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Sprint expands their "Buyback" program - now includes phones from other carriers

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We're guessing that not everyone plans on keeping their old handset forever – especially when there are so many incentives from carriers that allow you to upgrade to newer devices. Instead of giving it to a friend or family member as a hand me down, you can simply take advantage of Sprint's expanded Buyback program. Sprint has launched the new initiative that intends to boost US wireless recycling rates as opposed to seeing those old handsets end up in landfills. The new offer now enables existing or new customers to receive an instant point-of-sale credit for devices they end up giving to the wireless provider – they're actually accepting all makes and models; regardless of the manufacturer or carrier. If you plan on taking up this offer, you'll have to visit any of the over 1,000 participating Sprint-owned retail stores nationwide that'll give you approximately between $5 and up to $300 for your old handset. For example,  a BlackBerry Bold 9700 will fetch a $161.05 credit while an LG enV2 for $35.59. Rather than having to make a trip to those stores, customers can simply check out sprintbuyback.com where it'll provide you an estimate for your handset – so there's no wasting precious time going to a store if it doesn't spark your interest. So if you're eying one of Sprint's current or future handsets, you may want to check out this offer if you're a bit strapped for cash right now.

source: Sprint

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:45

1. nancyfuqindrew (Posts: 32; Member since: 07 Jan 2010)

Can we please get some good phones instead?

posted on 23 Feb 2010, 13:58

2. rwolf1984 (Posts: 532; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)

Dan Hesse must be desperate. Remember when Hesse said customer defection would end 2008. Remember when the Obama administration said that unemployment wouldnt rise over 8% if we passed his stimulus? What is up with all of these Presidents and CEOs blowing it with the numbers? http://gigaom.com/2009/02/19/sprint-loses-less-money-more-subscribers/ Anyways, Recycling is a good thing, but the Env2 and the Bold 9700 are better than most of the phones Sprint carries. Instead Sprint should work on getter better devices and some better incentives to make the switch. Sprint should offer Free Activation more frequently (it does not take $36 to activate a phone...get real) and do some aggressive promotions with devices and maybe a couple months free on a data plan. BOGO some droids or blackberries while your at it. Get the new 2yr contract activation. Keep customers the contract customers.

posted on 23 Feb 2010, 17:30

3. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

I used to be with Sprint, they were good until I moved, and really the only thing that real irked me was the fact that they charged an activation fee for UPGRADES! I just couldnt understand the logic behind it....charge an existing customer to stay with your service? Granted i dont know if they still do or not but its not a good policy at all, IMO. Wow and i just looked at the article you posted a link for...49.3 million subscribers as of Feb 2009. I remember when they were in like the 60's.....then the Nextel deal happened, been hemorrhaging ever since.

posted on 23 Feb 2010, 19:55

5. theman10 (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 May 2009)

FYI, everyone charges an upgrade fee.

posted on 23 Feb 2010, 20:11

6. Hotzb22 (Posts: 109; Member since: 30 Mar 2009)

sprint is not the only one that charges a upgrade fee

posted on 24 Feb 2010, 00:20

7. VZW (Posts: 24; Member since: 02 Nov 2009)

Verizon doesn't. If you do an early upgrade, we usually waive it if you come in the store and buy it. If you are a VIP customer (2+year customer) it waived no matter where you buy the phone.

posted on 24 Feb 2010, 10:57

8. phone333 (Posts: 331; Member since: 04 Feb 2009)

Sprint Premiere customers don't pay it either last time I checked. They credit ur bill if you get charged.

posted on 23 Feb 2010, 17:32

4. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Just to throw it out there... flipswap.com gives way better buyback prices than whats listed here.

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