Update: To clarify, most iPhone 3GS owners aren’t upgrade eligible. Most iPhone 3G owners probably are and can pick up the new iPhone for $100.
If you’re a current iPhone owner looking to upgrade to the iPhone 4, you might want to check out Radio Shack on June 24. The electronics retailer is offering users the opportunity to bring in old iPhones, and in some cases electronic equipment, and use the trade-in value against the purchase price of a new iPhone. Some of the electronic devices that fall under the trade-in plan include phones, game consoles, and video cameras.
Now here’s where it gets interesting. The trade in value on an iPhone 3GS is $200, so if you’re currently toting around last year’s iPhone model and are eligible for an AT&T upgrade any time in 2010, you can pick up the new iPhone 4 for free. While trade-ins can ordinarily be done online, Radio Shack is advising users via its Twitter account that if the iPhone 4 is on your radar, your best bet is to show up in-store.
If you own an iPhone 3GS and aren’t eligible for an upgrade until 2011, you can still receive the $200 credit and purchase the iPhone 4 16GB model for $200 under AT&T’s Early Upgrade pricing. The 32GB model will cost you $300 after the trade-in.
Some other items to note – The $200 value of the 3GS applies to all models, regardless of device capacity. The device must obviously be in good working condition, though this determination is ultimately left to the discretion of each individual store. As far as we can tell from RS’s Twitter feed, though, good working condition effectively means no water damage and no cracked screens. Fair enough.
Also, trade-ins must be completed when you pick up your new device. That’s to say, if you have content on your old iPhone you want to keep, make sure you transfer it to your computer before picking up a new device.
And to reiterate what you may already be aware of, any iPhone user with a contract expiring in 2010 is upgrade eligible.
Lastly, if you own an iPhone 3G and happen to be upgrade eligible, you can trade in that puppy for $100 credit and pick up the new iPhone 4 for a cool $100.