AT&T trade-in program

The nation’s second-largest carrier, AT&T, on Wednesday upgraded its cell phone trade-in program at its brick-and-mortar retail stores. The new terms incentivize customers to trade-in their old smartphone for one of the latest models and receive a $100 credit on-the-spot, which can be immediately redeemed against any AT&T smartphone or accessory purchase.

If you have an old iPhone or an Android phone that is less than three years old, the $100 trade-in credit lets you purchase a brand new iPhone 5 for just $99. Or, you could settle with an iPhone 4S wit zero bucks in upfront payment. By comparison, the entry-level 16GB iPhone 4S/5 normally sets you back $99/$199 after a two-year contract…

From AT&T’s news release:

Beginning May 1, consumers who trade in their current smartphone to AT&T* will be eligible to receive at least $100 off the purchase of a new smartphone, including the new Samsung Galaxy S4, BlackBerry Z10 or 32 GB HTC One.

These devices are normally $199.99 with a qualifying two-year agreement but, with this limited time promotion, they will be available for $99.99.

Although iPhone isn’t specifically mentioned, AT&T confirmed that the promotion applies to “any smartphone” it sells. In addition to being no more than three years old, the carrier is expecting your old device to be in “good, working condition.”

iPhone 5 (three-up, profile, front, back, black and white)

The pricier (and newer) your phone, the larger the credit.

“Some trade-in phones may have a value higher than $100,” AT&T explains. “In this case, customers will receive the credit at the higher value.”

The $100 trade-in credit promotion won’t last forever, but AT&T didn’t specify when it will end. If you have an old device that you’d like to get rid of (and who doesn’t), better take advantage of this promotion before AT&T changes its mind.

Under the updated terms of the AT&T trade-in program, you will be required to put your name on the dotted line and sign up for a minimum monthly voice and data or Mobile Share plan.

Your trade-in credit will be issued instantly via AT&T Promotion Card in AT&T’s retail stores or via mail through

Participating authorized dealers will provide instant in-store credit or their own promotion card. Also important: credit from authorized dealers may be applied to the purchase of AT&T devices and accessories, but may not be applied to charges for AT&T services.

  • Boss

    I find the 16GB pointless the retina apps take up way too much space I really hope Apple make the 32GB iPhone 5S as the cheaper version along with a 64GB and 128GB

  • uasick

    Anyone know if you have to wait till your two year contract end to get this promotion? I just signed a two year contract with them last November.

  • Gary

    or just sell your unlocked 16gb for $300 on eBay… you choose

    • exactly ! it’s like all those Mobile Phone recycling companies that offer you £120 for an iPhone 4, and if you have an unlocked phone with a couple of cases on Ebay you can get £200+ for it

  • Jeremy

    Apple and Target give more in store credit for my 16GB iPhone 4S. AT&T only gives me $185 while Apple gives me $216 and target $210. I’d recommend checking Apple and Target out before going to AT&T.

    • KC

      As a current AT&T customer, I’d recommend using 2 cans and some string before going to AT&T.

      • Gorgonphone

        i recommend taking this guys advice..^^^^

      • Jeremy

        Haha well my service is fine where I live.

    • i have Sprint and though the service is horrible.. i got about $250 for my 4s i traded in on i5 release day.. they actually owed me money by the end of my transaction..

  • ima Bring my motorola 7 years Old lol..

    • King

      Says less than 3 years old -_-

      • KC

        He meant in dog years.

      • Gorgonphone


      • Yeah i know.. lol

  • pauleebe

    In other words, “Oh ****, Tmobile may actually steal some customers.”

  • electrobento

    FYI…nowhere on the press release or terms and conditions does it say that a monthly service signup is required to take advantage of this offer. The article should be updated.

  • “being no more than three years old”

    They had me going there for a second, thinking I was going to get $100 off a Samsung Galaxy S4 for trading in my piece of c**p Windows Phone.

    [Edit] Just punched in the Make, Model, IMEI, etc…and it came up with “AT&T Promotion Card Value” of “Recycle”. I assume that is just a euphemism for ZIP, ZILCH, NADA. Even AT&T doesn’t want a Windows Phone.