Gazelle, a website that specializes in buying, selling and recycling gadgets, said on Tuesday that BlackBerry trade-ins recently reached an all-time high. Speaking with CNET, Gazelle chief gadget officer Anthony Scarsella said his company saw a “spike” after Research in Motion’s recent BlackBerry service outage, which spanned three days in some areas, but that Apple’s latest iPhone is mostly to blame for the surge. “In the grand scheme of BlackBerry [trade-in] growth over the past month, it can be pretty much entirely attributed to the launch of the iPhone 4S,” Scarsella explained. Additionally, Android trade-ins jumped 72% during the past month, the majority from Sprint customers, although Scarsella said he couldn’t put his finger on an exact event that caused the increase. More →
Regardless of any potential delays, shortages or other impediments, Apple’s upcoming next-generation iPhone models will fly off the shelves following launch. This is a given. As Apple’s announcement approaches and Apple fans get ready to upgrade, however, some may be in store for a rude awakening. Current iPhone users looking to part ways with an old model in favor of a shiny new handset have likely already missed the boat if they were hoping to sell their iPhones to help recoup money spent on a new iPhone. Read on for more. More →
Moments ago Amazon announced that its Trade-In program will now accept consumer electronics. That means anyone who wants to trade-in consumer electronics, along with other goods, can send a box to Amazon and receive an Amazon gift card in exchange. Amazon originally launched its trade-in program in 2009, and until now it only accepted games, text books, and movies. “We want to give customers the opportunity to get great value from their used electronics,” said Paul Ryder, vice president of electronics at Amazon. “Hundreds of thousands of customers have already received millions of dollars in gift cards from the other products in our program. The Electronics category is a natural extension and we are delighted to offer our customers more trade-in options.” We gave the service a quick test and noticed that a 16GB black iPhone 4 on AT&T could bring in as much as $314.50. An original 30GB Microsoft Zune? Just $25. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
On Tuesday T-Mobile introduced its ‘Trade-in Program’ that will allow users to take used handsets to T-Mobile stores and exchange them for credit towards a new device. Potential customers can offset the price of a new phone by as much as $300, T-Mobile said, although devices will need to be fully functional, have an intact and working display, and be free of any liquid damage or corrosion. To participate, simply head over to your nearest T-Mobile store and a representative will provide you with a quote for the trade-in value of your device. T-Mobile wasn’t clear on how long the trade-in process takes, but said that after mailing in your used phone, you’ll receive a check from The Wireless Source — a T-Mobile partner. A website has been setup at http://www.mytradeins.com, although it doesn’t appear to be fully functional just yet. Hit the jump for the full release from T-Mobile. More →
On Friday, Verizon Wireless announced that its cell phone trade-in program, which originally launched last September, will now accept tablets. The Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program was created to provide customers with a Verizon Wireless gift card worth up to $300 for their gear. It bases the value of a product off of a number of things, including whether it will power up or not, if the display works or not, and whether or not the display is cracked. We tested the value of a 16GB Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G that powers on and has a working display without cracks. Verizon Wireless appraised that device at $185. We’d probably be better off selling it on eBay. Hit the jump for the full release. More →
Today, Research In Motion quietly introduced a new Trade Up program for BlackBerry smartphones. The new program will allow current BlackBerry owners to trade in their old handset for up to $120 off a new RIM smartphone. Users will be allowed to upgrade to one of six BlackBerry models from various carriers and must be turning in one of five devices on RIMs list. Not the most comprehensive trade-in program we’ve ever seen, that’s for sure. The Trade Up program’s site is live now, have a look for yourself. More →
U.S. wireless provider AT&T has partnered with FlipSwap — the self-proclaimed “global leader in consumer electronics buyback programs” — to offer its customers a new, trade-in program through all of its retail locations. Customers can exchange unwanted mobile devices for AT&T credits, which can be used to purchase or offset the the cost of products and services offered by the company. As the press release reads:
- Customers can visit any AT&T retail location to take advantage of the trade-in, available to AT&T customers purchasing a device through either new service activation or a device upgrade.
- Store representatives will facilitate the trade-in request in real-time and provide the customer with a value estimate.
- Representatives will also provide all the necessary FlipSwap instructions and forms – including detailed instructions on how to wipe the device clean of any personal information – as well as a prepaid USPS padded envelope and shipping label for the device; customers simply follow the instructions, package their phones and mail the envelope.
