If you’re planning on buying a Samsung Galaxy S III but you don’t want to sign up with a new contract (despite Amazon’s tempting $99 offer with a Sprint contract), here’s a way to get one for less: Samsung has launched a new program called Samsung Upgrade that makes your switch to a Galaxy device easier on the pocket. It’s pretty simple: they’ll buy your old phone, paying up to $300 after you buy a Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, or Galaxy S III.
What’s the catch? For you, essentially nothing if you live in the US and already planning on making the switch. For Samsung, it looks like they want to capture a bigger market share by introducing you to their devices. All you need to do is sign up on their site and provide your current device’s details and buy one of the mentioned Samsung Galaxy devices. After that, you mail your old phone to them, and they send you the payment.
Trade-in prices depends on which device you’re sending them. Sending them an iPhone 4S 16GB from AT&T will get you $215 back, while most other premium smartphones are priced at $250 or less. The $300 max price they’re advertising is for a 64GB iPhone 4S from AT&T. If you want to learn how much you could get for your device, check out the site at www.samsungupgrade.com and fill out the form to get a quote.