Walmart announced Tuesday that they're starting a smart phone trade-in program later this month.
Starting Sept. 21, consumers will be able to receive immediate credit toward the purchase of a new smartphone when they trade in their current smartphone at more than 3,600 participating Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations nationwide.
In Chantilly, there is a Walmart at 4368 Chantilly Shopping Center Dr. and a Walmart Super Center at 13059 Fair Lakes Parkway.
Walmart’s trade-in program will offer a credit from $50 to $300 for more than 100 smartphones. Examples of trade-in values for working, non-damaged smartphones include: $300 for an Apple iPhone 5, $175 for a Samsung Galaxy SIII and $52 for a Samsung Galaxy S2.
"Smartphones have become a part of our customers' everyday lives and as new devices launch more frequently, trade-in programs are becoming more popular,” said Steve Bratspies, executive vice president of general merchandise for Walmart U.S., in a news release.
Here's How It Works
Customers should bring their working smartphone to an associate in the electronics department at participating Walmart stores and Sam’s Club locations. In partnership with CExchange, the value of the smartphone will then be assessed by answering simple, unbiased questions on the device’s condition and specifications. Once accepted, the trade-in value will be applied to a new smartphone of their choice – like the Apple iPhone 5 for $98 or the Samsung Galaxy S4 for $138 – with a two-year contract from AT&T, Verizon Wireless or Sprint.
Walmart customers can also apply the trade-in value to smartphones available with prepaid plans like Straight Talk, which is only available at Walmart, which provides talk, text and data for $45 a month.
Better Than Throwing It Away
Walmart’s smartphone trade-in program is consistent with the retailer’s sustainability goals and will help customers and members recycle smartphones responsibly. According to CExchange’s green policy, smartphones traded-in at Walmart and Sam’s Club will be never be sent to landfills, domestically or internationally.
Walmart Accepting Other Gadgets for Trade-In
Customers looking to trade in electronics like tablets, MP3 players, video games, cameras, laptops and more can turn "gadgets to gift cards" on Walmart.com. For details, visit: www.walmart.com/gadgetstogiftcards.
Bratspies added, “We’re saving our customers money while keeping thousands of smartphones from going to landfills each year. Walmart’s smartphone trade-in programs are good for business, our customers and the environment.”