Microsoft now offering $200 or more gifts card for iPhone trade-ins

Microsoft is now offering a minimum $200 gift cards for "gently used" for new iPhone models, its most recent attempt to sway users of other platforms to its mobile devices. The deal was first reported by Forbes on Tuesday.

The deal, which can be seen on the Microsoft Store's offers page, applies to iPhone 4S and 5 models and expires Nov. 3. Users who meet the requirements can trade their devices in at participating Microsoft Store locations and will receive a $200 or more gift card to the retail outlet. Microsoft's page for the deal touts the fact that Windows Phone devices will be available to view for those who trade in their Apple phones.

The full disclaimer of the offer is as follows:

Valid September 27, 2013 until November 3, 2013. Available in select Microsoft retail stores in US (including Puerto Rico) and Canada; Not valid online. Offer only valid for the exchange of listed iPhone products, no exceptions. To be eligible for trade-in, device should include power cord, if available, and device cannot be password protected. Microsoft Store gift-card value will be equal to trade-in value, and is subject to Microsoft’s discretion and manager approval. All trade-ins are final. Recycle for Rewards program provided by CExchange, LLC. and other terms and conditions may apply. See store associate for details. Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash. Limit 1 per customer.

Microsoft's most recent trade-in program joins two others recently began by the company, which provided at least $200 for older iPads and up to $350 for iPads, iPhones and other devices. The former deal came in the form of Microsoft Store gift cards, while the latter offered Visa prepaid cards.

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imagine if apple offer $200 for wp tade-ins. it'll be the end of civilization as the microsoft ant-boys know it. lol.

Albert said,
imagine if apple offer $200 for wp tade-ins. it'll be the end of civilization as the microsoft ant-boys know it. lol.
Really? Here in the USA, all carriers offer 14 days to return a device. If those users didn't like the phone after purchase, I am sure they would know within 14 days.

Stop trolling.

MS really have a hard on for Apple don't they. Is someone really going to exchange an iPhone for a 'voucher' for money off some failed products? Even ebay would be better than this.

Joswin said,
MS really have a hard on for Apple don't they. Is someone really going to exchange an iPhone for a 'voucher' for money off some failed products? Even ebay would be better than this.

Which failed products?

Spicoli said,

In Apple fanboy land, anything other than Apple is a failed product.

Same in any fanboy lands. Fanboy is the keyword...

Spicoli said,

In Apple fanboy land, anything other than Apple is a failed product.

Yep. Even if that product as a single model outsells Apple. Fact...the Galaxy S III has sold 50M+, while as far as we know, none of Apple's iPhones as a single model have sold 50M. How do I know? It took the combine sales of 3 models in 2011 to reach 72M, where each model sold about 35M each...roughly.

TechieXP said,
Why just iPhones? Why not any recent smartphone? I mean I can get $400 for my Galaxy Note II on eBay right now.

Good luck with that, People will go after Note 3 because Note 3 has more features added.

shozilla said,

Good luck with that, People will go after Note 3 because Note 3 has more features added.

Won't be a problem. When I bought my Wife's GS4, I got $350 for the GS3 on eBay. Right now a used Note II for someone looking to pay cash is roughly selling for $400. I only paid 299.99. I am positive I will get more than I paid for a phone someone wants without contract.

Every phone I have ever sold on eBay I got at least $100 more than I paid for it.
Droid Incredible - Paid 199.99 sold for $350 buy now
iPhone 4 ATT - Paid 199.99 sold for $300 buy now
iPhone 4 VZW - Paid 199.99 sold for $300 buy now
GS3 VZW - 199.99 sold for $350
Droid Charge - $100 ebay sold for $175
Droid Thunderbolt - paid $150 ebay sold for $225

Even if I only get $300 for my Note, its enough to buy the new one which is all I want. But would love the extra $100 which I can maybe put towards the Gear which I am sure will drop 50% by xmas due to poor sales...and my out of pocket would be $50

Spicoli said,
Actual links to the sales? I'm not seeing it. You get the occasional high one with a bidding battle but the high "Buy it Nows" usually went unbought.

My seller name is Livenlife4me. Just look at seller feedback. I actually sold 2 of the devices for more than i said. I forgot tge vzw iphone wss a 64gb model and I got 650 for it and I paid 399. I got 375 for the other device I think the DROID but I dont remember.

