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T-Mobile.com is offering their Google Pixel 3a Smartphone w/ an Eligible Smartphone/Device Trade-In (Up to $400 Off) via 24-Monthly Bill Credits valid for New/Existing T-Mobile Customers listed below. Thanks Applefanboy

Note, eligible smartphone/device must be in good/working condition to receive full credit. Must be on an Equipment Installment Plan (EIP) on a qualifying line of service. Offer is valid for Online or In-Stores purchase [Store Locator]

Eligible Smartphone/Device Trade-In (In Good Condition)
  • Save $400 When You Trade These Following Devices
    • Apple iPhone 7
    • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    • Apple iPhone 8
    • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    • Smasung GS8 Series
    • Samsung GS9 Series
    • Samsung Note8
    • LG V40
    • LG V30
    • LG V30+
    • LG G7
    • Google Pixel 2
    • Google Pixel 2 XL
    • Google Pixel
    • Google Pixel XL
    • One Plus 6T
  • Save $200 When You Trade These Following Devices
    • Apple iPhone 6s
    • Apple iPhone 6s Plus
    • Apple iPhone 6
    • Apple iPhone 6 Plus
    • Samsung GS7 Series
    • Samsung GS6 Series
    • Samsung Note5
    • LG V20
    • LG G6
    • One Plus 6
  • Save $100 When You Trade These Following Devices
    • Apple iPhone 5C
    • Apple iPhone 5
    • Apple iPhone 5s
    • Apple iPhone SE
    • Samsung GS4 Series
    • Samsung GS5 Series
    • Samsung Note4
    • LG G5
    • LG G4
    • LG V10
    • One Plus 5, 5T
  • Google Pixel 3a Smartphone
    • Up to $400 Off w/ Trade-In
    • $0 Up Front + Tax
    • $16.67/month x 24
    • $399.99 Full Retail price
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This is my first post so I hope I got everything covered. It looks like T-mobile is offering a $400 bill credit(free Pixel3a) with select trade-ins. This might be a good time to get rid of those OG Pixels.

For a limited time, get Google Pixel 3a on us via 24 monthly bill credits when you trade in an eligible device. Available today at 9:00 p.m. PST.

Starting online at 9 p.m. PT on May 7th and in-stores on May 8, 2019, for a limited time, new and existing customers who purchase any version of the Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, or Pixel 3a XL can save up to $400 via one-time trade-in bill credit and 24 monthly bill credits when they trade-in an eligible device. For well-qualified customers, that means if you purchase a Pixel 3a and trade-in an eligible device, you can get it on us!

Eligible devices for trade-in (in good condition):
Save $400 when you trade in an Apple iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus; Samsung GS8 series, GS9 series Note8; LG V40, V30, V30+, G7; Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel, Pixel XL; One Plus 6T
Save $200 when you trade in an Apple iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus; Samsung GS7 series, Note5, GS6 series; LG V20, G6; One Plus 6
Save $100 when you trade in an Apple iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE; Samsung GS4 series, GS5 series, Note4; LG G5, G4, V10; One Plus 5, 5T

https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/g...AF17078_HP
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To make it clear, the $400 is good for 4 different phones. Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, and Pixel 3aXL. So if anyone thinks the 3a is not good enough and is willing to pay for the better phones, here is a chance.

For those wondering if the 3a is an upgrade from the original Pixel I'll highlight the things I personally think matter.

Pros:
Brand New Battery
3 more years of Android OS upgrades
MUCH better camera
Higher future trade in value

Cons:
Trading in a Pixel for a 3a will lose you unlimited original photo quality backups.

Even:
Performance is close to the same, with the 3a being slightly faster.

If you're a T-Mobile customer that plans to remain a T-Mobile customer, it's pretty much a no-brainer upgrade even accounting for the tax, activation fee (if any), and extra $80 for the Pixel 3a XL. The 3a trade if value along is worth more than the upgrade costs, making it better than free to trade in an original Pixel. It's profitable to upgrade.



