May 17 AT 10:55 AM Alberto Vildosola 12 Comments

T-Mobile wants to kill feature phones, will give you money to dump yours

Apparently, T-Mobile also thinks that it’s “totally not cool” that you have an old Nokia flip phone while your friends are packing Droids. Worry not, Magenta has your back. The carrier will gladly pay you to trade in your feature phone for a brand new Android smartphone.

How much will the carrier pay you? It depends on the model and condition of the phone, but T-Mobile is willing to pay you as much as $300. You can then use this money to pay for your next T-Mobile pocket-sized life companion.

Those of you not on T-Mobile can also take advantage of the carrier’s Trade-In Program. Just bring your feature phone to any T-Mobile retail store and a representative will give you an estimate. After that, you’ll get a voucher, shipping label and bubble pack mailer so you can ship your old phone to T-Mobile. Finally, you’ll get a check from the carrier that you can use towards a brand new Android phone.

Before you rush out the door with your old, broken, busted flip phone, keep in mind that phones need to be in working condition, have a working display, and be free of liquid damage or corrosion.

This is an excellent opportunity for those people that still have feature phones to join the rest of us on the “smart” side of the fence. Even if you don’t use a feature phone anymore, that old flip phone that you have on your drawer could help you get a pretty good discount on that myTouch 4G you’ve been eyeing for months. If you do take advantage of this deal, we’d love to hear which phone did you trade in and for how much.

UPDATE: T-Mobile will also let you trade in any smartphone that you have from another carrier — like the iPhone 4 or Sprint’s EVO 4G. Click here to get started.

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T-Mobile USA Launches Trade-In Program for Used Handsets
T-Mobile Trade-In program enables customers to save on new device purchase whether opting for the latest messaging device or trading up to one of the fastest smartphones running on America’s Largest 4G Network

BELLEVUE, Wash. – May 17, 2011 – T-Mobile USA, Inc. today introduced a retail Trade-In program, aimed at giving customers a cost-effective way to purchase a new phone and upgrade to America’s Largest 4G Network. T-Mobile’s Trade-In program provides customers with the ability to trade existing mobile devices for money that could be used toward the purchase of a new handset – including any new smartphone running on
T-Mobile’s 4G network.

T-Mobile is dedicated to making the latest wireless devices and mobile Internet services more affordable to more people. Through the Trade-In program, customers can offset the cost of a new phone purchase by up to $300 with the trade in of their old device. Even devices from other wireless carriers are eligible as long as they meet the minimum criteria, i.e., being fully functional, having an intact and working display, and being free of liquid damage or corrosion.

Customers can take advantage of the Trade-In program at any T-Mobile retail store. In partnership with The Wireless Source (TWS), a leader in consumer electronics collection programs, a trained T-Mobile representative will determine the trade-in value of each device and a check for the quoted amount will be given to the customer via a mail-in rebate process. Customers receive a voucher, shipping label and bubble pack mailer and simply ship the old phone to TWS at their convenience. They will then be sent a check from TWS in the amount of the quote once the device is received in good working condition.

“T-Mobile is committed to providing the latest, most innovative and affordable technology to new and existing customers,” said Ami Silverman, senior vice president of sales, T-Mobile USA. “If device purchases can be made even more affordable through the value offset of T-Mobile’s Trade-In program, we want customers to have that option. We encourage them to take advantage of it so they can stay connected no matter what their budget, current device or mobile provider.”

Customers have the ability to check the estimated value of their device before going to a T-Mobile retail store and learning more about the T-Mobile Trade-In program at

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website @neidlinger

    Wish i would of known this before i went clay shooting and put my old Motorola cliq in the Clay Thrower.

    • http://Website Hans

      I guess you didn’t read the title correctly, or didn’t read the article: They’re only accepting feature phones. The Cliq is an android smartphone.

      • http://Website Noriega713

        I think he is referring to the Trade-in program offered at T-mobile…It’s new…

        Check it out.

        • Alberto Vildosola

          Thanks for sharing that, Noriega713. I updated the article.

        • http://Website Hans

          Oh, my bad. Now I feel like an arse. :p

    • http://Website Alejandro

      I went to see how much my cliq was worth at T-Mobile for trade in…they said 20 dollars if you’re lucky -______-

  • http://Website alexandroid

    Is it working for anyone else? I click “get started” and it simply refreshes the page.

    • http://Website Hans

      I’m having the same problem. :(

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  • Willy

    Today, would offer me $55 for my HTC myTouch 4G. Through this trade-in program, T-Mobile would offer me $70. I’ll do the same evaluations this summer and see how much it’s worth after most of this year’s new gadgets hit the market.

    As a comparison, a Samsung Gravity 1 (SGH-T459, a feature phone) is worth $0 according to both sources.