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Best Buy offers new / existing T-Mobile Customers: T-Mobile Apple iPhone 13 5G Smartphones starting at $599 plus get Up to $770 Off in Trade-In Credit applied instantly upon order pickup & in-store trade-in device inspection. Must have or signup for an eligible, active T-Mobile postpaid wireless plan to qualify. Select free in-store pickup to get your device and complete your trade-n with a Best Buy representative.

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Instructions:
  1. Must be a new/existing T-Mobile postpaid wireless service customer to qualify for this offer.
  2. Purchase an eligible T-Mobile Apple iPhone 13 series device from Best Buy via one-time payment or 24-Month Payment Plan:
  3. During checkout, set up to trade-in an eligible, working smartphone (examples below)
  4. Your order must be picked up from a store [store locator] to complete your trade-in and apply its value to your new phone purchase.
  5. Upon in-person inspection & approval of your trade-in device, Best Buy will instantly take your trade-in's value off the cost of your new phone
    • Examples:
      • 128GB T-Mobile iPhone 13 mini ($599) - $165 iPhone SE (1st Gen) trade-in value = $434 after trade-in
      • 128GB T-Mobile iPhone 13 ($699) - $330 iPhone SE (2nd Gen) trade-in value = $369 after trade-in
Trade-In Values:
  • Trade-in value is calculated to represent a working phone that turns on and does not have a cracked or broken screen.
    • Apple
      • iPhone SE (2nd Gen) Up to $340 -> now  $330
      • iPhone 12 mini $525
      • iPhone 12 $650 -> now $575
      • iPhone 11 $500
      • iPhone SE (1st Gen) $165
      • iPhone XS Max $275
      • iPhone XR $390 -> now 365
      • iPhone X $380 -> now $ 360
      • iPhone 8 Plus $340  
      • iPhone 8 $230  
      • iPhone 7 Plus $240  
      • iPhone 7 $190  
      • iPhone 6s Plus $200  
      • iPhone 6s $180
    • Samsung
      • Galaxy S21 $650
      • Galaxy S21 $550
      • Galaxy S21 Ultra $770
    • Google
      • Pixel 4a 5G $325
iPhone 13 Mini Specs:
  • 5.4" 2340 x 1080 resolution Super Retina XDR OLED HDR10, Dolby Vision display
  • Apple A15 Bionic Hexa-Core Processor
  • 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal NVMe storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP Main Cameras
  • Dual 12MP Selfie Cameras
  • Stereo Speakers
  • 802.11ax WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
  • IP68 dust/water resistant
  • Face ID security
  • USB 2.0 Lightning Port w/ 18W fast charging
  • 15W MagSafe wireless charging
  • 7.5W Qi magnetic fast wireless charging
  • 2438 mAh Battery
  • Upgradable to latest version of iOS 15
  • 5G Ultra Wideband mobile data support
iPhone 13 Specs:
  • 6.1" 2532 x 1170 resolution Super Retina XDR OLED HDR10, Dolby Vision display
  • Apple A15 Bionic Hexa-Core Processor
  • 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal NVMe storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP Main Cameras
  • Dual 12MP Selfie Cameras
  • Stereo Speakers
  • 802.11ax WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • IP68 dust/water resistant
  • Face ID security
  • USB 2.0 Lightning Port w/ 23WW fast charging
  • 15W MagSafe wireless charging
  • 7.5W Qi magnetic fast wireless charging
  • 3240 mAh Battery
  • Upgradable to latest version of iOS 15
  • 5G Ultra Wideband mobile data support

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This deal is good if you have bought the recent iphone XR reconditioned from Total wireless for $121, thats in other thread on SD

Today at best buy iphone 13 is for $699 and iphone 13 mini is for 599
with XR trade-in value is $390
the price comes down to $309(+taxes) +$121(XR price +Taxes) = $430 + Taxes

If you are buying iphone 13 mini final price comes to $330 + Taxes

If you have iphone 12 mini, you can get iphone min 13 for $74 + taxes
iphone mini best buy trade in value is $525
$599-$525=$74 + taxes

Select 1-time payment not the 24-months installments
After purchasing you can message to T-mobile on twitter and request for unlock, rarely they reject it.

T-mobile account is needed to purchase at this price at Best buy
Also there is no change to existing plan with T-mobile.
Can also purchase on friends or relatives account.