- Customers will receive an AT&T promotional card – good for use in any AT&T store or online at www.att.com – in the mail roughly two to four weeks after FlipSwap receives the device and verifies its condition.
The program will launch in all AT&T retail stores on February 13th. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →
Still on the fence about whether to switch to an iPhone on Verizon’s largest 3G voice and data network? If you’re a current AT&T subscriber with an iPhone 4, Verizon is offering at least $200 for your iPhone if you trade it in, and you can instantly use that towards your iPhone 4 purchase on Big Red. Could you get $350-$475 on eBay or Craigslist? Why sure, but you don’t have to meet some sketchy computer hacker in a dark hallway this way… Anyone going to take Verizon up on this offer?
UPDATE: We have confirmed Verizon’s trade-in program applies not just to Verizon handsets but to handsets from other carriers including an AT&T iPhone.
We have just been told that beginning January 23rd, AT&T will be starting a handset trade-in program. This is the same day AT&T’s new SMS plans are set to take effect. AT&T devices as well as phones from other carriers will be eligible for the trade-in offer. Outside of applying the resulting credit toward a new purchase at AT&T, the carrier will also give you the option of taking a check or donating the money to charity, which AT&T will do for you on your behalf. And you thought Christmas was only in the month of December? Hit the break for a full shot of an internal AT&T document that details the new program. More →
In case you had any open questions about Best Buy’s upcoming Buy Back program, a trusted source just sent some more information that will clear up any open questions. The new info includes an internal PDF detailing exactly what this new service means to you, the customer, in addition to Best Buy the company, and also employees that work at Best Buy. The program, as we exclusively reported, will offer customers up to 50% of the purchase price on their laptops, netbooks, tablets, TVs, and mobile phones for two years. Best Buy is positioning this internally as a way to continually lock in customers. For instance, “for every Buy Back plan sold, a future customer purchase is locked in.” The document also states “customers will come back to Best Buy when they are ready to upgrade,” and “customers tend to spend more than the amount of the gift cards they receive.” Hit the break for all the details.
RadioShack announced a limited-time promotion on Friday that offers a $50 discount on Apple’s iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS. The promotion applies to brand new devices — not refurbished phones — and there are no tricky terms and conditions to be afraid of. Interested parties just need to be eligible for a two-year agreement, and the offer is valid from December 4th through December 11th. Pricing works out like this:
- iPhone 3GS: $49.99
- iPhone 4 (16GB): $149.99
- iPhone 4 (32GB): $249.99
In addition, The Shack has a “Trade & Save” promotion running that allows iPhone 3G and 3GS owners to trade in their devices for a credit of $75 and $125, respectively. This means a 32GB iPhone can can be purchased for $124.99 when trading in a 3GS, and the 16GB iPhone 4 can be had for as little as $24.99. Eligible trade-ins must be in working condition and cannot be unlocked. More →
If you’ve ever used a service like gazelle.com, you’ll be familiar with the new service Verizon Wireless is offering. The company has launched a trade-in program that will allow you to exchange your used (or abused) phone for a VZW gift card. Here’s how the service works: you go to http://www.trade-in.vzw.com and input the type of device you have (it does not have to be a Verizon device), you answer several questions about the devices condition (does it make calls, does the screen work, is the screen cracked), you then get an appraisal of what your device is worth and an option to have a pre-paid box shipped to you. You won’t get much in terms of compensation — a 32 GB black iPhone 4 will net you $212 — but the funds can be used towards your next Verizon Wireless device; there is also an option to donate the phone to charity. If you’re looking to pull the rip-cord on your current wireless provider, and want to jump to Big Red, it isn’t a bad option to have. Although, you probably would still make out a little better at gazelle.com. More →
Treat this one as a rumor and nothing more for the time being, but we just got some details on a “Phone Trade-In” program that AT&T is apparently looking to launch sometime around June. From the looks of things, AT&T is hoping to quell complaints from subscribers who did something stupid like buy a Curve 31 days before the Bold launched. Of course with any deal, there are a whole bunch of caveats — here’s what we’ve got so far:
- The phone being traded in in can’t be more than two years old and must be in fair shape (if you sent a pic of it in during the Bold giveaway, don’t bother)
- 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
As with any tips, we’ll dig as deep as we can and report back any findings. Actually, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to be able to bypass eBay/craigslist when shedding old handsets — anyone into the idea?