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How To Sell Your Used Phones

Alfredo Sequeida | Jun 02, 2018
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Selling your used phones is a great way to put extra money in your pocket! You can even use the money you get towards a new phone upgrade, but before you do, there are a few things that are important to keep in mind. In this article, we will discuss what things you should keep in mind in order to make selling your used phones as smooth of a transaction as possible.

Before You Do Anything!

Before you sell your phone, there are a few things that you need to do. These steps should not be skipped over as they can make the difference between you actually making the sale or not.


  1. Make sure you properly reset your phone
  2. I cannot tell you how many times I have met someone to purchase their used phone just to find out that a phone has not been reset properly. Resetting a phone properly assures two important things:


    • Your personal information has been removed from the device and therefore will not be used in any malicious way.
    • The person buying your phone does not get stuck with a device that is locked due to active icloud accounts (for iPhones) or Google accounts (for Android phones).
    • If you do not yet know how to restore your phone properly there is a guide on how to do that for both iPhone and Android by clicking HERE. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer you will also be able to see animated examples that you can follow.


  3. Assess Your Phone’s Condition
  4. Make sure that your phone is in full working condition and if it's not, make sure you know what works and what doesn't work. - It’s important that you can tell the buyer the condition of the phone. A simple assessment will do. Bellow is a simple interactive checklist that you can follow along and check off in order to assess your phone’s condition:

    Basic Functions


    Touchscreen
    Buttons
    Sound
    Microphone
    Camera

    Connectivity


    Wifi
    GPS
    Sound
    Bluetooth
    Carrier Signal
    Phone Calls

    External Features


    Charger Port
    Headphone Jack
    Mute Button (if applicable)

    Special Features


    Touch ID
    Squeeze Actions (for Pixel 2 and other similar devices)

  5. Make sure your bills are paid!
  6. One of the most annoying things that happen when you buy a used phone is finding out that the phone you bought has an outstanding balance! This means that the phone cannot be used in the network associated with the phone (AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc) until the previous owner has made all the payments on their account!

    The best way to assure that your phone is ready to go to a new owner is to contact your network provider and ask them what you need to do prior to selling your phone. They will let you know if there is anything you need to do.

Who Do I Sell My Phone To?

So now you are ready to sell your phone, but who do you sell it to? Enter the Internet! Thankfully with the power of the internet, there are many ways to find the people that want to sell buy your phone. Let's talk about those options.

Meeting people

Sometimes nothing beats a good ‘ol person to person transaction. There are websites like Craigslist and apps like Offerup that make listing your phones and meeting someone to buy your phone simple! All you have to do is make a listing with contact information that makes it easy for people to contact you. Now if all plays well, you should be meeting someone very soon to sell your phone. To increase your chances of selling your phone, it would be helpful to the buyer to include the checklist of assessment we have previously discussed.

What if you don’t feel comfortable meeting a stranger?

We have all heard the horror stories that can happen meeting strangers and although not everyone is bad, we do have alternatives! Here at sellphone, we provide a 100% free pickup for people local to the Lost Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire for your used phones. This way you can meet someone that you know if only there for the purpose of buying your phone. Furthermore, using sellphone you have the convenience of meeting wherever you feel comfortable. It can even be your own house!

Now if you are not in the areas mentioned above, we are soon working on implementing a shipping process that you can use to send in your phones and get paid via PayPal, which is just as good as cash! And still allows the service to be a convenience!


Alfredo Sequeida is the founder of www.sellphone.io