New T-Mobile deal offers free iPhone SE or $500 off Galaxy S20 for T-Mo and Sprint customers


Today T-Mobile launched its Connecting Heroes initiative, offering free service for first responders. That’s not the only news T-Mo has to share today, though, because it’s got another offer that’s available to everyone.

T-Mobile is offering a free iPhone SE or a discount of up to $500 off a Samsung Galaxy S20. What’s notable about this deal announcement is that T-Mobile says it’s available to both T-Mobile and Sprint customers, marking one of the first new deals that T-Mo has rolled out to both customer bases post-merger.

With this offer, you can get an iPhone SE free with bill credits or take $500 off a Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, or S20 Ultra via trade-in and rebate if you’re on T-Mobile or via bill credits if you’re on Sprint. To get this deal you’ll need to trade in an eligible smartphone and be on a postpaid T-Mobile or Sprint plan.

Here are the devices eligible for trade-in with the iPhone SE on Us deal:

Get $400 off

  • Apple iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone XS and XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, Galaxy S9 series, Galaxy Note 9
  • Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel 3 and 3 XL
  • OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, OnePlus 7T
  • LG G8 ThinQ

Get $200 off

  • Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 series, Galaxy Note 8
  • Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL
  • OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, OnePlus 6T
  • LG V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ

And here are the devices eligible for trade-in with the Galaxy S20 series deal:

Save $500 when you trade in an

  • Apple iPhone 11, iPhone XS or XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Note 10 series, Galaxy S9 series, Galaxy Note 9
  • Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel 3 and 3 XL
  • OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro 5G McLaren, OnePlus 7 Pro
  • LG V60 ThinQ

Save $300 when you trade in an

  • Apple iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 series, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S7 series
  • Google Pixel 3a or 3a XL
  • OnePlus 6 or 6T
  • LG G8 ThinQ

Save $200 when you trade in an

  • Apple iPhone 6s or 6s Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 series, Galaxy S5 series, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S4 series
  • Google Pixel 2 or 2 XL, Google Pixel or XL
  • OnePlus 5 or 5T
  • LG V40 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ

This deal will be live starting tomorrow, May 22, and will run through Monday, May 25. You can get it online or by visiting a T-Mobile or Sprint store.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • steveb944

    The trade in device will dictate if this is worth it.

    • dcmanryan

      iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 and that’s it. Any other phone listed that gets you a $400 credit and the SE for “free” are all better phones than the SE and there’s no point unless you’re looking to switch from Android to iOS.

      As far as an S10 that’s up to the individual I guess if it’s worth it. To me it’s not.

      • Alex Pilaia

        the SE comes with the newest bionic chip.. you get flagship processor in a free phone? What is there not to love, just the smaller screen…

        • Brandon Robinson

          the SE is an excellent choice for a new smartwatch

        • Brandon Robinson

          he’s looking for a phone

        • dcmanryan

          Many of those other phones have the same bands, better screens, better or more versatile cameras. The SE is also not free and has crap battery life.

    • LockesKidney

      yea i have a 6T so its $300 (about $100 more than Swappa value after fees) but it requires you to purchase a $800 samsung phone

      hard to swallow with Pixel 4A coming at that price point IMO

      you can also get a OnePlus 7T for $300 with trade in

      • steveb944

        7T would be much better IMO, or wait for some 4a deals. Last time I traded in my LG V20 for a 4a, unheard of considering how ancient it was.

  • Mike Smith

    Is this via bill credits or what?

    • dcmanryan

      Yes. Just like the article says.

    • djurlegit

      damn, read

  • Joss Edbrards

    So does it require a new line?

    • Alex Wagner

      No add-a-line requirement.

  • miguel rodriguez

    What condition does the phone have to be in?

    • dcmanryan

      Working condition. No broke screen or back, cameras must work and the battery needs to at least hold a charge and can’t die instantly. Normal dings are no big deal.

      • miguel rodriguez

        What about scratches on screen and or body?

        • dcmanryan

          You should be fine unless it’s extreme.

  • IGx89

    Curious if anyone knows, if I bought the SE on this promotion but then decided to buy the 12 later this year, would I lose the monthly bill credits for the SE?

    • KOLIO

      No, the bill credits keep coming.Still getting bill credits for my Note 9,which I traded-in on the Note 10+5G (paid off the non-credit EIP balance on the Note 9).

  • ferruccio83

    Got myself an iphone 8 on Cyber monday. Paid taxes and 1 month’s service. Took virtual card paid off phone and cancelled line. For $75 thats not a bad deal for that time.
    Taking this 8 and gonna trade to the se. All in all, I’m out about $100 total. Not too shabby.
    Lol, I haven’t even used the Lightning port once, just cloud and wireless charge.
    Daily driver is the v60, s9+ and 8. Use all 3 daily for various reasons.

  • Benj

    Will this deal work if I trade my iPhone
    7 for $300 off toward an iPhone 11?

    • Mr.USA

      No, the iPhone 11 On Us promo requires you add a line.

  • LockesKidney

    this is good for 6T owners but it still requires high cost phone purchase. hmmm

  • labaom

    I am not seeing the iPhone SE live on the site yet? Is anyone else?

    • Mr.USA

      Just came here to ask the same thing. :-(

    • VanceDuke

      Same. I texted them on the site and they were able to see the promotion though.

