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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 03/12/2020).

What’s the best place to sell a phone? Compare your options
DeviceSprintFlipsy
iPhone XS Max (Verizon 64GB Gray)$360 credit$482 cash
iPhone XS (Verizon 64GB Gray)$285 credit$425 cash
iPhone XR (Verizon 64GB Gray)$220 credit$357 cash
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB Gray)$220 credit$340 cash
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Gray)$180 credit$263 cash
iPhone 8 (ATT 64GB Gray)$105 credit$190 cash
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB Black)$105 credit$143 cash
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$45 credit$90 cash
Galaxy S9 Plus (Verizon 32GB Gray)$150 credit$203 cash
Galaxy S9 (Verizon 64GB Gray)$110 credit$174 cash
Galaxy Note 8 (Verizon 64GB Gray)$105 credit$168 cash
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Black)$95 credit$142 cash
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB Black)$80 credit$112 cash
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB Black)$35 credit$66 cash
Galaxy S7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$30 credit$47 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
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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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