Buh bye Galaxy S... hello S4 and an $80 Best Buy Gift Card
ChiIL out with a new cell phone this summer and gift cards for your trade ins at Best Buy! We just hit our upgrade eligibility on our 3 family cell phones and eagerly began our search for our next new phones. Best Buy is carrying cell phones now, and since they're just blocks away and have a great reputation, they were high on our list. So, we were elated to be contacted by Best Buy through their WOLF (Women's Leadership Forum) Blog program for a sponsored post about Best Buy Mobile Specialty Stores.
Thanks to Best Buy, we have been compensated for sharing this information with you in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card.
I bought my Macbook Pro at Best Buy, camera lenses, a 3DS, numerous tech gadgets and last minute computer and printer supplies. They're also our neighborhood go to place for great deals on Wii and DS games, and tech toys. So, it makes sense to trust them with our cell search.
I've actually been back 4 times and hit the Mobile Specialty Store sections at 2 different Best Buys during these past few weeks. Wait times were minimal, the staff was knowledgable and helpful, and the whole experience was pretty painless. The few times I stumped the staff with a question they were happy to look the info up or check with the boss. Since they're not on commission, there's no high pressure up selling, just good old fashioned, high tech customer service.
My husband and I both ultimately decided on the brand new release Galaxy S4 for me and a Galaxy S3 for him. My 12 year old son is still deciding. He has an older iPhone he loves and doesn't want to part with it.
Best Buy is a bit more complicated when upgrading a T-Mobile plan which we have. You can do it, but the phones have to be ordered on line, not in store. However the store staff are still happy to change over all your contacts and get your phone up and ready to go if you bring it in. If you happen to be with any of the other major providers (AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint) you can purchase right there in the store!
Trade In/Cash In:
If you're family is anything like ours, you have a drawer full of old cell phones. We checked out Best Buy on line and in person to see what our stash of phones is worth. Unfortunately our 2 Blackberry Pearls are worth zero, but our Son's older iPhone is worth $40 and our two Galaxy S phones are $80 each. Kaching! Value will vary based on condition of the phones, and whether you bring all the accessories in with the phone.
Pros: Best Buy will give you credit toward a new phone or a gift card outrightly, in exchange for your old cell phones! It's easy, there's no purchase necessary, and you can trade in multiple phones.
Cons: If you're a Chicago dweller like us, there's a city ordinance aimed at pawn shops that prohibits cash/gift cards for electronics trade ins. Soooooo, if you want to get in on the trade in action you have to trek outside the city limits. The good news is, there are plenty of Best Buys in the near suburbs ringing the city.
Trade in your old phone, get up to $200* back at Best Buy Mobile specialty stores. Find a store near you.
“I had no idea they did this EVERYDAY”
The last time we bought new smart phones two years ago, we counted down the days till the Galaxy S release then went to our neighborhood T-Mobile Store. When we had a technical problem with one of them a few months later we went back to the store only to find it was out of business! If you purchase at Best Buy you can count on them being there for you. And you don't have to wait for a trade in special. Best Buy takes old cell phones and turns them into gift cards every day.
- Need to get a new mobile phone but dreading the experience of shopping for one? Explore Best Buy Mobile specialty stores – these shops are found locally in malls or in your neighborhood shopping centers, and are focused on mobile devices and accessories. Shop for the latest smartphones and tablets from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, from all the top brands, along with stylish accessories to suit your lifestyle.
- The staff is highly trained, yet non-commissioned, so they can help determine the right phone for you, as well as compare plans across the carriers. They can set up and activate your new phone, transfer your contacts and data and set you up with the complimentary Walk Out Working™ program. Click here to find a Best Buy Mobile specialty store near you.
Disclaimer: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All opinions are our own.