There are traditional trade-in options like those offered by Apple and Best Buy (see the next section), and then there are buy-and-sell marketplaces like those listed below. Before you spend a lot of time hopping from one to another to get quotes, head to Flipsy, which compares US trade-in values at multiple buy-back stores. It shows you the payment methods, price-lock duration (that's how long you have before you need to send the phone in) and price based on the condition of the old device. (Because each buyback program and store is little different when it comes to \"condition\" definitions, Flipsy doesn't drill down beyond phone model, carrier and storage.) SellCell is another price-comparison service for anyone looking to score top dollar for an old iPhone.
Decluttr may have the fastest quote generator of any buy-back site. You type the brand and model of your phone, choose it from the list that appears and presto: Instant quote. (You may have to click a few times to change the carrier and the phone's condition.) It's worth noting that Decluttr's \"good\" option is the best condition you can select; it might equate to \"excellent\" elsewhere.
Want to cut out the middleman, so to speak You can start by going back to the source. That can be either the manufacturer or a big-box retailer, the largest of which generally offer solid trade-in options for a new device. Consider two of the biggest fish in the pond: Apple and Best Buy.
Best Buy offers a trade-in program as well; at press time, a 128GB iPhone 13 in good condition would fetch you $340 with Pro variants offering higher values. (Taking an unfortunate cue from Apple, trading a higher capacity model in does not raise the value.) Curiously, the Best Buy trade-in program doesn't let you select \"unlocked\" and rather makes you choose from one of the Big Four carriers. I selected AT&T for my quotes.
Best Buy will either fix you up with a gift card for the phone's value to redeem against future purchases or, if you complete the trade-in process while ordering your new phone, you can hand over your old device in store (following a visual inspection to ensure it is as described) and Best Buy will refund the value to your payment method. There will occasionally be additional promotional offers from Best Buy which can add value to the trade-in, too.
If you do decide to use Craigslist or another in-person option to sell an iOS device, make sure you meet your buyer in a well-lit, public place (many police departments offer their parking lots as transaction sites). For the smoothest transaction, make the agreement clear prior to meeting -- your customer should know the price, the condition of the phone and its wireless carrier (especially if the phone isn't unlocked) in advance.
If you don't mind putting in a little work -- listing, shipping and paying a small sales fee -- eBay is arguably a better place to sell a used phone than either Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace. That's because it offers purchase protection, which makes people more comfortable buying from strangers.
If there's a downside to selling your iPhone on eBay, it's the potential risk of buyer's remorse. eBay offers protection to both the seller and buyer, but customer service tends to side with the buyer in the event of a dispute. Scammers know how to take advantage of this. You can minimize your risk by documenting everything (including taking photos or screenshots of the phone's IMEI number) and making sure to get signed proof of delivery.
Your old phone is losing market value by the day, so the best time to sell it is always as soon as possible. It's estimated that within 24 hours of a new iPhone's unveiling, your old phone loses up to 30% of its trade-in value so you can try to time it right and sell it in the weeks leading up to an iPhone event if you're smart.
While it is also possible to trade in your old iPhone to your cell phone plan carrier, the money they will give you for your mobile phone will be less than an online buyback program company will offer. In addition, badly damaged iPhones are usually excluded from these offers.
Gadget Pickup is another buy-back service that is easy to use is. They offer instant quotes for broken, cracked, internally faulty, or liquid-damaged iPhones. Gadget Pickup pays via check, PayPal, Cash App, or Zelle within two days of iPhone receipt. Customer service is their priority.
Whether you have a Cell Tech store near you or not, you can drop off or mail in your used iPhone for a cash offer. They buy iPhones and other cell phones that have broken screens, charge-port problems, water damage, or other issues.
Smartphone Plus buys all kinds of broken or faulty iPhones with higher-than-standard cash offers. They provide packaging material if you need it and pay cash same-day via PayPal or check. If you decide to decline their offer for any reason, they will ship your iPhone back for free.
