Here’s How To Sell Your Used iPhone Right Now But Keep It Till The iPhone 5 Is Released

Here’s How To Sell Your Used iPhone Right Now But Keep It Till The iPhone 5 Is Released

The rumor-mill has been churning for weeks and it seems almost guaranteed that Apple will unveil the new iPhone on September 12th. That gives you a little over three weeks to find a buyer for your old iPhone before its value drops once Apple announces the new iPhone.

Problem is, if you sell your iPhone right now you’ll have to go a couple weeks without it, maybe pick up a crappy Android phone for cheap, and no one should have to suffer through that. This year there’s actually a way to sell your iPhone and keep it, because Gazelle is offering a pretty sweet deal you’ll want to check out.

Gazelle is a company that purchases used electronics. Usually when you sell them your old iPhone or iPad you only have 30days to send them the product once they’ve given you a quote on its value. To take the gamble out of early iPhone trade-ins, Gazelle announced today that consumers selling a used iPhone can get a price quote locked-in now, but don’t have to mail in their iPhone until October 1.

Right now Gazelle is offering $277 for an 16GB AT&T iPhone 4S in good condition. Gazelle’s chief gadget officer, Anthony Scarsella, says that offer may drop to $100 by the end of September. If you were considering using a site like Gazelle to supplement the cost of a new iPhone, then this is a deal you should probably jump on.

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  • David Chan

    You can get more than that on Craigslist even after the new iPhone is released.

  • sdmcwilliams

    What happens if the iPhone 5 does not come out before 10/1/12?

  • Jim Gerard

    I did this and got a quote of $244 for a iPhone 4, 3GS (broken) and 3. They are sending a box with a prepaid mailer. Once they get the phones they will send a check (option is PayPal or Amazon gift card, or give it to charity). If I don’t get a new phone I don’t send the old one and the quote goes away. I may see what the trade-in is like at our Radio Shack if they are getting the new iPhone, but this is where I start.

  • Xander_Crews

    “maybe pick up a crappy Android phone for cheap, and no one should have to suffer through that.”

    Look, let’s be bluntly honest here… that’s a ridiculous statement.
    Most of the iPhone5′s “featured items” will have already been on Android’s top phones for months. Guaranteed.

    The iPhone is a nice piece of hardware, no doubt the iPhone5 is going to look very nice and it will be built well…and the OS runs smooth, but if you are looking for the best overall phone on the market when the iPhone5 comes out, you won’t be getting an iPhone.

    Far too many folks assume the iPhone is the top phone out there when that’s simply not the case at all. The Android OS simply does a whole lot more than iOS can because it isn’t locked down like iOS is. Android allows for so much more functionality, customization, special features, widgets and apps that can do a lot more within the OS.

    I have friends who have iPhones and whenever we talk about cool apps we’re using, they get jealous at some of the apps I am using and some of the things my phone can do. I hear this a lot: “Wow…that is really cool. I wish my phone could do that.” Not only are those apps not available to them in the App Store, but the iPhone doesn’t even allow the option for those apps to even work on an iPhone because iOS is so locked down and limiting in what it allows apps to do. Rarely do my friends have an app on their iPhones that isn’t available to me on Android. And widgets? Forget about it. The iPhone can’t do widgets, which is a very nice option on Android. You iPhone folks are missing out.

    I totally get that if you are already entrenched in Apple’s ecosystem, that it’s going to be convenient just to use an iPhone and keep everything in iTunes on your iMac. You love Apple’s products, and that’s cool. I think they have some outstanding products. But at the same time, it’s annoying and kind of pathetic to read the author’s comments that ignorantly discredits and rips Android, like the iPhone is some superior device or something. The iPhone is a great device, I’m not saying it sucks…but it falls well short of what a high end Android phone can do. That’s just the truth.

    I don’t care what phone you use. But don’t let biased statements, like the author’s, persuade you into buying an iPhone if you are genuinely looking for “the best smart phone on the market”. Do your own in-depth research and decide for yourself what that phone is. But if I were a betting man, the smart money would be on Android.

