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Jun 20, 2013, 11:55 AM
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Back in June, Best Buy (http://www.bestbuy.com) ran a single day promotion that allowed iPhone 4 and 4S owners to upgrade their phones to the iPhone 5. The company told (http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2013/06/19/best-buy-free-iphone-trade-in/2439665/) USA Today that it was the most successful day ever for its trade-in program and as a result, Best Buy plans to launch the campaign again on Friday, June 21.

Customers will be able to trade in a working iPhone 4 or 4S, earning a credit of up to $150, which can then be put towards the purchase of an iPhone 5, which is priced at $149.99 for the 16GB version. The discounted price includes a $50 instant rebate that will last until the end of the promotion, on June 29.

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Prices include a two-year contract with Verizon, AT&T, or Sprint. Phones that carry a trade-in value (http://www.bestbuytradein.com) over $150 will have the remaining value applied to a gift card, and the credit applied will depend on the phone's condition. Trade-ins over $150 cannot be applied to a higher capacity iPhone.

The promotion, which will begin on June 21 and last for nine days, is only good in Best Buy Stores (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=cat12090&type=page) or Best Buy Mobile locations.

Article Link: Best Buy to Relaunch iPhone 4/4S Trade-Ins for 'Free' iPhone 5 (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/06/20/best-buy-to-relaunch-iphone-44s-trade-ins-for-free-iphone-5/)



Lylyluvda916
Jun 20, 2013, 12:03 PM
People can get more by selling their old phones unlocked.

Right now an unlocked iphone 4s is $340is used. A persin could buy the cheast iphone 5 and still have some money for other stuff.

designs216
Jun 20, 2013, 12:05 PM
Contract-Schmontract.

bushido
Jun 20, 2013, 12:08 PM
lol .... I got 369 for my 4S recently and the 5 was 1 ^^

whoiare
Jun 20, 2013, 12:13 PM
People can get more by selling their old phones unlocked.

Right now an unlocked iphone 4s is $340is used. A persin could buy the cheast iphone 5 and still have some money for other stuff.

Yes, but this is a pretty good deal if you have a 8gb very beat up iphone 4 and are still grandfathered in to the ATT original unlimited plan.

mscriv
Jun 20, 2013, 12:13 PM
What does and unlocked iPhone 4 sell for now a days?

Lylyluvda916
Jun 20, 2013, 12:21 PM
About $250

And a cdma iphone 4 is worth sh... Cause you cant connect it to gsm carriers(because it has no gsm slot) which are almost everywhere else in the world.

So if youve got one this is great:) but if not then this is just wrong.

Anti-Lucifer
Jun 20, 2013, 12:35 PM
People can get more by selling their old phones unlocked.

Right now an unlocked iphone 4s is $340is used. A persin could buy the cheast iphone 5 and still have some money for other stuff.

You're the exact type of person who just reads what is the price on the internet and assumes everyone can get that same price OR MORE.

When you see it priced that high, it does not mean any joe blow or jane doe can sell theirs for that price as well. That's the misconception of these sales on the internet; used prices that are just ridiculously high and yet forum members post messages saying "hey, look, it goes for this price online so you are a fool to sell it for any less!" -

You do realize it takes a lot of effort to sell used. Sure amazon or any other buy back online will take it for more but this is not always the case and having bestbuy do this promotion makes it a safe and easy way for EVERYONE to get a new iPhone.

There's really no point in the USA to buy an unlocked phone either. You still pay monthly premiums AND most of the time you are on a contract. If you go out and buy an unlocked phone WITHOUT a contract you are just dumb or have too much money to throw around. Take the 2 year contract and get the phone discounted up front. Otherwise you just pay even more with the non-contract phone.

Xenomorph
Jun 20, 2013, 12:44 PM
So, you give them an iPhone 4S, which cost up to $949 (64GB + AppleCare), and in return you get "up to" $150 and a contract with an evil company that will cost you thousands of dollars?

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Can I get them to spit in my face, as well?

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There's really no point in the USA to buy an unlocked phone either. You still pay monthly premiums AND most of the time you are on a contract. If you go out and buy an unlocked phone WITHOUT a contract you are just dumb or have too much money to throw around. Take the 2 year contract and get the phone discounted up front. Otherwise you just pay even more with the non-contract phone.

