US Cellular offers carrier switchers $300 for trade-ins, including with cracked screens


Since pretty much all US residents aged 5 to 100 already own and regularly use a smartphone, wireless service providers are now doing their absolute best to get people to change their carrier. Everyone from Verizon to T-Mobile to AT&T is on a rival recruitment spree, covering outstanding balances and further giving out cash money, as well as a host of other incentives.

It’s even better if you’re willing to trade a pre-owned but working handheld for a new device, though most of the times, you need the product you’re looking to abandon to be in mint condition. Not at US Cellular, with the nation’s fifth largest operator accepting cracked phones starting today.

USC says you’re eligible for $300 in credit even if you’ve damaged your screen, but the rest of the components have to be fully functional. Ergo, you can only trade in a phone that powers on and has managed to escape liquid corruption, plus all other forms of devastation apart from display fissures.

Interestingly enough, US Cellular mentions the $300 number on both its website and in a press release issued yesterday, without alluding to variation in the value of your switch bonus depending on the age, brand and specifications of the product traded in. Ergo, it’s possible you’ll qualify for the full amount, no matter what you’re discarding.

It’s unlikely, sure, but possible. And even if that’s not the case, it’s still worth checking out how much USC will pay for a cracked phone. After all, no one else would touch it with a ten foot pole, right?

Sources: US Cellular, Business Wire

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Adrian Diaconescu
Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).