So you’re considering jumping ship from iOS, Android or BlackBerry to Windows or Windows Phone, are you? Microsoft is lending a hand courtesy of a pretty lucrative trade-in program launched about a week ago, but only if you’re looking to discard one of Apple’s iPads and get a Surface instead.

Microsoft trade in Microsoft expands trade in program, now offers rebates for iPhones, Android and BlackBerry devices

Then again, a new buyback offer has just come to our attention, which apparently allows people all over the world (so not just those located close to a brick-and-mortar Microsoft store) to get rid of a non-Windows gizmo and score some easy cash in the process.

The whole thing is a little more complicated than last week’s promo, but on the bright side it includes essentially every smartphone or tablet known to man, be it an iPhone, BlackBerry, Samsung Galaxy or Sony Xperia. As a matter of fact, even dumb phones can bring you rebates, though presumably not very substantial ones.

What you’ll need to do first and foremost is visit this website, set up by Microsoft alongside Clover Wireless, search the device that you’re looking to ditch in the database and get an estimated quote.

iPhone trade Microsoft expands trade in program, now offers rebates for iPhones, Android and BlackBerry devices

Of course, there’s no need to lie about the gizmo’s state, functionality or screen damage, because, as you might imagine, no one’s going to pay you until thoroughly examining the abandoned phones and/or tablets.

Anyways, if the rebate quote sounds fair, next thing you’ll want to do is ask for a shipping label and instructions on how to send the old, raggedy gadgets to Clover Wireless. Then, you’ll have 30 days to score yourselves a new Windows tablet or handheld and show proof of your purchase.

Finally, once they check the receipt and find everything in order, they’ll ship the previously agreed upon rebate in the form of a pre-paid Visa card over the next 30 days. Again, it’s a little complicated, it takes some time and effort, but it might just be worth your while. After all, we all know how risky and headache-inducing selling a phone or tab can be via eBay or Craigslist.

Source: Neowin