Trade-in program through Google Store going live

When Google launched the Moto X4 Android One device on Project Fi earlier this week, one of their selling points was the potential for Nexus device owners to trade-in their old phone for a credit against their new purchase. The ability to trade-in a phone as part of a device purchase is expanding to now be available through the Google Store for select devices. This new option for consumers comes just in time for the launch of the new Pixel 2 devices in only a couple weeks.

Like device trade-in programs run by the major wireless carriers, Google will provide you with a credit against a new phone purchase if you turn in an existing device. Unlike some programs that will only accept phones with un-cracked screens and that power on, it looks like Google may be willing to offer up some money even for cracked or bricked devices. Other factors that can impact the value of your trade-in include the carrier and how much storage the device has on-board.

Google is limiting the devices they will accept for a trade-in. They are primarily flagship level Samsung devices from the last couple years, iPhones from the last couple years, the LG G6, and Nexus devices. Here is the current list with projected values:

  • Galaxy Note5: $61-150
  • Galaxy S8+: $66-$345
  • Galaxy S8: $59.60-$305
  • Galaxy S7 edge: $40.40-$175
  • Galaxy S7: $52-$150
  • iPhone 6: $35-$143
  • iPhone 7 Plus: $68-$388
  • iPhone SE: $30-$143
  • LG G6: $35.20-230
  • Nexus 6P: $113-165
  • Nexus 5X: $82.50-$115
  • Nexus 6: $35-$80

Outside of accepting devices in a condition that others may not be willing to do and only accepting a short list of devices, Google’s program is consistent with the industry in offering bottom dollar for the convenience of not dealing with trying to sell a device yourself.

Reports indicate the option to trade-in a device is going live following a typical Google phased roll-out to accounts. If you visit the Google Store it may not appear quite yet.

source: Google Store
via: Android Police

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.