T-Mobile USA Announces Trade-In Offer for Existing iPhone Owners Ahead of iPhone 5 Launch

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    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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    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.

    Article Link: T-Mobile USA Announces Trade-In Offer for Existing iPhone Owners Ahead of iPhone 5 Launch
     
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    Cool, I guess. I'll still sell my old phones on the secondary market.
     
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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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    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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    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.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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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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    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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    DipDog3

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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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    So I get a maximum of $220 for my 4S? :confused:
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    I think T-Mobile is doing a customer grab right now. There might be rare good deals to snag. Of course, I've heard that their service is terrible in LA...
     
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    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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    Oh great, T-Mobile. You've pretty much forced me to upgrade my better half's 4S to an iPhone 5. :)
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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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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    Does not exist.
     
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    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.


    Much of the time the savings with budget carriers is significantly better if you just need a plan for yourself.
     
  16. macrumors regular

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    He wrote trouble free. Of course, you could follow up with "does not exist" again and it might be funny...
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    I have AT&T Unlimited LTE... gotta love being grandfathered in from the iPhone 3g days.
     
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    You have 5gb until you're throttled. Use it well.
     
  19. macrumors regular

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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.
     
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    Seems like T-Mobile is making a serious effort here.
     
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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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    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.
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    That doesn't make any sense
     
  24. macrumors 6502

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    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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    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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