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Sprint Trade-In Program: Fast Money or Bad Deal?

Is the Sprint trade-in program a good deal, or should you look for other smartphone buyback options? We investigate!

How does Sprint’s trade-in program stack up to other trade-in options? Let’s take a look!

Is the Sprint trade-in program a good deal?

Let’s compare how much Sprint will pay for some popular phones versus trade-in offers found on Flipsy.com (as of 12/06/2019).

What’s the best place to sell a phone? Compare your options
DeviceSprintFlipsy
iPhone XS Max (Verizon 64GB Gray)$440 credit$505 cash
iPhone XS (Verizon 64GB Gray)$315 credit$452 cash
iPhone XR (Verizon 64GB Gray)$265 credit$334 cash
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB Gray)$260 credit$359 cash
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Gray)$200 credit$290 cash
iPhone 8 (ATT 64GB Gray)$135 credit$208 cash
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB Black)$125 credit$192 cash
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$70 credit$122 cash
Galaxy S9 Plus (Verizon 32GB Gray)$135 credit$201 cash
Galaxy S9 (Verizon 64GB Gray)$120 credit$176 cash
Galaxy Note 8 (Verizon 64GB Gray)$75 credit$175 cash
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Black)$100 credit$135 cash
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB Black)$80 credit$116 cash
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB Black)$40 credit$76 cash
Galaxy S7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$30 credit$57 cash
Phone not listed? Find your exact phone on the Sprint Buyback page, then compare it to offers on Flipsy.com

As you can see, Sprint is not the highest-paying buyback option. In fact, we found that Sprint paid an average of 45% less than Flipsy vendors for the models compared.



Another important consideration: Sprint only pays in store credit, applied to your bill within four weeks. Thus, you must wait to get your credit and you must be a Sprint customer to spend it.

Did you know? Many phones are worth $100+. Find the value of your phone.

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How the Sprint trade-in program works

Start by visiting the Sprint Buyback page, then:

  1. Search or browse for your phone
  2. Answer a few questions about your phone and its condition, and Sprint will present an offer
  3. Accept the offer, and Sprint will email you a prepaid shipping label along with packaging and shipping instructions
  4. Once Sprint receives your phone and verifies its condition, credit will be applied to your account within four weeks
What about Sprint insurance? Is it worth it? Find out what it covers (and what it doesn’t)

Related Help

> Is Sprint insurance a good deal?

> Verizon trade-in program: Is it a good deal?

> AT&T trade-in program review: Is it a good deal?

> Is the T-Mobile trade-in program a good deal?

> Flipsy: Trusted or Not?

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