T-Mobile Offers $350 Credit Towards HTC HD2 If You Give Up Your iPhone

T-Mobile Offers $350 Credit Towards HTC HD2 If You Give Up Your iPhone

How's this for a little friendly competition? Apple's iPhone has stood strong against the smartphone rivals over the past few years, but HTC and other Android-utilizing brands have begun to seriously catch up. And really, there's nothing like a little incentive to get an iPhone user to ditch what they're used to and come to another carrier for another brand (and another operating system, for that matter).

According to internal communications dug up, T-Mobile will be allowing users to actually trade in their existing iPhone as a trade-up to the company's HTC HD2, an exclusive here in the U.S. The real news is the discount. iPhone users who give up their smartphone (and hand it over to T-Mobile) will get a "up to a $350 credit when purchasing an HD2," which is largely viewed as the most beautiful touch-screen-based phone available in the States today.



There are, of course, lots of stipulations to go along with the offer (which ends on May 19th), and you'll be getting a Windows Mobile 6.5 phone that can't be upgraded to Windows Phone 7, but it's still an interesting offer. What if other carriers start making similar offers? Can you imagine what would happen if Verizon offered a free DROID to any iPhone user who would switch? Or maybe if Sprint offered a free Nexus One for the same thing? We wonder if AT&T would play ball as well, potentially offering free iPhones for those who turned in their smartphone from someone else. At any rate, these little games are nothing but great for consumers, and we're totally glad to see operators fighting for business.
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It sounds to me like the phone companies are in a secret kingpin ring that is targeting Apple at the heart. XD

1. Apple accuses HTC phone of stealing ideas

2 HTC says, "Give us your iPhones and you get this much money and a better deal!"

3. Verizon and other major wireless phone companies soon follow suit. 

4. "Clash of the Titans" occurs. 

It leaves me to wonder though, what happens to the iPhones once they are traded in. Recycled? Dissected? 

Or. OR. Maybe T-Mobile will shred all the iPhones and send the pulp back to Apple in a delicately presented artistic present. 

 

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I like the or, Or that is funny. I actually would imagine they are put back in the loop. So you turn in your phone, T-mobile send it to Apple, it is refurbished and used as either a replacement, or updated and sold in some other way.

I personally would not want a Win 6.5 mobile device. Of course I am watching that Sprint EVO 4G beauty that's coming, as the beauty of the Ball right now. I am actually more interested in anything with 4G connection ratios/capability. If mobile connection ratio's are now exceeding stationary connections on 3G, when 4g gets to be the norm it will exceed it considerably in a very short time, if not becoming the norm completely!

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REALLY? I could sell my iphone for more then that then buy the phone and earn even more...

Verizon should do this when their iphone comes out but be like trade in your AT&T iphone and get a FREE Verizon IPHONE! :D

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$350 is a heck of an incentive but not being able to upgrade to Windows Phone 7 will be a deal killer for most. Actually, I bet most people taking this deal won't find out about their inability to upgrade until after they've parted with their iPhone. Always remember, when reading contracts, the big print giveth and the small print taketh away.

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It seems like a pretty tempting deal but I don't know about the phone. If it was an Android phone, maybe.

But still, it's interesting to see what other mobile carriers will do and what phone they'll offer for a perfectly working iPhone.

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I'm wondering how much the phone is worth?  Google searches range from 200-800, depending on if it's locked or unlocked and third party stores, etc.

The biggest selling point is the fact that it uses a Micro SD card, so it's not restricted to internal memory size like the iPhone.  But those are only for those who like to double their phone as a media device, such as playing music or watching their Blu-Ray digital copies.  For those who simply use the phone as a phone (and maybe a gaming device with the Apps), I don't really see a need for more than 8-16GB.

The camera is ridiculously good for a phone, and the multi-tasking is also a first for phones.
$350 credit makes me suspicious about how much the retail of the phone actually is however, and I wouldn't think the improvements that this has over the iPhone or Droid would be worth more than $300.

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