Best Place to Sell your Used iPhone

Sell your old iPhone

Apple announced that their next generation iPhone, iPhone 3G S will be available on June 17 at WWDC 2009 Keynote address.

So if you are planning to upgrade to iPhone 3G S then one of  next logical steps would be to  sell your old iPhone.

Just like last year, John, one of our readers pointed out that it was a good time to look at the various options that are available to sell an older iPhone.

There are a few options available out there so I thought it would be a good time to check them out to see which one would be the best place to sell your iPhone.

1. Flipswap

Flipswap is a US-based mobile phone reuse and recycling firm that offers you a trade-in for your old iPhone. You can get cash or Amazon gift cards or even donate it to one of the listed charities on their website. All you need to do is input your iPhone model, and it will come up with the maximum trade-in price that your old iPhone can fetch. You then have to input your info, answer a few questions about your iPhone and enter its IMEI and they’ll give you an estimated price for your iPhone and send the check right away.

They also have an option where the proceeds of your old iPhone can be donated to one of the listed charities. They claim that

Flipswap works closely with our recyclers to ensure that any device that has reached the end of its useful life will be recycled using the most responsible techniques available” and they also “pledge to plant a tree for every phone that is recycled as part of their reLeaf project“.

You can decide if you want to fatten your wallet or donate the money to charity. The nice part is that the service is free, and they even pay for your shipping costs.

The screen shot below displays the maximum trade-in values they currently offer for iPhone models that are in good condition. (The trade-in prices drop based on the condition of your iPhone). I also found their offer prize better in comparison to the other websites that offer similar service. 

sell your old iPhone

2. Craiglist

Craiglist is a well-known and one of the popular websites for classified listings. The posting on this site is free. The current offer on an iPhone 3G 8GB model seems to range from $275 to $399 while iPhone 3G 16GB model range from $300 to $450. So you might be able to strike a good price deal on your old iPhone.

3. eBay

eBay still seems to be one of the best places to sell a used iPhone.

When I looked up eBay, I found that a used 16GB iPhone 3G are getting bids between $200 to $449 and 8GB iPhone 3G are getting bids between $190 to as high as $370.

You should also read this old article over at Gizmodo that explains the strategy to follow to sell your old iPhone for more than you paid and also this article over at TheAppleblog.

Note:

Before you sell your iPhone it’s recommended that you use one of the following options to erase the personal data from your iPhone.

If you are running iPhone OS 2.0 or greater then go to ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ > ‘Reset’ and click ‘Erase All Content and Settings’ tab. This will delete all media and data from your iPhone.

We had covered couple of more options to wipe personal data quite sometime back, however we are not sure if those methods or apps would still work so we would request you to proceed with caution.

Option 1 – Jailbreak app Wipe App allows you to erase personal data.
Option 2 – This method can also be used to erase the personal data from your iPhone.

In case you have found a better way or strategy to sell your iPhone do let us know in the comment below for the benefit of our fellow readers. If you found this article useful, please don’t forget to leave a comment on where and for how much you finally ended up selling your old iPhone.

I also wanted to point out that existing iPhone users who were complaining that the iPhone 3G S upgrade pricing wasn’t fair can recover most of the premium or more they are paying for the latest iPhone by selling their old iPhones.

Thanks John for your email.

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  • http://www.maxmixdv.com maxmixdv

    Nice to know!! Can't wait to "Say GoodBye" to my old 3G.. and welcome the 3GS.. have to figure out a way to get the 3GS for $199 with 2 year contract.

  • Ljs

    is the 3g S coming out today or is it just the firmware and the phone comes out friday???

  • Ljs

    well its midnight here but tommorow for the time on the site.

  • O2 Sux

    O2 UK doesn't offer an upgrade which totally sux !!

  • yankii

    phone comes out friday… 3.0 comes out today

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0112791b645128a4 bradyramone

    aahh mistake…..iPhone 3G S will be released on June 19th not 17th

  • UnderDesire

    where is the 3.0 OS???

  • vishnu

    Where is the new 3.0 it's not released yet!
    May be later today

  • hxclos

    Wow, and I was thinking about selling mine for $50. I tend to think there are no buyers when I'm selling and no sellers when I'm buying. I'll have to get my iPhone ready for other carrier customers and try eBay but won't keep my hopes up in making a profit.

  • ARCHA1C

    I don't agree with all of the people crying foul over the iPhone 3GS pricing.

    People only got their iPhone 3G for $199 because the rest of the cost was spread out over their 2 year contract term.

    If they didn't want to face increased prices for the next model iphone, they should have bought their iPhone 3G at the unsubsidized price.

