I wrote recently about my experiences upgrading from a BlackBerry 8700c to a BlackBerry 8310 (Curve). I’d almost forgotten about a program that I saw in an e-mail from Research in Motion (RIM) — where you can trade in your old model for a few bucks. I’ve taken advantage of this program, and if all goes according to plan, I’ll be getting $65 for returning my 8700c.

The plan is fairly straightforward — you purchase a new BlackBerry, get a quote for your old BlackBerry (prices vary on model and condition), then send it in to get your check. I’m waiting for my pre-paid shipping labels, and as soon as I get them, I’ll send off my old BlackBerry (which I’ve already wiped all data from).

When you think about it, it’s a pretty good deal, and you aren’t sitting on or throwing out the old device. I’m sure I could have sold it on Craigslist or eBay, perhaps gotten a few more dollars for it, but this seems so much easier. Considering that I paid nothing for the BB 8700c after rebate two years ago, and now I’m getting 5000 United Mileage Plus miles, a $75 rebate on the new BB 8310, and potentially $65 for the old BB8700c, I’ve come out smelling like a rose.

If only I could do this with a new car!