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How to get the most money for your old smartphone

Nick Mediati | Sept. 27, 2013
Don't let your old smartphone gather dust in your desk drawer. Selling or trading in your old phone for a new one is easier than you think.

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For many people, it's phone-buying season—in the past month or two, Apple, Motorola, Nokia, and Samsung have all released hot new phones. If your old phone is gathering dust in a drawer somewhere and you don't have a use for it aside from "paperweight," you might as well sell it and get something for it.

You have a few options for selling your phone: You can either sell it yourself through a site such as Craigslist or eBay, or you can use a buyback service like Gazelle or Glyde, and make your old phone someone else's problem. Here's what you need to know before you put your old phone on the market.

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Amazon
 
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Amazon takes old phones through its electronics trade-in program. To reach it, go to Amazon's site and open the Shop by Department menu in the upper-left corner. From there, go down to Electronics & Computers, and then select Trade In Electronics. You'll then be able to search for your phone and get an estimate of how much it is worth.

Amazon will not accept broken or severely damaged phones—your handset must be functional, and it must meet one of three conditions: Like New (phone is in perfect working order, has all accessories and packaging), Good (phone has some wear and has some light scratches on the body, and comes with its battery, charger, and USB cable), and Acceptable (the phone works but has suffered more significant abuse, and it may be missing accessories such as its charger or USB cable).

Amazon does not provide cash payment, but it does give Amazon Gift Card credit for your gear—not a bad way to go if you're a regular Amazon customer.

Apple
Apple will take back old iPhones in working condition in exchange for credit toward purchase of a new phone or other Apple gear on its online store. To start, visit Apple's online store, select Shop iPhone, and then select iPhone Recycling Program. You'll be asked a few questions about the condition of your iPhone, and Apple will give you an estimate of how much your phone is worth. If your handset is too damaged for Apple to offer you payment, the company will offer to recycle your phone for free.

Apple accepts only iPhones in its phone takeback program, so if you own a different model, you're out of luck.

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