The iPhone 4S is here now, and there will be better models in the future. The problem with buying technology of course is that it isn’t merely functional. It’s about aspiring to the latest and coolest. If you want to upgrade to the latest model, what do you do with your old used iPhone?
Funny how an iPhone that’s felt like the latest and the greatest all along can suddenly seem old and unattractive one day later the new model has been announced. You have to realize though that even if you’re all about keeping a phone for its utility value and not for the style statement it allows you, that even the iPhone doesn’t last forever. After a point, it does begin to show its age.
That’s why your cell phone carrier will always offer you a free or discounted upgrade to the latest model after a couple of years. But this will leave your old iPhone without a purpose in life. And you can sell it.
If you want to sell your used iPhone, selling it as soon as possible makes a lot of sense. Every additional day that it has on it, your used iPhone loses more value. The best time to sell your iPhone is usually shortly before a new model is released. Keep searching regularly for announcements to do with a new iPhone, and sell it shortly before when it’s due. Selling just before the new iPhone hits the market, your phone will still retain a good bit of value among buyers who haven’t kept up with news.
You can have it easy if you go to one of the iPhone brokers. Consider great online brokers like BuyBackWorld, SellYourMac and Amazon Electronics Trade-In.
Of course, when you go with one of these specialized dealers, you do pay for the convenience with a lower price received. You could instead just go sell directly on Craigslist or eBay or even Facebook Marketplace. With no middleman broker there to take a bite of your profit margin, you’ll come out on top.
For the best possible profit trying to sell your iPhone, get it jail-broken first. That increases its value. Try to aim your advertisement at the overseas buyers. You’ll get a much better price there.
Before you actually send your old iPhone off to its new life, you do want to make sure that it doesn’t carry any remnants of your personal information. Wiping your iPhone of all kinds of personal stuff pictures, web browser history and so on would be a great idea. After you back up everything you have there, set off the restore function on it. It’ll make your phone safe to ship.