T-Mobile offering Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy trade-in deals


In addition to the smartwatch deal that’s launching this week, T-Mobile is offering some deals on Apple and Samsung smartphones.

For a limited time, you can get up to $750 off a new Apple iPhone when you add a new line of service and trade in a qualifying device. This credit will get you a free iPhone 8 or iPhone XR or get you a significant discount on an iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max.

To qualify for this deal, you need to buy one of the aforementioned iPhone models on EIP and add at least one new voice line if you’re an existing customer or at least two new voice lines if you’re a new customer. You must also trade in a paid off iPhone X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, or 6s Plus in good condition.

Once you meet the requirements, you’ll get a one-time trade-in credit based on the value of your device and the remainder of the offer amount to be spread out over 24 or 36 monthly bill credits.

T-Mobile hasn’t said how long this deal will run, so if you’re interested, you may want to act soon.

If Android’s more your thing, you can get up to $360 off a new Galaxy S9, S9+, S8, S8 Active, or Note 9 when you trade in a qualifying device. To get this deal, you must buy one of those Samsung devices on EIP, use it on any postpaid T-Mobile voice plan, and trade in one of the following devices paid off and in good condition on the same order as your new Samsung device:

Eligible trade-ins for $360

  • Apple iPhone 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 series, Note 8
  • LG V30, V30+, G7

Eligible trade-ins for $250

  • Apple iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 series, Galaxy S6 series, Galaxy Note 5
  • LG G6, V20

Eligible trade-ins for $150

  • Apple iPhone 5s, 5c, 5, SE
  • Samsung Galaxy S5 series, Galaxy S4 series, Galaxy Note 4
  • LG V10, G5, G4

Your credit will be doled out in 24 or 36 monthly bill credits. However, T-Mobile says that a similar offer is available through Costco, and going that route will get you a rebate on a virtual prepaid MasterCard card within six to eight weeks.

Like the Apple deal, there’s no word yet on when these Samsung offers will end, so you should act fast if you’re interested.

We’ve seen deals similar to these in the past, but T-Mobile offering them again gives folks who may have missed out previously the chance to take advantage of them.

Sources: T-Mobile (1), (2), (3)

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  • pda96

    I’ll wait for the BOGO on the LG V40.

  • Koolme666

    Damn add a lines.

    • Sayahh

      AAL? Fine. Trade in required? Fine. Both? Forget about it.

  • steveb944

    Samsung is taking everything apparently. Good to see the older devices and no line necessary.

  • So with the Samsung deal just need to have the LGV30 paid off? Basically.

    • George Salcedo

      Why would you want to switch from the V30 to a Samsung? I’ve had a very good experience with the V30 so far .

      • Alize Jen Alfonso Martinez

        Lg is crap, you might’ve had a good experience but a majority of long time loyal customers were stiffed with LG rebooting issues.

        • George Salcedo

          Yeah and Samsung had exploding devices. The V30 is pretty much LG’s perfect device, I preferred it over my one plus 6T.

        • Francisco Peña

          Samsung had one product line explode. i had two G4s that bootlooped, and 2 G6s that acted up too. The G6s i’d consider a mini bootloop as they would randomly reboot, just not get stuck like the G4s.

          While i loved the LGs, I got tired of it and opted for a different brand. Now quite happy with my S9.

        • yankeesusa

          One phone from samsung had battery exploding issues… LG has had several of their lineup phones bootloop and have screen issues. Looks to me like LG has the bigger issue. And v30 being better than 6t? huh? I guess you don’t like smooth os and constant updates.

        • Dominimmiv

          Keyword: HAD

        • yankeesusa

          I know, i said had because they all had these issues. But what is worse, having one phone that was bad or having several phones in the lineup that had this issue and they refused to to work with customers regarding the bootloop and didn’t want to fix the issue? I’ll stick with the company that issued full refunds and fixed the issue the first time.

        • Dominimmiv

          old news…..my G7 has been stellar and has a two year factory warranty.

  • the martian ambassador

    If you don’t want to add a line, you are usually better off purchasing directly from Samsung. Back in September, I bought the Note 9 for T-Mobile (8GB/512GB) and got a free Gear S3 Frontier smartwatch and wireless phone charger. While I did pay full price for the phone, the value of those items dropped the price of the high end Note 9 to almost $900. Just check their site frequently to see if they have a deal that suits your needs.

  • Lazy_Eye

    So is the same type of deal that they have been running? If you’re a new customer, you have to start 2 new lines but only get one phone free?

    • Rob_In_NJ

      Correct. Just did one of these deals, my wife kept her paid off iPhone 7. Given unlocked devices these days it’s not much of a hardship.

  • Nobody Special

    I am holding on to my Samsung Note 3 until it evaporates into thin air.

    I can’t afford a $900+ phone…

    • MichaelSt

      I buy used. Even a few months after launch a $1k phone is often 40% off. You can get a note 5 for well under $200 now. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a lot newer phone. You also don’t have to spend anything at all and keep your phone to do the exact same thing a new phone can do, just maybe not as fast.

  • Jason Ulrich

    I still don’t know why people would want to add a line unless it’s for their children. What does a family that’s not growing get for a promotion offer?

    • dcmanryan

      Nothing. That’s why you go to Costco as they still have the gift cards and then you cancel the new line once you have your gift card and spent it. That way you don’t have to deal with this 24-36 months of bill credit crap.

  • njikokanoel

    Not interested in adding a line or any of the phones offered. I think I’ve plateaued honestly. None of these new devices or upcoming devices really flip fancy. I’ll wait to see what the Note 10 offers up. Until then, I’ll be content with what I have.

  • Mike McDonald

    I bought my new XS direct from Apple & qualified for an extra $125 trade in. I’m happy it has AppleCare included.

    • dcmanryan

      Check your math. Apple Care is included because it’s added to the payment. You’re not getting it for free.

  • Scott

    Jumped on this but bought directly from Samsung. Immediate credit always nice compared to bill credits.