T-Mobile announces iPhone 6s trade-in promo that drops price to as low as $5 per month


UPDATE: Reddit user 50atomic has posted a few charts that show how the pricing for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will likely look with this trade-in promo. T-Mobile will officially announce the promo tomorrow.

The iPhone 6s price wars continue! First T-Mobile announced JUMP! On Demand pricing that started at $20 per month, and then Sprint said that it’d give you an iPhone 6s for $15 per month with a trade-in. Now John Legere has countered with an even better iPhone offer.

Legere says that T-Mobile will sell the iPhone 6s on JUMP! On Demand for $5 per month with the trade-in of an iPhone 6. If you’ve got an iPhone 5s, you can trade that in and get and iPhone 6s for $10 per month. There will also be a $15 per month option for most other phones.

It’s also worth noting that this offer is available if you’ve already pre-ordered an iPhone 6s. Details on how that’ll work are light right now, but T-Mobile will officially announce the details of this iPhone 6s trade-in offer tomorrow, so we should learn more then.

One other tidbit: If you take advantage of these $5, $10, or $15 trade-in offers, you’ll still get T-Mo’s Lifetime Coverage Guarantee. That promo will give you a full refund if you decide to return your iPhone 6s within 30 days of purchase. If you return it later, you’ll get reimbursed for up one month of service and T-Mobile will unlock your device so that you can use it with another carrier.

If you don’t want to trade in a device, T-Mobile’s iPhone 6s pricing will start at $0 down and $20 per month for the 16GB iPhone 6s. You can find T-Mobile’s full iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s pricing right here.

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  • Aurizen

    I’m waiting for his owning prices for full price to see if they’ll have a discount on full price.

    • besweeet

      Probably not. JOD better keeps people tied to T-Mobile than buying outright.

      • Aurizen

        I see :( I wish they offer it at a discount though… Maybe John will see this that too is a pain point. even a Temporary buy to own sale.

      • talha shakeel

        they do you actually end u paying $90 less

  • Chris Hilbert

    I am still hoping he does something for those of us on EIP that want a B12 device. My in-laws have 3 iPhone 5S that aren’t paid off until next October.

    • Erik Haber

      Yeah, no good options thus far for folks on EIP. Mine is on a Note 4 but not paid off until November 2016..

    • Raul

      Just sell them to pay off eip. Then get JOD at the $20 rate. The only change in the prices is that they’re not giving a trade in credit upfront and just reducing the monthly rate for what would have been the trade-in amount. It’s still the same JOD offer, just structured differently. If you don’t outright own your devices, you can’t trade them in.

      • Matt

        I agree, unless you can keep paying the discounted $10 as long you stay on JOD, than it would pay in the long run to pay the discounted $10 per month instead of $20 per month.

  • Henry Pham

    Can you trade in a 5S even if you don’t want JOD?

  • Crystal

    This sucks for people who already ordered their phones on Jump.

    • No. You can still get the deal.

      • Crystal

        I already preordered the iphone 6s in rose gold 64gb under EIP, cx care told me that it was better to keep it that way.

        • Deihmos

          Not sure why you would do eip when you can get it cheaper with jod. That makes no sense to me.

        • steven berson

          JOD doesn’t include insurance while JUMP does. You have to pay a separate price if you want it. Also if you want to leave tmobile you have to pay the remaining phone amount, while with JUMP you can JUMP to the cheapest phone and just buy it outright. So if you have a note 5 and you owe $500 you would need to pay it off however with JUMP just JUMP to a cheap $50 android phone. So if you plan to stick with Tmobile and don’t want insurance its the best option.

        • EffortLess

          Mostly true, but JUMP includes insurance only because they charge a $10 a month fee for JUMP and that includes insurance. JOD has no fee and insurance is an optional $8/mo charge.

        • steven berson

          So what do you think in your opinion is better. Keeping Jump 1.0 or JOD?

        • Deihmos

          Even if you pay for something like apple care it still works out cheaper than paying the full price.

    • Deihmos

      How so? You need to trade In a phone you already paid for like the iPhone 6 to get it a good discount.

