The Motorola non-Jelly Bean rebate program is finally here. Have a Motorola Android phone from 2011 or later that’s not getting upgraded to Jelly Bean? Motorola will take the phone back and give you a $100 gift card for your troubles. Motorola is saying sorry in the best possible way: with cash.
The program is fair, although a hassle for non-Verizon customers. With Big Red, the trade-in program can be completed in the stores. Hand a Verizon employee your old Droid X2 and they hand you $100 gift card. But for other carriers, the program works like a rebate program, requiring participants to purchase a new phone first, mail in paperwork and wait 6-8 weeks for a $100 pre-paid Visa. However, compared to other buy-back programs like Gazelle, uSell or eBay, Motorola offers the most cash for these old smartphones.
This program has been in the works for some time. Motorola announced it back in early September. The site just went live today and is powered by Clover Wireless, a B2B recycling program which also powers Samsung’s smartphone trade-in program.
Motorola’s aim is clearly to retain customers. Per numbers released today, research firm Gartner finds that Motorola’s worldwide device marketshare is slipping on the year. The firm’s device sales are declining at the hands of Samsung, Apple, and ZTE.
The phones listed below are eligible for the program. More could be added later.
- Droid 3,
- Droid X2
- Atrix 2
- Atrix 4G
- Photon 4G