Microsoft offering a Lumia 1020 or 1520 for used iPhone 4/4S or Galaxy S2

Microsoft has launched yet another offer this week, as part of which, it would give the customer a brand new Lumia 1020 or 1520 in exchange of select iPhone and Galaxy models.

According to the offer listed on Microsoft's online store, a customer can trade-in a used iPhone 4, 4S or a Samsung Galaxy S2 for a new Lumia 1020 or 1520 as per the customer's choice. The Lumia smartphones would come with a 2-year contract with AT&T. In case of existing AT&T users, it will be considered as an upgrade while non-AT&T users will have to sign up for a new contract. Customer may have to bear the regional taxes even though the new phone is free of cost.

Microsoft associates at the store would examine the customer's old smartphones for defects and missing components. Non-working or damaged devices will not be considered for the offer. The terms of the offer also mention that the smartphone to be traded-in should have all the accompanying accessories. 

The offer will be available at the Microsoft Stores till March 2nd similar to the Xbox Music and Exchange offers launched by Microsoft this week.

Source: Microsoft Store | Image via Phonearena 

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I think the one thing that peevs MS the most is when people say "Oh it's a great phone, but it wouldn't be my main phone. I'd probably keep it on the side".. xD

Shame it is US only.
If they were doing this in the UK, without a silly 2 year contract, I'd grab a couple phones from eBay and upgrade
Nokia 920, but would like the 1020.

At this point, the only people who actually want Windows Phones are die-hard Microsoft fans.

This is a very very desperate move for Microsoft. Windows Phones offer nothing exciting for the consumer. If an iPhone or Galaxy phone user does the deal, they forfeit Siri, Google Now, Google Chromecast functionality.

Plus, does Microsoft plan to replace Apps purchased by the customer on these phones?

For me, do I really want to buy a SlingPlayer for Phones a second time, just to have it work on my Lumia 521? Nah.

My AT&T contract doesn't end till November. I wonder if this can just extend the contract for two year from the date of purchase. I'd like to get the Lumia 1520.

Anyone know?

This is a great deal. Too bad, as always, it's US only. If Microsoft want to play serious then they should offer this worldwide for a month or so.

Not exactly a generous offer considering you can already get either of those devices for free on a 2yr Vodaphone contract (sub £30 per month) in the UK - and still have your old handset to sell on or keep if you wish.... hell, for £33p/m you can have the 1520 for free with unlimited texts, unlimited minutes and 1GB of data.

Seems like a raw deal for their home market customers IMO (or a slightly desperate ploy to get some older iPhone and 'droid flagship models out of circulation)

On other carriers you might not have to pay as much as $100 on top of the contract deal for the 1020 (depending on your plan)

Exactly. This isn't that great of a deal considering you have to sign a new contract.

Kind of a bummer since I'd probably pull my 4S out of the drawer and trade it in if there wasn't those strings attached.

I'd hazard a guess that they are getting ready to refresh product lines with 8.1

Hopefully an end to these plastic looking phones (even though I have a 920). I want a premium well spec'd windows phone with a metal body but can't find any contenders at present.

A sleek Windows Phone is what I've been asking for. Whenever I mention it, the usual people will come around and say that the current bulky plastic phones are already premium. I believe there is a market for slim, metal, sleek phones. Apple has proved this.

Steven P. said,
I ordered the 925 today (off contract) it has a metal body
Hmm, I wasn't aware that the 925 was metal. That's excellent. Time to go Google some pics....

Edit: Not bad Steven. I believe this is the best looking Windows Phone I've seen.

Well the 925 is metal. Personally I think the 720 is the perfect phone size (find my 920 a bit of a chubster) and find the plastic finish nicer than cold metal.

In the same way customisation wise that WP is between iOS and Android, so are the phones in build. Metal for Apple, cheap plastic for Samsung, Nokia with quality plastic having the "premium" feel similar to an iPhone.

Steven P. said,
Actually, isn't the 928 fully aluminum (back plate as well)? the 925 looks like it's metal with a plastic backplate.
Oh come on Steven. You got my hopes up. We want full metal.

This sounded like a great deal until I read the '2-year contract' bit.

You get more money by selling your iPhone on eBay and then buying a new Lumia with the contract.

night_stalker_z said,
This sounded like a great deal until I read the '2-year contract' bit.

You get more money by selling your iPhone on eBay and then buying a new Lumia with the contract.

Probably but few people out of the millions who own phones bother to sell them on eBay.

What an unfair trade.

I mean then for getting in my opinion a ten times better phone without paying a small fee at all.

........but didn't you know Windows Phone is dominating in the rest of world? It's just the U.S. that fails to realize its awesomeness.

margrave said,
Seems a little desperate to me....

WinPhone just isn't selling.

That's not the case, it's selling fine just slower in the US and faster in other markets.

George P said,

That's not the case, it's selling fine just slower in the US and faster in other markets.


selling fine in us - I don't think so. it is the worst of all WP markets

-adrian- said,

selling fine in us - I don't think so. it is the worst of all WP markets

It's selling better than both iOS and Android did in its first year of release.

margrave said,
Seems a little desperate to me....

