Want a new iPhone or Android cellphone? How and where to sell or trade your current model

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra simply launched and as Mobile World Congress kicks off it is time to get your plan collectively to sell or trade your current smartphone earlier than the new ones hit the road.

In the previous, I at all times bought my telephones outright and then offered them on Swappa at a couple of hundred {dollars} loss. I figured that a couple of hundred {dollars} justified the use for six months to a yr and discover the customers of Swappa to be a reliable bunch. You would possibly even have the option to sell your gear domestically via Swappa in case you are apprehensive about transport an costly cellphone to a potential purchaser.

Today, there are much more choices accessible, thanks to Apple, Samsung, wi-fi carriers, direct buy firms, and extra. Let’s take a look at a few of what we’ve accessible to contemplate in 2022.

Apple iPhone Upgrade Program

I personally swap telephones and bounce between Android and iOS typically due to my ZDNet writing, so I wasn’t a lot of a fan of the iPhone Upgrade Program (IUP) that launched in September 2015. If you might be an iPhone person who needs the new iPhone every year although, it’s the most handy choice and the extra I discover myself diving into the Apple ecosystem, the extra interesting I discover this program.


iPhone Upgrade Program

additionally consists of the Apple safety plan AppleCare Plus and given how many individuals I see utilizing iPhones with damaged glass panels, that is a nice choice for the plenty.

In order to improve, you are required to have made 12 months of funds on your current system. So, relying on while you purchased your final iPhone and joined the IUP, you could have to wait or pay extra to improve. You lease your iPhone with this program, so the funds will modify in accordance to the worth of the cellphone. The IUP additionally works with your service.

Current month-to-month funds for the iPhone Upgrade Program vary from $35.33 for a 128GB iPhone 13 Mini to $74.91 per thirty days for a 1TB iPhone 13 Pro Max. You may also pay for twenty-four months to repay the cellphone and personal the cellphone outright if you don’t really feel like upgrading yearly.

Samsung Phone Upgrade Program

Samsung Galaxy telephones are the preferred Android telephones on this planet and the corporate additionally has an official producer

Samsung Upgrade program


In order to take part, you want to buy your Samsung Galaxy cellphone

from Samsung straight

and add Samsung Upgrade to your cart at take a look at. Pay your month-to-month statements, financed via Samsung, and then after 12 months you possibly can return the cellphone in good situation and have the choice to improve early by receiving up to 50% of your buy value again to use on a new Galaxy cellphone.

I used this program a few years in the past and it was OK. It’s not as user-friendly because the Apple program and I’ve had points buying and selling in telephones to Samsung for credit score so I haven’t got as a lot belief for this program as I do for Apple’s program. If you’ve had success with this program, or not, we might love to hear about your experiences within the feedback under.

Wireless service improve applications

Some US wi-fi carriers supply improve applications, resembling T-Mobile’s Jump on Demand, AT&T Next Up, and Verizon’s upgrade program. These applications are comparable to Apple’s, with every being a lease program where you trade within the outdated model on a yearly or each two-year cycle.

T-Mobile’s Jump On Demand program really helps you to swap telephones each 30 days in the event you like, so you will get a new iPhone, then swap to an Android cellphone, and leap again to one other new iPhone. One yr I jumped from the iPhone XS Max to the iPhone XR, and lastly ended up with the iPhone XS.

Pricing for these improve applications relies on the worth of the cellphone that you simply buy. If you cancel service or choose out of this system, you’ve to pay the steadiness on the cellphone. Additional charges are normally not charged for these lease improve applications, however additionally they don’t embody the Apple safety or different cellphone protection plans by default, so contemplate including that protection in the event you have a tendency to drop your cellphone.

As another to these lease improve applications, US wi-fi carriers additionally generally supply “free” iPhones or Galaxy smartphones with a trade-in. I did that in 2016 with T-Mobile, however bear in mind that credit are sometimes utilized over an prolonged time period, and you’ve to spend a lot of time reviewing your month-to-month invoice to be sure that credit are utilized. In the tip, the Apple Upgrade Program might be the best choice for comfort and utility.

Buy one, get one from your service

Carriers typically launch new telephones with particular gives and one of the standard is the BOGO (purchase one, get one) supply. The BOGO offers might be good offers, however be sure that to learn the effective print since there are sometimes many strings hooked up to these gives.

Most BOGO plans require you to open at the very least one extra line and then finance the 2 telephones over a 24 month interval. There can also be minimal month-to-month service plan necessities for every line. Since I personally swap my telephones a lot, the BOGO by no means works as a result of I don’t hold telephones for twenty-four months.

Sell or trade your cellphone by way of an internet or retail location

Flipsy gives a value historical past chart and a personal social gathering worth, comparable to Kelly Blue Book for vehicles. The web site additionally reveals you among the different on-line purchaser values, together with Gazelle.

There are a number of on-line firms that purchase outdated telephones, and a few years in the past I offered a lot of my outdated telephones via Gazelle. You can get a proposal, ship it without cost, and receives a commission by way of Amazon present card, PayPal, or examine. You may also purchase licensed pre-owned units via Gazelle.

There are additionally ecoATM kioskswhere you possibly can drop off your cellphone, however bear in mind that kiosks have a tendency to have decrease gives than the web choices like Gazelle.

Local retail shops, resembling

Best Buy

additionally supply trade-in applications for smartphones. The worth is offered to you as a Best Buy present card, which is a frequent technique for these trade-in firms.

Sell your cellphone your self

As I discussed, I normally sell my outdated telephones on Swappa and at all times expertise quick gross sales with each single one turning out to be legitimate. Most folks shopping for on Swappa are tech-savvy patrons, however be sure that to embody taxes, charges, and PayPal prices in your figures as you consider your choices. Swappa additionally gives charts exhibiting values over time, that are helpful for pricing your cellphone competitively. You may even buy safety plans on Swappa while you purchase a new cellphone.

If you don’t need to use Swappa, you can even sell your outdated iPhone on eBay or Craigslist. eBay charges are normally increased than Swappa and even have PayPal charges on prime of them, however recently I’ve seen increased costs for units on eBay. If you utilize Craigslist to sell to a native purchaser, be sure that to meet the client in a public place with a number of folks round so you may make a secure sale. Also, watch out with the financial transaction of a whole bunch of {dollars} between strangers.

You might get extra money for your iPhone whether it is unlocked, so strive getting it unlocked from your service earlier than you sell it. Verizon iPhones are at all times unlocked out of the field.

Similar to backing up your cellphone earlier than you improve the OS, you also needs to again up your outdated cellphone, be sure that all safety measures are cleared, and carry out a laborious reset earlier than buying and selling in or promoting your current smartphone.


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