T-Mobile has been a busy bee over the last few months. Their merger with MetroPCS was approved by the FCC earlier today. Also, they have been working very hard to become the uncarrier and get rid of contract plans. Now, it appears as though T-Mobile is giving their trade-in program a revamping as well.
As you can see from the images below and above, the new trade-in program features an instant discount on new devices when an old device is traded in. The images themselves come from a trusted source that is close to T-Mobile. Obviously, it would be for the value of the phone being traded in. So if you have something old, you won’t get much. However, if you have something newer and more valuable, then your next device could be cheaper than you think. A second option is to get the discount and then mail in your phone in 2 weeks. This could be very helpful if you’re pre-ordering a device and can’t give up your current one until the new one gets there.
This could be awesome for T-Mobile customers for a variety of reasons. Since they’re doing away with contract plans and becoming the uncarrier, being able to trade in your phone for an instant discount on a new one can help pay for those expensive, high end phones without being suckered into a 2 year contract. Also, for those of us with a lot of spare phones laying around the house, this is a good way to get rid of older hardware and get something new for it.
Well, these leaked documents didn’t come with a release date. Since they appear to be training material for T-Mobile employees, this new trade-in program could happen as early as tomorrow. The more likely scenario, though, is that T-Mobile is still weeks away from launching this new trade-in program. The worst case scenario would have customers waiting a few months.
So what are everyone’s thoughts on the new trade-in program from T-Mobile? Will this help customers a lot in paying for new devices on T-Mobile’s new uncarrier strategy, or is it simply T-Mobile catching up to the trade-in programs of competitors? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.