum profit. Cut out the middle man and get $$ :]

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigboyz View Post
    Yeah, never understood why people "trade" their phones in. Selling the phone yourself reaps maximum profit. Cut out the middle man and get $$ :]
    I've known two people who traded in their iPhones when purchasing a new iPhone. When i found out how little they got, I just thought WTF?! I would have gladly paid you that much for it.

    iPhone 4 with cracked screen (sold 3 months ago) - $35
    iPhone 4S with cracked screen (sold 2 months ago) - $88

    I honestly feel that people aren't accustomed to phones having a high resale value, so if they get anything for it, they feel that they have come out ahead. I keep telling my friends that if you play the game well, you can get enough for your 2-year-old iPhone to pay for a new iPhone (latest model) on-contract.

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    If Microsoft really wants to lure customers, there is a simple way.....say connect your old iPhone and we will detect all programs installed on it. Then we will give you the equivalent program on our platform for free when you connect a Windows phone.

    This would also work well for those switching to Android phones as well, if Google were to offer something similar.

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    Microsoft just needs to dump Windows 8 and design a truly mobile system for its tablets. They need to keep the desktop and mobile platforms separate.

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    And I thought Microsoft was already at a low point...I guess there's always room to go lower though. If you think $200 is good money for an iPhone in good condition, think again. You could easily sell it for more money!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
    I honestly feel that people aren't accustomed to phones having a high resale value, so if they get anything for it, they feel that they have come out ahead. I keep telling my friends that if you play the game well, you can get enough for your 2-year-old iPhone to pay for a new iPhone (latest model) on-contract.
    I think it's because a lot of dummies actually think when they pay $99 or $199 for a phone w/2yr contract, that they are actually paying $99 or $199 for the phone. They don't understand how long term contracts and phone subsidies work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
    and what is microsoft going to do with all these iphones they collect? My suggestion: Take that $200 iphone 5 you just bought and sell it on ebay for $400. You will have made more profit selling the iphone than your own phones.
    lol

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    Microsoft is loosing its base as, for the first, it occured its win based tab then OS version of Win 8 .. also its gaming console is also getting a hard competition .. they have to put marathon efforts to be in business

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    Yeah this is dumb, there are even websites like nextworth.com that will give about $300 for the iphone 5 cash. They pay for shipping and it's cash not ******** store credit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
    They're offering $200 for a used iPhone 5? If you're stupid enough to sell your 5 for that price, you should definitely join the Windows phone ecosystem.

    And what is Microsoft going to do with all these iPhones they collect? My suggestion: take that $200 iPhone 5 you just bought and sell it on eBay for $400. You will have made more profit selling the iPhone than your own phones.
    I will ask Microsoft to pay me $ 450, because my iPhone 5 is factory unlocked.

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