You sure do like to assume.

T-Mobile doesn't force subsidies on you like AT&T and Verizon do.

Buying full price with T-Mobile = lower monthly bill.

Buying on contract with AT&T/Verizon = higher/subsidized bill.
Buying full price with AT&T/Verizon = higher/subsidized bill.

I still have the 2009 phones I got with AT&T. I'm still paying the higher/subsidized monthly prices. I don't want to get "new" phones with them and end up in a contract. That works out for me, because I can now switch my lines to T-Mobile.

RayK
Jun 20, 2013, 12:50 PM
It was a great deal for my parents who had Verizon iPhone 4's with 8GB of space and wanted something with more memory and faster. Not a huge fan of BestBuy, but this was a great deal. Very painless. Backup their old phone on iCloud, wipe and trade in, then restore back to the new phone. I wouldn't recommend for GSM phones due to resell value, but Verizon? TRADE IT NOW!

alent1234
Jun 20, 2013, 12:51 PM
now that AT&T is making you wait 24 months for an upgrade i'll probably go t-mobile next year.

i'll take keeping an iphone for 3-4 years and buying an ipad more often than having a newer iphone all the time

So, you give them an iPhone 4S, which cost up to $949 (64GB + AppleCare), and in return you get "up to" $150 and a contract with an evil company that will cost you thousands of dollars?

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Can I get them to spit in my face, as well?

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You sure do like to assume.

T-Mobile doesn't force subsidies on you like AT&T and Verizon do.

Buying full price with T-Mobile = lower monthly bill.

Buying on contract with AT&T/Verizon = higher/subsidized bill.
Buying full price with AT&T/Verizon = higher/subsidized bill.

I still have the 2009 phones I got with AT&T. I'm still paying the higher/subsidized monthly prices. I don't want to get "new" phones with them and end up in a contract. That works out for me, because I can now switch my lines to T-Mobile.

Lylyluvda916
Jun 20, 2013, 01:00 PM
You're the exact type of person who just reads what is the price on the internet and assumes everyone can get that same price OR MORE.

When you see it priced that high, it does not mean any joe blow or jane doe can sell theirs for that price as well. That's the misconception of these sales on the internet; used prices that are just ridiculously high and yet forum members post messages saying "hey, look, it goes for this price online so you are a fool to sell it for any less!" -

You do realize it takes a lot of effort to sell used. Sure amazon or any other buy back online will take it for more but this is not always the case and having bestbuy do this promotion makes it a safe and easy way for EVERYONE to get a new iPhone.

There's really no point in the USA to buy an unlocked phone either. You still pay monthly premiums AND most of the time you are on a contract. If you go out and buy an unlocked phone WITHOUT a contract you are just dumb or have too much money to throw around. Take the 2 year contract and get the phone discounted up front. Otherwise you just pay even more with the non-contract phone.

People who usually buy unlocked in us are a lot of the time people who travel and dont want to pay their carriers a lot of money or international customers who have iphones being sold in contract sold for than us unlocked cost say for example mexico customers. I often buy these unlocked here and ship to relatives in mexico. And yes it is much cheaper online than there. Just purchased two iphone 4s's last week from amazon.

MarkMoseley1
Jun 20, 2013, 01:07 PM
This seems ok but I don't want to fall for this "deal" then when the iPhone 5S shows up later regret getting the iPhone 5 because the iPhone 5S is better internally.

Ill wait for the iPhone 5S.

kingtj
Jun 20, 2013, 01:48 PM
First of all, it doesn't take THAT much effort to sell used, over the net.
Yeah, it's not as convenient as just handing your old phone to some Best Buy rep. and getting an instant credit -- but you pay dearly for that convenience.

I have no problem with these kinds of things being offered ... but no way I'd do it!

The price you see the used phones going for on eBay really IS a pretty accurate indicator of what they're selling for. The trick is to look at the average selling prices of the COMPLETED auctions though -- not just the ASKING prices of auctions in progress (which often have no bidders yet).

