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AT&T is giving you at least $100 for your old smartphone

Trade-in AT&T

Starting tomorrow you can save at least $100 off of your next smartphone from AT&T. The carrier is starting a new program that gives you credit for your old devices that you can apply towards your next purchase. It sounds like a good way to get into new Lumia 920 or HTC 8X. Details below.

To qualify for the deal, you need to bring in your old smartphone that isn’t older than three years. The phone should be in good, working condition. Take it into an AT&T company store and you’ll receive at least $100 for your account that you can apply towards a new smartphone, your phone bill, or new accessories in the store. Some trade-in devices may value higher than $100 and you’ll receive that higher value, but you can’t go below it.

A lot of trade-in programs usually have a max amount for what you can get for your old smartphone, so it’s nice to see AT&T offer a minimum instead. The company started the trade-in program to help customers support the company’s sustainability initiatives. Customers win by getting a little cash out of their older electronics.

You can get more details below in the press release or at the trade-in programs website. Anyone thinking of using this towards a potential Lumia ‘EOS’ in July?

Source: ATT Press Release

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Laura Knotek says:

Sweet! I have an old BlackBerry that I can get rid of toward credit. :-)

erzhik says:

I never do trade ins. They usually give you much less than you can get on CL or eBay.

Sam Sabri says:

Of course. Trade-ins make sense for people that don't have the time to find a buyer or aren't too tech/business savvy. 

chuckdaly says:

No, its not about time, but effort.  It takes less time to post an item on Craigslist or Ebay, than it does for most people to drive to a local AT&T retailer.  Craigslist and Ebay are rediculously easy to use today.  Trade-ins only make sense for those too lazy or afraid to try something new. 
I have nothing against those who choose to trade their smartphone in, but I refuse to buy into the fallacy that other options require a larger investment of time.

Verkunder says:

Unless it's a Samsung Focus, so I'm gonna snap this up.

theefman says:

Not going to get much for a dell venue pro after eBay fees.

Kon-Aitor says:

on Ebay, a used foucs is going for ~60.
ATT is giving 100. In some cases it's good. 

Jf.Vigor says:

Awesome. At&t is honestly the best U.S. carrier. Lets Argue about it

RyanAMG says:

How about tomorrow at lets say 4:05pm

HYDR0SH0K says:

I've got your back

carlosrdd says:

AT&T is the best! They get all the best phones before anyone and I've had no problems with their service. Just wish they were faster with updates.

baileystein says:

There is no "best carrier". It varies by location. I get LTE with Verizon at home, but I used to get 2G (yes, EDGE) with AT&T. They still only have edge, and they didn't work with me when I wanted to leave. Switching was the best phone related decision I've ever made.

Aaron M says:

I'll take you up on that. Im switching from at&T to T-Mobile. Why? Because for 5 lines at $110 total, I'll be paying $22 per line and get unlimited calls, text, and data. Yes I know im throttled after 500MB, but on at&T I would get penalized for going over my 200MB. So find me a plan for that same value on at&T. Honestly, I'll switch back if they release a plan similar to what T-Mobile has now.

lesd777 says:

That's 500Mb for the entire account I believe, so the 4 other lines will also help chew that up rather quickly. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Aaron M says:

Thats what I initially thought as well, that it was a shared data plan.  But nope, its 500MB per line.  Crazy good deal compared to AT&T.

oditius says:

I am not giving up LTE for a slower HSPA+ to save a few bucks.

TonyDedrick says:

Wouldn't go as far as say they are the best. They're hit/miss, probably like any other carrier

realwarder says:

They're the ones making money on this...
 
Any phone under 3 years old is likely to get more on ebay etc.

dalydose says:

Do you think AT&T has an eBay team sitting and waiting to sell your phone?  This is likely a partnership with someone like flipswap.com.  I'd rather have them deal with selling it, than getting 20 calls with people trying to trade me their old Galaxy for it or undercutting my price by half.  I've sold stuff that way and it's just plain annoying.

If that EOS comes out, I'm going to try to trade both my Lumia 900 and 920 to help pay for that sucker.  Well, only if MS fixes XBox Music, otherwise I'll have to keep the 900 to use Zune as my MP3 player.

 

nicewabbit says:

Apparently my year-old Lumia 900 is worth $61. I don't know how to feel about that!

erzhik says:

Sold mine on Amazon for $200.

dalydose says:

Well, that means you're getting $39 premium, since they will still give you the $100. I can see how our 900's have fallen in price. The market for a used phone drops significantly even when the phone is new. We got caught on the cusp of a generation change, so the 900 will be undervalued.

expectafight says:

where is it worth 61 bucks if AT&T is offering at least 100 for it?

gtbuzz says:

I checked mine as well and it also says $61. According to the press release, it does say "Beginning May 1" and "at least $100 off", so perhaps the values will change tomorrow. It also says current smartphone though, and my L920 is technically my "current" smartphone. Who knows if that's a technicality.
 
I'd take $100 in store credit though. L900's look to sell for about $150 on eBay, so you'd net about $125. Not having any hassle seems worth $25.

