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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 09/14/2021).

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