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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 12/17/2021).

ModelSprintFlipsy
iPhone 13 128GB Verizon$415$571
iPhone 12 64GB Verizon$330$525
iPhone 11 64GB Verizon$180$357
iPhone SE 2 (2021) 64GB Verizon$80$163
iPhone 12 Pro Max (Verizon 128GB)$485$751
iPhone 12 Pro (T-Mobile 512GB)$530$670
iPhone 12 (Unlocked 128GB)$340$555
iPhone 12 Mini (Sprint 64GB)$265$342
iPhone SE 2 (AT&T 64GB)$80$145
iPhone 11 Pro Max (T-Mobile 256GB)$360$492
iPhone 11 Pro Max (Verizon 64GB)$335$548
iPhone 11 (Sprint 64GB)$180$290
iPhone XS Max (Verizon 64GB)$215$344
iPhone XS (Verizon 64GB)$140$272
iPhone XR (Verizon 64GB)$127$257
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB)$122$248
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB)$82$207
iPhone 8 (Verizon 64GB)$75$121
Galaxy Z Fold 3 VerizonN/A$755
Galaxy Z Fold 2 Verizon$390$580
Galaxy Note 20 Verizon$275$366
Galaxy Z Flip 3 VerizonN/A$480
Galaxy Z Flip 2/5G VerizonN/AN/A
Galaxy S20 Verizon$210$282
Galaxy Note 10 Verizon$130$242
Galaxy S10 128GB Verizon$85$149
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G ( Verizon128GB)$280$327
Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (AT&T)$275$366
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G (Unlocked)$150$355
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G (Sprint)$240$277
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (T-Mobile)$210$295
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus 5G (Verizon 512GB)$160$342
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus (Sprint 256GB)$155$243
Samsung Galaxy S10 AT&T (Unlocked 128GB)$85$149
Galaxy S9 Plus (Verizon 64GB)$30$107
Galaxy S9 (Verizon 64GB)$30$93
Galaxy Note 8 (Verizon 64GB)$31$95
Find Current Trade In Prices for Smart Phones @ Flipsy

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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