Trade in your iPad against a Microsoft Surface; HTC guarantees* '$150 or more' for your iPhone

Trade in your iPad against a Microsoft Surface; HTC guarantees* '0 or more' for your iPhoneTrade-in programs are nothing new, obviously, but both Microsoft and HTC are specifically targeting iDevice owners with their latest exchange campaigns.

Microsoft wants iPad owners to switch to the Surface (too funny), while HTC is guaranteeing* (*terms and conditions apply) at least $150 for your old iPhone.

Looking at Microsoft’s promotion firstly, they’re hoping users of the iPad 2, iPad 3 or iPad 4 will ditch the world’s best-selling tablet in favour of the industry’s laughing stock. Good luck with that.

In particular, “Trade in your iPad, Get a min. $200 gift card” to “Use towards the purchase of a Surface or other cool products at the Microsoft store”.

Meanwhile, HTC invites you to “upgrade” to the all-metal HTC One (or the HTC One mini) and get $150 back when you throw them an iPhone 4S or iPhone 5.

Neither promotion appears to be available in the UK, though if you’re looking to get some cash for your old iPhone or iPad, you can always hit up Apple’s Reuse and Recycling site.

Going through the motions, it appears I can get £270 for my 64GB iPhone 5, which is only £430 less than what I paid for it one year ago. Ahem.

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DamienB  Sep. 14, 2013 at 20:42

lol - only thing I can think to say sorry

Reser  Sep. 14, 2013 at 21:06

$200 for an iPad, who would be that stupid? If people really were that brain dead to trade an iPad for a Surface, then the obvious route is sell it for $300-$500+ then buy one.

tapi  Sep. 15, 2013 at 08:18

all i took from this is you paid £700 for a phone. i've finally turned into my dad and currently shaking my head and whistling softly - i really haven't being paying attention at all as I dismissed iphones a long time ago for being overpriced, but never realised it had got so bad. this is an honest question Lewis (the answer might make an interesting blog post) but have you found it worth it?

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2013 at 09:43

personally I draw the line at €449. Totally arbitrary, but hey... Your average customer who gets his/her phone on contract would say the same to me.

At least lewis and a few million others will get a fairly decent price when they sell their iPhone after a year or so.
What do you say to people who have 2 mortgages, 3 maxed credit cards and a £30,000 car loan, because a £800 used one just doesn't do when you wanna impress you MacJob colleagues?

We are nuts.
My totally self-built house costs less than most cars in the local Tesco's car park.
We can do this all day.
After all: it's why we have wars - people are jealous on our lifestyle... Nobody has problems. Go shop to beat Al Qaeda - Bush said it.
Apple helps.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2013 at 09:48

PS: Lewis at least can claim it's work related.
What about £700 laptps to watch sneezing pandas on youtube and troll Beliebers on Twitter?
Lets be honest: 90%+ do not need any smartphones.
Not for 700 or 70 bucks.
It is luxury

tapi  Sep. 15, 2013 at 16:33

I've always been a firm believer that people can spend their own money how they like. I think my comment reflected my surprise at my own initial reaction! as i say, must be a side effect of the ageing process....

but, the question is a good one - i don't believe i have an ability to comment as I've never owned one, so I'd welcome an article on the ownership experience and whether there were any regrets or otherwise. everything, as we both know, seems to centre around the latest mghz this, GB that, or (yawn) how many items a company is selling. Many Car magazines have a 'in our garage' section where the day to day life with a particular car or cars is relayed to the reader to give a different perspective to the "POWER!!!!!" reviews.

tapi  Sep. 15, 2013 at 16:40

just had a look around and this (article) kinda hits what i mean, but i would like a bit more meat.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2013 at 18:47

Yeah, thing is - that article is old.
A lot has changed since. So much is now taken for granted when one buys a "smartphone". For most chores or fun activities it hardly matters anymore whether you spend £150 or £450... Screensize matters for any but not nearly as many as often presented (95% of smartphones in use have a sub 4.3-in screen) ...
Online sercices and apps to use them have changed and improved...

Etc etc...
On the other hand, as you suggested - now it's "all" about squeezing the last drops from the hardware. Biggest screen to still qualify plausibly as a phone while coming at least through a workday on a charge. Quad- and Octo-core processors... More RAM and MP than necessary etc etc

Innovation has kind of stalled. Many people actually go back to dumber phones...

And some of the blessings have turned into nightmares - at least to some, and always sensationally as far as the mainstream media are concerned: cyberbullying, stalking, trolling, surveillance, carpal tunnel syndrome, theft of data and phones... social media addiction and burnout. etc etc

If I had to guess what that means for Lewis' decision to buy an iPhone it is this: he knew what he'd get. It would play ball with his Mac and the apps he likes etc etc "It just works"... And whenever he wants to sell it, it'd sell better than any used Android or WP device.

It is probably different for somebody new to smartphones. It must be amazing... A real life colleague resisted until a couple of weeks ago.
Getting a P6 turned that fairly mature 30 year old into a giddy kid :D

Meanwhile, I have gone from looking for a good upgrade to my N9 to using a 6 year old Symbian phone.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 15, 2013 at 18:54

PS: as to these two schemes: the cheeky thing is that many ordinary consumers have no idea what their phone is worth. They get it free or heavily subsidised on contract. They do not know what the sim-free price would be, or that, indeed, there IS a 2nd-hand market for phones etc... That makes HTC's and MS's trade-in offers quite naughty. Others' too, of course: Gamestop offer ludicrously small amounts for anyone in the know.


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