Last Updated: May 4th, 2013

If you've been eying that 64GB HTC One on AT&T, but don't exactly relish in the thought of dropping 300 big ones to get your hands on it, there may be another option - AT&T just announced that it's running a smartphone trade-in promotion that starts tomorrow.

Here's the fine print: you need to trade in a working smartphone less than three years old in "good condition." And yes, the last part is pretty subjective. $100 is the minimum value if you meet those requirements, so you might actually get a little more if your smartphone is particularly new. Though, if it's new enough to be worth more than $100 to AT&T, you're probably a lot better off selling it yourself.

There are a whole lot of old smartphones that could qualify for this promo, and many of those closer to the three-year-old mark can barely fetch $100 on the open market. If it turns on and is in one relatively good-looking piece, AT&T will hand you a $100 credit. This deal is available to both new and existing customers. AT&T is also accepting old feature phones, data cards, and tablets for AT&T promotional credit, though the value of those items will obviously vary widely.

The credit can be applied immediately (in AT&T corporate stores) to your purchase of any new smartphone on AT&T. That drops the 32GB One and 16GB Galaxy S4 to $100 on contract, respectively, and the 64GB HTC One down to $200. There's also nothing here indicating that you couldn't apply this credit to an off-contract smartphone purchase. You can even trade in multiple smartphones in a single visit.

This offer is going on for "a limited time" (I'd guess a month), so if you're in the market for a new phone on AT&T, it may be worth taking advantage of.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • RaptorOO7

    Gee I wonder if I could buy something cheap off of eBay and trade it in on a profit to AT&T.

    • Isaiah

      I know this is an old post but it's funny because I did just that! I went on eBay and bought 25 good working blackberry phones and traided them for credit (not all at once lol) I've been paying my phone bill since. I sill have 800 bucks in credit lol!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

    Man that's a rip off really. Craiglist your phone and call it a day. Definitely will get more than $100 bucks. Even $150 may not be good depending on the device. Well for a 3 year old phone that may not be necessarily be bad afterall.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      $100 for an EVO 4G or Fascinate or really anything else from mid-2010 isn't bad at all.

      • http://www.facebook.com/DaATXMan Danny Davis

        Yeah that's why I said a three year old phone would actually be not to bad considering

  • Zach

    They are offering $128 for a perfect condition S3. I laughed.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      That's the trade-in site. They may offer more in store. The site doesn't reflect the $100 promotion going on right now.

  • Freak4Dell

    So can you bring in multiple phones and have the credit applied to one purchase? For example, if I bring in 2 phones, can I get $200 off?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      I asked AT&T and they said yes, you can do this.

      • Freak4Dell

        Sweet. I'll have to see if I can find some of the old Sprint phones I have lying around. A One will probably be much easier to sell than those.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I still have my doubts about this. PR sometimes doesn't quite know all small print.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ricky.lam.3950 Ricky Lam

    If you want the HTC ONE, go to Newegg.com. They are having the phone new activation or upgrade for $130 plus you get $20 visa gift card. On top of that, if you do the trade up program through HTC, last day is today, you can get up to $100. I did it and trade in my old HTC EVO and got $100. Total upgrade cost, $10. No tax, next day shipping. Galaxy S4 is $180. I did this for Sprint as the carrier.

  • http://twitter.com/anjiecai anjiecai

    can this be used for full price unlocked devices or contract only?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It can be used on full price no-contract devices. You might have to argue about it, but I confirmed with AT&T that this is allowed.

  • VonLaserface

    If I wasn't 5 months from my "upgrade" date I would be all over this deal. I have a feeling I won't be getting much more than 100$ for my gently used Note 1 by this winter anyway.

  • Joe Menard

    YESSS!!! Hello New GS4 Or HTC One, or maybe whatever google unveils at I/O

  • DarrenR

    How do they feel about rooted phones in this instance? My wife has a HTC Vivid that I rooted and removed some bloat because she was having so many issues with it.

  • Jamie

    What if i don't have an upgrade currently, can i still trade in for this deal?