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AT&T Trade-In Program Review: Good Deal or Not?

Flipsy.com gives you the lowdown on AT&T’s trade-in program and compares it to other buyback options

How does AT&T’s trade-in program stack up to other trade-in options? Let’s take a look!

Is the AT&T trade-in program a good deal?

Let’s start by comparing how much AT&T will pay for some popular phones versus trade-in offers found on Flipsy.com (as of 04/01/2019).



DeviceAT&TFlipsy
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB Gray)$360 credit$547 cash
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Gray)$280 credit$430 cash
iPhone 8 (AT&T 64GB Gray)$210 credit$322 cash
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB Black)$170 credit$246 cash
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$95 credit$174 cash
iPhone 6s Plus (Verizon 16GB Gray)$95 credit$171 cash
iPhone 6s (Verizon 16GB Gray)$65 credit$117 cash
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Black)$165 credit$220 cash
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB Black)$125 credit$192 cash
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB Black)$80 credit$118 cash
Galaxy S7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$70 credit$91 cash
Phone not listed? Find your exact phone on AT&T’s trade-in program page, then compare it to offers on Flipsy.com

As you can see, AT&T is not the highest-paying option. In our comparison, AT&T paid an average of 28% less than Flipsy vendors.

In addition, AT&T only pays in store credit – not cash – so you must spend your money with AT&T. Flipsy vendors offer cash payouts, so you’re free to spend your money wherever and however you’d like.

Have a phone to sell? Trust verified stores compete to offer 30% more than carrier trade-in programs. Find out how much yours is worth.

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How the AT&T trade-in program works

Start by visiting AT&T’s trade-in page, then:

  1. Search or browse for your phone
  2. Answer a few questions about its condition, and AT&T will present you with an offer
  3. If you accept the offer, AT&T will send you a prepaid shipping kit within 5 to 7 days
  4. Pack your phone in the shipping kit and return it within 30 days
  5. Once AT&T receives your phone and verifies its condition, you will receive an AT&T Promotion Card credited with your phone’s value within two weeks

With lower payouts limited to store credit, AT&T does not offer the best deal for used phones. If you want more money – in cash – it literally pays to check Flipsy first.

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