Microsoft's new groove: Buy Xbox Music, get a free Windows Phone

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Good news for anyone who'd be willing to trade in an old phone for a Windows Phone—and likes Xbox Music. Microsoft is currently running two deals: Under the first, customers can trade in an old, working, smartphone or tablet for up to $250 of credit at the Microsoft Store. And if that isn’t enough, you can spend $99.90 at that same store for a year’s subscription to Xbox Music—and get a free, unlocked Nokia 520 (AT&T) or 521 (T-Mobile) to boot. The second deal is worth $218.90 alone.

So if you play your cards right, you can spend $99.90 and receive $468.90 worth of Microsoft-branded goods. 

Granted, the Nokia 520/521 phones are the lower-priced, younger cousins to the Lumia 820 and 920 models announced last September. The two share the look of those more expensive phones, though spec-wise, they’re somewhat inferior. Nevertheless, should you have an old tablet to trade in (perhaps the first-generation Surface?), you could end up with a new phone and about $150 in credit towards the purchase of a $299 Surface 2. 

With Xbox Music, you’ll receive 30 million songs—nice. Microsoft will naturally encourage you to keep paying for the subscription when the year’s over.

Keep in mind that these deals don’t last forever: The $250 trade-in deal expires March 2, and the Lumia/Xbox Music deal expires much sooner, on February 17.

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