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AT&T Is Considering Using a Cell Phone Trade-In Service

Would You Trade In For a Newer Cell Phone With Your Carrier?

Forget having to use a third-party service when you want a new cell phone but haven't quite worn down your current one to its teeth — AT&T is considering a cell phone trade-up policy for customers (where were you last Summer?!).

There are, of course, catches like the traded-in phone must be under two years old and in good condition, and that subsidies will not apply (so maybe the iPhone 3G trade-in wouldn't be as great).

For someone who likes to have the latest and greatest, and usually has a working device when she wants the newest version (grumbling at you, TiVo HD), this sounds great.

Of course, for all the catches it could entail, maybe it'll stay easier to keep buying on your own schedule. What do you think?


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LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
sounds awesome. My phone is always still in great condition when I want to upgrade. Like now I get tired of phones so quickly.
Michelina25 Michelina25 8 years
Michelina25 Michelina25 8 years
I need details!! I have at the very least 15 cell phones!! Its a shame I don't use them I use to switch them like a different phone every week etc.they are all like brand new except my SHINE has a teny ding in it hardly noticeable! It strange I am completely obsessed with buying cell phones!! I think I will look into this deal for sure or maybe I will get some help with my addiction! Hehehehe really I am ill with this cell phone thing !
willowdiamond willowdiamond 8 years
um, I tried to do this the other day, to trade my pos blackberry in for an iphone, but because of contracts they said there was no way. why did I not hear about this? more details are needed!
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
If Verizon did this, I'd be so happy! I get bored with my phones after a matter of months. I have to wait until August to get a new one. :(
aka-emilicious aka-emilicious 8 years
I want the iphone so bad!
gooniette gooniette 8 years
AT&T will already give you a free phone when your contract is up if you sign up for two more years. Are they trying to say this is new?
gseymour gseymour 8 years
As long as AT&T continuing the policy of offering iPhone owners a subsidy on the new model, even before the contract is up, I'll be upgrading to the next iPhone.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
who wants to pay full price for a phone when you get it discounted
caryatid caryatid 8 years
i think i beat up my phones too much... =(
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
What's the catch?
devils devils 8 years
I think this was meant for me <3 lol.
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't have AT&T, but if there are catches to it, I don't think it would be a great idea. What if your phone is stolen? Why does the phone have to be under 2 years [= one typical contract] old? Most people don't know what to do/where to donate cell phones, the carriers could make a humanitarian effort and donate the old phones if they can't sell them anymore. I'd be more supportive if this was cross carriers, too - sign up with X company, turn in cell phone from old company for a discount.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
That would be great, but I have Verizon. :(
wickedcupofjoe wickedcupofjoe 8 years
Absolutely. I'm with AT&T so I'll be looking into this further. I detest my palm centro. I'm not due for an upgrade until October though. :(
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