Best Buy will trade you a free iPhone 5 for your old smartphone

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Credit: Palm

Don’t know what to do with your old Palm Pre? If you were thinking about getting an iPhone(s aapl) you can bring it to Best Buy(s bby) this weekend, where it’ll take your old smartphone and give you an iPhone 5 in exchange. From now through September 16, Best Buy is offering customers a guaranteed minimum $100 trade-in credit for any working smartphone as long as you switch to the iPhone 5 on AT&T(s t), Sprint(s s) or Verizon(s vz) with a two-year activation. Provided you don’t want the iPhone 5c or 5s instead, that isn’t a bad deal.

When Apple introduced the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c on Tuesday, it announced that the iPhone 5c would replace the iPhone 5. Both phones are virtually identical, aside from the colorful new plastic build quality of the iPhone 5c and its slightly extended battery life. The iPhone 5c will also start at $99 on a two-year contract. So if you’re looking for iPhone 5c power in a more staid design, the iPhone 5 is the phone to get.

But you need to hurry. Not just because Best Buy’s promotion ends on Monday, but because the iPhone 5c has already gone on pre-sale. Come next week it’ll be on store shelves and the iPhone 5 will be history.

This promotion makes sense for Best Buy, allowing it to clear as many remaining iPhone 5 handsets out of inventory as it can before the phone disappears into the digital ether. But it also makes sense for customers holding on to very old smartphones. That Palm Pre, for instance, isn’t going to get you much money anywhere else. (I just checked, and Amazon(s amzn) is graciously offering up to a $0.75 gift card for it.) And if your old phone is worth more than $100, Best Buy will give you the difference in the form of a gift card.

Best Buy didn’t rank high when I surveyed the best places to sell your old iPhone a couple of weeks ago, and you probably don’t want to try an old iPhone in there now, either. But if you’ve still got an original Motorola(s goog) Droid burning a hole in your pocket, this new deal is worth a look.

19 Comments

dontrell

Can I trade my at&t 2year Contract galaxy s3 for the iPhone 5 or 5c

Nicole

My husband tried to trade in his working smart phone today and they would not honor the program. they only offered him $30 for his phone.

All The Worlds A Stage

Yes.. by all means.. lets give people incentive to purchase products from a company that treats their slave so badly that they have to install nets around the top of their manufacturing plants to keep employees from throwing themselves to their deaths…

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@All The Worlds A Stage: “Yes.. by all means.. lets give people incentive to purchase products from a company that treats their slave so badly that they have to install nets around the top of their manufacturing plants to keep employees from throwing themselves to their deaths…
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You DO realize that the company you are talking about is NOT Apple, right? And that company manufacturers hardware for *dozens* of companies besides Apple?

Or does that not fit in with your anti-Apple zealotry…

Krystal

I just traded in my 3 and a half year old iPhone 4 for a brand new iPhone 5 AND got a gift card with $32 on it. It’s a great deal if you don’t mind not having the latest Apple product or you’re a little low on funds. I love my new iPhone 5!

Brian Mckinney

Basically the smartphone being traded in must be 2009 or later and connect to an “app” store, according to my local Best Buy. None of this is in their fine print, except under “phone must have value”. Also, it’s a very long (1 hour) and time wasting effort to have them determine this.

Josh Tremper

Interesting. Just went to Best buy today and was told this offer isn’t happening right now.

Racquel

You can actually renew your contract and trade in phones with any value. My husband exchanged an old Samsung Charge and a 3 year old LG Android. Now we got 2 our kids iPhone 5.

Tejas Patel

Hey racquel, did your upgrade date change on your kids phone? I know you said your contract got renewed, but I wonder if this updates your “upgrade date”. Also were your kid’s line already under contract before you got this deal?

Sean Murphy

Do you know if you have to be currently eligible for an upgrade, or can you just renew your existing contract to a new, fresh 2 year agreement?

Ryan St. Andrie

The details on Best Buy’s page state that the phone must have a value. They do not list the Pre as having a value

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