Breaking: T-Mobile is bringing back trade-in offers for iPhone, starting on November 24 2016.
Note: T-Mobile has extended their 2 free lines (or 4 lines for $120) promotion until Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016.
Last week, I highlighted the short-lived T-Mobile’s 4 lines for $120 limited time promotion. It was too good of a deal to pass up, especially since the savings are on a recurring basis. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought the same; there was a steady stream of customers when we visited a local T-Mobile store this weekend.
How did we make out?
We switched in 4 out of 5 lines. We got an iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus (not in stock), an LG K10 (free phone offer) be credited back over 24 months, a LG K7 (free phone offer). We’ll switch the 5th line during the Black Friday promotion later this week.
I was happy when we walked out of the store, even though the phone I got (LG K10) is a downgrade from my current device. Still I needed new phones (due to Sprint’s phone incompatibility). I didn’t want to pay full price, so I couldn’t ask for anything better than a free phone offer!
Update: We ended up returning the LG phones (within 14 days) and getting the iPhones instead as part of the trade-in promotion. The promotion was not available at the time of our LG phone purchases. While we got dinged with a return fee for each of the phones, it was still worth it to trade in our Sprint phones for a new iPhone 7.
I would have kept the LG phones if there hadn’t been a trade-in promotion. The LG phones are affordable and easy to use; I had no issues switching from IOS to Android either. The less satisfying areas of these LG phones include the quality of photos taken from the camera and the built in storage (extendable with a miniSD card, but still limiting). The LG phones are fully functional and well built, but you get what you pay for. It’s not a premium headset with all the bells and whistles.
Missed the Deal?
Fortunately, T-Mobile regularly comes out with other promotions. In addition to the free phone offers mentioned above, T-Mobile has a Samsung Galaxy deal coming up for Black Friday:
“Get a Free Samsung Galaxy 7 after 24 monthly bill credits when customers trade in their Galaxy S6, Galaxy Note 5 or other device.” There is also an additional offer of a Gear VR and $50 Oculus app store gift card when customers buy a Samsung Galaxy 7 or Galaxy 7 Edge.
We have a Samsung Galaxy S5 in our family plan which is not eligible for a “free” upgrade. The store rep explained the S5 can be traded in with a cost of $100 to get a new Samsung S7 (or $200 for the Samsung 7 Edge). I don’t know how easy or complex the trade-in process is at T-Mobile, but it’s great to have options to upgrade at a significant discount.
Two day after I switched, I received this email from Sprint.
I generally have very positive things to say about Sprint, though I’m not pleased to have gotten this email. Where was the offer when I inquired about my options before the switch?
Now that I’m on T-Mobile, I am excited about the recurring monthly savings. I can’t wait to use T-Mobile for international travel, and I am looking forward to trying out the mobile hotspot that comes with the T-Mobile One plan.
I’m happy to say: No buyer’s remorse here.