Experience with the best buy iPhone 4/4s trade-in? Trading in 8gb iPhone 4

iphone46

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I was planning on trading in an iPhone 4 16gb Verizon for a verizon iPhone 5 16gb for another family member on my plan at best buy . My wife currently has the white iPhone 4 8gb and is out of space. Can I give them her white iPhone 4 8gb(after putting the 16gb on her line) and still get the $150(it's in perfect condition). I just wanted to make sure I would receive the full $150 even though it's a smaller capacity. Also, has anyone found any hidden catches in the trade-in program?
 

deeddawg

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Did you click into Best Buy's site?

They have a tool to find the approximate value they'll give you based on phone model.

I highly doubt you'd see the full $150 for a 8GB iphone 4.
 

Fusion79

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Did you click into Best Buy's site?

They have a tool to find the approximate value they'll give you based on phone model.

I highly doubt you'd see the full $150 for a 8GB iphone 4.
This is not tied to the regular trade-in program. For example they were not offering $150 through the usual program for my wife's old Verizon iPhone 4. Basically they are bumping up the trade in price to match the iPhone 5 price.

All I remember seeing was that you could bring in any working 4 or 4S, I did not see any mention of capacity. I would call and ask though. I also remember it said if you have a phone that is worth more then $150, you would get a gift card for the excess.

If you have a 16GB iPhone 4, especially a Verizon one, this is not a bad deal.
 

deeddawg

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This is not tied to the regular trade-in program. For example they were not offering $150 through the usual program for my wife's old Verizon iPhone 4. Basically they are bumping up the trade in price to match the iPhone 5 price.
Fair enough.

OP: going to Best Buy site still results in seeing this:
Trade In and Trade Up to iPhone® 5
Get a minimum $150 Best Buy gift card after you trade in a working iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S and use it toward the purchase of an iPhone 5 16GB. Now $149.99 with 2-year agreement.

Terms and conditions apply.
In store only. Excludes T-Mobile. Valid 6/21/13–6/29/13. In store only. Carriers, coverage and products may vary by store. Carrier requirements may include select plan subscriptions, additional data add-ons, credit approval, usage fees and termination fees. Same price new and upgrade unless otherwise noted. See a Mobile Phone Specialist for details. 4G not available in all markets. See 4G Web Learning for details. Not all products are eligible for trade-in. Not available in all locations. Trade-in value may vary. Condition, documentation and accessories may affect value. Device must turn on to be considered working. Not compatible with other trade-in offers. Payment is by Best Buy gift card. You are responsible for removing any data from your product before providing the product for evaluation. You will be required to agree to the Terms & Conditions. Best Buy reserves the right to refuse any trade-in or limit quantities for any reason. See a Customer Specialist for details. Taxes and any applicable surcharges due at time of purchases. AT&T/Sprint/Verizon Wireless iPhone 5 16GB (6699308, 6699371, 6738529, 6738547, 6738229, 6738247): $699.99 - $500 Activation Savings = $199.99 - $50 Instant Savings = $149.99 + Tax - $149.99 iPhone Trade-In Gift Card = Tax. No rainchecks.
The "minimum" seems pretty clearly stated.
 

gwhizkids

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I was planning on trading in an iPhone 4 16gb Verizon for a verizon iPhone 5 16gb for another family member on my plan at best buy . My wife currently has the white iPhone 4 8gb and is out of space. Can I give them her white iPhone 4 8gb(after putting the 16gb on her line) and still get the $150(it's in perfect condition). I just wanted to make sure I would receive the full $150 even though it's a smaller capacity. Also, has anyone found any hidden catches in the trade-in program?
I did something similar during the first promo several weeks ago: my wife was eligible for an upgrade to her 8GB iPhone 4. My daughter, who had a 16GB iPhone 4S, was able to use my wife's upgrade to get an iPhone 5 (in the process, giving my wife her iPhone 4S). Everyone got an upgrade from their present phone.

Right now, I think BestBuy's (and Apple's) imperative is to clear stock. Don't know if they are doing this solely to prepare shelf room for the next iteration (whatever its called) or whether they are re-using parts or materials. Whatever the reason, everyone seems pretty aggressive about buying these units back. For that reason, I don't think you'll have any problem getting the full $150, if not more. The question for you, though, is what you will have to come out of pocket for for the iPhone 5 16GB. You get a $50 instant rebate + the $150 trade in gift card for a total of $200. Since the iPhone 5 16 GB model retails for $199, you should be good to go (you'll have to pay the sales tax and any carrier activation charges; in my case earlier this month, that was about $13 total).

Good luck! Be prepared to spend some time in line if you go this weekend, though.
 

iphone46

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I did something similar during the first promo several weeks ago: my wife was eligible for an upgrade to her 8GB iPhone 4. My daughter, who had a 16GB iPhone 4S, was able to use my wife's upgrade to get an iPhone 5 (in the process, giving my wife her iPhone 4S). Everyone got an upgrade from their present phone.



Right now, I think BestBuy's (and Apple's) imperative is to clear stock. Don't know if they are doing this solely to prepare shelf room for the next iteration (whatever its called) or whether they are re-using parts or materials. Whatever the reason, everyone seems pretty aggressive about buying these units back. For that reason, I don't think you'll have any problem getting the full $150, if not more. The question for you, though, is what you will have to come out of pocket for for the iPhone 5 16GB. You get a $50 instant rebate + the $150 trade in gift card for a total of $200. Since the iPhone 5 16 GB model retails for $199, you should be good to go (you'll have to pay the sales tax and any carrier activation charges; in my case earlier this month, that was about $13 total).

Good luck! Be prepared to spend some time in line if you go this weekend, though.
Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for!! I hope it won't be to crowded next weekend! I'm too busy to go till the last day of the promo