AT&T Trade-In Program Review: Good Deal or Not? 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 (as of 12/06/2019).

iPhone XS Max (Verizon 64GB Gray)$400 credit$505 cash
iPhone XS (Verizon 64GB Gray)$320 credit$452 cash
iPhone XR (Verizon 64GB Gray)$260 credit$334 cash
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB Gray)$255 credit$359 cash
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Gray)$190 credit$290 cash
iPhone 8 (ATT 64GB Gray)$135 credit$208 cash
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB Black)$100 credit$192 cash
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$60 credit$122 cash
Galaxy S9 Plus (Verizon 32GB Gray)$140 credit$201 cash
Galaxy S9 (Verizon 64GB Gray)$120 credit$176 cash
Galaxy Note 8 (Verizon 32GB Gray)$100 credit$175 cash
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Black)$91 credit$135 cash
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB Black)$80 credit$116 cash
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB Black)$35 credit$76 cash
Galaxy S7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$30 credit$57 cash

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.

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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.

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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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