Just remenber. And iphone starts at 650. If someone who wants it and cant break a contract their only option is to pay cash, they will shop for a used one. Getting a phone in mint condition for hhalf retail is a deal.

What is so funny is the baseless claims ifans eho ssy Android phones dont have resale value. I got 375 for a droid incredible. I mean that is more than 50% retail. The 64gb iphone is 899 on retail and 850 by Apple. Getting one that is a year or less old for less is a deal. I did all on buy now. Some sold within the hour. Some sold in a day or 2.

Right now you could get 450 for a GS4. I know I will get $400 for this Note. It cost s 799 retail. 50% off on a device that is one year old and it will sell. Keep in touch and when I sell it I will show younon a buy now. I may even tryb $450

Isn't the street value for a 4s/5 much higher than $200? You'd have to think they'd have to beat the street to make the offer truly useful. However, many aren't very good at selling these devices on ebay/craigslist or don't want to bother.

Spicoli said,
Retail or wholesale?
I know friends who toss their current iphone for the next one for 300-400. That's how they trade up each year. I wonder how hard it is for the average joe to pull off that transaction to see a gain over MS's offer.

MrHumpty said,
I know friends who toss their current iphone for the next one for 300-400. That's how they trade up each year. I wonder how hard it is for the average joe to pull off that transaction to see a gain over MS's offer.

I'm not seeing that in used prices. More like $160 for a 4S.

Spicoli said,

I'm not seeing that in used prices. More like $160 for a 4S.

It very well could be the people I know who have sold theirs have lied to me. However, I can't imagine buying a 5 right now when the 5s is just now available for less than $250 is likely, the value is definitely there for those who are not out of contract.

j2006 said,
Wow a min of $200 is a much higher trade-in value than I was expecting. I hope people jump on that.

You may want to check eBay, I see higher prices there... and you get cash.

Fritzly said,

You may want to check eBay, I see higher prices there... and you get cash.

This. A used iPhone 4S still goes for $300 or more on Ebay.

That is a very low offer, go to eBay or Amazon and re-sell the phone for a lot more than $200, especially if the iPhone is in a good condition.

What they sell is Ebay is before the fees you pay to them and the payment processor. They all don't sell that high either. It has to be in excellent shape and you have to hope for a couple bidders fighting over it. The headaches make wholesale selling worth the lower price.

Spicoli said,
What they sell is Ebay is before the fees you pay to them and the payment processor. They all don't sell that high either. It has to be in excellent shape and you have to hope for a couple bidders fighting over it. The headaches make wholesale selling worth the lower price.

The fees don't amount to that much. I sold an AT&T 4S a few weeks ago for $340 plus $7 shipping. Ebay charges something like 5%, so I'm still far above the $200 that Microsoft would offer me. There's no headaches at all with selling something on Ebay.

Astra.Xtreme said,

The fees don't amount to that much. I sold an AT&T 4S a few weeks ago for $340 plus $7 shipping. Ebay charges something like 5%, so I'm still far above the $200 that Microsoft would offer me. There's no headaches at all with selling something on Ebay.

Got a link to the sale? Most were sold for around 200.

Astra.Xtreme said,

This. A used iPhone 4S still goes for $300 or more on Ebay.

Can't you people understand the "MINIMUM" part of the deal? The same thing like with the iPad deal. You will get AT LEAST 200 if not more. Depends on the condition of the device.

alwaysonacoffebreak said,

Can't you people understand the "MINIMUM" part of the deal? The same thing like with the iPad deal. You will get AT LEAST 200 if not more. Depends on the condition of the device.

Calm down... Perhaps you should read what I said before throwing a tantrum...

It'll be interesting to see how many people will take up this offer. Once you're in one of the mobile ecosystems you're inclined to stay there because you've already spent so much. And considering how doggedly loyal iPhone/APple users are I'd be surprised if many were willing to switch over to what I imagine most of them view as an inferior product.

I'm taking up the offer. I just bought a Droid Maxx on VZW. My second line is an iPhone 4S. iPhones are complete crap in my opinion. So I switched my Galaxy Nexus (my old phone that the Maxx replaced) to the iPhone 4S. Now I have an iPhone not doing anything.

If I can get $200, why not? Not buying a Surface or an Xbone or a Windows Phone with it, that's for sure. So I gotta see what that $$$ can be used on in person.