Carriers have long offered their customers trade-in programs where users after a certain amount of time, customers have the option of swapping out their older phone for a newer device, which is one of the ways to encourage customers to keep using the carrier’s network and services. Now it looks like Google’s Project Fi could start accepting trade-ins as well.
In a new support page on Google’s website, Google has highlighted how there will be a trade-in program at both the Google Store and Project Fi. Not all phones will be accepted, but it seems that for the most part the major brands will be covered, which includes handsets from Apple, Samsung, LG, Huawei, Motorola, as well as select Nexus-branded smartphones.
The amount of money you can get for your phone will vary from brand to brand. According to 9to5Google, a 128GB Nexus 6P will get users about $165, while a 32GB iPhone 7 Plus will net users as much as $332. It is interesting that Google has chosen now to launch its trade-in program, especially when you consider how close it is to the launch of Google’s new Pixel phones.
Also if you recall, a recent leak has revealed that Google’s Pixel 2 handsets will be more expensive than their predecessors, which means that now is as good a time as any to launch a trade-in program to encourage customers to purchase the new phones. We expect more details will be shared soon, so check back with us at a later date for more information.