T-Mobile will match and beat other carriers’ trade-in prices this fall, hoping to attract customers looking to upgrade while getting maximum value from their old devices.
The latest craze among wireless carriers is the early smartphone upgrade, and AT&T is going all out. It’s letting customers out of their contracts 18 months early if they move to its Next trade-in program.
Why should carriers and online handset resellers make all of the profit in the refurbished smartphone market? Apple is reportedly starting its own iPhone trade-in program which could help gain more profits from the same hardware being sold and then resold.
The retailer is guaranteeing a $200 minimum trade-in value as long as the iPad is in working condition.
Absolutely need the newest smartphone as it’s released? Then Jump is right for you. It will cost you, but it’s much cheaper than buying a new phone every six months.
iPhones and their smartphone brethren are hugely popular among thieves, especially in major cities. Popular gadget trade-in site Gazelle will now be checking all devices it receives against a database of stolen consumer electronics before handing over cash to customers.
Flipswap is a service that allows you to send in your old phone for free and get paid for it. They send your old phone to another country where someone less fortunate will be able to use it (while also covering shipping both ways). They will put your phone in a happy place:
If your cell phone is in working condition or can be repaired, we make sure it goes to a place where it can be reused. If your cell phone is broken beyond repair, we recycle it using the most environmentally friendly methods currently available.
It is a better deal than just tossing out your old phone.
In addition to finding a new owner for your phone, Flipswap will also plant a tree for each phone donated, so you can feel more environmentally conscious!
So how do they figure out how much your phone is worth? A complicated algorithm “that allows [them] to offer you a real time trade-in value for any phone.” My three cell phones added up to about $50, which is not bad considering they are old and partially beat up.
So whether you are done with your first iPhone and gearing up for the 3G, or you just want to get rid of your regular cell phone, you can use this and maybe get some more money to add to your 3G fund.