An iPhone Subsibized by Microsoft? Yes, Using Bing!

This is taken verbatim from the Seattle Post Intelligencer:

Get Microsoft to help subsidize your iPhone

Updated 11:25 a.m.: Statement from Microsoft.


Internet sleuths have uncovered an oddity in Microsoft Bing shopping: You can get 35 percent off an Apple iPhone.

It’s through Bing’s cashback system, which offers what is essentially an automatic rebate for certain purchases. Shopping through Bing on the AT&T Wireless online store, a person can get 35 percent back if they buy a cell phone – including an iPhone.

How it works:

  1. Search for “ATT Wireless” on Bing.
  2. Click the first sponsored link: “AT&T Official Site.”
  3. Enter your information.
  4. Start shopping.

If you were to buy something, Microsoft would send you an e-mail confirming the pending cashback refund.

With the iPhone 3G down to a price of $99, the Bing cashback program could bring an iPhone purchase down to $65.

All thanks to Microsoft.

“Bing cashback is focused on providing real value back to consumers who use Bing to help them search, shop and save on their online purchases,” Whitney Burk, director of Bing, said in a statement. “There are no restrictions on Bing cashback related to products that may compete with Microsoft products.”

About Oliver

Oliver Starr is a well known blogger, speaker and serial entrepreneur. His current blogging is focused on mobile technology and applications, green (eco-protective) technologies, and entrepreneurs and their companies. He is currently engaged as the Community Evangelist for, a new social curation tool. Oliver was also a professional cyclist and six time member of the US National Cycling Team.
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  3. Adam says:

    Unfortunately for many customers they have not been reliable in honoring the cashback requests. Please read more about this at – When presented with the screenshots and evidence from customers at this Get Satisfaction link, the initial response from Bing Cashback has been to stay silent. With only a few customers posting there so far, this is a good strategy for them if they expect this to go unnoticed. Negative experiences please post your Bing Cashback ticket number so they can help you if they so choose. Positive experiences please post so that it can be documented they have already honored this in some cases, and should do the same for the rest of us. By posting your experiences, you help to hold them to what was advertised and remind them to deal with you in an honest manner in the future. Thank you for your help with this.

  4. Nick says:

    Bing = fail. I am glad someone is going up against Google though. Gotta keep them on their toes.

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