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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 05/17/2021).

iPhone XS Max (Verizon 64GB Gray)$270 credit$355
iPhone XS (Verizon 64GB Gray)$188 credit$281
iPhone XR (Verizon 64GB Gray)$159 credit$258
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB Gray)$153 credit$237
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Gray)$99 credit$210
iPhone 8 (ATT 64GB Gray)$79 credit$124
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB Black)$56 credit$122
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$40 credit$74
Galaxy S9 Plus (Verizon 32GB Gray)$70 credit$171
Galaxy S9 (Verizon 64GB Gray)$65 credit$143
Galaxy Note 8 (Verizon 32GB Gray)$40 credit$126
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Black)$35 credit$122
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB Black)$30 credit$97
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB Black)$15 credit$58
Galaxy S7 (Verizon 32GB Black)$10 credit$42
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.

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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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