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Best Buy’s Buy Back Program Will be FREE for Mobile Phones February 6 through 26

Best Buy is officially launching their Buy Back program with an ad during the 3rd quarter of this Sunday’s Super Bowl.  The ad will feature a bunch of big stars like Justin Bieber and the Osbournes, but that won’t be what you take away from it according to our sources over at BBY.  To kick off this new program, they plan on offering up the service for free to customers during a 3-week promotional push.  Yep, you read that right.

If you buy a mobile phone anywhere from February 6th through the 26th, you can opt-in to the Buy Back program for free, saving you the $60 fee that normally accompanies phones over $350 and $40 on phones below $350.

The deal isn’t just for phones though, and will be free for anyone purchasing laptops, netbooks, tablets or TVs as well, but only from the 6th through the 12th.

And if you already purchased a new phone with the Buy Back program, they’ll price match you as long as it’s within the return period.

Maybe we should all be buying our Thunderbolts from Best Buy after all?  Our take on the Buy Back program can be found here.

Cheers Viper!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome, I was just wondering what the dates for this were.

  • Guest

    Wait, how could this help us if we are already in a contract and just want an upgrade. If I buy a phone with the contract subsidy and try to cancel the contract within 30 days, won’t I?have to return the phone?

  • Sstokesjr

    Just got an email from Best Buy saying the Buy Back Program was free this week and that it ends on 2/12. Hope it’s just a marketing ploy trying to get people in early to buy because I really want to be able to use it for my Thunderbolt.

    • Anonymous

      Ditto

  • http://twitter.com/Craigboy Craig Boyte

    Looks like my indecision between getting the Thunderbolt now or waiting for the Bionic has been made: Thunderbolt it is

  • http://www.facebook.com/guytano.law Guytano Law

    Sorry if this has been mentioned, but I have recentlu purchased “Buy Back” and “Black Tie”. The reason I stated this is for this reason; I could essentially walk into Best Buy with a ” Broken” Incredible and they would have to give me the FULL RETAIL VALUE OF THE PHONE! OR I could walk in and trade it in and walk out paying $300 for a thunderbolt or Iphone number whatever and still be on contract! Does anyone have experience with Best Buy Black Tie for Cell Phones?

  • Anonymous

    I think I’ll go buy the bolt there for full retail, in the long run it will cost me less than the 1 year contract price that i would have paid any way.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly, its what made me decide to go through them

  • http://twitter.com/piinkhibiscus bethinabox

    To anyone who purchased Buy Back and wants to get the refund… Note that in order to do this, you have to RETURN the phone and REPURCHASE it. This means that if the price changed since you bought the phone, you must pay the NEW, CURRENT price. So, if you got Buy Back on a phone that you got for free, and it’s now $100 (i.e. Droid Incredible), you have to pay $100 to get the Buy Back for free. You’ll still get $120 back for it when you upgrade (or more if you bring it back sooner) so it might still be worth it to you, but be aware that you might have to pay more up front for it. (Or less, if your phone has dropped in price!) Just be aware! :)

    Sincerely, a Best Buy Mobile employee.

  • cutillo

    I work for best buy and honestly it seems like a no brainer. You get half the RETAIL value back if you return it in 6 months. Thats great just incase I want the bionic or another phone. The retail value of those phones is roughly 500 and most phones today are 200-250 anyway, so I can upgrade at any time and spend roughly 250 and skip the contract BS.

    Ill continue to do that and lock myself into the unlimited 4g plan and never update my contract. Its worth it to me.

    • jim1969

      If you buy a phone with a contract, can you still return it via the buy back? How does the buy back affect the 2 year contract terms?

      • cutillo

        nothing – buy back only helps you buy a phone at full retail with a discount, your contract will still stay the same. nothing changes in any way shape or form

        • jim1969

          So, if I buy the Verizon iPhone 4 for $299 with a two year contract and 6 months from now I want the iPhone 5 (just assuming it’ll be out), I return the iPhone 4 and get half of the $749 retail price which I can then apply to the full retail price of the iPhone 5? I will still be within the terms of my 2 year contract with Verizon. Am I correct?