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05-13-2019 at 05:53 PM #1043
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For those that did a trade in at the store is it showing anywhere on the receipt that you get the promo monthly bill credits or a Pixel 3a promo?
My receipt and someone else who traded it in at the same store shows nothing about the Pixel 3a trade in promo anywhere in the receipt or the EIP section on mytmobile.
You won't see the promotion listed anywhere on the receipt. The last section of the paperwork you received should say something about Device Recovery Program. That's where you'll see the info about the phone you traded in, and the up-front credit for the device (in the case of an original Pixel, $40). If you see that, you're good.

In about a day you'll see the promotion listed in your account. I had a hard time finding it at first. It's somewhere under the "Account" heading. You should see an option to show your promotions.If not, click on the specific line you upgraded, and then you'll see the option to view promotions. It'll be listed there. For me, it showed up the very next day (less than 24 hours). You won't see it today if you did the upgrade/trade-in today. Check tomorrow though and it'll be there.

According to posts here and on Reddit from people much more knowledgeable with the trade-in process, once the store accepts the trade-in you're all set. As mentioned above, you'll see the promotion listed in about a day and can then rest easy. I can't imagine once the promo is approved and on the account that there would be any issue. From what I understand, as long as the store accepts the phone, you're off the hook for any issues that may arise (like Assurant rejecting the trade-in from the store). IMHO, it's well worth the $20 upgrade charge to have an answer same-day about the trade-in instead of waiting a month to find out you're denied.

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I feel like I'm always asking this, but if I tried this in store, would I be able to get this done without the rep messing up my rate plan? My rate plan is crazy good, so I'm always scared as heck that one little tweak will ruin everything. But, theoretically, this is not adding a line or anything, so I should be able to just get the phone, and be OK? Would I be needing to cross my fingers and pray that it works?

I'd love to ditch my OG Pixel for a 3a, but not at the price of multiplying my rate by 8 or whatever happened before when i tried to change something.
No chance of any plan changes when done online, and probably my #1 reason for doing so vs. in store.
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check costco iPhone up to $750 MIR thread.
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IMO trading an iphone 6 for an XR is a better deal and it's going on now, too. If you have multiple lines then you can get both deals. But without adding any lines, this is great.
Is this what you guys are referring to new line + tradein, I saw it and don't like it so much:

https://support.t-mobile.com/docs...=TMDesktop
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What does good condition mean? Does that mean it works and no broken glass? Or can it be working and have cracked glass? Just wondering thanks!
no cracked glass or dead pixels
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I feel like I'm always asking this, but if I tried this in store, would I be able to get this done without the rep messing up my rate plan? My rate plan is crazy good, so I'm always scared as heck that one little tweak will ruin everything. But, theoretically, this is not adding a line or anything, so I should be able to just get the phone, and be OK? Would I be needing to cross my fingers and pray that it works?

I'd love to ditch my OG Pixel for a 3a, but not at the price of multiplying my rate by 8 or whatever happened before when i tried to change something.
No issues for me, if you are concerned about this just watch over them and make sure you can clearly see the screen, should be fine, but as someone else mentioned you should also be able to do this online. Come to think of it I cannot recall ordering online from Costco nor Tmo.
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How is it free if you have to sign a contract and pay a monthly bill?
Uh because you don't have to sign a contract, and of course you have to pay a monthly bill - it's a free phone not free service.
And it also says "Contact us before canceling wireless service to continue device payments, or credits stop & remaining balance on device at full price is due."
which indicates that if you contact them to continue paying monthly for the device, you'll still get the bill credits even if you stop service. If not, there'd be no reason to say OR credits stop and full balance is due.
So you don't even HAVE to continue service with them, just trade in your phone and get the pixel 3a, and probably have to keep a line of service for at least a month or 2.
But honestly, what carrier is going to straight across swap you a used GS8 line phone for a brand new pixel 3a and not have some mechanism to try to keep you on their service? They might as well just swap phones for anyone, customer or not, if that was the case. That's not particularly sustainable.
I swear, some of you people really come across as massively entitled d**kbags
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Does anyone know if the phone will come locked? If so, is there a way to get it unlocked easily?
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No, Free means exactly that, which this is not, when you begin to redefine words ie "is" "unlimited" "free"... all hell breaks loose...case in point
IT IS FREE
It costs $400
They credit you back $400
That means the cost of the phone is ZERO

On any carrier you gotta buy the phone plus pay for the service, that's no different here
So they spread the bill credits out over 24 months, who cares?
Ok. Let's say I go do this, I trade in my note 8 and get the pixel 3a
They put it on an EIP, monthly payment for the phone is 16.67
Each month they credit me 16.67

So I add 0 to my bill above the cost of my phone line. FREE with trade-in.
Now, let's say next month I decide f**k tmobile I don't wanna be with them anymore.

