AT&T to Launch Trade-In Program This June?

AT&T Mouth of Sauron Speaks!

BGR has just reported that AT&T may be working on a handset exchange program to be unveiled this upcoming June. Do you think this may have something to do with a new iPhone being released? Yeah, TiPb thinks so as well.

So, say you bought the iPhone 3G sometime in the last year and a new one comes out this June or July, technically you should not be eligible for the subsidy price. What does AT&T do about this? They introduce their new "Phone Trade-In" program of course. This may be one way AT&T will try to calm the angry hordes of people who feel they are owed the lower price. Keep in mind this is not without strings attached.

  • The phone being traded in can’t be more than two years old and must be in fair shape
  • The new phone will not have any subsidies applied to it, so basically whatever your trade-in covers will be your “savings”
  • Trade-ins will be valued from $50 to $200

This is very nice of AT&T if this does indeed turn out to be true. While I would not go this route, it may be a valuable option for people looking to upgrade to the latest and greatest iPhone this summer.

(Personally, I say unlock your current iPhone and sell it on eBay. You should receive more $$$ than AT&T is willing to give you...)

[Via BGR]

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AT&T to Launch Trade-In Program This June?

6 Comments

I agree with your last statement - you would be better off selling on eBay or Craigslist. I just bought one so I will definitely be interested in seeing what is available when the new one comes out.

Didn't they allow you to get the $199/299 price last time even if you had bought a first gen and just start a new 2 year contract early? I was hoping they would do this again so I could then get the contract price and sell my old phone.
Although, this "trade in" program makes sense because then they can sell them as refurbs under contract vs having a bunch of unlocked 3g phones floating around.

LAME! you could easily sell ur iphone on ebay for $400 plus. Black Market JailBroken iPhones sell for a crazy amount in the Middle East Counties where isn't available. DONT TRADE IN. EBAY INSTEAD!!!!

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