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Ways to Sell Your Old iPhone for New iPhone 5S/5C to Get the Most Money

Sept. 13, 2013 02:09 pm / Posted by Andrew Coffe to Tips
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iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are such great attractions that most of you could go to purchase it. But before you go to get a new one, what would you do with your old ones? Sell old iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS for new iPhone 5S/5C? That is it. In such a high-speed global economy society, you can sell old iPhone for a new one to get the most money.

What to Do Before Selling Your Old iPhone?

There are many important things you should do before you go to sell the used iPhone for iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. You can also learn what else you can do with old iPhone after upgrade to new iPhone.

1. Backup your old iPhone.

The contacts, call history, text messages, notes, Safari bookmarks, and other important data on the old iPhone are still in your need although you are going to get the new iPhone. Therefore, backup your old iPhone to avoid data loss before you sell it. You can backup iPhone data with iTunes, iCloud or iPhone Data Recovery.

2. Erase data on your old iPhone

You would never want to leak out your personal data to others, so erase all your files before go to put old iPhone on sales. Simply using iTunes to restore iPhone to factory setting is not a secure way to delete all data, because those deleted files could be recovered with some data recovery tools, such as iPhone Data Recovery. You need to follow the tips below to completely erase all the data on your old iPhone:

How to Sell Old iPhone for New iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C?

Apple has just announced that they will be discontinuing the iPhone 5. Sadly or not, your once latest smartphone at hand would become some kind of outdated phone, just like the previous iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, because the fresh iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C come gorgeously. If you are the fashionable person who always catch up with the newest iPhone, go to get an iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C and then sell your old iPhone.

There are many options available to sell old iPhone for cash. After you backup old iPhone data and erase all data on it, you can start to put your old iPhone on sales. Pick out one of the options as you like.

1. Sell Your Old iPhone to A Friend or A Family Member

Before you go to sell your old iPhone to a stranger, you can first consider your friends or family members, as they may feel interested in buying your old iPhone. Perhaps they don't have an iPhone or aren't eligible for an upgrade iPhone 5S/5C. Ask around if any of them want your old iPhone and offer a reasonable price.

2. Put Old iPhone for Sale at Apple's In-Store Trade-in Program

Recently Apple has launched the in-store trade-in program for iPhones, which helps you easy to walk in and trade in your current iPhone for credit towards a new one. It is said that the current values for a 16GB iPhone 5 in good condition is about $250. Yet, you should note that Apple's in-store program requires you to get a new iPhone while you sell your old one and you have to sign a new contract with the carrier of your choice.

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3. Sell Old iPhone in Apple's Reuse and Recycling Program

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Apple also offers their Reuse and Recycling Program, in which the company will buy back your old iPhone, reuse it as refurbished unit, or recycle in on your behalf. You need to offer information about your old iPhone. After Apple verifies that your old iPhone is workable, it will give you an Apple Store gift card for any purchase. As far as we know, this program is currently offering up to $406 for a mint condition 64 GB iPhone 5. Select it as a way to sell your old iPhone 5/4S/4/3GS if you like.

4. Sell Old iPhone on Amazon

If you don't want to sell it back to Apple, you can try Amazon's Trade-In Store, which you can sell your old iPhone by choosing the model, capacity, and color of your old iPhone and adding it to your trade-in. After Amazon receives your old iPhone, you will be given payment in the form of an Amazon gift card. If you're looking for hard cash for the new iPhone 5S/5C, Amazon Trade-In Store may not be the best option.

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5. Put Old iPhone for Sale on eBay

Selling iPhone on eBay is very easy, especially when you have sold other things in the past through eBay. If not, take it easy since there will be simple guides to help you on eBay. The only thing you should keep in mind is that when you sell your iPhone, eBay will charge fees for each auction based on the item you are selling and how much it sells for.

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6. Try Walmart's Trade-In Program

Another good option is Walmart. Starting from September 21, Walmart will offer a Trade-In program and supply as much as $300 of credit for an iPhone 5, if customers sign up for a new two-year contract with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint.

7. Sell Old iPhone to Gazelle

You can also try Gazelle, which offers a service that allows you easily turn your iPhone into cash. Send in your iPhone and Gazelle will send you money after they verify your device's condition.

8. Try SellYourMac.com

Like Gazelle, SellYourMac.com offers a service to allow you to send in your old iPhone for payment. You need to provide photos and a serial number next to your item description and condition. After SellYourMac.com confirms your iPhone is in working condition, they will sell it on eBay.

There are also other sale sites to choose for selling your used iPhone, such as Glyde.com, GameStop, buymyi, Craigslist. You are highly advised to sell your iPhone together with the packaging, cable, adapter, case or accessory, since these may net you a higher selling price.

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