I call them up, make arrangements to continue the device payments and cancel my service.
Each month I get a bill for 16.67 for the phone, and a credit for 16.67, net bill of zero. FREE with trade-in.

The only way it's not free is if you're too lazy to read and comprehend, and you cancel service without contacting them to arrange to continue the device payments first.
Jesus mother of F*** why do I even have to explain this.
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24 months bill credits = ETF = Commitment = Contract.
Nonetheless, it's a good deal if you are going to stick with TM for the next two years. The net cost is around $150 after activation/upgrade/SIM Card fees, state taxes, and cost of the trade-in phone ( I am assuming it's Google OG ). Another drawback ( unknown for now ), whether you care about rooting, bootloader lock state is still unknown, personally, don't even care, it's worth mentioning.

BTW, is Google going to handle the software updates directly or carriers will control it?
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Does t-mobile do hard credit pull for EIP plan?
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IT IS FREE
It costs $400
They credit you back $400
That means the cost of the phone is ZERO

On any carrier you gotta buy the phone plus pay for the service, that's no different here
So they spread the bill credits out over 24 months, who cares?
Ok. Let's say I go do this, I trade in my note 8 and get the pixel 3a
They put it on an EIP, monthly payment for the phone is 16.67
Each month they credit me 16.67

So I add 0 to my bill above the cost of my phone line. FREE with trade-in.
Now, let's say next month I decide f**k tmobile I don't wanna be with them anymore.

I call them up, make arrangements to continue the device payments and cancel my service.
Each month I get a bill for 16.67 for the phone, and a credit for 16.67, net bill of zero. FREE with trade-in.

The only way it's not free is if you're too lazy to read and comprehend, and you cancel service without contacting them to arrange to continue the device payments first.
Jesus mother of F*** why do I even have to explain this.
B/C people expect that when you say FREE, It's should be hand delivered to them for free. lol
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IT IS FREE
It costs $400
They credit you back $400
That means the cost of the phone is ZERO

On any carrier you gotta buy the phone plus pay for the service, that's no different here
So they spread the bill credits out over 24 months, who cares?
Ok. Let's say I go do this, I trade in my note 8 and get the pixel 3a
They put it on an EIP, monthly payment for the phone is 16.67
Each month they credit me 16.67

So I add 0 to my bill above the cost of my phone line. FREE with trade-in.
Now, let's say next month I decide f**k tmobile I don't wanna be with them anymore.

I call them up, make arrangements to continue the device payments and cancel my service.
Each month I get a bill for 16.67 for the phone, and a credit for 16.67, net bill of zero. FREE with trade-in.

The only way it's not free is if you're too lazy to read and comprehend, and you cancel service without contacting them to arrange to continue the device payments first.
Jesus mother of F*** why do I even have to explain this.
It's not free. They call it free after trade-in. But the trade-in phone has a value of at least $100, plus add activation fees and state taxes. You are paying about $150, technically, it's not free.
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Does t-mobile do hard credit pull for EIP plan?
They did for me 2 years ago when I got mine and my daughter's phones
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I feel like I'm always asking this, but if I tried this in store, would I be able to get this done without the rep messing up my rate plan? My rate plan is crazy good, so I'm always scared as heck that one little tweak will ruin everything. But, theoretically, this is not adding a line or anything, so I should be able to just get the phone, and be OK? Would I be needing to cross my fingers and pray that it works?

I'd love to ditch my OG Pixel for a 3a, but not at the price of multiplying my rate by 8 or whatever happened before when i tried to change something.
What plan and how many lines do you have ?
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No, Free means exactly that, which this is not, when you begin to redefine words ie "is" "unlimited" "free"... all hell breaks loose...case in point
Well, for what it's worth, the term "Free" is being used in this thread. T-Mobile themselves do not use that term.


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