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U.S. Cellular will pay up to $300 to switch and trade in your phone, even with a cracked display

Cracked Nexus 5
Cracked Nexus 5 (Image credit: Android Central)

U.S. Cellular has announced a new promotion that can score you up to $300 for making the switch and trading in your current phone, even if it has a cracked display. Often times when carriers offer promotional credits for trade ins, the phones have to be in good working order, but U.S. Cellular is opening it up to more people. In addition to the $300 credit, the carrier is offering an unlimited buy-out of your current contract after you submit your final bill, which is an awesome value.

Full details about the new promotion from U.S. Cellular can be found below.

Press release:


CHICAGO (March 10, 2016) – Consumers and businesses looking to take advantage of switching offers by upgrading wireless carriers now have one less hurdle to worry about. U.S. Cellular is exclusively offering a $300 credit for customers who port their number in and trade in their device – even if that device has a cracked screen. On top of that, U.S. Cellular is offering an unlimited buy-out of customers' current contracts after they submit their final bill from their carrier.

"We know that there are people who are looking to change wireless carriers, but they have broken screens that have no trade-in value, and therefore can't afford to make the switch," said Joe Settimi, vice president of marketing for U.S. Cellular. "We wanted to remove that barrier for people and give them an easy way to upgrade to the high-quality U.S. Cellular network and get a better wireless value than Verizon and AT&T."

U.S. Cellular is also offering all of its home solution products for a penny, along with the first two months of service for free. This includes the Home Phone, Router + Home Phone, Hot Spot and Modem devices that normally are $20 to $30 per month each. In addition, if a current customer refers a friend to U.S. Cellular, and the friend chooses to activate a smartphone on a Shared Connect plan, they both will receive $50.

Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
  • That poor N5! Opinion expressed from a Moto X Pure
  • That's generous, but aside from their phones, what phones work on there that aren't branded (i.e. locked to a carrier)? Edit: This is probably a silly question, since I missed the whole buying a device part here, but regardless, I would like to know.
  • This company uses CDMA phones if that's your question. Not a bad deal there giving you 300 credit off your bill . There's a lot of cracked screen iPhone in the wild Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh okay, I see. Thank you. That was my question.
  • But is the service worth a damn in the sticks?? Nope Posted via the Android Central App
  • They had great coverage where I live, but they sold all their towers and etc. I would say they were very behind in data performance as well. In 2013 they were still running 1X service. Otherwise the cellular portion was crystal clear calls and I honestly never think I had a phone that had less than five signal bars on it. Posted via the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 on the Sprint Network
  • US cellular was the best, until Sprint bought them out in Chicago. Posted via the Android Central App