I saw in the technology news today that T-mobile was actually buying phones for trade ins. I thought it was a great idea so I went ahead and pulled out my multitude of cell phones that I have stored away in the closet that are perfectly good working phones but they have been replaced already. I found three phones that I know two were in perfect working order and one that sometimes has a screen issue but still works.
I logged into the suggested site that tells you how much your phone is worth and sets you up for your trade in. First I’m disappointed that I can only trade in one phone when I have three that I would like to trade in. I still was curious what the phones were worth so I start typing in the information for the first phone. All of them were Samsung phones since they seem to work best with my wife and her hearing impairment. The first phone was a basic clam shell phone in perfect condition and the only reason I replaced it was she wanted a camera phone. The phone was worth zero dollars for a trade in but I sort of expected it. I type in the information for the second phone which was actually her second phone which was very close to her original but had a camera option. This one was also worth zero dollars okay I wasn’t expect zero twice. Now I took her Samsung Gravity 2 which she just loved since it had a four gig card in it with tons of her songs, pictures and videos. It’s a slide phone and great for texting. I figured if anything this phone should be worth something for a trade in. I type in the information and sadly learn that this great phone is worth zero dollars for a trade in.
So what gives T-Mobile? We already know that your probably going to get bought out by AT&T so they are obviously trying to increase some sales to help beef up their purchase price. I don’t understand why they try to make it look like you are going to get a nice deal for trading in your phone but then pretty much every phone is worthless. The article by Yahoo News made it look like you should dig out your old phones and use this service . Either they didn’t do their homework for their article, they were paid to write the article or maybe something is up with the trade in site.
If nothing else the article made me realize that I do have some working phones sitting around the house that could be put to good use. You really shouldn’t throw them away as you shouldn’t throw away electronics or batteries in your trash and should find a way to recycle them. There are shelters for domestic violence that take donated cell phones so I suggest you look here if you are looking for a national organization to send them to. You can also contact your local shelter as many of them will accept your cell phone. Your phone will be put to good use and actually help someone instead of a scam to trick you into paying full price for a trade in phone. Turning it in to the shelter will be good for your soul while sending it to T-mobile will just put a dent in your wallet.