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RadioShack now offering trade-in deals, discounts on older iPhones

updated 09:30 pm EDT, Wed September 11, 2013

Up to $250 discount against cost of new contract smartphones

In addition to trade-in offers from online resellers, Walmart and even Apple itself, RadioShack has jumped into the fray with a new trade-in offer and discounts on soon-to-be-discontinued iPhone 5 models. The company's "Trade and Save" website offers a preliminary check on the value of your current smartphone, and will offer up to $250 (for an iPhone 5), $150 (iPhone 4S) or $100 (iPhone 4) towards a new smartphone (any brand) or discounted older-model iPhone. The retailer is offering the current 16GB iPhone 5 for $150 on contract to AT&T or Sprint.

While RadioShack also carries the Verizon version of the iPhone 5, it does not qualify for a discount under the new promotion. Customers who want to trade in their current iPhone can either bring it into the nearest store, or arrange online to send it in via a free pre-paid shipping label. Mail-in traders will receive a gift card equal to the trade-in value, which can be used either online or in-store.

RadioShack will be carrying the new iPhones at the same time as everyone else, beginning September 20 (with the premium iPhone 5S expected to be in short supply).




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  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    Joined: 07-13-09

    Who in their right mind goes for these trade-in deals? They all seem to be significantly lower than the resale value of the device.

  1. chas_m

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    Joined: 08-04-01

    Well, some people don't want to go through the hassle of doing a private sale, and are willing to take the hit just to be done with the old phone. I agree with you that you can often do quite a bit better going through other routes, anybody who is offering to buy something from you that they intend to resell is naturally going to offer you the bare minimum they can; otherwise, what's the point?

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