T-Mobile has announced that it is beginning a trade-in program for old (but functional) smartphones and handsets, and that in exchange for old devices the carrier will cut customers a check for the quoted amount.
T-Mobile has partnered with an electronics collection program called “The Wireless Source” to offer the service, which will accept all phones that meet the minimum criteria, i.e., being fully functional, having an intact and working display, and being free of liquid damage or corrosion.
To participate in the trade-in program one has to visit a T-Mobile retail store, as T-Mobile does not currently have much in the way of online support for the program. Users can check the estimated values of their devices at T-Mobile’s landing page for the service, but to actually participate, the phone must physically be brought in.
T-Mobile will provide a trader whose phone has been evaluated and accepted with a voucher, shipping label, and packaging for him/her to send it to The Wireless Source. The Wireless Source will then mail a check after the phone is received.
T-Mobile does not require that the trade-in money be used for a new smartphone from T-Mobile, but the carrier would appreciate it.