          • http://www.facebook.com/zachpepsin EaglesDudeNFL

            or you could substitute the i*hone with a pineapple and be just as satisfied…

          • cutillo

            Yes exactly.

          • cutillo

            Yes exactly.

          • cutillo

            Yes exactly.

          • Dodgesityballer

            Full retail of an iPhone is $749! Wow! I would buy the iPhone 4G (and I hate *pple) with a 2 year agreement for $299 then return it the same day n get $375 back and almost pay for the better Thunderbolt or Bionic almost in full!

  • TheCraiggers

    “Maybe we should all be buying our Thunderbolts from Best Buy after all?”

    Did I miss some other deal that is better than this? Why wouldn’t I go to Best Buy to get my new phone now that Verizon seems to be nickel and diming me to death?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jetsaredim Jared Greenwald

    hm – wonder if the XOOM will fall into that window

  • http://www.facebook.com/jetsaredim Jared Greenwald

    hm – wonder if the XOOM will fall into that window

    • cutillo

      It does.

      • Tommy3141

        It does fall into the window? i have seen two release dates for the Xoom – the 13th and the 24th, and both of them are *after* the 12th which is the cutoff for free “bay-back” for tablets. Please correct me if I am wrong. thanks!

    • Padrick77

      It doesnt because it is not a phone and is a tablet therefore it needed to come out by the 12th. I think that is the reason Best Buy set that date so early because we will see the Xoom the next week.

  • Professional squirrel herder

    When I buy a phone direct from Verizon, they let me use my corporate discount on service. But, when I go to Best Buy (or any other reseller), the option isn’t available.

    Anyone know if it’s possible to get Verizon to apply a corporate service discount if you purchased the phone from a reseller? If not, then I need to take into account that monthly savings before ever considering going through a reseller like Best Buy.

    • Professional squirrel herder

      Note: I actually tried calling Verizon to ask about this. The reply was “I can’t really answer that, but if you would like to order a new phone now I can help with that” … ummm, what?!? The conversation went downhill from there, deflecting questions on if there was another group that could help answer the question, and offering a couple more times to help me order a phone directly from them. So, as Verizon couldn’t give me a straight answer … not sure where to ask. Suggestions?

      • Vtecinside84

        Yes you can always add a corporate discount after the initial purchase by visiting a VZ store with a company ID or by using a company email address online.

  • Kevoskee

    Make the choice of going to best buy so much better imo.

  • Kevoskee

    Make the choice of going to best buy so much better imo.

  • CaptainHowdy

    I got my Incredible with the buy back program for 30$ because I bought there black tie insurance. Maybe I should return the Incredible and wait for the Tbolt even though we wont have 4G in the PDX area anytime soon

  • CaptainHowdy

    I got my Incredible with the buy back program for 30$ because I bought there black tie insurance. Maybe I should return the Incredible and wait for the Tbolt even though we wont have 4G in the PDX area anytime soon

    • cutillo

      at a minimum you can get buy back refunded.

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

    Wait, im confused. If I wanted to get the thunderbolt. I have a droid x. How much would I have to pay? And how would this help me?

  • http://twitter.com/Payaso_113 Nightmares

    Wait, im confused. If I wanted to get the thunderbolt. I have a droid x. How much would I have to pay? And how would this help me?

    • cutillo

      if you buy the thunderbolt for 250, you get buy back (for free). When you return the thunderbolt in 6 months you get half the retail value (roughly 5-600) so that would mean 250-300 for you. You then use that 250-300 to buy a new phone regardless of contract at cost. If the phone costs 500 you only need to drop 250 with buy back.

      Again the main reason im all over this is to negate the contract updating, lock myself into 4g unlimited and keep upgrading my phone via buyback.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

        He has a DX therefore he’d have to pay full retail and this means nothing for him… Unless he bought the DX with the buyback program and paid the $60 fee, which he didn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut pstout

    so many avenues… you could make a blog on just methods/strategies for buying phones…

    • Anonymous

      Sure seems that way these days.

    • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut pstout

      too bad best buy does not let you sign 1 yr contracts.. they just lost me

  • KleenDroid

    Interesting