T-Mobile Offering iPhone XR at No Extra Cost When Adding New Lines and Trading in Old iPhone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    T-Mobile kicked off a new promotion today that lets new and existing customers get the 64GB iPhone XR at no extra cost when they add new voice lines and trade in a qualifying device.


    Specifically, the promotion is for up to $750 off the iPhone XR over 36 monthly bill credits at $20.84 per month. You can also put the $750 credit towards an iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max to reduce the price of the smartphones.

    New customers will need to activate two new lines of qualifying service, one of which needs to be used with the new device being purchased. Existing T-Mobile customers will need to activate at least one new line of qualifying service to be used with the new device.

    Secondly, you'll need to trade in one of the following eligible devices in good condition: iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus.

    T-Mobile notes that this offer is available both in store nationwide and online at T-Mobile's website, but it'll only last for a limited time.

    Article Link: T-Mobile Offering iPhone XR at No Extra Cost When Adding New Lines and Trading in Old iPhone
  2. consumerDan macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2011
    If you have access to Costco, check there for a similar promotion. I did back in November, traded in iPhone 6s for $50, added a line, received a MasterCard debit card with $700 about 20 days into the new line, and cancelled new line.

    Used Apple Pay Cash to deposit MasterCard debit card to checking account. iPhone XR 128 GB cost about $80 after rebate.
  3. DipDog3 macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2002
    Just seems to me that 36 months is a long time to recoup $750.
  4. Focusx0131 macrumors member


    Feb 23, 2017
    2 of my family members have a X and an 8 through Sprint and they are frustrated with the phones, entirely due to the network. Both phones drop calls and are just overall buggy when it comes to holding a signal and not being able to use voice and data simultaneously in 2019 is an embarrassment.

    Would they be able to trade in their phones for this deal or do they have to be paid off. I know T-Mobile used to pay off the contract balance back in the day but not sure if they still do that now.
  5. AllergyDoc macrumors 65816


    Mar 17, 2013
    Utah, USA
    Just make sure you keep an eye on your bill. T-Mobile often fails to apply the credit now and then, necessitating a call and about ten minutes of your life.
  6. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Or in my case back with the iPhone 7, it took 9 months, about 15 phone calls and easily 15 hours of my time, and eventually a letter to the executive team to finally get my monthly credits. That was incredibly frustrating.

    Aside from that potential issue, one needs to understand that to realize the full $750 discount, you will have to hold onto this phone for 3 full years (actually comes out to 3 years and 2 months since it takes two months to start your credits) and you will have to keep your line of service active with no interruptions. Furthermore, you also lose the value of whatever it is that you’re trading in, so you’re not really saving $750 either...

    All just factors to consider.
  7. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Too bad new lines need to be added. I would buy 2 XRs if you could trade in 7’s. Couple of years ago you could get the whole cost of a 7 covered with even a 5c trade in. No more of that.
  8. ghostface147 macrumors 68030


    May 28, 2008
    When I switched my parents to t-mobile a few years ago, they required a trade in of their old phone. Just one. We mailed the phone in and they screwed up so bad that they ended up having a credit of over $2,000. I let it ride for a few months and then I guess the good in me called in to correct it. To be fair, I did bring it up to them at first, but they never really moved on it.
  9. tennisproha macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2011
    My understanding was that if you cancelled the lines within a year, the credit was taken away...
  10. cane811 macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2014
  11. CrzyP macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2012
  12. kaidou1412 macrumors newbie


    Dec 21, 2017
    No that’s not true.
  13. Bomb617 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2012
    Did you cancel the new line or one of your existing line?
  14. nviz22 macrumors 603


    Jun 24, 2013
    I miss those promos without the annoying add a line component. Now, T-Mobile has enough subscribers where they can go back to being a “carrier.”

    Once the merger gets approved, they’ll even have less reasons to be a market disruptor.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 20, 2019 ---
    I wouldn’t be surprised they have a repercussion for using a prepaid debit card early to payoff the lease early and cancel lines. I understand that T-Mobile can claim they have new subscribers, but wouldn’t they crack down on the subsidy usage?
  15. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    Love TMobile, but they need to do a lot better. Either require a trade in without a new line or allow special pricing on new lines without a required trade in. Not every new line is a port. Not every upgrade is replacing a new device. I missed my window for trading in my S7 and now I can’t get special pricing to upgrade it.
  16. Terrinb macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2015

    T-Mobile changes promotions frequently. Not too long ago you got a 390 credit with trade in and no line. Since I didn’t need a line and I had an older phone that was a better deal.

    This deal has been around before. It also offered XRs included with service for 40 a month. There probably was a line minimum.
  17. shigzeo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2005
    The onus is on them to adjust the kerning.
  18. 4jasontv macrumors 68000

    Jul 31, 2011
    The issue is that it’s usually a ‘qualifying’ trade in.
  19. RobNYC macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
    This deal definitely was around before. In fact they had it around Thanksgiving when I added my parents and brother to my plan to take advantage of it and the $35 a month promo they were offering at the time.
  20. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    I don’t get it. Why can’t the iPhone 8 be free instead of this? My parents need a new iPhone and they don’t want a notch or no home button.
  21. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    The eligible device rule is a bit ridiculous. It's a better deal for iPhone 6 owners than iPhone X owners by a long shot.

    Even though I'm a T-Mobile customer. I won't go for this. I'd have to switch to one of their considerably more expensive plans. Which would end up costing and extra $35 per month with no added plan value. Making the iPhone Xr cost $1,260. Sorry T-Mobile but I'm no fool. I'm not giving up my grandfathered plan which fits my needs perfectly. I'll just keep picking up 2-3 year old flagship phones for $130 to $200 every couple of years. They still have excellent performance.
  22. RobNYC macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
    I think you owe whats left on the phone if you want to cancel.
  23. ChittagongBoy macrumors member


    Aug 23, 2011
    Spoke to T-Mobile, the new line must remain active for the period of the promotion i.e. 36 months, it boils down to 390 discount instead of the 750 as advertised.
  24. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I would look hard at what each of the carriers offer for your old phone. I recently checked on trade-in value for an iPhone 6. AT&T offered $60. Verizon offered $300. Big difference!
  25. ChittagongBoy macrumors member


    Aug 23, 2011
    sooo much fine print - its just ridiculous.

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