People keep forgetting that there's a healthy market for unlocked phones not bound by any contracts, because only these can easily be used with the cheaper, second-tier carriers like Straightalk, Virgin Mobile or Cricket Wireless -- where monthly fees are as low as $45 or so for unlimited text and talk, plus some sort of data package.

I agree that it doesn't normally seem to make any sense to buy a new unlocked smartphone at full price. But that really is the price the phone sells for, new. When you do a 2 year contract and get the phone for a lot less money up-front, you're going to wind up paying for it eventually anyway.


You're the exact type of person who just reads what is the price on the internet and assumes everyone can get that same price OR MORE.

When you see it priced that high, it does not mean any joe blow or jane doe can sell theirs for that price as well. That's the misconception of these sales on the internet; used prices that are just ridiculously high and yet forum members post messages saying "hey, look, it goes for this price online so you are a fool to sell it for any less!" -

You do realize it takes a lot of effort to sell used. Sure amazon or any other buy back online will take it for more but this is not always the case and having bestbuy do this promotion makes it a safe and easy way for EVERYONE to get a new iPhone.

There's really no point in the USA to buy an unlocked phone either. You still pay monthly premiums AND most of the time you are on a contract. If you go out and buy an unlocked phone WITHOUT a contract you are just dumb or have too much money to throw around. Take the 2 year contract and get the phone discounted up front. Otherwise you just pay even more with the non-contract phone.

reltm
Jun 20, 2013, 01:58 PM
Will Best Buy give the $150 iPhone 5 price to people still under contract? Or is this only for out of contract customers?

Update, Never mind:

"To qualify, buyers must be eligible for an iPhone upgrade with their wireless carrier, and are still on the hook for a new two-year data plan, plus sales tax of around $35. You can get a phone from Verizon Wireless, AT&T or Sprint."

deeddawg
Jun 20, 2013, 02:38 PM
now that AT&T is making you wait 24 months for an upgrade i'll probably go t-mobile next year.

To be fair you can always upgrade before that 24 months is up, you just have to pay full price. ;)

At least with TMO any time you want to upgrade, just pay off any remaining balance on your phone payment plan then buy a new phone with payment plan. Sell the old phone to recoup most of the payoff.

Or if you don't have to have the latest / newest phone all the time you save serious coin once your phone's paid off. AT&T just sticks it too you with no reduction in your bill.

Hes Nikke
Jun 20, 2013, 04:23 PM
I was interested in this until

Trade-ins over $150 cannot be applied to a higher capacity iPhone

I'm done with 16 GB phones. I'll never go back. Plus I have vzw unlimited, so no more subsidies for me!

jonnysods
Jun 20, 2013, 05:10 PM
What do they do with the old phones? Craig's list?

Tiger8
Jun 20, 2013, 05:30 PM
There's really no point in the USA to buy an unlocked phone either. You still pay monthly premiums AND most of the time you are on a contract. If you go out and buy an unlocked phone WITHOUT a contract you are just dumb or have too much money to throw around. Take the 2 year contract and get the phone discounted up front. Otherwise you just pay even more with the non-contract phone.

Ever heard of Straight Talk? Net10? T-Mobile? Contracts are so 2 years ago (pun intended). Some of can do math.

boraxatude
Jun 20, 2013, 06:17 PM
Taking a quick look at what iphone 4s 16gb black models have sold for the past couple of weeks, it would be safe to assume you could get $300 plus shipping for it on ebay -- If it is in good condition and includes a box and the accessories.

You might get lucky and bring in a little more, but for the sake of argument, let's say $300. Your net after ebay and paypal fees is approximately $260.

A new 16gb 5 will run you $217 including tax if you sign up for the 2 year contract.

That leaves you a whopping $43 in profit, after spending the time taking pics of the phone, creating an ebay auction, boxing it up, waiting in line at the post office and finally shipping it.

Or... Walk in to Best Buy and get a new one for free (or maybe $17 if you have to pay tax on top of the promotion).

You do the time and the math.

p.s. Regarding T-Mobile: That is a good option. But have people had a good experience with network speeds and coverage? I also am lucky to be grandfathered into a (semi)unlimited AT&T plan with a 10 or 15% discount on top and a ton of roll over minutes. My total monthly bill is $75, so I'd be reluctant to give that up to jump ship to T-Mobile.

dburges
Jun 20, 2013, 06:33 PM
Ever heard of Straight Talk? Net10? T-Mobile? Contracts are so 2 years ago (pun intended). Some of can do math.