(First time posting a deal)

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Last Edited by catalyst11 February 15, 2022 at 07:45 PM
[If first-time buyer, check the F&A section after the Trade-In Value (TIV) table.]

Quick Best Buy Trade-In Values (With $200 T-Mobile Promotion):

Model before Feb. 7 since Feb. 07
iPhone SE (2nd generation) $340 $330
iPhone 12 $650 $575
iPhone 12 mini $525 $450
iPhone 11 Pro Max $650 $585
iPhone 11 Pro $590 $510
iPhone 11 $500 $445
iPhone XS Max $275 $425
iPhone XS $410  
iPhone XR $390 $365
iPhone X $380 $360
iPhone 8 Plus $340  
iPhone 8 $230  
iPhone 7 Plus $240  
iPhone 7 $190  
iPhone 6s Plus $200  
iPhone 6s $180  
iPhone SE (1st generation) $165 $165
Samsung S21 Ultra $770  
Samsung S21+ $650  
Samsung S21 $550 $550
Pixel 6 Pro $0 $500
Pixel 4a 5G $325 $325

This is not the full list of accepted phones (i.e. missing Google and most Samsung phones)

Looking for trade-in phones to buy? Here are your options.

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Q: Who can take advantage of this T-Mobile & Best Buy promotion?
Ans: T-mobile post-paid subscribers only. No prepaid, business, Metro, Mint, etc. accounts. Some business and government T-Mobile discounts will prevent Best Buy from accessing the plan from T-Mobile, and will result in an error (this promotion is not for you unless you remove your discount). T-Mobile insider discount is okay and does not interfere with Best Buy from accessing your plan.

Q: Do we have to pick a plan from Best Buy for T-Mobile if we are not a current customer?
Ans: You don't have to signup for a post paid T-Mobile plan from Best Buy to get this deal. You can sign up for the plan anywhere and have it active before trading in your device at Best Buy. In fact, other retailers like Costco have promotions
they run for new T-Mobile customers / lines, which you can stack with this promotion for extra cash. Also, the cheapest postpaid plan that works for this Best Buy promotion ($20 Talk and Text) is not available to signup at Best Buy, so if you want that plan you will have to signup elsewhere.

Q: What is the cheapest T-Mobile plan that works for this promotion?
Ans: The cheapest T-mobile postpaid plan that works for this promotion is $20/month per line. Plan name is "Unlimited Talk & Text Only". You cannot sign up for it online, you have to call in, chat, or visit a store / reseller. https://www.t-mobile.com/offers/u...hone-deals

Q: What are the acceptable methods of purchasing?
Ans: Order online for in-store trade-in and pickup (same time), or purchase directly in store. Your store must have stock of the phone model you want to purchase.

Q: Can we cancel the plan immediately out of the store?
Ans: If you cancel the plan immediately out of the store then you won't be able to unlock the phone because you are no longer with T-Mobile.

Q: Do they accept trade-in phones with a lightly cracked front / back / any other damage?
Ans: Depends on the rep helping you. We can't tell you what a best buy rep considers as acceptable wear and tear. Typically, the agent does a quick examination of the exterior of the phone and powers on the phone to grab IMEI and other information. Therefore, make it easy for the agent by removing the case, screen protector, resetting the phone, etc.

Q. Can I insert a SIM card from a different carrier other than Tmobile?
Ans: Due to Flex Policy, the iPhone is locked to the first USA sim card inserted. If you don't mind getting the phone unlocked in the future by your carrier, you can insert a USA sim card of your choice. Flex Policy blocks international sims from being used UNTIL the iPhone is fully unlocked (No SIM Restrictions).

Q. Can I trade-in multiple phones for a single purchased iPhone?
Ans: Only 1 trade-in will receive the T-mobile $200 bonus per purchased phone. You can trade-in as many phones as you want for Best Buy gift cards, but that will not include the $200 T-mobile bonus.

Q. Can I trade-in multiple phones for using the same T-mobile phone number?
Ans: Only 1 active trade-in & pickup order per phone number. Once your trade-in and pickup is completed, you can reuse the same number to order another trade-in and pickup. There is a cap on this, but it's unknown / differs by person. Best Buy may block your account by automatically cancelling orders if they suspect you are a reseller or abusing the promotion.

