T-Mobile will give BlackBerry owners $200 for any working 'Berry traded in for a new smartphone

T-Mobile will give BlackBerry owners $200 for any working 'Berry traded in for a new smartphone
Last weekend, T-Mobile sent out a mailer, trying to get BlackBerry owners to switch to the Apple iPhone 5s. BlackBerry fans were up in arms, leading T-Mobile CEO John Legere to say that he would look into the matter. Even BlackBerry's new CEO was peeved. So on Wednesday, T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert announced a new trade-in offer for BlackBerry users who are already on, or want to be on T-Mobile.

The deal starts Friday. T-Mobile will give you $200 for any working BlackBerry, no matter how old, as long as it is in working condition. And while you are free to buy any new smartphone on T-Mobile's roster, if you choose a new BlackBerry device, you will save an additional $50 off the price. And you don't have to currently be a T-Mobile customer to get the discount. You can use the trade-in in conjunction with the current T-Mobile promotion that pays your ETF, if you leave a specific carrier for T-Mobil


T-Mobile's CMO, Mike Sievert, points out that the trade-in value of most BlackBerry models ranges from $5 (think BlackBerry Storm) to $100. T-Mobile, he says, is willing to pay $200 for each old 'Berry brought in to use toward a trade. He adds that he is happy to have seen all that passion from BlackBerry users over the last few days. Parroting John Legere, he says that "We hear you".

Are BlackBerry fans happy with this? Can both sides now shake hands and make up.

source: T-Mobile via TmoNews

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20 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Very good deal for an old device and T Mobile service is inexpensive, too...

2. papss unregistered

That's a good deed in my opinion... I've been pretty vocal of tmob but good job.

3. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Dam I'll be hitting the Pawn shops now looking for cheap BlackBerry phones or visiting the relatives in Mexico that little BlackBerry handset is very popular over there.

5. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Hey, great idea...lol...maybe you got a relative with an old Blackberry in a drawer, where most of them currently reside...

8. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

And the trolling just doesn't stop with you...

16. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Are you feeling butthurt?

18. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Why are you talking about my butt? Are you gay? Or is your butt just hurt from what your boyfriend did to you earlier....

4. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

What a good way to show they listen to their customers, that was almost instaneous

6. X.E.R.O. unregistered

Making up for bad press. Good on you TM.

7. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

More details please. I know it reads you don't have to be a current T-Mobile customer but it doesn't say if this promo is only for new customers.

17. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

How is this for details: "In addition, for those existing T-Mobile BlackBerry customers trading-in and choosing a new BlackBerry Q10 or Z10, we're offering an ADDITIONAL $50 off the purchase price of that new BlackBerry." Source:http://multimediacapsule.thomsonone.com/t-mobileusa/blog_un-carrier-plus-blackberry

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

This is kind of double edged. On one hand, it is a great offer they are doing for their Blackberry customers. On the other hand, since they only offer 2 refurb and 1 new model, and 0 of the new models are BB10 based models, they are really trying to push people to get something other than a BB phone, or if they insist on getting a BB, will at least help them clear out the inventory of BB phones they have so they can transition to not having to carry any BBs. If they would have offered renewed stock of Z10 and Q10 models, I would see this as being a just proposition for them, but it seems kind of backhandled as it is currently.

10. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

I gotta ask my dad if he still has his old Blackberry...

11. xpr3ss10n

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

So....seeing that the refurb blackberry curve is 120$ on tmobile, I could buy that outright from them and then trade It in for $200 towards a Note 3? I'll take a net discount of $80 off any phone for free lol. Who the hell works in their planning department?

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So in all, T-Mobile will be giving out $600?

14. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

And the Apple loving troll comes out of hiding...

13. Fuego84

Posts: 357; Member since: May 13, 2012

Do they take any kind of Blackberry, prepaid carrier's Blackberry phones they really cheap under $100 even after taxes. Tomorrow I'm off to T-Mobile to get the details.

15. Kaiser2007

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 16, 2013

I going to get a used BB on eBay and trade it for Sony Z1s or Z1 Compact.

19. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

I am sure plenty of companies have old Blackberries laying around. Heck that device is so 1980...who would even buy that crap these days.

20. i3izkit311

Posts: 31; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I was just in a store, but wanted to confirm if anyone had this experience. I have a BB and trading it for the Alcatel Fierce ($150)... I was told that I can use the remainder of the $200 trade for my bill. Anyone go for a cheaper than $200 phone, what happened to the balance? Thanks!

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