  • BrianEff

    “maybe pick up a crappy Android phone for cheap, and no one should have to suffer through that.”

    Look, let’s be bluntly honest here… that’s a ridiculous statement.
    Most of the iPhone5′s “featured items” will have already been on Android’s top phones for months. Guaranteed.

    The iPhone is a nice piece of hardware, no doubt the iPhone5 is going to look very nice and it will be built well…and the OS runs smooth, but if you are looking for the best overall phone on the market when the iPhone5 comes out, you won’t be getting an iPhone.

    Far too many folks assume the iPhone is the top phone out there when that’s simply not the case at all. The Android OS simply does a whole lot more than iOS can because it isn’t locked down like iOS is. Android allows for so much more functionality, customization, special features, widgets and apps that can do a lot more within the OS.

    I have friends who have iPhones and whenever we talk about cool apps we’re using, they get jealous at some of the apps I am using and some of the things my phone can do. I hear this a lot: “Wow…that is really cool. I wish my phone could do that.” Not only are those apps not available to them in the App Store, but the iPhone doesn’t even allow the option for those apps to even work on an iPhone because iOS is so locked down and limiting in what it allows apps to do. Rarely do my friends have an app on their iPhones that isn’t available to me on Android. And widgets? Forget about it. The iPhone can’t do widgets, which is a very nice option on Android. You iPhone folks are missing out.

    I totally get that if you are already entrenched in Apple’s ecosystem, that it’s going to be convenient just to use an iPhone and keep everything in iTunes on your iMac. You love Apple’s products, and that’s cool. I think they have some outstanding products. But at the same time, it’s annoying and kind of pathetic to read the author’s comments that ignorantly discredits and rips Android, like the iPhone is some superior device or something. The iPhone is a great device, I’m not saying it sucks…but it falls well short of what a high end Android phone can do. That’s just the truth.

    I don’t care what phone you use. But don’t let biased statements, like the author’s, persuade you into buying an iPhone if you are genuinely looking for “the best smart phone on the market”. Do your own in-depth research and decide for yourself what that phone is. But if I were a betting man, the smart money would be on Android.

    iPhone is by far a more superior phone and operating system than Android for many reasons. The fact that Android has widgets, “customization”, and special “apps” does not make up for the lack of compatibility, flawless integration and hardware/system functionality that the iPhone offers. Android is very fragmented which is why when Google releases a new OS version that has all your precious “customizations” and “functionality”, only VERY limited devices are able to upgrade. Apple is superior not because it has “more functions” but because the functions that ARE available ALL work flawless with the hardware.

    I would choose my iPhone 4S with a 3.5″ screen that has long lasting battery life ANY day, over any huge 4.5″ screen Android that is plagued by major security flaws and that is vulnerable to viruses.

  • Xander_Crews

    iPhone is by far a more superior phone and operating system than Android for many reasons. The fact that Android has widgets, “customization”, and special “apps” does not make up for the lack of compatibility, flawless integration and hardware/system functionality that the iPhone offers. Android is very fragmented which is why when Google releases a new OS version that has all your precious “customizations” and “functionality”, only VERY limited devices are able to upgrade. Apple is superior not because it has “more functions” but because the functions that ARE available ALL work flawless with the hardware.

    I would choose my iPhone 4S with a 3.5″ screen that has long lasting battery life ANY day, over any huge 4.5″ screen Android that is plagued by major security flaws and that is vulnerable to viruses.

    Wow…ok. It’s obvious you have never used a high end Android phone and are just regurgitating canned statements.
    You need to be educated on the Android OS.
    This guy compares Android and iOS side by side and in depth and demonstrates how each does certain tasks and why Android is vastly superior in many, many, many ways. He does a great job.

    Watch a few of these and I guarantee you will no longer think the iPhone is superior to Android.
    Enjoy.

    Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMiY1kSTHZw
    Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayx4XsBaJBI
    Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsGQ_xts_Gw
    Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5A4k1bDV0s

    For you gamers… check out the 7 minute mark on video #2…and prepare to be jealous. :)

  • Jack Gnasty

    Unlocked 16GB iPhone4 is selling for about $350 on ebay. Minus the cost of the new iPhone, I can get some of that AT&T subsidizing back.

  • jim cancil

    X-C.. You perhaps misunderstand brand loyalty or satisfaction. Myself, I have been a Mac user since the late 80′s. I like Mac stuff. ..like I like Wrangler jeans.

    Your Levis or Prada jeans may warm your stones .. ‘may have some really nice features, but in this case, I am happy with all my Mac stuff. (about 11 pieces of hardware)

    I do not agonize over every little purchase ..because I have found a company that continues to satisfy my needs.

    Jim

  • Jack Gnasty

    I don’t care what phone you use. But don’t let biased statements, like the author’s, persuade you into buying an iPhone if you are genuinely looking for “the best smart phone on the market”. Do your own in-depth research and decide for yourself what that phone is. But if I were a betting man, the smart money would be on Android.

    You clearly do care what phone people are using! Why? It’s a smartphone and you’re treating it like it’s the muslims versus the jews. Get over it, the whole world is biased towards something, including you. I wish people cared about the economy and how to fix it like they care about what @#$%ing phone someone chooses to buy.

  • Xander_Crews

    X-C.. You perhaps misunderstand brand loyalty or satisfaction. Myself, I have been a Mac user since the late 80′s. I like Mac stuff. ..like I like Wrangler jeans.

    Your Levis or Prada jeans may warm your stones .. ‘may have some really nice features, but in this case, I am happy with all my Mac stuff. (about 11 pieces of hardware)

    I do not agonize over every little purchase ..because I have found a company that continues to satisfy my needs.

    Jim

    Ah, but that is where you are wrong. I totally get brand loyalty. I’m guilty of it myself with various brands.
    My whole point was in direct response to the author’s ridiculous & ignorant slam on Android, so I ended up posting videos of an in-depth iPhone vs. Android comparison just to show that Android is not inferior when compared to an iPhone, in fact, when you break it down it’s quite easy to come to the conclusion that Android is superior to the iPhone. (ahem…watch the videos)

    I mentioned earlier that I get brand loyalty and if you are already entrenched in the Apple ecosystem that an iPhone probably makes sense for you. With that said, if you are honestly looking to buy the best smartphone on the market that does the most things, is the most powerful and is the most versatile, you will end up choosing a high end Android phone. Heck, even the all powerful retina screen is no longer the best smart phone display. HTC topped that about 8 months ago when they released the Rezound.

    Honestly, I like Apple stuff…I really do. But it just bugs me when folks blindly rip on Android and proclaim the iPhone to be the best phone on the market, when it just isn’t. It just oozes ignorance and arrogance and proves they don’t know what they are talking about.

    Those who slam Android have probably never owned an Android phone. And if they have, they probably bought a cheap model and expected high end performance and think all Android phones are like that. That is their own fault for not doing the research and getting the phone that was best for them. There are all kinds of Android phones out there ranging from cheaper phones with limited muscle, to high end ferrari-like models. And again, that is one of the great things about Android…you can shop around and get exactly what you want/need in a phone.

    If you love your iPhone, then I’m happy for you. You have a very nice phone. But don’t misunderstand what you have against what else it out there.

  • Xander_Crews

    I don’t care what phone you use. But don’t let biased statements, like the author’s, persuade you into buying an iPhone if you are genuinely looking for “the best smart phone on the market”. Do your own in-depth research and decide for yourself what that phone is. But if I were a betting man, the smart money would be on Android.

    You clearly do care what phone people are using! Why? It’s a smartphone and you’re treating it like it’s the muslims versus the jews. Get over it, the whole world is biased towards something, including you. I wish people cared about the economy and how to fix it like they care about what @#$%ing phone someone chooses to buy.