  • dj mccas

    If you already have a phone with tmobile do have to pay off the current installment agreement to get this deal?

    • Santiago Vo

      Most likely – yes, unless it’s JOD.

    • Angel

      No you don’t if you are still paying for the phone, but you have to pay 50% of the installment plan then you can jump and tmobile will cover the other 50%, then u can start paying for your new phone and not worry about the old one. That’s what I did with my note 4, so after I receive my new phone I ship the old one back to tmobile to avoid paying for 2 phones. Hope that answered ur question

    • CSR2

      yes you do to go from financing to jump on demand, you have to pay your phone off, your trade value is only applied to the remaining balance and you pay the difference up front, the person under me couldn’t switch from jump 2 to jod and using the 50 % payoff doesn’t apply without paying difference on the installment. Angel not saying you did jump on demand just answering his question :)

  • Christian

    Seriously Alex Wagner sucks man. I remember I used to come to this website and I would see so many “early unofficial” news. But this guy sucks man. I already knew this ad for like 1hr already and he barely puts it up. Like seriously?

    • Goat

      Do you have a proposal for how he can do better at this? Usually you don’t make points like this unless you have a resolution to said fault. Or at least that’s the general rule of thumb AFAIK

      • Christian

        who made you Alex’s bitch to defend him?

        • Goat

          I’m not the only one defending him. You’re the odd one out and you should be embarrassed. You don’t belong here.

    • Mike

      Nobody is forcing you to visit this website. Get your ‘early unofficial’ news elsewhere. Nobody cares.

  • Chadd

    Does this apply if you have a 6 plus?

  • Carlos

    does this apply to the old JUMP!?

    • Steve Forcum

      Not really. You can trade in your old handset for whatever TMobile feels is Fair Market Value (FMV) and then pay off the remainder of your EIP. You can then move to JOD. I’m not sure how they handle the trade in though…do you still get the lower monthly price AND the FMV credit?

  • Called customer service. They were clueless of the new pricing. But they said they notated my account to show I want that pricing even though I used my Jod with my iPhone 6 to upgrade to the 6s.

    • Erick

      yeah won’t work for you… Has to be a new JOD preorder with a iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s trade in not JOD to JOD …. Clearly says on the message

      • I tweeted them and ask them. Said I just used my jod with my iPhone 6 to upgrade to the 6s on a preorder. They tweeted back that it’s confirmed that those who preordered already on jod still get it. Look at @tmobilehelp Twitter account my Twitter is @bigmerf

        • Erick

          Did you check the latest new the offer doesn’t coins JOD to JOD

        • Erick


    • Erick

      Clearly says trade in not JOD

  • Nick Ramacciato

    So, I have a Galaxy S5 that I have about a year left of payments with. Can I get this new iPhone 6S deal? I would like an explanation on it, please

  • Adrayven

    Keep in mind, so far, it seems this will only come in around ~$300 for your iPhone 6 over 18 months.. They are giving you between $15 – 17/mo for an iPhone 6 or 6Plus. MOST iPhone 6’s and 6 Plus’s can be sold on eBay for $500+

    You are throwing away $$$ .. as ‘good’ as this deal sounds.. it’s more of a convenience factor. I’m putting my 6 Plus 128 GB on eBay .. just cannot throw that $$ away.

    • P

      Most iPhone 6 and 6 Plus cannot be sold for $500+ on eBay; especially after they have been used for a year. The iPhone 6 retails for $550 now after the release of the 6s.

      If you decide you want to keep your phone, it’ll cost you as low as $434 ($15 * 18 + $164) to buy from T-Mobile. Or if you want, you can buy from Apple and pay $650. All the numbers are before tax so the actual price will be higher.

      • dpro

        Actually I just sold my IPhone 6 64GB on eBay for 529.95 shipped and eBay only charged me a $5 final value fee. That basically brings the sale of the phone out to $500 after PayPal and shipping. Oh and it sold within 8 hours of being listed.

  • Santiago Vo

    I wonder if they would allow trade-in of cheap prepaid phones like Lumia 435 for $15 JOD?

    • Deihmos

      It said trade in an iPhone. No one wants a Windows phone. Not even sure why Microsoft still makes them.

