Review: Trade-In Cell Phone Programs


  1. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    With new cell phones being introduced faster than you can blink an eye, some tend to have old ones laying around the house. There are numerous ways one can get rid of these old devices, not just cell phones in general.
    Usually, the options are...
    1. You can throw them out. But that that won't be good for the environment.
    2. Sell them on ebay, to a friend, neighbor, family member or
    3. Trade it in.

    Since the new EVO 4G is coming soon, I decided to see how much I would get for my older cell phones. I decided to go with option # 3 and check out the leading Trade-In programs. The ones known to me are:
    • Best Buy
    • Radio Shack
    • Walmart
    • Sprint

    There may be more, but for this review these are the ones I'll be concentrating on.

    So lets begin..
    Part A: Selecting and Navigating the Trade-In Programs
    Step 1: First I went to each of the company trade-in websites
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    Scroll down the page and
    click the Trade-In button
    on the Online side.​
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    Click on the mobile
    phone button image​
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    Locate the search
    item text box​
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    Locate the account
    number field​
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    Step 2: Do the following...
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    Click the mobile
    button​
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    Click the
    manufacturer​
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    skip to the
    next step​
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    Enter your account #
    then click the Go button ​
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    (If you don't know your
    acct #, click the "Click
    here if you do not know
    your account #" link and
    then enter your phone #,
    then click the Go button.​
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    Step 3:
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    Enter the manufacturer
    the model number and
    proceed to next step​
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    Click on the image
    of the model
    to proceed​
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    Type in the model
    number and then
    click the button​
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    Click on the image
    of the model
    to proceed​
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    Step 4:
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    Enter the necessary
    fields and click the
    Get Estimate button​
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    Enter the necessary
    fields and click the
    Accept button​
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    Make your selections
    and then click the
    calculate button​
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    Make your selections
    and then click the
    submit button​
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    Step 5:
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    Your estimate appears
    Choose giftcard or
    Mail Check value​
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    Your estimate appears
    Choose accept to
    proceed​
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    Your estimate appears
    Click the "Add to Box"
    to Proceed​
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    Your estimate appears
    click the checkout
    button to proceed​
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    Part B: Selecting the test fields
    Each sites criteria for determining the value of the device you are trading in range from few to many questions. For purposes of this test, I decided to just select the least amount of criteria to make it as equal across the sites. The criteria across all sites are..
    • Unit Functional/Condition
    • Carrier
    • Working Battery
    • AC Adapter

    I then went through each site and simulated a trade in for the following devices..
    • 1 Franklin Wireless U301 3G/4G USB Modem
    • 1 Franklin Wireless U300 3G/4G USB Modem
    • 2 Sprint HTC Hero
    • 2 HTC Touch Diamonds
    • 1 HTC Touch

    The Franklin USB Modems wasn't on any of the sites lists. Although Walmart allows you to email them to inquire for a personal quote.
    As for the rest of the devices the results are outlined below.

    Part C: Final Results
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    Best Buy​
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    Radio Shack​
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    Walmart​
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    Sprint​
    [/td][/tr][tr][td]U301 3G/4G Modem[/td][td]N/A[/td][td]N/A[/td][td]Email[/td][td]$5.00[/td][/tr][tr][td]U300 3G/4G Modem[/td][td]N/A[/td][td]N/A[/td][td]Email[/td][td]N/A[/td][/tr][tr][td]HTC Hero[/td][td]$99.00[/td][td]$71.61[/td][td]$148.00[/td][td]$80.00[/td][/tr][tr][td]HTC Hero[/td][td]$87.00[/td][td]$71.61[/td][td]$132.00[/td][td]$80.00[/td][/tr][tr][td]HTC Diamond[/td][td]$57.00[/td][td]$22.76[/td][td]$55.00[/td][td]$39.20[/td][/tr][tr][td]HTC Diamond[/td][td]$57.00[/td][td]$22.76[/td][td]$55.00[/td][td]$39.00[/td][/tr][tr][td]HTC Touch[/td][td]$0.00[/td][td]$17.85[/td][td]$30.00[/td][td]$23.00[/td][/tr][tr][td]Total:[/td][td]$300.00[/td][td]$206.59[/td][td]$420.00[/td][td]$261.40[/td][/tr][/table]

    As shown in the table above, much to my surprise, Walmart gave me the most value for my trade ins. Of course, your results may vary since any trade in is dependent on the condition of the devices and which device you are trading in.

    TS

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  2. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    Thanks go out to the following members for providing some of the links in the review.
    Brodequin (Best buy link)
    blake247 (Radio Shack link)

    TS
  3. Rigmaster

    Rigmaster Well-Known Member

    If you're buying a phone from Sprint, you may not get the trade-in value. However, you might be able to talk them into giving you an account credit of $10-20 that makes up the gap and saves you the hassle of going elsewhere. This works especially when you're re-upping a contract. Give it a try.
  4. rpstrongbad

    rpstrongbad Active Member

    Thanks for the info and taking the time to do this
  5. twospirits

    twospirits AF's janitor Moderator

    moving this to the Sprint section, since I will be updating it.

    TS out
  6. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    There's only 2 advantages I have doing my Trade-in of my Note 2 through Best Buy:

    1) Program formerly called "Phone Freedom", where all that was required was for a person to register each phone line on their account, through Best Buy, for any potential upgrade for the year. This will add an additional $50 to be put towards an upgrade, w/ new 2 year agreement
    Cell Phone Plans, Carriers, Cell Phones - Best Buy Mobile
    2) New trade-in program called "Trade-in Plus", which adds an additional $50 on top of the trade-in value of your phone. This is free, for those that purchased Geek Squad protection for their past Best Buy purchase or it's $29.98 at the time of original purchase (e.g. dropping it to $20.02 gift card, due to the upfront cost).
    Mobile Phones Trade-In Plus - BestBuy
  7. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

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