    No, not at all.
    Buy what you want and buy what you like.
    Just don’t buy an iPhone under the assumption it is the absolute best phone on the market.

    If this were a muslim vs. jews blog, we’d be discussing that…but it’s not, so we’re not. We’re discussing the topic at hand. Is that ok with you? Can we carry on? Thank you.

    I bought a car stereo recently. I love it. Bluetooth voice & streaming, Aux port, works great with my Android phone. It works great for me and what I wanted to do. Awesome. But I am under no assumptions that my stereo is the best on the market. It’s far from it. I don’t need the best stereo on the market. I know there are other stereos out there that do a whole lot more than mine can do, and I’m cool with that. How do I know this? Because I did the research.

    In short…if you want the best, then buy the best. If you don’t need the best, then buy an iPhone. …sorry…had to do it. ;)

  • Tallest_Skil

    In short…if you want the best, then buy the best. If you don’t need the best, then buy an iPhone. …sorry…had to do it. ;)

    No. You didn’t. Not by a long shot. See that URL bar? That means you’re in the wrong place and really ought to leave.

  • Xander_Crews
    In short…if you want the best, then buy the best. If you don’t need the best, then buy an iPhone. …sorry…had to do it. ;)

    No. You didn’t. Not by a long shot. See that URL bar? That means you’re in the wrong place and really ought to leave.

    Why?
    I honestly enjoy Apple products. But I’m not in the business of blindly worshiping Apple and discrediting obviously superior products simply because they aren’t made by Apple. Brand loyalty is one thing…but having Apple brand loyalty is something completely different. It’s scary…it’s like a cult, or the Tea Party.

    I’m trying to do you guys and other readers here a favor. When it is time to get rid of your iPhone, just do the research and watch the comparison videos I posted.
    If after that, you still want an iPhone…well there you go, you know what phone really works best for you.

    I just don’t like Android being ripped by Apple fanboys. It’s pathetic and annoying because those opinions are always misinformed or flat out lies. Any unbiased and objective individual can easily see that Android is an outstanding OS that out features and out performs the iPhone if they cared to do any in-depth research whatsoever, instead of listening to the Apple marketing machine or some fanboy’s worthless/blindly biased opinion.

  • Tallest_Skil

    …it’s like a cult…

    … So I’m to understand that you DIDN’T read the URL bar, then.

    I’m trying to do you guys and other readers here a favor.

    By acting like a worthless troll?

    When it is time to get rid of your iPhone, just do the research and watch the comparison videos I posted.

    The pathetic excuse for Android fanboyism, you mean?

    I just don’t like Android being ripped by Apple fanboys.

    So don’t go on websites where that happens.

    It’s pathetic and annoying because those opinions are always misinformed or flat out lies.

    Except the opposite is usually true.

    Any unbiased and objective individual can easily see that Android is an outstanding OS that out features and out performs the iPhone

    Except that’s completely and utterly wrong on the face of it.

    Since a stolen product is so superior, you really have no excuse or explanation for wasting your time with us idiots. Leave. We’re obviously a lost cause.

  • Xander_Crews
    …it’s like a cult…

    … So I’m to understand that you DIDN’T read the URL bar, then.

    I’m trying to do you guys and other readers here a favor.

    By acting like a worthless troll?

    When it is time to get rid of your iPhone, just do the research and watch the comparison videos I posted.

    The pathetic excuse for Android fanboyism, you mean?

    I just don’t like Android being ripped by Apple fanboys.

    So don’t go on websites where that happens.

    It’s pathetic and annoying because those opinions are always misinformed or flat out lies.

    Except the opposite is usually true.

    Any unbiased and objective individual can easily see that Android is an outstanding OS that out features and out performs the iPhone

    Except that’s completely and utterly wrong on the face of it.

    Since a stolen product is so superior, you really have no excuse or explanation for wasting your time with us idiots. Leave. We’re obviously a lost cause.

    - I’m not trolling. I’m a fan of Apple products that is at the same time being 100% honest about Android. Maybe you should try it sometime.

