Samsung US is temporarily doubling its trade-in payoffs - even for iPhones

New Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or old iPhone X? Hm... (Source: CNET)
New Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or old iPhone X? Hm... (Source: CNET)
How about a new Galaxy S9, S9 Plus or Note 9 for your iPhone X? No? What if you get $600 as well? This is the premise of Samsung USA's new promotion. The company will increase its usual trade-in price, even for Apple products, for a limited time.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Samsung wants to make the decision for those considering buying one of its newest flagships easier this month. They company is doubling the prices in its trade-in program, known as Galaxy Upgrade. It may offset some of the cost of buying a new Galaxy Note 9, S9 Plus or S9. This means that someone who successfully trades their Apple iPhone X in will get US$600 via the program. However, this offer is only available in the United States and some territories (i.e. Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and DC).

In addition, the trade-in payment may come in the form of a Visa Virtual Card rather than cash. Customers can also only trade devices bought outright and not on lease. The devices must also meet several qualifying criteria, including being in acceptable condition and in good working order. It also should not be on any blacklists for stolen or otherwise compromised mobile devices. 

The iPhone X and Galaxy S9 Plus are the only phones that hits the new Galaxy Upgrade scheme's upper limit of payout. Normally, they could attract only US$399 at the most via the program. The Note 8 now fetches $500, whereas it normally would get only $246. The iPhone 8 Plus is the second most valuable device on the list; it is worth $550, or $312 when the promotion ends.

US customers have until November 3, 2018 to buy a qualifying phone. They then have until November 17 to register the trade-in. After this, the prices in Galaxy Upgrade will revert to the norm.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2018-10- 8 (Update: 2018-10-12)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.