T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

Summary: Via the company's new trade-in program, customers can give T-Mobile their old phones in exchange for money, and hopefully a T-Mobile phone.

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Tired of that iPhone? Give it to T-Mobile.

Via the company's new trade-in program, customers can give T-Mobile their old phones in exchange for money. T-Mobile will pay up to $300 for your device, though we're not sure what phone will net you a buy back price that high.

The program's guidelines are pretty generous.  T-Mobile only requires that traded-in phones have "an intact and working display, and being free of liquid damage or corrosion."

But what's particularly interesting about T-Mobile's program is that the company will buy back devices that aren't even available on its network. A 32 GB version of the iPhone 3GS, for example, can net you as much as $170.

Of course, T-Mobile's buyback program isn't driven by an insatiable desire for your old phone, but rather, to put it simply, you. The company hopes that, in the process of getting rid of your dinky old device that you will be compelled to pick up one of their flashy new ones. Will it work? Probably.

Topics: Mobility, Telcos

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  • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

    It's great to be a T-Mobile customer.
    rogerdl
    • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

      @rogerdl You'll be an AT&T customer soon. Enjoy it while you can.
      snoop0x7b
      • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

        @snoop0x7b The AT&T thing is not a done deal. I'm still holding out hope that it won't happen...
        kuko_ako@...
    • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

      @rogerdl Unless your tower goes out for the 4th time in 3 months. Then it sucks.
      Champ_Kind
    • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

      @rogerdl I was looking to <a style="text-decoration: none; color: #333333;" href="http://www.sellmyoldmobiles.com/">sell my mobile</a> and found out you can take advantage of this offer by visiting any T-Mobile retail store. A T-Mobile representative will determine the trade-in value for your device and a check for the quoted amount will be given to you via a mail-in rebate process.
      altonbeal
  • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

    Too bad I can't sell them my old phones, then not get T-Mobile...
    snoop0x7b
    • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

      @snoop0x7b Amen to that. I have about 20 of their old phones laying around that I'd happily sell back to them.
      Champ_Kind
      • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

        @Champ_Kind
        I'd be happy to cash them in for you and stay w/ T-Mobile.
        emeliusbrown
  • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

    I'm seriously on the fence w/T-mobile. Been w/them for more than 4yrs because of their great customer service. Lately though... they've been going the way of the other bigger companies & not caring about their customers.
    s_alvarez@...
    • This is especially true with their call centers

      In the past they would call you back, now they leave you waiting for hours.<br><br>T Mobile made a mistake ditching the previous CEO. The current one may make T Mobile Europe happy, but he is lousy for customers. Reason why I am also contemplating leaving.
      Uralbas
    • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

      @s_alvarez@... I left not because of the customer service but because of the coverage not working out that well for me. I've had them for the past 10 years as different companies (Aerial and Voicestream), but it's been like the last year to year and a half has been one fail after another.
      Champ_Kind
  • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

    If anyone remembers the Commodore 64, Jack Tramiel tried the same trick in 1983-4 of buying anyone else's computer for $100, but it didn't work and was dropped. The reason might be surprising -- the C=64 became the hottest selling single model computer of all time, and it still holds the record. Commodore USA is now coming out with a "new" Commodore 64 for the 21st century, but I bet you won't see them buying any competitor's machines this time.
    bionicbub
  • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

    Gazelle.com will pay more!
    worldbfree4me
  • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

    I've got 3 or 4 old cell phones lying around my house. Would be nice to exchange them for cash. However, since T-Mobile doesn't provide service where I live, it's highly unlikely I'd be interested in signing up with T-Mobile again.
    snideb
    • &quot;Cash&quot; for your phone

      Donate your old phone to Shelter Alliance. They will recycle your old phone and the proceeds go to battered women shelters. It's a good cause and you get a tax deduction.
      trybble1
  • It won't help T-Mobile's problem.

    When Deutsche Telekom announced the agreement to sell to AT&T, many of TM's current customers started to view the company as a soon-to-be-killed-by-the-DEATH-STAR(tm) subsidiary.<br><br>And Pac-Bell, SBC, "AT&T" or whatever the heck they want to call themselves, has Service issues and Contract Terms which are 100% unacceptable for ex-customers like me.<br><br>The problem is simply that the company has been killed by it's owner. We ALL know this (customers and "new prospects" alike). This Marketing strategy, which (at best) leaks money in a hopeless effort to attract new customers, won't work -- we all know that TM is a walking zombie. They won't be getting a positive ROI on this program.<br><br>We really liked switching from AT&T to TM, with unlimited "fake-4G". But we can't recommend TM to friends them anymore - and if your customers can't recommend you, you're dead.
    -----

    In the *real world*, the cellphone business should be turned back into one (or more) well-regulated Monopoly operations. Why? Because 3 sets of towers, and 3 sets of incompatible frequency licensing make about as much sense as 3 electrical companies in the same town -- operating at different voltages, and different frequencies, with different-frequency powerlines going all the way back to 3 different sets of power plants.

    <br><br>THIS is why the USA is becoming a comparative "backwater" in wireless services. We've "invested" $BILLIONS is stupidly redundant, yet unsharable, infrastructure.<br><br>Yes, We're stupid.
    Rick S._z
  • RE: T-Mobile wants to buy your old phone, regardless of who made it

    It's nice to see t-mobile offering this kind of service as it helps the environment. Most people just toss their old phones.
    oahili23
  • Sell your phone to blazing Electronics

    Hi, you can also check Blazing Electronics at www.blazingelectroni​cs.com , they buy newer and older phones (used or new) and smartphones at the best prices (iphone samsung, even ipad). Get a quote in seconds and always free shipping!
    joshwic