Absolutely right. I ditched AT&T and my "unlimited data" plan for Straight Talk last year with no regrets. I passed up on the iPhone 5 for a 4S on Craigslist at the same time. The money I've saved and freedom I have don't seem so "dumb".

boraxatude
Jun 20, 2013, 06:50 PM
Absolutely right. I ditched AT&T and my "unlimited data" plan for Straight Talk last year with no regrets. I passed up on the iPhone 5 for a 4S on Craigslist at the same time. The money I've saved and freedom I have don't seem so "dumb".

If you can afford to pay up front for the straight talk 6 month service and the new phone, then you will save approximately $450 over a 2 year period v. AT&T grandfathered unlimited service (with my 10% discount) by selling old phone and upgrading to new phone every 2 years.

donrsd
Jun 20, 2013, 07:15 PM
Can I just trade in my iPhone 4 (it was my moms before she went to Sprint) and get a store credit of $150?

OriginalMacRat
Jun 20, 2013, 10:02 PM
What do they do with the old phones? Craig's list?

No, Best Buy sells their used equipment through their clearing house called CowBoom. At www.cowboom.com

Fanaticalism
Jun 20, 2013, 11:17 PM
So, you give them an iPhone 4S, which cost up to $949 (64GB + AppleCare), and in return you get "up to" $150 and a contract with an evil company that will cost you thousands of dollars?

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Can I get them to spit in my face, as well?

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You sure do like to assume.

T-Mobile doesn't force subsidies on you like AT&T and Verizon do.

Buying full price with T-Mobile = lower monthly bill.

Buying on contract with AT&T/Verizon = higher/subsidized bill.
Buying full price with AT&T/Verizon = higher/subsidized bill.

I still have the 2009 phones I got with AT&T. I'm still paying the higher/subsidized monthly prices. I don't want to get "new" phones with them and end up in a contract. That works out for me, because I can now switch my lines to T-Mobile.

People should learn how to read. You get a minimum of the $150 price which is what they are selling the i5 for. If your phone is worth more, you get the difference on a gift card.

The no contract plan w/ T-Mobile is a valid option for those who travel in and out of the states frequently and like most, service is contingent upon location. Difference with TM is, that if you live in a rural area, quality of service suffers. If you purchased the device, and cancel service, you must either pay in full, or return the device to the carrier.

People paint with such broad strokes, it's almost comical.

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I was interested in this until



I'm done with 16 GB phones. I'll never go back. Plus I have vzw unlimited, so no more subsidies for me!

The 32GB i5 is $250 so if your device has a higher trade in value, you put that towards whatever you want.

thefourthpope
Jun 21, 2013, 12:03 AM
I'll happily sell my 4s on craigslist and buy whatever Apple calls the new one (presumably 5s). Squaretrade is great for that kind of thing.

ssspinball
Jun 21, 2013, 08:54 AM
T-Mobile doesn't force subsidies on you like AT&T and Verizon do.

Buying full price with T-Mobile = lower monthly bill.

Buying on contract with AT&T/Verizon = higher/subsidized bill.
Buying full price with AT&T/Verizon = higher/subsidized bill.

I still have the 2009 phones I got with AT&T. I'm still paying the higher/subsidized monthly prices. I don't want to get "new" phones with them and end up in a contract. That works out for me, because I can now switch my lines to T-Mobile.

T-Mo only costs less if you keep your phone longer than 2 years. I would venture to say the vast majority doesn't do that.

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Ever heard of Straight Talk? Net10? T-Mobile? Contracts are so 2 years ago (pun intended). Some of can do math.

Ever heard of LTE?

If HSDPA is fast enough for you, that's great, but some of us want to use our flagship phone with the fastest data speeds up/down available, and are willing to pay a premium for that.