    You can't expect a cellular provide to eat the subsidized cost of every device that gets an upgrade before the contract term is up, it would cause the carrier to go under due to loss of money.

  • ARCHA1C

    Profit… Probably not, but you might break even.
    I just sold my iPhone 3G unlocked/jailbroken running firmware 2.2 for $330.
    It won't cover the entire cost of the 3G S I preordered, but it's close enough.

    As long as you didn't upgrade your firmware to 2.2.1, unlocking the iPhone 3G is a cinch.

    If you did upgrade to 2.2.1, you should receive the tools necessary to unlock it once the Dev team gets the new Ultrasn0w utility out the door.
    Then you can upgrade to 3.0, jailbreak and unlock your phone. Good times.

  • Ljs

    3.0 is out yay!!!! lol bout time

  • djman10

    People are selling and buying old & used iPhones for up to $450 and yet some naive folks think they should be able to upgrade to the new 3Gs for $200 before their 2 yrs contract is over?!? Those folks need to understand what a contract is and not sign it if they dont agree to the terms.

  • TimW

    UK Upgrade Plan no1.
    Carphone warehouse are doing a trade in system where you can get £185 for your 3G 8gig
    £440.40 – £185 = £255.40
    £255 for PAYG, not a bad price when you consider the fact that it comes with 12 months free browsing (data) worth £120
    £255.40 – £120 = £135.40
    (Plus 10% loyalty rewards on top ups from last 18 months or since purchase)
    Plan no.2
    Sell on eBay to NON African countries
    Deduct total from £440.40

  • Patrick

    If I'm eligible for the early contract renewal and get the 16G 3GS for $199, I will definitely use ultrasnow to unlock/JB my 3G that is at 2.21 so I can sell on ebay :)

  • http://www.youtube.com/CaCHooKaReborn CaCHooKa Man

    i sold my refurbished 8g 3g iphone on gazelle.com last month for $279 after only paying $99 for it. im glad i did because its now only worth $171 on their site. i wasnt planning on getting the 3G S and i spent the money on a blackberry bold. i couldnt be happier.

  • Ksimply

    hi there all
    i m using IPHONE 3G when i install a new version of 3.0 after installing my fone is getting heating up and when some buddy call even if i call to my fone from any other fone its going switched off what happening please help..
    i can call anyone but nobuddy can call me…coz its switched off..
    signal is Full ok and … restart the fone its continually swithced off …
    please help me if some buddy know

  • ksimply

    Ksimply said…
    hi there all
    i m using IPHONE 3G when i install a new version of 3.0 after installing my fone is getting heating up and when some buddy call even if i call to my fone from any other fone its going switched off what happening please help..
    i can call anyone but nobuddy can call me…coz its switched off..
    signal is Full ok and … restart the fone its continually swithced off …
    please help me if some buddy know

  • james

    I want to buy your used iphone
    my E-mail is : huangjinyan1214@163.com

  • james

    I want to buy your used iphone
    my E-mail is : huangjinyan1214@163.com
    contact me

  • http://www.lazydrew.co.uk lazydrew

    I think the best place to sell would have to be eBay, you can set a minimum and let people duel it out for your phone making sure that you get the best price, its probably the number one place where people go to look for iphones

  • Mandy

    When I was upgrading from the iPhone 3G to the iPhone 4 I sold mine at http://www.selliphoneforcash.com/ and got a really good price for it

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  • Bill S.

    Cragislist…no fees.

    http://www.craigslist.org

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  • frances cunnigham

    Now that the iPhone 4S has a better antenna, I’m kissing my iPhone 4’s death grip goodbye. I checked out the offers for an iPhone 4 32G Verizon in mint condition and here’s what I got: $268 (Cash for iPhones), $204 (Gazelle) and $250 (Totem). Will definitely sell mine to the actual top bidder. So excited to see how Siri will blow my mind!

  • wherwel

    Can’t help but give in to the 8 megapixel camera of the new iPhone 4S. I’m ditching my iPhone 3GS 16 GB for $171. I can’t believe that Cash for iPhones is offering me this much considering that my device is OLD. Turns out that iPhones do have a high resale value compared to other smart phones – I’d say it’s worth the money I spent 2 years ago!

    • hanna

      Can’t help but give in to the 8 megapixel camera of the new iPhone 4S. I’m ditching my iPhone 3GS 16 GB for $171. I can’t believe that Cash for iPhones is offering me this much considering that my device is OLD. Turns out that iPhones do have a high resale value compared to other smart phones – I’d say it’s worth the money I spent 2 years ago!

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