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RIM Launches New Device Trade-up Program in the US

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As far as I remember RIM has had a device trade-up program in place for years but they just let us know that it has been rehashed in the US. Existing BlackBerry customers who purchase a new BlackBerry smartphone can get up to $120 back for trading in a eligible existing BlackBerry. These trade up programs are usually a raw deal compared to the money you could get if you simply sold the phone on eBay or Craigslist but it is simpler. Personally I still recommend Craigslist instead of a trade up program…

The new trade up program is available at and is operated by The Wireless Source. I wonder what RIM’s incentive is on promoting this but who knows. The Wireless Source offers “repair quality and unscreened stock phones as is” to retailers so they may be sending RIM a kickback. Still it is better than the original T-Mobile deal they are still running which only gives you up to $75 for your old phone.

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  1. This site is broken. Only renders correctly in IE, and doesn’t allow selecting a carrier so can’t continue.

  2. Trade up is nothing. Like you guys say, get more on craigslist. Now if they combined that same offer with the carriers that would make sense. Win for the carrier, Rim and the customer!

  3. This will be nice to take the edge off of getting the new Bold Touch. I won’t be eligible for an upgrade when it comes out.

  4. nice, i will get $5 for my 8700

    • Exactly! The key words here are “up to.” RIM is like a nasty mustachioed used car salesman trying to take advantage of the little old lady that doesn’t know her 08 Civic is worth more than $900. I’ll stick with kijiji or eBay.

  5. Wonder how much I could get for my Bold 9700 in order to get that new Bold Touch

  6. I would advise everyone to Craigslist or eBay. I got $70 for my Pearl 8130 in good condition. RIM’s trade in wouldn’t come near that.

  7. I have to believe the incentive on Rim’s part is to help retain their customer base. With so many people switching to Android phones and the availability of the Iphone on the Verizon network, Rim needs to make some sort of effort to help keep their clients.

  8. Is it realy a ‘trade up’?

  9. dont most of us dedicated users keep their older devices as back ups?

    Plus they are offering less money that what I could sell it on eBay or Kijiji for.

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