T-Mobile and Sprint Offering Free iPhone SE With Trade-In

T-Mobile is launching a Memorial Day promotion that will see the company offering a free iPhone SE to customers who trade in an eligible older smartphone in good condition.

iPhone SE Cosmopolitan Clean
From Friday to Monday, customers who trade in an existing smartphone can get a free iPhone SE (sales tax still needs to be paid) or up to $500 off a Samsung Galaxy S20.

The free iPhone SE will be provided in the form of bill credits. An eligible smartphone trade-in is required, as is a T-Mobile or Sprint postpaid plan (switching to a plan is allowed).

"The way the Un-carrier says THANK YOU is, of course, by putting money back in your pocket -- like with an iPhone on us or half off one of the latest 5G superphones," said Sievert. "This weekend, every T-Mobile and Sprint postpaid customer can get a new iPhone SE on us, or half off another brand-new phone, with eligible trade-in. Why? Because 'thank you' -- that's why!"

As outlined by TmoNews, eligible smartphones and their discounts are as follows:

$400 Off

  • iPhone 11, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S10 Series, Galaxy Note 10 Series, Galaxy S9 Series, Galaxy Note 9
  • Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL
  • OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro, OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, OnePlus 7T
  • LG G8 ThinQ

$200 Off

  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 series, Galaxy Note 8
  • Google Pixel 3a and 3a XL
  • OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, OnePlus 6T
  • LG V50 ThinQ, V40 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ

The iPhone SE deal will be live tomorrow, May 22, and it will be available through May 25. Customers can get the deal online or by visiting a T-Mobile or Sprint store.

T-Mobile today also said that it is planning to provide free service and 5G access to first responder agencies, which includes all public and non-profit state and local fire, police, and EMS departments.

Top Rated Comments

ilikewhey Avatar
9 months ago
iphone 11, XS max and xs trade in for 400 off ?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brendu Avatar
9 months ago
Lame that first gen iPhone SE customers can’t trade in that phone. They seem like the most likely to want this upgrade.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
QCassidy352 Avatar
9 months ago
Decent offer, not great. The trade in values are good for some devices ($400 is good for a 7 or even an 8, and $200 is good for a 6 or 6s) but not others ($400 for an 11, Xs, or Xs Max is a joke). And bill credits over how long? I'm sure it's at least 24 months and maybe 30.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
petervivian Avatar
9 months ago
I'm confused. So they take your trade-in phone and charge you the full price (ie $399 plus tax for the base 64GB model) and then "provide in the form of bill credits"? credits in one bill or over 24 months? Lol
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KFridman Avatar
9 months ago


Hey can you let me know the details of the deal please? What did you pay up front (taxes, fees, etc). The website shows the promotion but when you try and actually do it it only offers $40 for the iPhone 7. If I can really get it for free I don't wanna miss this.

Sure thing. I'm in Erie County New York outside of Buffalo so the tax was 8.75%. That was $36.75. There was also a $20.00 Upgrade Fee. My total up front was $56.75. I'm getting $200.00 for the 6S. So I'm paying the $399.00 over 24 months and will be getting the $200.00 credit over 24 months.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KeepCalmPeople Avatar
9 months ago


From https://www.t-mobile.com/news/connecting-heroes, it does sound like existing postpaid T-Mobile and Sprint customers simply trade in an eligible phone, and then get the eligible amount via monthly bill credits: "Customers just trade in their existing eligible device, and they’ll owe nothing but the sales tax on an iPhone SE — a powerful new smartphone in a popular design — or get up to $500 off another new superphone. No add-a-line. Nothing more to buy. Just “thank you.”"



Right, no new line required per https://www.t-mobile.com/news/connecting-heroes. See above quote.

Thank you - we are on T-Mo and have an 8 that would be great to upgrade to an SE.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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