Why Radio Shack May Be The Best Place To Pick Up iPhone 4

Why Radio Shack May Be The Best Place To Pick Up iPhone 4

The iPhone 4 is on sale at a bunch of places — Apple, AT&T, Best Buy and Wal-Mart — but Radio Shack may be the best place to pick one up, thanks to rebates on older iPhones.

The Shack is offering special trade-in deals for older iPhones that can be applied to the cost of a new iPhone 4. In some cases, a new iPhone may be free.

According to the company’s Twitter account, last year’s iPhone 3GS can be traded in for a $200 credit towards the new iPhone — making a 16GB iPhone 4 free (with a new 2-year AT&T contract, of course).

Couple of caveats:

  • You have to eligible for an AT&T upgrade in 2010. Eligibility varies by customer, but if your account is in good standing and you spend more than the minimum on services, you should be eligible.
  • Also, you may get a better offer from a trade-in company like Gazelle, which is offering $222 for a 32GB 3GS. You almost certainly make more than $200 selling your iPhone 3GS through eBay or Craigslist, especially if you unlock and jailbreak the device first. You will, however, have to deal with Craigslist flakes.

Radio Shack trade-ins can be conducted online, but the Shack’s Twitter account advises shoppers to trade-up to the iPhone 4 in-person at a local store.

iPhone 4 pre-orders begin on Tuesday. Devices will be available on June 24th.

About the author

Leander KahneyLeander Kahney is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. He is the NYT bestselling author of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products; Inside Steve’s Brain; Cult of Mac; and Cult of iPod. Leander has written for Wired, MacWeek, Scientific American, and The Guardian in London. Follow Leander on Twitter @lkahney.

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