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Report: Microsoft to Pay iPhone Users to Trade-in Phones

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September 25, 2013 2:02:30 PM

Windows 8.1 is already a better mobile OS than iOS on tablets, so this will only further carve out their portion of the market in mobile devices.

Good move. I'm also glad to see that, after years of allowing those hoodie-wearing, uninformed hippies to slam their products in commercials, that they are finally firing back.
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September 25, 2013 2:36:02 PM

I feel so bad for Microsoft. They seem to lose the battle with Apple... Why in the world you want to buy back competitor products????
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September 25, 2013 3:15:58 PM

And as much as BBerry is getting no love, bb10 by far is the best mobile OS. It's a shame really, only thing it lacks is a couple biggie apps that some want, instagram namely.
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September 25, 2013 4:04:17 PM

Well how much will you take my 16GB white iPhone 3GS huh?! I NEED TO KNOW!! Thank you!!!
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September 25, 2013 5:35:24 PM

Well how much will you take my 16GB white iPhone 3GS huh?! I NEED TO KNOW!! Thank you!!!
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September 25, 2013 5:37:20 PM

This is the most cringe-worthy piece I've ever read, I am really embarrassed for Microsoft.
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September 25, 2013 6:04:49 PM

Fairly smart move, MS either removes iPhones from circulation or resells them at a profit while getting some customers to switch to a windows OS phone or tablet.
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September 25, 2013 6:18:57 PM

FrankInKY said:
This is the most cringe-worthy piece I've ever read, I am really embarrassed for Microsoft.


How so? MS has had some serious hardware blunders resulting from the "late to the game" factor and the "throwing money at it" strategy, but even a stopped clock is right twice a day sometimes... The original XBOX was more or less a sacrificial lamb. They dumped tons of money into it, sold it at a loss, funded companies making games for it, etc etc. The XBOX was itself a failure, but it created mindshare which led to the XBOX 360 being something that was in the public eye so when it came out, people considered it seriously. That's the thing - people taking a product seriously is half the battle.

The other half is having a quality product. The reality is, Windows Phone is just that.. They're solid devices with a unique style that deliver what you want from a phone and hook up to a lot of good services very well. Not saying this is going to work, but hey, I'll bet they'll end up with at least a few hundred thousand more happy Windows phone users out of it.
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September 26, 2013 7:01:45 AM

Wow... $200 for a 4s or 5s? Gazelle offers more for such phones.

Apple and Samsung don't need some beggars trade-in... but if someone wants an Windows Phone and has some dusty 4s... it maybe worth it. Pick up a $100 MSNokia phone and gain $100 to spend at a store that isn't there. :) 

Wait... does that include non-working iPhone4s? Then... it maybe worth it.


PS: TomITPRO gets NO blog usage because it requires a completely separate log-in system. Hint: not many people want to bother making ANOTHER account.... hence, no posts.
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September 26, 2013 7:41:37 AM

Too bad Microsoft wont give cash for Android devices. If I could get $300 for my SGS4 I'd trade it in for a WP8 phone.
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September 26, 2013 7:44:04 AM

cknobman said:
Too bad Microsoft wont give cash for Android devices. If I could get $300 for my SGS4 I'd trade it in for a WP8 phone.


I'm curious... Why? My buddy has an S3 and it seems like a pretty slick phone. This coming from a Lumia 900 user.
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September 26, 2013 10:54:34 AM

@stevejnb - I am a Microsoft developer and moving over to a windows phone would let me develop apps in a operating evironment and language I am already fluent in.

Plus while I love my SG4 phone Android still has a lot of problem. Most apps want too many permissions and consume resources like crazy and I am tired on constantly app hunting for an app that does not do that only to find out a few updates later that the developer decided to incorporate all the things I did not want.
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