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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 09/14/2021).

PHONESprintFlipsy
iPhone XS Max (Verizon 64GB Gray)$228 credit$347 cash
iPhone XS (Verizon 64GB Gray)$158 credit$252 cash
iPhone XR (Verizon 64GB Gray)$136 credit$247 cash
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB Gray)$134 credit$235 cash
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Gray)$85 credit$200 cash
iPhone 8 (ATT 64GB Gray)$75 credit$120 cash
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB Black)$35 credit$102 cash
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$32 credit$51 cash
Galaxy S9 Plus (Verizon 32GB Gray)$30 credit$129 cash
Galaxy S9 (Verizon 64GB Gray)$30 credit$92 cash
Galaxy Note 8 (Verizon 32GB Gray)$33 credit$110 cash  
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Black)$15 credit$95 cash
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB Black)$15 credit$55 cash
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB Black)$5 credit$30 cash
Galaxy S7 (Verizon 32GB Black)$5 credit$25 cash

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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