      EDIT: The customer service rep gave me a link that just took me to the main Iphone page that makes no mention of the Iphone SE promo. Put my info in for an Iphone 8 and it said $100 credit. Looks like I am going to have to go to a store.

    • Mr.USA

      It’s live now. I paid $43.99 for tax and shipping.

      • labaom

        I keep getting the following error on the site “ Sorry, we’re unable to process this request online as additional changes may be required for your account. Not to worry, one of our Experts will be happy to help. To complete this request, please contact Customer Care by calling 1-800-937-8997, or by dialing 611 from your T-Mobile phone.”

        When I call the main line they are also having issues and have no idea what the problem could be as the account is in good order. They are telling me I have to go into the store (which obviously is not ideal now). I am just trying to help my mom. Anyone have any idea what this could mean?

  • George Salcedo

    These deals are still pretty weak, trade in any working or damaged device would have been a deal.

    • Mr.USA

      Greedy. Apple is offering “up to $120” for an iPhone 7 trade-in when you buy an SE. This is a great offer.

  • dtam

    how’s it a discount when you have to trade something in?

    • anon_coward

      find someone else to give you a $200 trade in deal for a 6S

      it’s garbage at this point

  • radioman

    Lame deal tmobile

  • Francisco Peña

    Tempting to switch from my S9 to the 20+

    • JLaw

      Just steer clear of the 20u, nothing but little gremlins causing issues with it.
      I keep my s9+ and got the v60 (no dual screen).
      Plays nicely with my galaxy watch and buds. Just made more sense in the long run, to me at least.
      My v60 had hung with the speed of the s20’s. Just waiting to see in my friends 20u camera housing pops.

  • JStatt

    It doesn’t say a new line is required. Only an existing one.

    • roger shahan

      Unless the deals haven’t started yet on TMobile the one I saw this morning around 10 am said add a new line and get up to 500 off when you trade in a phone

      • Mr.USA

        That’s not the offer we’re discussing here.

  • Kevin Fridman

    Just back from T-Mobile store in Western NY. Processed a trade for my 6S. They had no SE in stock so I’ll receive it in about a week and send mine to them. My 6S has a small crack in the screen which I told them about. They chose to overlook it. May depend on how generous the guy in the store is. I’ve experienced nothing but good with T-Mobile.

    • Hector Escobedo

      When you ship it to the warehouse they aren’t going to over look it you’ll be disqualified. You should try to get it fixed before then

      • Mr.USA

        Actually no, the trade-in questionnaire doesn’t ask about cracks or scratches.

      • Kevin Fridman

        Sent the phone in with crack. T-Mobile account already shows $7.75/month x 24 months. That’s $186.00. Supposed to get $14.00 back when they process the return. It arrived at facility 6/2. Not credit yet. Will let you know if I get the $14.00.

      • Kevin Fridman

        Said I would keep you posted. Got the $14 credit today. That l, along with $7.75 x 24 months is $200.00. It worked out well.

  • Sharti24

    Is there any official documentation on this? I Have a friend with sprint who wants to trade in their iphone 7 for the SE but sprints website states the only promo is to lease the SE…

    • JLaw

      Talked to a rep via telesales today. Was told the se promo will not show on screen. Upgrade a line and input the imei asked and a trade in value will appear.
      My 8 was quoted at $100, but he informed the system will know it was bought within promo window.
      $40.57 for tax/shipping.
      I was worried about what I was told, however a similar promo setup got me on T mobile in 2013.

      • Sharti24

        Thanks. Gonna go to the sprint store on sunday

  • Doug Liser

    I just chatted with Sprint CS and they pointed me to the news page which didn’t show the discount. I can’t log into the t-mobile site with my sprint creds.

  • purenupe1

    Trade in “deals” and “free” phone with new line SUCK!

    Can I get a sale prices with no strings attached, I’ve been a customer for 15 years and have 4 lines… my current phone is cracked and I dont need another damn line.

    • Mr.USA

      No new line required. Only gotcha is no free shipping, it’s $6.99.

  • tyler

    Will the iPhone SE second generation be locked to T-Mobile?

    • Mr.USA

      Only if you activate it with them. Nothing stopping you from activating it with another carrier, or just use it Wi-Fi only.

      • Willie D

        TMo locks ALL DEVICES except iPads.

        • Mr.USA

          I stand corrected, you are right. Just received my SE. It’s locked and contains a T-Mobile SIM. However it sounds like I could pay-off the EIP installment plan, then request an unlock, if I wanted to (which I don’t).

        • Fan_Atl77

          Any thoughts on the device (performance, battery life), OR how do you like? I thought it was good deal for thoes trading in an older device, especially an iphone 6s, for $200.00.

        • Mr.USA

          Tons of reviews out there, you don’t need my opinion. I bought it for app development not as my primary carry-phone.

  • Hoppysport

    I have an LG G8 that I love. What sense would it make to switch to an iPhone SE, unless I wanted to go to iOS? As much as I like the iPhone 11, it’s not worth the $300+ bump from the G8…if offered.

    That said, my mint G8 fetches about $300 on Swappa. So if I wanted to switch to the SE, the trade-in is a pretty good deal.

  • Kevin

    Yeah. Trade in my iPhone 11 to get $400 off on the iPhone SE sounds like a terrific deal.