Sprint understands that many of its customers would probably love to upgrade to a new iPhone 8, but have sticker shock at the price tag (even when split into monthly payments). So, the fourth-place wireless carrier is looking to soften the blow if you have a newer smartphone to trade-in (and meet all of the requirements for the offer).
For starters, new or existing customers have to activate a new line with Sprint, and trade in an eligible smartphone in order to essentially get an iPhone 8 for free. You'll pay a grand total of $0 per month for the iPhone 8 (plus the upfront cost for tax on the device, which is to be expected) with an 18-month lease. The biggest string attached to the deal is the devices that are eligible for trade-in to quality for the offer, which include:
- Apple iPhone 7
- Apple iPhone 7 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8+
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
It's almost laughable that Sprint would think that someone would trade in the just-released $950 Galaxy Note 8 to step into $699 iPhone 8, but we digress. It's also stretching it a bit to think that someone would trade in a Galaxy S8 or Galaxy S8+ -- both of which were introduced just this past March -- for the thick bezels and non-OLED screen of the iPhone 8. However, those with an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus -- especially those that may have purchased the devices at launch a year ago -- will likely be happy to jump on this "freebie" offer from Sprint.
If you have an older smartphone to trade in, you can still take advantage of the less-compelling 50 percent off offer on the iPhone 8.