WinPhone just isn't selling.

More just cleaning the warehouse and making room for new 8.1 devices while locking people with AT&T.

-adrian- said,

selling fine in us - I don't think so. it is the worst of all WP markets

It's the worst but it's because it's growing the slowest. If all we did was look at the US we'd think that Apple/iOS is the number 1 smartphone maker/platform still.

Point is, in a fast growing market WP is growing, just a bit slower.

Fritzly said,

And AT&T..... You have to sign in for a two years contract with them...

How many carriers sell the Lumia 1020/1520? Only At&T in the US that I know of. I know other carriers sell them outside of the USA, but here, only AT&T unless I am mistaken.

Invizibleyez said,

How many carriers sell the Lumia 1020/1520? Only At&T in the US that I know of. I know other carriers sell them outside of the USA, but here, only AT&T unless I am mistaken.

I honestly do not know because I do not buy carriers branded devices. Besides my point was not about that specific carrier but the fact that you have to sign a two years contract which, at least for me, dramatically lower the offering.

Microsoft marketing is doing an impressive job of promoting the value of the Lumia brand by giving it away in exchange for other peoples rubbish.

This looks like yet another desperate measure of Microsoft trying to push Lumia's into the market to me. If anything Microsoft win with the end result is they now own a decent smartphone.

JHBrown said,
One mans trash is another mans treasure. Who are you to call someone's possession rubbish?

Yes. I think you miss the point though.

SK[ said,]This looks like yet another desperate measure of Microsoft trying to push Lumia's into the market to me. If anything Microsoft win with the end result is they now own a decent smartphone.

What's all that crap about? Lumia are great smartphones, end of story and move on.

Jarrichvdv said,

What's all that crap about? Lumia are great smartphones, end of story and move on.

I had a 925. Great phone. Well built and an easy to use OS. The biggest issue is lack of support from developers. Everytime you see a new app advertised it's always only ever for iOS and Android. The other thing is WP7/8 brings NOTHING new to the table. It has nothing new to offer that other OS's don't. I like the fact the phone is closed down like iOS however I love custom keyboards on Android. iOS is easy to use. Android is very customisable and as such has a steeper learning curve than iOS. WP for me should be in between the two.

SK[ said,]

I had a 925. Great phone. Well built and an easy to use OS. The biggest issue is lack of support from developers. Everytime you see a new app advertised it's always only ever for iOS and Android. The other thing is WP7/8 brings NOTHING new to the table. It has nothing new to offer that other OS's don't. I like the fact the phone is closed down like iOS however I love custom keyboards on Android. iOS is easy to use. Android is very customisable and as such has a steeper learning curve than iOS. WP for me should be in between the two.

Excellent points.

By that argument you could say the iPhone brings nothing new to the table, all phones have similar features these days. At least WP has a modern and clean UI, as opposed to the old fashioned look of iOS and Android. App wise I'm more and more starting to see the Windows logo when new apps come out; sure it's still behind but more and more it's on a par. Hopefully 8.1 will bring more customisation to make it fit as the best of both worlds between the lock-in of iOS and the overwhelming nature of Android.

TheShark said,
At least WP has a modern and clean UI, as opposed to the old fashioned look of iOS and Android.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Not a bad deal. If only I could pry my iPhone 4S from my daughters hands. Nope, she would complain that her favorite kid games are not in the Windows Store.

Most of the popular games are there (like Temple Run/Minion Rush, etc...), but I know how you feel. Luckily when I upgraded to my Lumia 1520 I didn't bother trading in my iPhone 4s, so the kids still get to use it.

Plenty of games on the Windows Store. I play them all the time on my Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 928 and on my 72" 4K TV.

Stokkolm said,
Most of the popular games are there (like Temple Run/Minion Rush, etc...), but I know how you feel. Luckily when I upgraded to my Lumia 1520 I didn't bother trading in my iPhone 4s, so the kids still get to use it.
Thank you for a civil response. My daughter is only six years and there are many popular games for her age in the Apple Store that have not made there way to Windows yet.

Enron said,
Plenty of games on the Windows Store. I play them all the time on my Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 928 and on my 72" 4K TV.
No doubt Enron. However, the popular kiddie games from the big companies are missing in action.

Enron said,
Plenty of games on the Windows Store. I play them all the time on my Lumia 1020, Lumia 1520, Lumia 920, Lumia 925, and Lumia 928 and on my 72" 4K TV.

LOL

It's not really the kids games that many students would complain most about. They have this little closed society using iMessage, and Facetime etc. Since Skype is still pathetic on mobile because it wont' properly sync text messages or give proper notifications you can't just say to a kid, use Skype. They know how bad it is, otherwise they would use it. Many kids are not allowed by their parents to have cell phones yet, but with an iPod they can keep in touch with friends and do all kinds of things that you cannot do on WinPho.

Many times Microsoft has no one to blame but themselves. ZERO accessories for a girl that wants 5 different colors for her phone, and big bulky instead of sleek thin. Young girls see these items as fashion items, where as Microsoft doesn't get this aspect for some reason, yet. I say all of this as a big fan of WinPho. These guys need to step it up in many different areas.