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Samsung Raises Trade-in Offer For Galaxy S10 Phones, With Caveats

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Samsung may be busy facing issues with its other devices, such as the Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Tab S5e, but that does not mean it is not thinking about the Galaxy S10. The Korean firm, in fact, is doing all it can to boost the sales of its flagship phone, and has now increased the Galaxy S10 trade-in offer.

New Galaxy S10 trade-in offer – caveats

After the launch of the Galaxy S10 phones – S10, S10 Plus and S10e – Samsung lowered the Galaxy S10 trade-in offer from $550 to $300. Now, it has decided to increase the trade-in offer. Though it is not at par with the pre-launch amount, it still is high enough to lure potential buyers.

Samsung has now raised the Galaxy S10 trade-in offer to a maximum of $400. “Save up to $400 on an Unlocked Galaxy S10, S10+ or S10e when you trade-in an eligible device,” Samsung’s latest offer says. However, the latest trade-in offer is not without caveats.

The first caveat is that the increased trade-in value is available only on the unlocked Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, or S10e. This means if you are a Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint customer, you will only be eligible for a maximum of $300 off on the purchase of the Galaxy S10.

Another limitation or caveat of the new trade-in offer is that the deal is available only in the U.S. and that too for a limited time only. Samsung has not mentioned when the new Galaxy S10 trade-in offer will expire, but you still need to hurry up if you want to get a higher trade-in offer.

Eligible phones

The eligible phones that can get you $400 off are the Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, iPhone XS or XS Max or XR, iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, iPhone X, Pixel 3 or 3 XL, and LG V40 ThinQ.

Phones that could get you $350 off are the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, LG V30, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Some Motorola handsets are also eligible, such as the Moto Z3 and Moto Z2 Force, but they are only worth $50 in Samsung’s eyes.

Along with the trade-in offer, buyers of the unlocked 512GB Galaxy S10 also get free Galaxy Buds and the New Duo Charger. Buyers of the unlocked 512GB Galaxy S10 Plus get a free Galaxy Tab A 8.0. On purchase of the 256GB Galaxy S10E, buyers get a free New Duo Charger. Those going for the 1 TB Galaxy S10 Plus will get a free Chromebook Plus.

To know more about the new Galaxy S10 trade-in offer visit this link.

Not applicable on Galaxy S10 5G

Samsung’s latest trade-in offer does not apply to the Galaxy S10 5G, possibly because the 5G version is a time-limited exclusive to Verizon. You can buy a 256GB (base model) Galaxy S10 5G from Verizon for $54.16 per month for 24 months, or $1,300. The 512GB version is going to cost you $1,400.

Though the carrier is offering $650 credit on the Galaxy S10 5G, it is not without caveats. To qualify for the full $650 credit, you have to be a new Verizon member, must subscribe to an unlimited plan and also trade an eligible flagship phone.

The handset will go on sale on May 16. Preordering the phone gets you a “VIP kit,” which includes a pair of the wireless Galaxy Buds, a wireless charging battery pack and a water bottle.

Another lucrative offer

Apart from Samsung, third-party retailers are also offering some amazing deals on the unlocked Galaxy S10. For instance, Best Buy is giving a flat $200 off on the Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+ variants. All that a buyer needs to do is buy a Galaxy S10 from Best Buy and go for upfront activation with one of these three carriers – AT&T, Sprint or Verizon.

This means that you can buy the 128GB Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10+ at $549.99, $699.99, and $799.99, respectively. Moreover, Best Buy’s offer of $200 off is also applicable on the purchase of the higher storage version of the Galaxy S10, be it 512GB or 1TB.

It is a flat $200 off, meaning no monthly installments, bill credits, or trade-in. Also, a buyer is free to switch carriers any time after the purchase if they are buying an unlocked phone. The Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ start at $750, $900, and $1000, respectively.

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