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Microsoft could give you $250 in credit for your phone or tablet

Good for another month, the deal can earn you a hefty amount of store credit but naturally imposes certain conditions.

Microsoft has surfaced with a new trade-in deal.
Microsoft has surfaced with a new trade-in deal. Sarah Tew/CNET

Microsoft has a new trade-in deal designed to get you to shop at its retail stores.

Running from February 2 through March 2, or while supplies last, the trade-in offer promises up to $250 in Microsoft Store credit for a mobile phone or tablet. The offer seems open to any device though it has to meet certain criteria.

The device must power on and be fully functional. No broken or missing parts or cracks on the screen or housing. No liquid damage. No password protection. (Hmm, that one seems like a no-brainer.) And it must include all of its original accessories. Microsoft will determine the actual trade-in value, so you may or may not be able to snag the full $250 in credit.

Any other conditions? Of course. The offer is good only at Microsoft Store retail outlets. The trade-in is limited to one per customer and is final.

Still, the deal could be a good way to unload an old but working phone or tablet, especially if you're looking for a certain Microsoft product. The company's promo page naturally touts the Surface 2 as a tablet worthy of your consideration. The Surface 2 starts at $449, so the full store credit would cut the price to just $199.

(Via The Next Web)