T-Mobile's trade-in promotion program begins today

In an effort to get customers upgrading to its 4G network, T-Mobile launches "Magenta Deal Days."


Starting today and lasting through May 8, T-Mobile customers can swap out their old phones (even if they're from a different carrier), and get a guaranteed trade-in value that ranges from $50 to $200.

The credit can then go toward purchasing a new T-Mobile 4G phone, such as the Samsung Galaxy S II , the HTC Radar 4G , or the HTC One S .

T-Mobile is calling it Magenta Deal Days, and promises $200 back for any iPhone, and at least $100 for any device running Android, BlackBerry, Windows, or even Symbian 9.0+.

If your used handset is valued more than the promotion (like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus , which chugged out a value of $200) you will receive the higher value. All the deal requires is that the phone you're trading away actually work.

To see how much your old phone is worth, check out T-Mobile's calculator here. Keep in mind that the generated value is how much you would have gotten before the promotion. An iPhone 3G, for example, would have been $60.

I entered in some devices' names just to see what the resale value was. Although I wasn't surprised that a used Nexus will still get you back a decent amount of dough, it's a little disheartening, but completely expected, to see that Cricket's ZTE Chorus will fetch you only 7 bucks on the market. That's barely enough to cover a Filet-O-Fish meal at McDonald's.

About the author

Lynn La is CNET's associate editor for cell phone and smartphone news and reviews. Prior to coming to CNET, she wrote for the Sacramento Bee and was a staff editor at Macworld. In addition to covering technology, she has reported on health, science, and politics.


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