      • Jason

        It says other phones as well, with less of a discount. The exact models arent mentioned yet

        • Adam

          I hope the models list includes flip phones, because I have some I would like get rid of. I don’t think charities will even take them.

      • Microsoft makes Windows phones to prevent the US from being a duopoly, just like Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile exist for the same purpose.

        Oh, and there are 70 million Windows phones in use in the US currently. 90 million total worldwide.

        • Deihmos

          Where did you get that number from? I don’t know the size of the smartphone market but I highly doubt it it is that many. They are much better low budget android phones on the market . Windows phone will go the way of Palm with WebOS.

        • From WMPowerUser and Windows Central.

          And I hate to say this, but the only way Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular are likely to leave the States before Windows phone. None of these four entities are expected to make it within ten years at this rate.

          WP’s market share is in the mid-teens in Europe, and Apple’s market share in Russia is Windows phone’s market share here.

        • From WMPowerUser.

          And I hate to say this, but the only way Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular will be saved from extinction is if Bernie Sanders becomes president. They’ll die before Windows phone will, at least in the USA.

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  • Josiah

    So how would this work if your still paying off your iPhone 5s? (Not in the jump program just paying the monthly payment until next feburary)

    • thesillysausage

      You’ll have a double payment. They don’t mention that until you’re at the counter.
      Being a long time customer, I was dissapointed that their customer care and in store employees are going down hill.

      • atown7475

        U can’t have JOD and a open EIP. EIP needs to be paid off 1st. That way u don’t have a double payment

        • dpro

          Actually I was able to do just that. You just have to have good credit to have an open EIP and do JOD.

  • john

    i dont have any previous iphones but about the receive the latest S PLUS. No deal for me?

    • atown7475

      U will pay 15 for any other smart phone traded in

  • Steven Bloomfield

    I’m still in the old Jump! program but I can’t upgrade until Sept. 30th. Looks like I will miss out on the into pricing. Poop.

    • Sean

      I was in the same situation, but if your device trade in is worth how much more you have left to fully pay off your phone. You can put the trade in credit to get out of the old jump program, and go to the jump on demand program. I have extra money left because my device trade in was more than what was left on my contract. You should check it out.

    • Steve Forcum

      Echo’ing the comment below, your original JUMP! program is really rendered meaningless as you can either: A) trade in your handset once 50% of the EIP balance has been paid and start over with an new EIP or B) Trade in your old handset for whatever TMobile decides is fair market value. They will apply that FMV to your EIP balance and you are on the hook for the remainder. You can then setup on the new Jump on Demand program, which has a much lower per month costs, does not require sales tax and allows you three trade ins per year. You also do not have to pay $10/mo for early upgrade (although you SHOULD instead carry the $8/mo insurance). JUMP on Demand is a great deal for a new customer, but for existing customers you really can’t move to it without incurring additional cost above and beyond what you’ve invested in Jump.

  • taxandspend

    “Now, your trade-in value for any old phone you own brings that monthly price down even more – $10 a month with trade-in of iPhone 5s, Note 5 or Note edge and $15 a month with trade-in of almost any other phone you own like iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, HTC M8 and Motorola Droid Turbo. ”

    What exactly does this mean? “almost any other phone”. Is it any working smartphone? Or just what’s listed above?

  • Roberto Jaimes

    So I’m on the old jump plan and have an iPhone 6 Plus but had to pay $300 down due to credit, if I upgraded to this do I pay $5 to be on the program or $5 for the phone! I’m puzzled

    • KingCobra

      I don’t think they’ll give you any of the deals if you’re not ‘well qualified’.

  • edelaney61

    I just got the iPhone 6, 2 months ago and have been a loyal T-Mobile customer for 11 years. I was told I couldn’t upgrade. I thought I could on the jump? Could you email me an answer edelaney61@gmail.com That way if I can I can print the email out and take it with me to my store in South County, St Louis Mo.

  • Yvette

    Im with ATT and own an iphone 6 plus 64G (no payments). If I switch and trade in my phone, how much of that $750 will I get back as “fair market value”?