T-Mobile trade-in program for a new iPhone: it's definitely more generous than Apple's!

T-Mobile trade-in program for a new iPhone: it's definitely more generous than Apple's!

Trade-in deal


A couple of days ago, Apple began to aggressively promote its trade-in program towards new iPhones right on its main page, over at Apple.com. Unprecedented, for sure, some speculate that this may be because 2018 iPhones are not selling super-well. Of course, we can't say that's a fact, since Apple doesn't report sales numbers anymore.

In any case, if you own an iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 8, you can get a nice $300 discount towards one of the new phones — iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max. Not bad in terms of a discount, but if your device is well kept, you really should be able to get a better price for it on the second-hand market.

Well, T-Mobile and Costco have teamed up to give you a better trade-in offer. For one, you can trade a wider variety of phones, not just iPhones, but you will also get more money for your old device. 

In order to get this deal, you need to go to a Costco Warehouse brick and mortar store and get a new iPhone to activate on T-Mobile. You will be issued a prepaid MasterCard within 6-8 weeks of the purchase, and it'll hold your discount money.

So, how much better is T-Mo's offer than Apple's? Well, if you have an old iPhone 5 or 5c, Apple will only give you up to $25 for it. T-Mobile and Costco will give you up to $150. For an iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus, T-Mo will give you up to $390, while Apple offers up to $250 / $300 / $300 / $350. Not to mention, you can trade in an old Nexus 6, LG G4, Galaxy Note 5 or Galaxy S6, and others with T-Mobile. Here's the full list:

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iPhone XS

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

9.5
  • Display 5.8 inches 2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2659 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
iPhone XS Max

PhoneArena Score:

9.3

User Score:

9.3
  • Display 6.5 inches 2688 x 1242 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3179 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
iPhone XR

PhoneArena Score:

9.0

User Score:

9.3
  • Display 6.1 inches 1792 x 828 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A12 Bionic 3GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2942 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x

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