AT&T Trade In Program Review: How It Works & What It Pays

We give you the lowdown on AT&T’s trade in program and how it compares to other buyback options

How does the AT&T trade-in program work? How much does AT&T pay for used phones? Find out in our AT&T trade in program review!

Is the AT&T trade-in program a good deal?

Let’s start by comparing how much AT&T will pay for some popular phones versus trade in offers found on (as of 03/12/2020).

iPhone XS Max (Verizon 64GB Gray)$370 credit$482 cash (Sell Now)
iPhone XS (Verizon 64GB Gray)$285 credit$425 cash (Sell Now)
iPhone XR (Verizon 64GB Gray)$225 credit$357 cash (Sell Now)
iPhone X (Verizon 64GB Gray)$225 credit$340 cash (Sell Now)
iPhone 8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Gray)$165 credit$263 cash (Sell Now)
iPhone 8 (ATT 64GB Gray)$110 credit$190 cash (Sell Now)
iPhone 7 Plus (Sprint 32GB Black)$100 credit$143 cash (Sell Now)
iPhone 7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$60 credit$90 cash (Sell Now)
Galaxy S9 Plus (Verizon 32GB Gray)$140 credit$203 cash (Sell Now)
Galaxy S9 (Verizon 64GB Gray)$120 credit$174 cash (Sell Now)
Galaxy Note 8 (Verizon 32GB Gray)$90 credit$168 cash (Sell Now)
Galaxy S8 Plus (Verizon 64GB Black)$85 credit$142 cash (Sell Now)
Galaxy S8 (AT&T 64GB Black)$70 credit$112 cash (Sell Now)
Galaxy S7 Edge (Sprint 32GB Black)$35 credit$66 cash (Sell Now)
Galaxy S7 (T-Mobile 32GB Black)$35 credit$47 cash (Sell Now)

As you can see, AT&T is not the highest-paying option. In our comparison, AT&T paid an average of 32% less than Flipsy Trust Verified Stores.

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In addition, AT&T only pays in store credit – not cash – so you must spend your money with AT&T. Flipsy Trust Verified Stores offer cash payouts, so you’re free to spend your money wherever and however you’d like.

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How the AT&T trade-in program works

Start by visiting AT&T’s trade-in page, then:

  1. Search or browse for your phone
  2. Answer a few questions about its condition, and AT&T will present you with an offer
  3. If you accept the offer, AT&T will send you a prepaid shipping kit within 5 to 7 days
  4. Pack your phone in the shipping kit and return it within 30 days
  5. Once AT&T receives your phone and verifies its condition, you will receive an AT&T Promotion Card credited with your phone’s value within two weeks

With lower payouts limited to store credit, AT&T does not offer the best deal for used phones. If you want more money – in cash – it literally pays to check Flipsy first.

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