Apple started shipping iPhone 14 pre-orders last week. Google is expected to launch a new Pixel phone next month, and SAMSUNG should release another new device earlier this year. If you’re currently looking at your old device and considering an upgrade, know that the difference between what you can get for the older device can be hundreds of dollars depending on your destination.
Curious about the possibilities, I compared prices in several places to find the best trade-in deals.
Apple trades in iPhones and many Android devices, but what they offer is a fair bit lower than the vendors themselves.
For example, Apple’s website offers the following trade values:
● iPhone 13, $470
● iPhone 12, $320
● iPhone 11, $220
● iPhone X, $130
● iPhone 8 $75
● iPhone 7 $40
AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile offer more for these devices. For example, I found out that AT&T is offering $800 for an iPhone 11 to buy a new iPhone 14. Verizon and T-Mobile offer similar trade-ins. If you’re upgrading to an iPhone 14, it’s best to contact your carrier.
This is also a good time to look around for better plans and lower prices. If you’re looking to switch from one carrier to another, carriers will offer even better deals to encourage you to switch.
It’s important to note that trade-in values are highly dependent on the shape of your current devices. Phones with a cracked screen or back are often worthless. You can have them repaired, but the cost of repairs may exceed the value of a trade-in. You should also make sure that the repair shop is using genuine Apple parts if you’re having a phone repaired for trade-in. A repaired back panel without the original Apple logo can reduce the value to zero.
If you want to sell your phone right away, you can visit Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Gazelle and Amazon. You can compare prices for the phone you want to sell.
And if you want to buy a device without trading in another, you can look for older phones in the same stores. I’ve found several iPhone 8 devices for under $200.
One important note about buying a used device: make sure you meet the seller at a nearby carrier’s store. Take the phone inside and ask them to check it. If the phone is stolen, it’s worth nothing to you. I was once at my cell phone provider’s store when a young woman brought in a phone she had bought on Facebook Marketplace. The shop technician checked and found that it had been stolen. She had paid several hundred dollars for a device that she can only use as a paperweight.