Old iPhone? Microsoft will give you $200

If you own an old iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, you could be $200 better off, courtesy of Microsoft. CJ Arlotta, in a short feature story for the MSPmentor Web site, writes that Microsoft is currently offering $200 for customers who turn in these old phones at a Microsoft store.

The trade-in

According to Arlotta’s column, consumers who bring in an old iPhone 4S or iPhone 5 to a Microsoft store will receive a gift card worth $200. Consumers can then use the cards like cash at the store, buying whatever items they’d like.

Not a new idea

This isn’t the first time that Microsoft has gone directly after Apple’s existing customers. Microsoft previously offered an equivalent $200 trade-in for consumers who traded in gently used iPads. Again, these consumers received a $200 gift card which they could use at a Microsoft Store.

The fine print

If you want to get in on the offer, you will have to follow some rules, Arlotta writes. First, you’ll have to make sure that your devices aren’t password-protected. Secondly, you’ll have to meet a time limit; the offer is only good until Nov. 3. Finally, Microsoft prefers you turn in your device’s power cord along with the phone itself.

Posted on: 11.01.13