If those MVNOs had LTE, I'd consider them.

mrlittleteich
Jun 21, 2013, 10:21 AM
My wife's contract has been up for about a year or so (out of contract). AT&T saying she can't upgrade for another year because too many reactivations. About 3 of them. (but we alway pay them and is up too date)

I wanted this changed so we can upgrade the phone to the 5. (to make use of the best buy trade-in program)

I contacted ATT and talked to a lady but she couldn't do anything about it.
Then i demanded a "manager" and talked to him but he couldn't change it. Then he offered me to upgrade to a different kind of phone but not the iPhone 5. He said thats the only thing he can do for me.

Then he suggested that i can cancel that phone number and get a different phone number and new contract.
The problem is that is 1, new phone and 2 we were grandfathered into the unlimited data plan. And i don't want to loss that.

Is that my only option? It just doesn't make any sense for them to do this for an out of contract phone. So do i go to a different carrier? or do i wait for a year? Maybe i should cause of pending iPhone 5s? or do i want to talk to that manager's manager? Advice?

Ingot
Jun 21, 2013, 12:00 PM
You're the exact type of person who just reads what is the price on the internet and assumes everyone can get that same price OR MORE.

When you see it priced that high, it does not mean any joe blow or jane doe can sell theirs for that price as well. That's the misconception of these sales on the internet; used prices that are just ridiculously high and yet forum members post messages saying "hey, look, it goes for this price online so you are a fool to sell it for any less!" -

You do realize it takes a lot of effort to sell used. Sure amazon or any other buy back online will take it for more but this is not always the case and having bestbuy do this promotion makes it a safe and easy way for EVERYONE to get a new iPhone.

There's really no point in the USA to buy an unlocked phone either. You still pay monthly premiums AND most of the time you are on a contract. If you go out and buy an unlocked phone WITHOUT a contract you are just dumb or have too much money to throw around. Take the 2 year contract and get the phone discounted up front. Otherwise you just pay even more with the non-contract phone.

I travel outside of the country. I need an unlocked phone so I am not paying outrageous international data roaming fees. There is a huge point to having an unlocked phone.

Tapdawg
Jun 21, 2013, 04:07 PM
Just a heads up to anyone who tries to go in to do this, Best Buy does not have any 64GB iPhones in stock. They made me wipe my phone and then afterward told me they don't stock 64GB iPhones. They also do not have them available online or in any stores in California.

malexandria
Jun 22, 2013, 08:26 AM
Sucks, I stuck with them because, despite all their faults at least I didn't have to fight with them over my bill every month like I had to with Verizon. But the few times that I dealt with their stores were wretched experiences. I'm fed up and switching to T-Mobile next week - even if I have to pay an ETF to get rid of them.

I just don't know if I want to go Android or iPhone 5 this time. I'm tired of the iPhone - had one for 6 year, but it is easier to use and if something goes wrong I have some place to take it for repair.

AnderMZ
Jun 22, 2013, 03:13 PM
p.s. Regarding T-Mobile: That is a good option. But have people had a good experience with network speeds and coverage? I also am lucky to be grandfathered into a (semi)unlimited AT&T plan with a 10 or 15% discount on top and a ton of roll over minutes. My total monthly bill is $75, so I'd be reluctant to give that up to jump ship to T-Mobile.

After reading throughout the post in this thread I'm surprised about the enormous amount of money carriers in the USA rip off people over there.

After doing the math with currency exchange and taxes applied for me in my country (Mexico) I can give you a fair estimate about how much I pay, in US Dollars, for my plan:

4Gb of data (enough for me)
1000 minutes to national numbers (both local or other companies)
10 "unlimited numbers" (who I can call as much as I want, zero fees)
100 to USA and Canada (rarely used by me)
100 Text Messages (who still texts people, anyway?)

45 USD per month. Cost of extra Mb: 0.05 USD.

I can terminate my contract whenever I want with zero fees, just paying the remaining months.

By the way, every iPhone here is unlocked by default, companies don't enslave clients with them.

So that said...I'm surprised AT&T and Verizon have so many clients, and that $75 seems so fair to you.

PD. I know there are a lot of other factors to take into account when comparing prices between 2 countries so different, but I hope many of you realize how much money you throw away with big companies that don't give you back enough.

seminolerob
Jun 22, 2013, 06:52 PM
We went up to Best Buy today and their trade in system crashed. Didn't know when it would be back up. :(