There are plenty of tech deals going on or waiting to kick off in anticipation of Valentine’s Day next week, but few are as enticing as Microsoft’s latest promotion.
Driven by eagerness to once and for all bolster Windows Phone’s mainstream popularity (or maybe desperation), MS offers to trade fans of competing platforms a spanking new Nokia Lumia 1020 or 1520 in exchange for an old, used iPhone 4, iPhone 4s or Samsung Galaxy S2.
Whoa, hold on. So people can just waltz into a US-based (only US-based, mind you) Microsoft retail store, offload their three year-old raggedy handhelds and score a 2013 high-end, quad-core-packing gizmo completely free of charge?
Exactly, only there are a few strings attached. The biggest, thickest of all: to quality for the promo, you need to commit to a 24-month AT&T contract. No matter what phone you barter, and which of the two Lumias tickles your fancy more.
So technically, the discounts are in the $100 – $200 range. Which is not a lot, since a mint-condition iPhone 4s can go for about as much, maybe more, on eBay. However, the fine print of Microsoft’s deal suggests some store credit might be included for users looking to ditch untarnished, like-new devices, so all in all, you could give it a shot.
Ask for an evaluation, see where that takes you. You got nothing to lose, but plenty to gain. Remember, the Lumia 1520 is a massive 6-incher with 1,080p display, Snapdragon 800 CPU, 20 MP camera and 2 GB RAM, and the 1020 is no pushover either, touting a 4.5-inch 720p panel, 2 GB RAM and a 41 MP rear-facing snapper.