These days, most carriers in the United States, even some of the smaller ones, are offering some kind of incentive to switch to their network that includes trading in your current phone. For the most part, these deals will pay you roughly half of your phone’s retail value as a bill credit, provided the device is still in good, working condition. Obviously, if you’ve managed to crack your device’s screen and you want to head to another carrier, you’ll either be unlocking it or heading to Craigslist to get rid of the errant smartphone. U.S. Cellular seeks to change that. They announced a deal on Thursday that, with some caveats, can see you getting your hands on up to $300 for your cracked smartphone, so long as it’s still operational and in mostly good condition. Speaking on the new promotion, U.S. Cellular’s VP of Marketing, Joe Settimi, said “We know that there are people who are looking to change wireless carriers, but they have broken screens that have no trade-in value, and therefore can’t afford to make the switch,”.
The amount will be issued as a $100 U.S. Cellular promo card at the time of trade-in, which can be used toward your U.S. Cellular bill. After that, you’ll receive the other $200 in a similar manner via snail mail within 6 to 8 weeks. This deal requires a new retail installment contract on a Shared Connect plan, signing up for Device Protection+, starting at $8.99 a month, and payment of the requisite activation fee. Along with this deal, U.S. Cellular is offering a contract buyout option for new customers taking advantage of the deal, allowing them to start their new wireless life debt-free. Additionally, referring a friend to U.S. Cellular will net you $50 when they sign up for a qualifying plan.
To sweeten the pot a bit, U.S. Cellular has also knocked down the initial prices and given consumers a bit of a deal on their home services. All of their home offerings, including home phone, router, modem and hotspot, which normally range from $20 to $30, can be started up and installed for a penny, then customers will receive the first two months of service for free. After the promotional period is over, users will find themselves paying full price for the services, of course.