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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 12/17/2021).

iPhone 12 Pro Max (Verizon 128GB)$485$751
iPhone 12 Pro (T-Mobile 512GB)$530$670
iPhone 12 (Unlocked 128GB)$340$555
iPhone 12 Mini (Sprint 64GB)$265$342
iPhone SE 2 (AT&T 64GB)$80$145
iPhone 11 Pro Max (T-Mobile 256GB)$360$492
iPhone 11 Pro Max (Verizon 64GB)$335$548
iPhone 11 (Sprint 64GB)$180$290
iPhone XS Max (Verizon 64GB)$215$344
iPhone XS (Verizon 64GB)$140$272
iPhone XR (Verizon 64GB)$127$257
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB)$122$248
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB)$82$207
iPhone 8 (ATT 64GB)$75$121
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB)$35$96
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB)$31$45
Samsung Galaxy S21 5G ( Verizon128GB)$280$327
Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G (AT&T)$275$366
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G (Unlocked)$150$355
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus 5G (Sprint)$240$277
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G (T-Mobile)$210$295
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus 5G (Verizon 512GB)$160$342
Samsung Galaxy Note10 Plus (Sprint 256GB)$155$243
Samsung Galaxy S10 AT&T (Unlocked 128GB)$85$149
Galaxy S9 Plus (Verizon 64GB)$30$107
Galaxy S9 (Verizon 64GB)$30$93
Galaxy Note 8 (Verizon 64GB)$31$95
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB)$15$90
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB)$15$55
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB)$5$31
Galaxy S7 (Verizon 32GB)$0$25
Find Current Trade In Prices for Smart Phones @ Flipsy

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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