AT&T Announces Upgrade to In-Store Smartphone Trade-In Program

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AT&T has announced an upgrade to its in-store smartphone trade-in program. The plan will give an instant credit of at least $100 for any smartphone that is less than three years old, with more recent and valuable phones receiving larger credits.

    The credits are good for the purchase any AT&T smartphone or accessories, meaning someone could trade in an older Android smartphone for a new iPhone 4S, or half-price on a 16GB iPhone 5.
    The $100 promotion is for a limited time, though AT&T has not specified when it will end.

    Article Link: AT&T Announces Upgrade to In-Store Smartphone Trade-In Program
  2. macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2009
    I wonder what they do with all their trade in phones.
    Usually things like this are pretty not worth it, but convenience factor to people is important sometimes.

    I wonder if this will effect them in a good or bad way, seeing as if they were to somehow sell the phones at a cheaper rate as used, and off contract, that might cut into their profits for new phones, or might be the pusher for those on the fence.

    I'd imagine they would sell indirectly though, not through AT&T themselves, maybe to another company or in more so of a 3rd party fashion.

    The only potential downside is that 3 year old android phones I don't think retain a value of 100, but at the same time it does get people to re-upgrade, so that's where it's at anyway for the most part.

    Hmm hmm hmm
  3. macrumors 68040


    Feb 5, 2009
  4. macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2012
    My thoughts too. My first reaction was, "ATTs response to t-mobile?"
  5. macrumors 68030


    Nov 20, 2008
    How is this any different than what they have been doing already?
    Back in February I upgraded to an iPhone 5 because my 4S broke and they gave me $210 off the cost of my iPhone 5 on a visa prepaid card which could immediately be applied to the balance.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2008
    SEC Country
    Nothing new about this, the trade in program has been going on and the only thing is the guaranteed $100 for any phone less that 3 yrs old. Seems they would do more advertising on tv...
  7. macrumors 68040

    Mad Mac Maniac

    Oct 4, 2007
    A little bit of here and a little bit of there.
    When they say 3 year old phone, is that 3 years from purchase date (and subsequent activation from at&t?? Because the iPhone 3GS was released July of 2009 but were sold until October of 2012 so hypothetically a person could bring an iPhone 3GS to AT&T in October of 2015 and get $100 for a phone that was released over 6 years prior
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2012
    I hate how carriers never advertise the iPhone in their offers. It's like they're being bribed specifically to leave it out.
  9. macrumors 68020


    Sep 24, 2008
    Blazer town!
    Decent unlock policy

    ATT should have decent unlock policy on the iPhones (very strict even for the customers who are with them long time).

    Jumped to t-mobile, no thanks ATT!
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    Cox's Creek, KY
    Funny that this was just posted, I just got a text from Best Buy cause that's where I bought my 4S almost 2 years ago and they'll give me a $200 gift card for my phone that can be used towards a new one.
  11. macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2012
    Or you can keep your phone and unlock it and sell it online.

    Unlocked gsm iPhones and some unlocked android phone have great resell value. You can even use it on many prepaid companies and hand it down to a teenage child and not have to worry about overages.
  12. macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2003
    San Francisco

    Gotta be from purchase date. They can't expect you to know when a models was released. Well I guess they could, but it'd make a mockery of the program.

    ...which means that's probably exactly what AT&T is doing. ;-)
  13. macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2008
    St. Louis
    #13, give them a phone that could have cost up to $849 and get a sweet "$100 off" coupon, followed by years of them sh*****g down your throat with their terrible prices.

    What a deal!
  14. macrumors Pentium

    Jun 22, 2009
    It's possible that Apple's contract with ATT and other carriers forbid them to use Apple's name in an ad unless authorized - and it's possible that other manufacturers have no - or looser restrictions.
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 23, 2009
    Santa Monica, CA
    Can I put the $100 towards the early termination fee?...
  16. macrumors 68040

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Exactly. Things are changing already.
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2013
    So I read this as any brand of smartphone.

    I have an HTC One Virgin mobile that I bought for $49 around Christmas for no reason..

    Good now for $100
  18. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2013
    Oh, hey, even trade in their iPhone 5 for the new Blackberry Q10 when it becomes available, as I plan to do. Keeping everything else Apple, but switching back to a physical keyboard, something for which I've ached.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2013
    This is the way it works.

    1) it has to be 3-yrs from the original phone purchase, not the models release date.

    2) prior to this promotion if I traded in an old 3GS the value would have been ~$30. With this new promotion it's bumped up to a minimum of $100 whereas before you would ONLY get $30.

    3) if your phones value is higher then $100 then of course you will receive that value instead of the $100 that is advertised. I.E. iphone 5 trade in value is ~$280, you would get the $280 instead of the $100.

    Simple as that. Thank you AT&T!
  20. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Soviet Union
    Are there upgrades for additional storage? What about a white iPhone 4S with 64 gb storage?
  21. macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.

    I just checked to see what the value of my two Android phones would be...pssh.

    LG Optimus G 16gb: $100
    Samsung Galaxy S3: $128

    Really, AT&T? I could easily sell the S3 for $300. Easily. And the Optimus G would go for between $250-$300.

    And here's a real 16gb iPhone 5?


    That's laughable!

    The only way this program is worth anything is if you have an old phone that's worth less than $100 on the open market, then at least you'll get more than it's worth.

    This program is completely worthless, but people will get suckered in by thinking they're getting a great deal.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2011
    Compared to the deals we have on the uk, this is rather crap... I mean, I was 8 months into a 4S contract and for a limited time, EE offered upgrades into 4G handsets for 25£, trading in your old phone. I got my 5 for 25£.
    Couldn't be happier.
  23. TC25, May 1, 2013
    Last edited: May 1, 2013

    macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    I agree - Everyone but you is too stupid to understand the value of their old smartphone.

    Or maybe people do not want to go to the trouble of selling their old phone on eBay or CL.

    Jeez, the arrogance of some people. :rolleyes:
  24. macrumors 68020


    Jan 29, 2010
    Lexington, KY.
    How is that arrogance? Pointing out that it's highway robbery? Maybe you need to check the attitude at the door.

    BTW, there are other places to sell/buy cell phones safely from the comfort of your own living room. Personally I never use CL/eBay to sell and buy. The likelihood that you'll end up with a blacklisted device is just too great.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    The following statement, which clearly implies there can be no good reason for anyone accepting ATTs offer.

    "This program is completely worthless, but people will get suckered in by thinking they're getting a great deal. "

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