StreetNerd says:

sold my old SE Arc S for 100 dollars at vodaphonelol :')

HYDR0SH0K says:

16 dollars for my Samsung Flash, eh? No thanks, tired of being rape shredded by ATT. I'll keep my extra phone as a back up Mp3 player.

poddie says:

Uhhh... I thought the whole point of the article is that they will give you a MINIMUM of $100. So that would seem to be a great deal for you, right?

expectafight says:

You can get more details below in the press release or at the trade-in programs website. Anyone thinking of using this towards a potential Lumia ‘EOS’ in July?

 
Youre working 920 is worth 120 bucks Sam.  just sayin...

Man, you all really need to READ the article before posting.

Witness says:

It's like asking people to read the release notes of an app, before submitting a 1-star review.

Isn't every windows phone less than 3 yrs old?

krafty11 says:

No, I think my Audiovox SMT5600 is close to 10 years old

And that's running windows phone? Not windows mobile?

krafty11 says:

You said windows phone not Windows Phone

Witness says:

Windows Phone, not Windows CE, or Mobile.

jhoff80 says:

Wow, really tempting to trade in my HP Veer that I have lying around somewhere and barely ever used.  I think I got it for $50 off contract, so this would somehow end up being a profit, which would be awesome.
 
I'll have to check tomorrow, since today it says I'd get a total of $13 from it.

peterfares says:

The $100 minimum is only if you're buying a new phone on contract. If you're just trading in you'll get that quote.

Jazmac says:

They could have my Lumia 900. I won't be going back to it.

HeyCori says:

Yup, gonna have to trade-in that Samsung Focus.  I love you Focus but with a 920, Titan, and 900 in the house, there's just no room for you.

JoeStix1x says:

I'm excited to see that my Lumia 810 is coming up $201.00.

It may be time to say goodbye to T-Mobile completely!

Think they'll my Focus Flash...?
(holding breath...lots of it)

diplomat696 says:

Have kept my v1 focus this long, used it to mess with custom roms now etc being that I upgraded to the 920. Not sure if I am ready to upgrade yet so probably gonna hang on to my little piece of history

rcx84 says:

Coming from Sprint, I have an old Evo 4G and Evo 3D, both of them being WiMAX. Thanks to Sprint flip flopping on WiMAX/LTE, my phones are next to worthless to anyone, even those on Sprint. This promotion is a huge break for me!

sdreamer says:

Hmm... Wonder if my HTC Fuze qualifies... I didn't see anywhere in the PR about it being less than 3 years.

Sam Sabri says:

I think that bit was in the email they sent us. 

Sweet, I had been just recently trying to sell my Samsung Focus for $60 on CL.  Only got a serious offer of $35 which I was going to take but the guy lived an hour out of town.  Now I am going to trade it in toward credit on our bill.

AndyD33 says:

I just punched in my focus and it popped up that they'll give $100 for it.
 
Now the question is if i want to keep it for the game progress on it or not. :P

Yeah, I finished all my WP7 only games I think. Not worth keeping for $100.

AndyD33 says:

That's not what I was referring to specifically. I meant games like Angry Birds and such where it takes a while to progress through levels and there is no way to transfer progress to WP8 afaik.

I get it. I already started them all over. It's a pain but I still enjoy playing them. Wish MS would add game backup to Live games, perhaps to SkyDrive.

cannon#WP says:

I'd never get more than $45 for my LG Quantum so this is a pretty good deal.

latempete says:

I have a working one too! Kept it as a backup but for $100... ;) That was a really good phone. I wonder if LG will ever try again.

They altered the press release this morning. Its now only good for buying a new phone. ATT just refused me for credit on my bill.

nrln says:

Does this mean i can get the lumia 920 without starting a new 2 year contract?

No. The $100 price is with a contract.  A no contract phone would be $500-600.

Andygoes says:

Just did the checker and found out that my wife's Droid Incredible is worth $100 and my HTC Surround is worth $5. Yay for the first, boo for second. Going to head in store tomorrow to see if I can finagle a better deal.

My Samsung Focus got me $100 on the website. Did you enter both at the same time? Perhaps there is a 1 per household limit? I didn't read about any limits in the fine print though, but doesn't mean they don't have them.

Well I am not sure why but I was able to use the Website and get my $100 credit WITHOUT buying a new phone.  Don't know why the store demanded that I do so.  I am hoping the $100 credit I get from the Website can be applied to services (ie bill).  It's ambiguous abou tthat in some areas it says Services but in the fine print it says products.  Will ship it out tomorrow and hopefully get the credit soon and will let you know.

Eh. There's always a use for an old smartphone. 
Personally, I use an old Nokia N85 slider as a workout mp3 player for the gym and running;  I recently switched out an old 4gb microsd card for a 32gb card and voila: infinite workout playlists and audio books, plus the old Nokia Symbian phones had FM transmitters that you can use to tune in to a gym's TV audio broadcasting, so you can listen to CNN or CNBC or Bloomberg, while you run on the treadmill.
And if you connect to a gym's wifi, you get Nokia's Internet radio (sort of an early version of TuneIn Radio).  Those Symbian phones, pre touch screen, were surprisingly feature packed and pocketable.

 
I just got my $100 card for my old Samsung Focus. Hopefully I can use it on my bill.