Ahead of Verizon’s big sales push for the iPhone, a bounty of related deals are popping up.
The Associated Press, for instance, reports that eBay’s electronics buyback service will purchase several smartphone models for a guaranteed $200 over the next two weeks.
Under the promotion, eBay’s Instant Sale feature will pay $200 for a functional iPhone 3GS, Droid X, Evo 4G or Galaxy S Vibrant. That’s the same price Verizon will charge for the 16-gigabyte iPhone with a two-year wireless service contract.
EBay says Instant Sale, which launched in October, will also offer $200 to $450 for an iPhone 4 from AT&T.
Meanwhile, Mashable reports a big promotion at T-Mobile this weekend. T-Mobile will offer all of its phones for free with a new two-year contract on Friday and Saturday as part of a Valentine’s Day special.
T-Mobile is offering 30 devices as part of the promo, including smartphones such as the HTC HD7, T-Mobile G2 and Samsung Vibrant.
From the Mashable post:
The promotion offers some really solid savings; for example, the HTC HD7 normally costs $499, and the Garmin-Asus Garminfone’s standard price is $449.
Know that to take full advantage of this promotion, you need to visit a T-Mobile store. You can also choose to buy a phone online through Valentine’s Day, in which case only select smartphones will be free (for example, the HTC HD7 is $99).
The moves come as Verizon prepares to start selling Apple’s iPhone online on Wednesday and in stores on Thursday.
- Walmart to sell Verizon iPhone starting tomorrow (news.cnet.com)
- Ahead of Verizon iPhone, eBay Pays Big Bucks for Old Smartphones (pcworld.com)
- RBC Capital: Verizon will sell more than a million iPhones in its first week (tech.fortune.cnn.com)
- Verizon iPhone: Who should buy, and who should wait (zdnet.com)
- Verizon iPhone 4 Now Available to Order (mashable.com)
- Verizon iPhone goes on sale (money.cnn.com)
- Verizon iPhone arrives in Manhattan (news.cnet.com)
- Verizon stores in N.J. begin selling long-awaited iPhone (nj.com)
- HTC Thunderbolt delayed, Verizon iPhone’s next wave March 1 (electronista.com)