Even when I have something that’s working well I still get a little envious of everyone with their latest and greatest gadgets. Though my Samsung Galaxy S 3 is awesome that doesn’t keep me from getting a little green when I see someone pull out their new S 4. I just can’t see myself putting out perfectly good money for a new phone. Not when I have one that works just fine.
But what if I could get that new phone without putting out any money? Now that’s a game changer. I took my GS3 into my local Best Buy Mobile Specialty Store to see what they could do for me. Because my phone is in great shape they could offer me a $225 Best Buy gift card if I traded it in! (Yay me for always keeping it safe in a case!) The Galaxy S 4 is only $199 with a two year contract. You see where this is going, right?
So with my provider there is a $30 upgrade fee. So now I’m at $4 out of pocket to get a brand new phone. They also take away $5 if you trade in your phone without the charger. (The GS3 and GS4 both use Micro USB chargers, so for $5 I could keep the charger and have a spare. You can’t get a good charger for less than $5.)
So here we have the net result: I can keep my current plan. (The very helpful Brian at the Best Buy Mobile store I visited called to confirm this with my provider-I’m on a very, very old unlimited data service plan.) I get a new phone. I keep my old charger so I have a spare. They get $9 from me.
It only costs $9 to eliminate new phone envy? Why am I just finding this out now? And they do this everyday? I know, you want to find out how you can eliminate your phone envy, too, right? Start by finding out if you’re eligible for an upgrade and have a phone eligible to trade in. Then visit your local Best Buy Mobile store. (Don’t forget to bring your charger if you don’t plan to keep it!) Your Best Buy Mobile store will have all of the accessories you need for your new phone. And if you’re a klutz like me don’t forget to check out the Geek Squad protection available, too!