Thanks to a tweet from T-Mobile CEO John Legere, T-Mobile made an offer I just couldn't refuse.
My three daughters have been using second-hand iPhone 5 models for a couple years and were content to continue using them while also starting to consider Dad's hand-me-downs -- that is, some of the Android options I'm finished using.
T-Mobile stated I could buy a new iPhone 7 for free with an iPhone 6 trade-in. I wish I would have known about this before I sold my iPhone 6s Plus for a $400 loss.
Since my daughters have older iPhone 5 models, I didn't think this offer applied to our situation. I then went to the T-Mobile iPhone offers website and found that iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone SE owners could trade in their old working iPhone and buy a 32GB Apple iPhone 7 for just $250.
With the iPhone 7 32GB model starting at $649.99, T-Mobile is offering customers $399.99 to trade in an old iPhone 5 that has a value of less than $100. As a result, we decided to purchase each of them a new iPhone 7 for an early Christmas present since their iPhone 5 models are worth so little on the second-hand market.
As I went through the process, I learned several things that I hope will help some of you as you go through this with T-Mobile and other carriers offering a similar trade-in.
It took me about 25 minutes to get through all three of these orders and trade-in offers while accessing the site through the My T-Mobile portal. It was a bit painful, and I still have some doubts about how things will shake out. In a couple of months, my account should be settled out with the trades completed and credits being properly applied.
In the end, we should see a net increase of just over $35 a month for these three new iPhone 7 models for the next 24 months. Considering I am still under the Simple Choice four lines for $120 10GB plan, that's not a bad deal. Essentially, we were able to get these new iPhones for about the same monthly increase as if I was forced to upgrade to the new T-Mobile One unlimited plans. I'm sticking with my Simple Choice plan as long as I can.
Next week, the three new iPhone 7 models should arrive, and we'll start the trade-in process. I have images and written statements from T-Mobile customer service representatives in case the trade offer attempts to stiff me with only a $50 to $60 reimbursement. This is going to take some time to see the benefit here, but in the end, I think it's worth it for my daughters who will use these new iPhone 7 models for at least two to three years.
I also purchased my own 128GB Apple iPhone 7 Plus in order to cover iOS on ZDNet, so stay tuned later in the month for that full review.If you have any further questions on the process, please let me know in the comments below.