Microsoft Offers Up to $650 on Trade-In for Galaxy Note10 or Note10+

Posted on September 11, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Mobile, Android with 19 Comments

One of the more notable aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 launch was how much that firm is offering on trade-ins. But now Microsoft is doing Samsung one better.

The catch: It’s only for a limited time.

“Save up to $650 on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+,” a new Microsoft promotion notes. “Trade in your old device [through September 22] for the best deal on your new Samsung.

As you may know, Samsung is offering up to $600 on trade-in when you purchase a new Galaxy Note 10 or Note 10+ directly from the company. I took advantage of this offer when I purchased my Note 10+, and I will receive $600 for my Google Pixel 3 XL. (Which I purchased for less than $500, interestingly.) I just sent it in to Samsung, actually.

Samsung normally offers up to $450 on trade-in, but with smartphone sales slowing dramatically in recent years, the firm has once again followed Apple in offering more on trade-in to bump upgrade rates. So it is offering up to $600 now, and a large number of handsets—including the Samsung Galaxy S10+, S10, S10e, and Note 9; iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, and iPhone X; and Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL—qualify for this trade-in value.

Microsoft’s trade-in values don’t always map directly to Samsung’s in all cases, but if you do have a Microsoft Store near you, it’s worth evaluating this offer, since you could save an additional $50 or more, depending on which handset you have.

You can find the details here, but all of those $600 trade-in phones at Samsung are worth $660 at Microsoft. And some other phones offer even better trade-in terms: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are worth $300 on trade from Samsung, but $450 at Microsoft. On the flip side, Samsung likewise offers more on certain trades, too: The iPhone 7 Plus is worth $130 at Microsoft but you can get $200 from Samsung.

Plus, you can’t beat an in-person deal: To take advantage of Samsung’s offer, you have to buy the phone online, wait for it to arrive, send your phone back to Samsung, and then wait for the trade-in credit to appear.

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Comments (19)

19 responses to “Microsoft Offers Up to $650 on Trade-In for Galaxy Note10 or Note10+”

  1. will

    As much as I like the idea of trying a Note, I have been in the Apple ecosystem for a while so changing would be hard. Plus my family and several friends all use iPhones and iMessage is just great. Not to mention Arcade, Apple TV+ and my Apple Watch all give me pause to change.

    • wolters

      In reply to will:

      That is totally understandable. One of the reasons I never did "Get A Mac" is I didn't want to convert over from Windows. One of the best things about Android is that I can mix and match my hard ware. The Samsung Galaxy Watch works great on a Pixel but just a "tad" better on a Samsung Device.

      • will

        In reply to wolters:

        I live in both worlds, work is Windows and home is Apple. I think Android has evolved in a very good way the past couple of years and Microsoft has been able to integrate as good as possible with not having control over the entire stack.

    • duncanator

      In reply to will:

      I'm with you on that. My wife carries an S8+, but I'm reluctant to give up iMessage.

  2. dstrauss

    Guess this is nice, as long as you are lucky enough to live near a MS store (a mere 300 mile one way journey from here)...

  3. rochester44

    I remember when Bill Gates appeared long ago on the stage with Palm CEO Ed Colligan to announce their bold new “partnership” which did eventually produce a Windows Mobile Treo mobile device. I can then later well remember my very first Windows Phone Series 7 was a "partnership" Samsung Focus from ATT. It had an SD expansion slot and the device was released without a proper driver so it never worked. Lots of endless promises and finger pointing back and forth between the Microsoft and Samsung “partnership” back then but somehow they never quite got around to fixing this. Next up came the bold new “partnership” and eventual acquisition of Nokia and I was all in once again with MS. We all know how that all sadly ended up just a few years later. My last MS mobile device was a Lumia 950 XL that I said goodbye to 2 months ago in July. I decided to go Apple due to the integrated hardware and software ecosystem and also due to an extreme distaste for Google’s data mining business model. The bold new (once again folks) “partnership’” announced last month by MS and Samsung does indeed provide a tease but after long history of neurotic Microsoft indecision, mismanagement, constant course changing, and betrayal of their end users, I am just going to take a “wait and see” approach to this whole new latest initiative. A year from now on the doorstep of 5G availability for the US, I will do another platform review. If it is the same old 20 year story of mediocre software releases and incomplete progress, I will remain with Apple. Fool me too many times ... shame on me!

  4. heldr88

    Darn, my Lumia 950 isn't on the list. ?

  5. sharpsone

    I've been burned by Samsung products too many times to consider them for my technology needs. This is a great program for those looking to upgrade and the slowdown in sales seems like a win for consumers.

  6. minke

    iPhone totally dominates among professionals to the tune of well more than 90% based on email open statistics. Wander around any company or attend a meeting and you will see almost nothing but iPhones. It's why they say that something like 86% of global smartphone profits go to iPhones even though Android phones outnumber them. Having said that, I love my Pixel 2 even though the rest of my family is all iPhone!

  7. Trickyd

    Samsung in the UK have actually let you buy the S10/S10+ when that came out at the price less trade-in value of your existing Samsung, then sent out a bag for the old phone to be returned so you're never out of pocket. Not sure if it was just Samsung trade-ins that worked for though.

  8. Stooks

    Everyone in my family (5 of us) plus are large extended family many siblings on both sides, all use iPhone. No one wants to move. We all use iMessage and find my friends is used by most as well. I ask my kids (3 of them) if any of their friends or school mates use Android phones and the answer is basically no, as in there are 1 or 2 people they know that use Android but the rest of them use iPhones.

    I am actually shocked with all of the negative Google/privacy news/concerns that more and more people are not moving away from Android.

    • toukale

      In reply to Stooks:

      That's the reason I always roll my eyes whenever I hear some blogger, youtuber or some on site and forums talk about user movements. At this point everyone is set on their platform of choice. I am sure you will have some movement on the edge from one platform to another and vice versa, but those movement are so minor its meaningless to either platform. The way some of those folks talk, its like a large percentage of users are waiting to jump ship (which is far from the truth).

    • Thom77

      In reply to Stooks:

      The iPhone is a status symbol in schools though, and I've heard third hand accounts of high school guys saying that girls wont date you if you dont have an iphone.

      The same type of thing happened when I was growing up with Garbage Pail Kids cards as far as status in the school.

  9. chrishilton1

    Will this come to the UK?

  10. jchampeau

    Did you mean Samsung instead of Microsoft in the title?

  11. jf-nyc

    Can you pay the balance on a monthly payment plan?