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:



1. sirohunter

Posts: 221; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Why is it that I never see the iPhone X to be eligible for trade in? Is it because it’s still too new?

4. BoatsBoatsBoats

Posts: 33; Member since: May 03, 2018

I believe if it isn't shown its because the trade in value is higher than the 390$. Also goes for the note 9 if I remember.

2. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2283; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Why was my 7 Plus/256GB deal the best deal of century. I was able to trade in two 6 Plus's for two 7 Plus's 2 years ago and received a $650 credit each over 24 months. My OOP was only $11/mo x 2 over 24 months for two brand new 7 Plus/256GB's valued at $969 each at the time. I don't see this as a good deal for $390 credit.

3. civicsr2cool

Posts: 280; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

OG pixel can be bought on ebay for 100-150 and traded in for 390 for anyone wanting to try this out

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