Guide Updated: 2/26/2020
Originally Published: 1/25/2018
Back when wireless contracts were a thing — they still are with some providers — you had the opportunity to purchase a new phone about every two years, at a subsidized cost. At the time, subscribers considered the hefty discount worthwhile enough to lock themselves into a contract for a specified period. Those who weren’t locked into contracts could upgrade to a new phone more often, provided they had the funds.
Now, consumers are more interested in staying out of contracts, and wireless carriers are more interested in charging a full-priced premium on the latest and greatest phones. But each time you buy a new phone, your old device becomes nothing more than an expensive doorstop. Some companies recycle or refurbish and resell them, so by letting an old phone linger in a junk drawer, you’re wasting a perfectly usable device.
Not everyone is interested in being on the cutting edge of phone technology. Some are just as happy purchasing a slightly used or well-cared-for device at a much lower cost, as opposed to a brand-new one at the full retail price.
What this means is that there’s a market for older phones, and selling yours is a win-win. You can put the money you make from reselling it towards your upgrade costs or save it as extra cash for a rainy day. More importantly, the old phone that would otherwise be sitting around collecting dust goes to someone who needs it.
There’s a Better Way
Selling your old device for a small profit is nothing new. You may have even done it before or thought about doing so with an earlier piece of hardware. Whatever the case, it’s a much better alternative to giving away your phone or letting it waste away in storage.
Realistically, when you start talking about selling your items secondhand, you may immediately begin to consider the hassle you’ll have to go through. First, you have to research the resale value of mobile phones so that you can determine an appropriate asking price. Then, you’ll need to place a sales ad on various classified channels. Or, maybe you’ll take a few photos and post it on eBay. Both scenarios require further preparation on your part.
Next comes the sales process. It’s probably going to take a while before you get an offer somewhere in the ballpark of what you’re asking. If you do, you still have to facilitate the transaction, which includes either shipping the device or meeting the buyer in person.
But there’s also no guarantee that money will exchange hands, even after all your hard work. The potential buyer may decide they don’t want the phone, which would force you to restart the entire process.
There’s a better way to sell your old phone. Companies like The Whiz Cells specialize in reselling used smartphones and mobile devices. More importantly, they will offer you top dollar on your used phone, and you get to be on your merry way with a chunk of cash. It’s simple, quick and rewarding for you.
Before you try selling your old device, it makes sense to take a quick look at some of the resale values of comparable mobile devices. Doing so will allow you to gauge the accurate return waiting for you. Then, you can decide whether or not it’s worth enough money to warrant going through the resale process.
How Much Is My Phone Worth?
If you have one of the top five bestselling smartphones from Samsung or Apple, you’re sure to make a good return. But what if you have another brand? This cell phone price guide will take a closer look at the values of used phones across the market.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
The latest generation of iPhone, as you likely know, is Apple’s 11 series, but even the iPhone 7 still has some worth on the resale market. Cell phone value depends highly on the condition of the device, but the fact that Apple is still running updates for it has preserved a decent amount of its resale worth.
When you sell through The Whiz Cells, an unlocked iPhone 8 can bring anywhere from $175 to $200, depending on how much storage space it offers. The iPhone 8 Plus brings in a little more, ranging from about $230 to $280 in good condition. That’s enough to provide a significant discount on one of the newer models. And with the high prices on the latest flagship phones — some starting at over $1,000 — any discount is welcome.
While Apple no longer sells the iPhone X model, it still holds value on the resale market. Luckily, Apple products retain their value better than any other phone brand, even when they’re out of production. As long as the iOS updates still apply and they’re in good condition, they’ll retain a decent percentage of their value.
If you’re looking to sell your X to upgrade to a newer model, it will typically earn you $300 to $400 in good condition at The Whiz Cells, on the higher end if you have the 256GB model. More storage is more valuable, but since it’s a few years old now, it has depreciated more than the second-to-latest models. Still, the return is nothing to scoff at, as it can take you about halfway to the cost of the iPhone 11. Who doesn’t love 50% off a new device?
iPhone XR, XS and XS Max
If you’re looking to upgrade from the newer iPhone models, they’ll bring in an incredible value, especially if there’s minimal wear. You might expect a phone to begin losing value rapidly once you start using it, but that’s not the case when it comes to Apple products.
Apple still sells the XR new, but those looking for the XS and XS Max will have to find it elsewhere — most likely from a refurbisher. This means if you’re trying to replace your XS model, there’s a market for it. At The Whiz Cells, the iPhone XS starts at about $400 and ranges to about $460, whereas the XS Max brings in more, starting at about $430 in good condition and ranging to a little over $500.
As far as the XR goes, you can expect to bring in around $300 to $400 if it’s in good condition. While it is worth a little bit less on the resale market, considering it’s the economy model of the X series, selling will still earn you some significant cash.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung devices — especially those that run the latest versions of Samsung’s Android operating system — are also among the most highly sought-after phones, even refurbished. However, they don’t hold their value nearly as well as Apple phones. There are several reasons the Samsung models don’t retain their value as well, including their plastic materials and components and the fact that the older models don’t get upgrades to the latest operating systems.
But that doesn’t mean it’s worthless. At The Whiz Cells, a Galaxy Note 9 in good condition starts at about $240, ranging to $300 for the model with 512GB of storage space. These phones are still desireable, so selling will bring you a decent valuation.
Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10e
Samsung is also known for releasing new models of several different product lines each year, continuing their popular S series alongside the Note models. For those holding on to old Android devices, it’s essential to understand that the longer you keep it, the more the value will depreciate, and it drops significantly with each new Samsung release. However, by taking advantage of your opportunity now, you can earn the best return on your device.
In good condition, the Galaxy S10 is worth anywhere from $320 to $350 when you sell it through The Whiz Cells. The S10 Plus fetches a bit more, ranging from $370 to a whopping $490 for the model with one terabyte of storage space.
However, the S10e, considering it’s already the economic version of the S line, brings in less, ranging from about $210 to $280. Even if it’s broken, it’ll still bring in $55, which is undoubtedly better than tossing it in a drawer somewhere. Luckily, all of the S models will bring you a significant discount on your next device — that is, if you sell now.
Google Pixel Series
With the recent release of the Google Pixel 4 on the minds of those in the tech world, now is an excellent opportunity to sell your old Pixel and upgrade to Google’s latest and greatest. Buyers will be looking for Pixel 3 and 3a models on a discount now that there’s a new flagship, so you’ll be able to get the most value for your money possible. But you can still sell your older models as well — namely the original Pixel and the Pixel 2.
When it comes to selling for a return, the newer models always hold the highest value, regardless of condition. The Pixel 2 will bring you up to about $85 on The Whiz Cells, with the 2 XL version bringing in a little more at $100. It’s not a lot, but it’s better than using it as a paperweight.
If you’re selling one of the Pixel 3 devices, you’re guaranteed to bring in more, with the standard 3 model bringing in about $180 to $200 in good condition and the 3 XL ranging about the same. These phones are known for their quality cameras, fast Android operating systems and user-friendly setup through Google, making them relatively desirable among the non-Apple crowd.
When the Pixel 3a was released, it became one of the most affordable high-quality phones on the market. Its resale value sits at about $110, lower than the others in the Pixel 3 line because it was the economical choice. The 3a XL will bring in a bit more, sitting at about $145.
Motorola Moto Lines
Motorola has been a staple cell phone brand ever since their popularity boost with the original, wildly successful flip-open Razr. They continue to be a driving force in the smartphone industry, sitting just behind the big three manufacturers — Apple, Samsung and Google. They’re excellent options for any buyer looking for a functional, high-quality smartphone at a reasonable price, meaning there’s a secondhand market for your old device.
Some of the latest releases include models in the Moto G, Moto E, Moto Z and Motorola One lines. The brand has quite a few lines, all offering different user experiences, which means your resale value depends on the exact model.
Here are a few of the latest Motorola smartphones and their respective resale values through The Whiz Cells:
- Moto Z3: Up to $60
- Moto Z3 Play: Up to $55
- Moto Z4: Up to $135
- Moto G7: Up to $65
- Moto G7 Play: Up to $30
- Moto G7 Power: Up to $40
While the Moto lines include some of the most popular phones for this brand, the Nexus 6 is also a Motorola-made phone. However, since it’s been about six years since its release, it doesn’t have as much resale value as the newer models. If you’re still hanging on to one, you can get up to about $34 for it.
These values may not chalk up to those of the phones from larger brands, but they’re still decent chunks of money that you can reinvest into your upgrade. It’s better than using your old phone as a shelf decoration.
HTC 10, U11, U11 Life and U12+
Despite not being one of the top dogs in the smartphone world, HTC is still a popular and reliable brand. For anyone looking for a practical smartphone who doesn’t need the top brand names, it’s an excellent choice, with models that support Android and Windows operating systems.
HTC hardware doesn’t hold its value quite like Apple Samsung or Google devices, but it’s no slouch, either. You can still fetch a reasonable price through The Whiz Cells on some of the company’s more recent models.
The best phones with higher resale values from HTC include:
- HTC 10: Up to $40
- HTC U11: Up to $80
- HTC U11 Life: Up to $60
- HTC U12+: Up to $260
Even with a 2018 release date, the HTC U12+ has managed to hold a relatively high market resale value, which means you can upgrade for less.
Of course, we can’t hope to encompass the entire smartphone or mobile device market in this article. There are plenty of other brands, such as Sony, LG, Nokia, Microsoft, OnePlus and Huawei.
It’s difficult to say with any certainty the value retention of some brands. But most don’t hold their value as well or as long as those listed above. The quality of each device and the supply and demand in the resale market will affect the general appraisals of these phones. That being said, in most cases, they are worth something. It’s always best to check with a reliable reseller like The Whiz Cells to see what they’ll offer for your specific phone.
Our evaluation process is also quick and easy to complete from anywhere. All you have to do is answer a few questions about the model and condition of your device, and we’ll provide you with a market-based top estimate instantly. Once you have your appraisal, you can decide whether or not you’d like to sell your old smartphone and if it’s worth your time. But considering the vast majority of our offers are worth your while, it’s an excellent choice.
Get Started Selling Your Phone With The Whiz Cells
If you’re looking to get rid of your old device safely while making some extra cash, look no further than The Whiz Cells. We make our sales process convenient and easy, so anyone can benefit from reselling their smartphone. On top of saving you time, we offer some of the top cellphone resale values and quotes on the market. You won’t have to conduct painstaking research to answer the question: What is my phone worth? We’ve already done it for you.
To get started, you can find your device and answer a few questions to get the resale value. Before you know it, you’ll have some extra money in your pocket and a little less clutter. If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with us.