We've rounded up all of this week's best iPhone deals into one easy-to-scan resource right here. Regardless of whether you're looking to upgrade to that shiny new iPhone 14 at a major carrier or lining up an unlocked device to pair with a cheap prepaid plan, you'll find all your options here. Our iPhone deals page looks to be a comprehensive guide to all the current devices and we've made sure to try and cover all different types of carriers too.
Apple iPhone 14: up to $800 off with trade, plus free iPad and Apple Watch at Verizon (opens in new tab)Verizon's iPhone deals on the latest iPhone 14 series offer the usual trade-in rebates of up to $800 - a saving that can potentially bag the standard device for free. On top of this promo (which is already pretty good) Verizon is also offering the chance to bundle in a free Apple Watch SE and iPad - two awesome accessories. Note that you will need an unlimited data plan to be eligible for this promotion, but otherwise - it's an amazing value deal. New customers will also get an additional $200 gift card as a welcome bonus if they switch over. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Plus (opens in new tab).
Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus: up to $800 off with trade-in and unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)Another top destination for carrier iPhone deals, AT&T is offering it's usual trade-in rebate of up to $800 off for both the iPhone 14 and the iPhone 14 Plus right now. As always, an unlimited data plan will be needed here to be eligible for a saving, so definitely factor that into your costs before you sign on the dotted line. Overall, this isn't the most exciting deal (AT&T basically always offers this), but it's a solid all-rounder if coverage is good in your area. See this same deal on the iPhone 14 Plus (opens in new tab).
Apple iPhone 14 & 14 Plus: save up to $900 with a trade-in at Walmart (opens in new tab)Walmart offers a small but welcome $100 gift card in addition to trade-in rebates for carrier devices, which can be a good option alongside the carrier promotions themselves. Right now, the biggest trade-in rebate is exclusive to AT&T devices at $800 off, although Verizon customers can also get up to $350 off their new device with a trade.
Verizon prepaid: $300 off select iPhones (opens in new tab)Verizon's awesome iPhone deals don't just stop at unlimited data options - you'll also find great prepaid savings, with a $300 discount available on most devices. Eligible devices include the iPhone 14 (opens in new tab), 14 Pro (opens in new tab), 14 Pro Max (opens in new tab), and the iPhone 13 (opens in new tab) - the latter being a particularly good buy for those on a budget. It's not every day you see this carrier offer promotions outside of its pricey unlimited data plans so this is definitely not one to miss if you're looking to cut out those pesky long contracts.
While some may have been holding out (and hoping) for a bigger upgrade with the iPhone 14 it's worth noting that the design and chip are still up there with the very best flagships for 2022. If you're eligible for an upgrade in particular, then it's definitely worth considering making the jump to this generation.
Apple iPhone 14 Pro & 14 Pro Max: save up to $900 with a trade-in at Walmart (opens in new tab)As with the standard iPhone 14 devices, you'll also be able to get that $100 gift card with eligible Pro model purchases this week at Walmart. This gift card stacks on top of the usual trade-in rebates to offer a maximum saving of up to $900 off AT&T devices, or $450 off Verizon devices, which isn't bad in the case of the former.
Apple iPhone 13: $20 $10 with unlimited plan at AT&T (opens in new tab)You could also consider the iPhone 13 at AT&T this week, which is available for a much-reduced price of $10 per month with an unlimited plan. Again, no trade-ins are needed here which makes this one a relatively flexible option for those who don't have a recent device ready to hand over. Worth noting with this particular deal is that it's not the best we've ever seen at AT&T, which has previously offered the device for as low as $5 per month recently.
Apple iPhone 13 & 13 mini: save up to $600 with an eligible trade-in at Apple (opens in new tab)Going unlocked If you want a new device you'll have to pick it up from Apple itself as it's the sole vendor for these kinds of devices right now. What you lack in choice, you can make up for in the form of trade-in rebates, however. Currently, a maximum saving of up to $600 is available, which isn't the highest Apple has offered but still pretty good considering the freedom you'll get by getting to pick and choose your carrier and plan.
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