Q. Why does my trade-in receipt only show the value of the phone, without the $200 T-Mobile bonus?
Ans: For online order for in-store trade-in and pickup, this is normal. The receipt (titled "Best Buy Trade-In - Trade-In Receipt) will only show the trade-in value of the phone, not the $200 T-Mobile bonus. The charge to your credit card should be right. Do not hassle the agent about this.

For in-store purchase. your receipt will contain 3 sections:
Was Price: Current Price of the purchased phone
TRADE IN ALLOW 1: Value of trade-in (negative)
T-MOB TRADEIN 2: 200 T-Mobile bonus (negative)

Q. If I fully paid for the iPhone from Best Buy, how do I unlock?
Ans: If you fully paid for the iPhone from Best Buy (no monthly charges), you may be eligible for unlocking from the carrier of your choice. Select your carrier carefully since the Best Buy iPhone will lock to the first carrier sim that is insert in the phone.

T-Mobile
Call, Facebook Message, or Twitter T-Mobile to ask for the unlock. The official unlocking policy is 40 days on an active T-Mobile line, but SDers have reported successful unlocking anywhere between 1 to 40 days. What they need is a screenshot or photo of the Best Buy receipt showing the IMEI of the phone.

AT&T
AT&T Unlock portal works for some Best Buy iPhones for automated unlocks between 1 to 24 hours. You can check to see if the AT&T Unlock Portal supports your iPhone's IMEI without locking it to AT&T. The full instructions is in post #1534

Verizon
Verizon's official policy is automatic unlock after 60 days. YMMV, there is a paid Verizon unlock service.

Other Carriers
Other carriers are not recommended because they may not be able to unlock phones that weren't purchased directly from them. Use at your own risk.
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Tips for the first timers, keep your trade-in simple and ordinary to avoid questions and minimize time needed.

1) Trade-in a phone that looks used. Take your trade-in out of the box. Remove factory plastic wrap. Jingle it in your pockets to get some dirt and lint on it. Get some fingerprints and oil on it. You don't have to actually use or activate the phone, just make it look used. Trading in a perfect, spotless phone invites questions because it is out of the ordinary.
2) Trade-in the phone only. Remove the box, accessories, and case / screen protector. BB doesn't want them.
3) Factory reset the trade-in phone at home. Per the terms that you agreed to when you signed up for the trade-in, you must sign out of all your accounts (apple, google, etc.) and factory reset the phone. Do this at home to minimize the time at BB. Your trade-in should be at the "hello" screen when you hand it over to the BB agent.
4) Remove the sim card from the trade-in at home. You don't want to accidentally give away your sim card (some agents don't check). Also, you don't want to raise suspicion if the agent does check and finds a tracfone sim card on a "verizon" phone. Remove your sim card at home.
5) Charge your trade-in. Your trade-in just needs to be charged enough for the BB agent to get the necessary information off of it. Don't bring a dead phone and expect them to charge it.

Doing this keeps your trade-in time to under 5 mins at BB.

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Everything below is a copy from the very helpful wiki of the previous BB Tmobile iPhone thread https://slickdeals.net/f/15340573-for-t-mobile-plans-trade-in-apple-iphone-and-save-up-to-975-on-iphone-13s-or-other-brands?v=1

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Note for NYS: Apparently all Long Island stores are not eligible for this offer as they don't have the appropriate licensing with T-Mobile. Must go to an NYC store.

Folks not receiving verification text from BestBuy - Opt for text messages from BestBuy by sending 'HELP' to numbers - 332211 and 22891 (do both). You should receive verification text on the next try
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If you get the message "We're sorry, there was an issue processing your request. Please try again later." when trying to validate your T-Mobile account, try the follow procedure below. It seems to help some users but not all YMMV!.

Go to your T-Mobile account and turn OFF every block for "chargeable" things including sms, downloads, etc. If they are already OFF toggle them ON and OFF just to clear the system of residual blocks. You CAN leave scam block ON. Then send "HELP" (without quotes) text message from each of your mobile no. that you are trying to upgrade to 22891, 332211 and 66803. Wait 30 minutes after completing everything above and try again. If it does not work, you might an account that has employee discounts or something else.

