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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:21 AM   #1
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T-Mobile USA Announces Trade-In Offer for Existing iPhone Owners Ahead of iPhone 5 Launch




Ahead of Friday's launch of the iPhone on T-Mobile USA, the carrier has announced details on its trade-in program designed to entice current iPhone 4 and 4S users to switch carriers. The trade-in program reduces the down payment on a 16 GB iPhone 5 from $99.99 to $0, with additional credit of up $120 depending on the value of the device being traded.
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"Our message to iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 customers is simple: bring in your device and trade up to iPhone 5 on T-Mobile," said Mike Sievert, chief marketing officer for T-Mobile. "We're making it incredibly attractive to buy an iPhone 5 by pairing an un-beatable upfront price and trade-in offer with Simple Choice, the most hassle-free and affordable rate plan in wireless."
The offer is valid through June 16, with the additional credit applicable to monthly service fees, an outstanding balance, accessories, or another device.

T-Mobile's new "Uncarrier" service plans unbundle device costs from service plans, allowing users to finance the full cost of their devices over 24 months while signing up for contract-free service starting at $50/month.

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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:23 AM   #2
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Cool, I guess. I'll still sell my old phones on the secondary market.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:26 AM   #3
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So what exactly is the value of my trade-in???

I have an old 4 and 4S, but I am pretty sure I can get more for them off ebay or something.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:26 AM   #4
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T-Mobile isn't playing around, it's coming at all carriers pretty hard. That metro merger sure did wonders for their aggressiveness. Now, I wonder how many would actually be willing to pay their ETF to leave their current subscriber.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:27 AM   #5
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It really seems like TMobile the right by their customers. That's great, especially when you look at what AT&T and Verizon have been doing lately.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:29 AM   #6
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I like what T-Mobile is doing. If I wasn't so completely satisfied with AT&T I might try T-Mobile. I am eager to see how they do with this different approach they're taking.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:30 AM   #7
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Would they let me trade in my ATT iPhone 5?

T-Mobile service in my area is superb, so I am considering just moving over. The cancellation fee on ATT is expensive as heck though.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:33 AM   #8
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This offer is only good until June 16th...

Does that mean we will be seeing new iPhones the next week???

I can see Apple sending out invites to the press event on June 18th.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:34 AM   #9
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So I get a maximum of $220 for my 4S?
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:38 AM   #10
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That's great, especially when you look at what AT&T and Verizon have been doing lately.
Just what do you think AT&T's "been doing lately?"

I've been enjoying fast trouble free unlimited LTE. I haven't had a rate increase in years. I upgrade at every new iPhone release at their lowest upgrade price. That's an excellent way to go. Thanks AT&T!
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:39 AM   #11
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Oh great, T-Mobile. You've pretty much forced me to upgrade my better half's 4S to an iPhone 5.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:42 AM   #12
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Don't get tricked, I won't be getting one.

A lot of people seeing no contract and reduced price as a bargain, but remember those family plans are still over 100 bucks a month.

Your wallet is still getting spanked, but not just not as hard.

And yes, AT&T is no better.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:42 AM   #13
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free unlimited LTE on AT&T
Does not exist.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:48 AM   #14
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So what exactly is the value of my trade-in???

I have an old 4 and 4S, but I am pretty sure I can get more for them off ebay or something.
Why would this surprise you? They offer trade-ins for convenience. These are most likely turned over wholesale to another company that resells them. It's not just phones. Try any industry and see if a trade-in gets you as much as a direct sale to someone who wishes to use the device.


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Don't get tricked, I won't be getting one.

A lot of people seeing no contract and reduced price as a bargain, but remember those family plans are still over 100 bucks a month.

Your wallet is still getting spanked, but not just not as hard.

And yes, AT&T is no better.
Much of the time the savings with budget carriers is significantly better if you just need a plan for yourself.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:49 AM   #15
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Does not exist.
He wrote trouble free. Of course, you could follow up with "does not exist" again and it might be funny...
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 12:50 AM   #16
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Does not exist.
I have AT&T Unlimited LTE... gotta love being grandfathered in from the iPhone 3g days.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 01:09 AM   #17
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I have AT&T Unlimited LTE... gotta love being grandfathered in from the iPhone 3g days.
You have 5gb until you're throttled. Use it well.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 01:35 AM   #18
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You have 5gb until you're throttled. Use it well.
Exactly. Keep checking that usage app and hopefully you won't go a hair over 5gb or throttle for you, so enjoy that full 5gb of LTE UNLIMITED! Been there, done that, F AT&T never looked back after throttling.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 02:10 AM   #19
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Seems like T-Mobile is making a serious effort here.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 02:12 AM   #20
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I wonder what this will bring. Last time T-Mobile announced contract-free iPhones, Verizon CEO said he was ready to remove contracts too.

More importantly, even if you have T-Mobile, you have to love the effort they're putting into getting the iPhone. I wish the other carriers would put half the effort T-Mobile is putting...
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 02:14 AM   #21
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Exactly. Keep checking that usage app and hopefully you won't go a hair over 5gb or throttle for you, so enjoy that full 5gb of LTE UNLIMITED! Been there, done that, F AT&T never looked back after throttling.
Nobody is going to throttle _you_, only the speed of your connection. So there is no reason why you shouldn't go to that limit.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 02:24 AM   #22
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Nobody is going to throttle _you_, only the speed of your connection. So there is no reason why you shouldn't go to that limit.
That doesn't make any sense
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 02:35 AM   #23
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Cool, I guess. I'll still sell my old phones on the secondary market.
Exactly! The market price for 4 is at least $200, and for 4S $300, even if they are cosmetically blemished. Then again, people with $ always trade in for not wanting to deal with headaches.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 04:39 AM   #24
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Really Tempting!@

I like T-Mobile's service, I think their LTE in the East Coast corridor is far superior to ATTs. Had an ATT iPad 4 for two weeks are rarely had LTE anywhere in the DMV. Only, it doesn't make much sense to get a 5 when we're a few months away from the 5S - even though, while it may be released in August or September, it'll be several months before you can easily get one.
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Old Apr 10, 2013, 04:51 AM   #25
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T-Mobile is good if you use Family Plan. For example, $25 per line for 4 lines or $22 per line for 5 lines.





Line 1: $50 -------------(unlimited talk, unlimited text, 500MB of 4G speed, unlimited 2G speed)
Line 2: +$30 --------------(unlimited talk, unlimited text, 500MB of 4G speed, unlimited 2G speed)
Line 3: +$10---------------(unlimited talk, unlimited text, 500MB of 4G speed, unlimited 2G speed)
Line 4: +$10---------------(unlimited talk, unlimited text, 500MB of 4G speed, unlimited 2G speed)
Line 5: + $10--------------(unlimited talk, unlimited text, 500MB of 4G speed, unlimited 2G speed)

$10 upgrade for extra 2GB at 4G speed
$20 upgrade for unlimited at 4G speed
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