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 whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, 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?