    - Did you watch the videos? I’m guessing, no. The guy demos all kinds of things on each phone and explains why he feels the Android experience is superior. He makes very valid points. Don’t bury your head in the sand. Why would you do that? You might want to educate yourself on smartphones before you comment on them.

    - Stolen? Kind of like how Apple’s entire corporation was founded on a stolen GUI from Xerox? Look, I don’t know who stole from who. It’s common knowledge that the prada phone was registered before the iPhone was…and the Prada had a touch screen with icons…rounded corners, etc. So you could say Apple borrowed from them. But do you see microwave manufacturers suing each other because all microwaves look similar? Dishwashers? Cars? Watches? It’s a friggin’ phone. And anyone who has used Android & iPhone know that the OS’s are very, very different and function completely differently. IF YOU HAD WATCHED THE VIDEOS I POSTED, YOU’D KNOW THIS.

    Instead of just saying I’m wrong and telling me to leave, how about giving me some reasons why you think I’m wrong? In your opinion, how does the iPhone outperform Android? What can iOS do better than Android? You’ve responded a number of times, but haven’t said anything to counter my points…so I guess you’ve got nothing, eh?
    I guess there is nothing left to discuss then.

  • bowlingGreen

    - I’m not trolling. I’m a fan of Apple products that is at the same time being 100% honest about Android. Maybe you should try it sometime.

    - Did you watch the videos? I’m guessing, no. The guy demos all kinds of things on each phone and explains why he feels the Android experience is superior. He makes very valid points. Don’t bury your head in the sand. Why would you do that? You might want to educate yourself on smartphones before you comment on them.

    - Stolen? Kind of like how Apple’s entire corporation was founded on a stolen GUI from Xerox? Look, I don’t know who stole from who. It’s common knowledge that the prada phone was registered before the iPhone was…and the Prada had a touch screen with icons…rounded corners, etc. So you could say Apple borrowed from them. But do you see microwave manufacturers suing each other because all microwaves look similar? Dishwashers? Cars? Watches? It’s a friggin’ phone. And anyone who has used Android & iPhone know that the OS’s are very, very different and function completely differently. IF YOU HAD WATCHED THE VIDEOS I POSTED, YOU’D KNOW THIS.

    Instead of just saying I’m wrong and telling me to leave, how about giving me some reasons why you think I’m wrong? In your opinion, how does the iPhone outperform Android? What can iOS do better than Android? You’ve responded a number of times, but haven’t said anything to counter my points…so I guess you’ve got nothing, eh?
    I guess there is nothing left to discuss then.

    I hate to break it to you, but tallest_skil is a self-proclaimed troll hunter who thinks anything that touches his personal God must be a troll. You are now in his sights for trying to inject reason into his bias.

    Just sayin’… Run fer yer life.

  • Tallest_Skil

    tallest_skil is a self-proclaimed troll hunter

    If you’d like to back up that libel, feel free. I’ll be waiting.

  • bowlingGreen
    tallest_skil is a self-proclaimed troll hunter

    If you’d like to back up that libel, feel free. I’ll be waiting.

    You mark everything everyone says as trolling, if you happen to simply disagree with it. Including me. Including the guy above me. Do you have security issues or something?

    More proof: You were about to mark this post as trolling too. You probably already have.

  • Tallest_Skil

    You mark everything everyone says as trolling, if you happen to simply disagree with it.

    Blatant, idiopathic lies. Here is proof thereof. … Ah, you can’t link to individual posts here, can you? Fine, the discussion I had here.

    Including me.

    That’s only because you’re a troll account. There is no excuse nor explanation for anything you have ever posted here. There is no reason for anything you have posted here to be here at all. From that, there is no reason for your account to be here at all.

  • VFiverr

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  • josh_wic

    Also check http://www.blazingelectronics.com
    They offer high prices on iphone buyback and other smartphones and ipads.
    Example: ATT iphone 4s 16GB like new $270! (Price as of 3/6/2013)

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