Sprint guarantees minimum $200 trade-in value for phones belonging to T-Mobile customers

Sprint guarantees minimum $200 trade-in value for phones belonging to T-Mobile customers
While Sprint still won't cut T-Mobile customers' bills in half, it is offering a special deal for its customers. Starting today and running through April 9th, Sprint will guarantee T-Mobile customers a minimum $200 in-store credit for their smartphone trade-in. The customer needs to port his T-Mobile phone number over to Sprint. The deal can be used in combination with another offer from Sprint that gives those switching to the mobile operator as much as $350 per line in a prepaid or gift card. This helps cover ETF fees or any equipment installment balance owed to the carrier that the customer is departing.

Sprint currently matches valid trade-in offers for smartphones, and this will continue even with the new offer. In fact, analytics firm Compass Intelligence has selected Sprint's trade-in plan as being the best amongst the four major U.S. carriers for the fourth consecutive year. Sprint bought back 3 million phones in 2014. What happens to these handsets? Last year, 80% of them were remanufactured and used as certified pre-owned devices. Since Sprint has started re-cycling phones it buys in a trade-in, the company has saved $1 billion that it would have had to spend to purchase the devices.

Sprint even set a world record, acknowledged by Guinness, for the number of cell phones recycled in one week. That took place in 2013 and Sprint doubled the old record held by AT&T.

source: Sprint

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27 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1456; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Oh Sprint you should concentrate on growing your network and stop dropping calls. I still can't beleive your signal not being able to penetrate house walls.

3. GeekMovement unregistered

^ This! Seriously, cut with the deals and work on your coverage. This is coming from someone who lives close to a city with usually 1-2 bars upstairs (forget about 4G) next to the window.

6. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Hey, That Rhymes. You're a poet and didn't know it, Derekjeter! If that is your real name......

27. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Perhaps he should change his name to Notorious 2 Cents.

13. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Dude Sprint has done plenty to upgrade its network the last couple of years, including adding voice and LTE on the refarmed 800mhz nextel spectrum. I have personal experience as the company I work for has an enterprise contract with Sprint, tens of thousands of lines, I have an iPhone 6 with Sprint Spark. Not only have speeds increased exponentially, coverage indoors and reliability is much better now. Once they add the 600mhz spectrum next year, indoor coverage will be even better.

14. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

You live in a world that is totally different than mine. Here in Seattle they don't even have LTE rolled out everywhere. A co-worker of mine has a Galaxy S5 and I checked out his phone when we were going down Interstate 405 and he was still stuck on EVDO(3G)... Sprint freaking sucks. I'm glad we left them a year ago after being a customer for 11 years. Total waste of money, never got what I paid for. 50-200Kbps download speeds and dropped calls everywhere.... Can you even imagine trying to load Phone Arena at 50 Kbps? It doesn't work.

22. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

I travel all over the country with my Sprint iPhone 6 from work and I also have Verizon as my personal carrier. To be honest, I haven't traveled to Seattle recently but just about every other area I have traveled to has been upgraded by Sprint. Obviously there are still some markets that are not complete due to the sheer scope of work involved in upgrading Sprints network. Instead of just adding LTE, they opted to rebuild their network from the ground up with the latest and greatest tech, obviously that has cost them in terms of completion timeframe. All I can say is that even though Sprint has upgraded much of its network nationwide already, that is only phase 1. In phase 2, they are still adding additional bands of LTE and increasing speeds and capacity. In those markets, I literally notice improvements on a daily or weekly basis.

2. chrisgmaher

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

With individual unlimited plans 20 to 30 dollars cheaper per month, this will attract a lot of people. And most android phones on Sprint now have wifi calling if you have trouble with coverage in your house.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1456; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Wifi calling is a great idea but that shouldn't be Tmo and Sprints answer to poor service. They both should grow their network instead of paying ETF and giving away so much stuff. Get better service and people will sign up. What good is it to have a good phone like the Nexus 6 when you can't even use it like you hoped.

5. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Agree 100%. This is what T-Mobile is doing. If they deliver on their promises they'll be the carrier with the absolute best coverage available. Which is just remarkable.

7. DonkeySauce

Posts: 194; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

No way is that going to happen. T-Mo doesn't have the money or infrastructure to be able to build out that much.

12. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

T-Mobile has begun rolling out their band 12 700MHz. Of course, more towers is a big key, but a 700MHz band will do great things in terms of penetration into buildings and overall coverage.

18. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Even if they had the money for their infrastructure T-Mobile, and all carriers really, have to deal with city ordinances, regulations and NIMBYs on tower setup and amount per time frame. So it's not totally the carriers fault for lagging coverage. Verizon's pricing is somewhat justified but AT&T's... meh. Sprint has to do a lot more to get their service up to par. Even in NYC Sprint is pretty spotty. T-Mobile is great if you stick to major highways and metro areas and connected urban/ suburban areas.

9. chrisgmaher

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

I agree that network is the biggest issue but your acting as if that is a quick overnight fix. Sprint is already investing billions into network enhancements AND offering great promotions to switch to them.

15. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Their billions invested is a lie. Single band LTE doesn't even cover Seattle yet let alone this fabled tri band LTE they keep blabbing about.

16. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Repost

17. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Repost. Sorry.