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I got the message that the "Package could not be added to cart". I went to the BB store to get the line added and found that i had the "International Long distance Barrring Call feature turned on which is causing the issue. We spoke to a T-Mobile Rep who removed the feature and then the order went smoothly.
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jool18 asked this question on 01-24-2022 at 09:38 AM
01-24-2022 at 09:38 AM
yup, i did it with simple choice
01-24-2022 at 09:38 AM
I did it on a $20 talk and text plan. Don't think you can get any lower than that
cik2003ny2 asked this question on 01-26-2022 at 09:32 AM
01-26-2022 at 09:32 AM
No, you don't need an additional TMO account or TMO line to do this deal. But you have a TMO account already? So you're buying the phone to sell etc? Officially it needs to be on your account for 40 days, but many others reported getting unlock after day or two if you ask
01-26-2022 at 09:32 AM
You are buying an upgrade from Best Buy site - don't let the thing default to payment plans before adding to cart. When prompted for your TMo information provide it - if you are postpaid already on TMobile the transaction should go through.
SamR9170 asked this question on 01-31-2022 at 11:29 AM
01-31-2022 at 11:29 AM
I requested within first hr to unlock. Twitter CS rep denied unlock and asked me to contact 40 days after. She kept blocking my requests. ~6hrs later, I tried FB messenger and got a different rep and phone was unlocked within a few mins.
01-31-2022 at 11:29 AM
Official rule is 40 days. But you can request Tforce and they will unlock it usually within 4-5 days max. Just let them know it's fully paid and purchased from BestBuy.
koushik99 asked this question on 02-02-2022 at 10:08 AM
02-02-2022 at 10:08 AM
Search this thread for posts from lawrencelin - give him some rep points while you are there. He was kind enough to loop back after picking up an early trade-in for an acquaintance on Visible

https://slickdeals.net/f/15340573-for-t-mobile-plans-trade-in-apple-iphone-and-save-up-to-975-on-iphone-13s-or-other-brands?v=1

Dan
02-02-2022 at 10:08 AM
Isnt visible unlock itself after 2nd month? If the phone paid off
garygor asked this question on 02-02-2022 at 11:51 AM
02-02-2022 at 11:51 AM
yes, some reps activate it some don't
02-02-2022 at 11:51 AM
yes, best buy gave me a new tmobile sim. You can then go to bestbuy.com , order and there will be activate button to proceed with transfer.
Since i had previous tmobile sim , i just poped the old sim into the phone and it activated it with no problems so essentially you don't need the best buy sim if you dont want to.
Tonight i chatted with tmobile over twiter and they unlocked them phone in 30 min.
crusadernm asked this question on 01-24-2022 at 09:55 AM
01-24-2022 at 09:55 AM
Now its $525 but they reduced the price of iphone 13 and iphone 13 mini by $100
Its almost similar to previous deal where you were getting $630 but iphone 13 was $799

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This is with bestbuy, so no bill credit involved, it's instant trade in value that deducts from the sale price, and tax is on the deducted selling price too. Don't mislead others.
ATT is $100 cheaper further. $500 for mini and $600 for regular. But trade in values are horrible.

T-Mo is still the best in value overall.
Wish we could get this deal on a prepaid account.

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They dropped the price on the IP13 and IP13 Mini by $100. Nice! I'm thinking of trading in my IP11 Pro for a IP13 Mini. I will basically pay $10 + sales tax.
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Nice. Thanks
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ATT is $100 cheaper further. $500 for mini and $600 for regular. But trade in values are horrible.

T-Mo is still the best in value overall.
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Wish we could get this deal on a prepaid account.
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Any1 know how long this is going for?
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Any1 know how long this is going for?
It is possibly part of the 24-hours flash sale. So, the extra $100 discount is good till tonight mostly.
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Ah yes! The infamous "Bill Credit" scam T-Mobile LOVES to pull on their customer!
This is with bestbuy, so no bill credit involved, it's instant trade in value that deducts from the sale price, and tax is on the deducted selling price too. Don't mislead others.
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No love for XS Max
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I got the total wireless iPhone XR. Which carrier do I have to select on the trade in window I don't see total wireless option?
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Look your friend for help, I purchased about 20 13 series for my friend and family, they use prepaid or non-T-Mobile.

Thank OP, placed order two days ago still not pick up yet, now can save extra $100.
Can you buy as many as you want? I thought one phone per one line.
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