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Is the T-Mobile Trade-In Program a Good Deal?

Read our T-Mobile trade-in program review to find out if T-Mobile is the best option for selling your used phone

Want to know if T-Mobile has a good trade-in program? Let’s find out!

Is the T-Mobile trade-in program a good deal?

The following chart compares how much T-Mobile will pay for some popular phones versus trade-in offers found on Flipsy.com (as of 10/29/2018).



DeviceT-MobileFlipsy
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB Gray)$385 credit$551 cash
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Gray)$265 credit$426 cash
iPhone 8 (ATT 64GB Gray)$225 credit$341 cash
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB Black)$155 credit$252 cash
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$100 credit$199 cash
iPhone 6s Plus (Verizon 16GB Gray)$81 credit$183 cash
iPhone 6s (Verizon 16GB Gray)$54 credit$136 cash
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Black)$127 credit$295 cash
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB Black)$109 credit$260 cash
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB Black)$68 credit$143 cash
Galaxy S7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$40 credit$125 cash
Phone not listed? Find your exact phone on the T-Mobile trade-in page, then compare it to offers on Flipsy.com

As the table shows, T-Mobile is not the highest-paying option; in fact, T-Mobile pays an average of 58% less than Flipsy vendors for the models we compared.

T-Mobile also only pays in store credit, applied to your bill within three billing cycles. That means your payout must be spent with T-Mobile, while Flipsy vendors offer cash payment options that can be spent anywhere. T-Mobile does occasionally offer trade-in deals. Currently, you can save $300, $200, or $100 on the iPhone XS when you trade in an eligible phone with finance agreement and wireless service. Keep in mind the value of your trade-in might be greater than that discount.

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How the T-Mobile trade-in program works

Start by visiting the T-Mobile trade-in page, then:

  1. Browse for your phone and select it
  2. T-Mobile will present you with an offer; accept it, and they’ll generate a free, printable prepaid shipping label
  3. Send your phone to T-Mobile; once they receive it and confirm its condition, credit will be applied to your account within three billing cycles

With lower, delayed payments limited to store credit, T-Mobile does not have the best trade-in deal. If you want more money, in cash, and fast, it pays to check Flipsy first.

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