8. thxultra

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

How about fixing your awful network sprint. Had sprint for a few months and couldn't take it and i even live in a heavly populated area. T-mobile is solid around here and sprint often defaults to 3g service just awful. Sprints network is running more customers away then t-mobile that is where there focus should be.

10. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

TMobile does not have the network footprint as large as Sprint. You need to wake up smell the coffee, and come again. They may have faster speeds in some areas, but overall Sprint is a better Network provider. If you love TMobile, and it's lackluster coverage area go for it. If all you want is speeds in some areas TMobile is for you until you actually go out into the great blue yonder. I drove from Massachusetts to Ocala Florida via I95 with Sprint not dropping a single call. try the with TMobile. I have a TMobile user in my family and when he travels with us to PA he drops, and can not get a good signal until he gets back to NY. Smoke and mirrors vs COMPANY UPGRADING IT'S TOTAL NETWORK FROM THE GROUND UP. You fools that keep saying Sprint should upgrade it's network are ignorant to the fact that their service disruptions are due to total network restructuring. research this before saying anything not true or foolish!

19. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Sprint relies a lot on roaming deals, especially those with Verizon even with the Nextel merger. Of course it's not entirely Sprint's fault but they do have to invest more into their network (and I understand that they need more customers/ capital to do so) instead of more promotions.

24. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

When I made my trip I remained on the Sprint network only I had roaming turned off the whole trip. Sprint's network is way ahead of Tmobile, and if you try to call me out on this just go to the Tmobile website and compare.

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Funny I had a HTC One M7 on Sprint and a Galaxy Note 2 on T-Mobile in early 2014. Here in Seattle Sprint had 50-200 Kbps 3G download speeds, T-Mobile did around 30 Mbps. I went to Anaheim CA and brought the family to Disneyland. Sprint was roaming the whole time I was in Disneyland while T-Mobile had a great 20 Mbps connection. We also went to Honolulu HI, right in Waikiki a popular tourist spot Sprint had 1 bar of 3G but in reality it couldn't even complete a Speed test. It would error out. T-Mobile had a perfect 25 Mbps LTE connection. In each place I'd have to make a hotspot out of my work T-Mobile phone to check my personal email on my M7. Totally insane. Sprints network is garbage. Infact in each place I uploaded gigs of pictures from my Sprint M7 to my Dropbox through my T-Mobile WiFi hotspot.... I couldn't upload crap over Sprint.

23. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

Doakie, I get it. As you know Sprint is STILL working on its network in many markets. For some reason, the west coast has taken longer to upgrade than the rest of the country and I believe the network vendor there is Samsung. I know for a fact Hawaii has been a pain for Sprint due to permitting with local govt due to the scope of work involved with Sprints complete network overhaul. I'm not trying to make excuses, your points are valid but Sprint IS aware of these issues and working on fixing that. The HTC One M7 is a single band LTE device on Sprint. You really need a tri-band Spark device to enjoy many of the improvements Sprint has made. I personally cannot believe what difference it made when our company upgraded us from single band BlackBerry Q10's to tri-band iPhone 6 with Spark. I know service in those areas has already improved exponentially.

25. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1457; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

You may have had this happen, and Sprint may not have had coverage in those areas or probably was upgrading their network in those areas. No company not even Verizon has coverage everywhere, but last year Sprint was deep in Network upgrades especially in early 2014. Your interactions with Sprint then may not reflect the same results today. Not to mention your experiences with slow speeds indicates that Spint's network was not complete in those areas. I can tell you for sure that here in NYC I have reports of about 70mbs on S4GRU.com, and personally have made 36 mbs and average 15-20 in my home area. Until they are complete there will be slow speeds. I However use my phone mostly for making calls and 98% of the places I travel I can make a call the hell with speed if I cant get a signal. I can assure you that Sprint is upgrading it's network, and has been since the failure of the Lightsquared debacle. If you want spotty coverage and sometimes fast speeds stay with Tmobile. If Ymobile works for you in your home area, and you never travel or will never need your phone outside of your home area fine. I travel and I need phone service 1st speed second. "Funny" how speed is more important than getting service, and compare speed and lacklustre coverage to slower speed and far better coverage. Tmobile is like having a Lamborghini that goes 200 miles an hour until you leave a major city and breaksdown, or slows to a crawl outside of every major urban city.....seems annecdotal at best, and when Sprint's network speed upgrades are complete TMobile will still be in the same boat trying to play catch up. Who knows if you play nice I may slow down, and give you a ride when that Lamborghini of yours stops in the middle of no where.

11. andrewchristopher

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I don't understand all the negative comments about the network. They have been working on the network and I haven't had a dropped call in over six months. My data is fine and I have LTE everywhere I go now. They also have Spark here now (Minnesota) and my data and is almost twice as fast as my friend's who uses an iPhone 6 on Verizon. The other guy was right, an network upgrade does not happen overnight. They sure seem to be fixing the network in Minnesota. Maybe you should go get a Sprint phone and try it out now. I've also had a few friends port to Sprint from Verizon and AT&T and haven't complained about losing coverage. And we travel all the time.

21. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'll believe it when I see it.

26. atlvideoguy

Posts: 73; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

yeah now more people can get slow 2G speeds on sprints 3G network. Maybe 1mbps on 4G LTE!

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