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. There are companies that recycle, refurbish or resell them, so by letting an old phone linger in a junk drawer, you’re wasting a perfectly usable device. Furthermore, not everyone is interested in being on the bleeding edge. Some are just as happy purchasing a slightly used or well-cared-for phone at a much lower cost, as opposed to a brand-new one at the full retail price.
Let’s get back to the topic at hand: selling your older device(s). You can either put the money you make from the resale of your cell phone toward the cost of a new one, or save it 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
Look, 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 older 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, though, when you start talking about selling your items secondhand, you immediately start to consider the hassle you’ll have to go through. First, you have to research the resale value of mobile phones so you can decide on your 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 even once you go through all these steps, there’s no guarantee money will even exchange hands. The buyer could decide they don’t want the phone, forcing you to restart the entire process.
There’s a better way. There are companies — such as The Whiz Cells — that specialize in the resale of 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 decide to try selling your old device, it makes sense to take a quick look at some of the resale values of mobile devices. Doing so will allow you to gauge the true return waiting for you. For example, is your phone worth enough money to warrant dealing with the resale process?
If you have one of the top five bestselling smartphones from Samsung or Apple, surely, you’ll make a good return. But what about if you have another brand?
Let’s take a closer look at the value of used cell phones across the market:
iPhone 5, 5C and 5S
Since it launched in September 2012, you’d think the iPhone 5 has lost nearly all its value, especially considering so many iPhone models have succeeded it. However, that’s not the case. Apple devices have some of the highest used cell phone values, provided they still function and remain in good working order. The perceived value is largely due to the demand for the brand and the iPhone itself. It’s a highly sought-after phone, and many are willing to stick with older versions, as opposed to updating to the new models as soon as they arrive.
You can trade in your old iPhone 5 to The Whiz Cells for up to $50, depending on its condition and whether it still works.
Earning $40 to $50 for a nearly six-year-old device is an exceptional offer. If you have an iPhone 5 sitting around anyway — which you likely do if you bought one when it was still relatively new — why not make some cash from it?
Comparably, the iPhone 5S is worth up to $70, depending on the condition it’s in.
iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6S, 6S Plus and iPhone SE
Next on the list is the successor to the iPhone 5, the 6 series models. As Apple products, these devices also have some of the highest used phone prices in the marketplace. You can usually get away with keeping the phone in mint or pristine condition when you use protective cases, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to sell your future phones!
Depending on the condition of the phone, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will reel in anywhere from $145 to $196 at The Whiz Cells. Please understand, those values are much higher than what you may find offered elsewhere. For comparison, NextWorth values the 128GB iPhone 6 from AT&T at only $114. When looking to sell your device, it’s worth your time to do some research and shop around for quotes on your cell phone’s resale value.
Moving on, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus range from $212 to $260. The iPhone SE is worth slightly less, at around $165.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
The latest generation — as you likely know — is the eighth for Apple, so the iPhone 7 series is still relatively new to most. That explains why the iPhone 7 is worth close to $400, while the iPhone 7 Plus is worth up to $410. Again, the value depends on the condition of the phone and whether or not it powers on.
If you’re looking to upgrade to the latest iPhone models, selling the 7 series devices is a great way to make some quick cash. Having $400 to apply to the cost of a brand-new phone can cover at least half the price — maybe more during a sale or promotion. We think that’s better than a $400 brick collecting dust on your desk or in a drawer somewhere!
iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X
If, for some reason, you’re looking to unload the newer iPhone models, you’ll notice incredible value — especially for a slightly used device. Like a new car, you might expect a phone to begin depreciating rapidly as soon as you start using it, but that’s not the case.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are worth anywhere from $440 to $500, depending on their condition. The iPhone X — a much larger model — is worth up to $730 traded in. Considering the iPhone X costs around $1,000 brand new, that’s an amazing quote. Sure, we’d all like to receive the full value of the device, even used, but that’s just not possible. Still, a mere $300 off the price is quite a deal, especially when you take into account the convenience of the sale.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 Active, Galaxy S6 Edge and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus
Samsung devices — running Samsung’s modified and skinned version of the Android operating system — are also highly sought-after when new, but they don’t retain as much value as Apple products. Perhaps this is because of the plastic materials and components with which they are constructed. It might also be that the Samsung brand isn’t as valuable secondhand.
Whatever the case, you can still fetch decent used cell phone prices for older Samsung handsets. The Galaxy Note 5 in good condition is worth up to $148, while the Galaxy S6 Edge nets $126, Galaxy S6 Active $80 and the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus up to $146. Even at the lowest value of $80, that’s still a sizeable chunk of cash you can invest in the cost of a new phone.
Samsung Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 Active
The Galaxy S7 models were just one prior to the latest, and are still worth quite a bit used, especially if they’re in good condition. This value is largely due to Samsung’s design changes, as the 7 series were the first to incorporate a water-resistant design. They’re not quite fully waterproof, but they can withstand a decent amount of moisture before they break. Compare that to phones of the past that could be rendered useless after falling in a puddle or body of water.
The Galaxy S7 Active is worth up to $140, while the S7 is worth up to $150 and the S7 Edge is worth up to $191. If you weren’t aware, the Edge models have a unique bevel on the right-hand side of the phone that can display notifications and slim content. It was a stylish design addition to Samsung’s lineup.
Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8 Active, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus
The latest lineup of Samsung devices is the 8 series, with a stunning new design and some great features. The most notable change is the seamless bezel, as the screen spans from edge to edge with no unusable sides.
The Galaxy S8 Active will fetch up to $305, while the Note 8 will fetch up to $375. The Galaxy S8 is worth up to $280 in good condition, and the S8 Plus is worth up to $340. Those are some decent chunks of cash you could definitely apply to a future purchase.
Google Pixel Series and Nexus 6P
Before the Google Pixel series hit the market, the Nexus devices were the flagship phones from the company. The Nexus 6P was the most recent, which is worth up to $175 in good condition. That’s largely due to the extensive support Google has offered their phones. Not to mention, many Google-branded handsets — the Pixel series included — get an untouched Android operating system, which is highly desirable.
The original Pixel is worth up to $310, while the larger Pixel XL is worth up to $330. The newer models, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, have a cap range from $370 to $430, respectively. These are good-looking phones, too, especially if you’re in the market for something slightly used. You can’t go wrong with a Pixel, especially since they will be receiving free updates for quite some time if Google’s track record is any indication.
Since Motorola’s lineup spans quite a few models and series, we’re going to talk about some of the more popular ones. The Moto X and Moto G devices, for instance, had several generations and came in varying forms. One of those forms was called the Moto X Pure and came with an untouched version of Android, similar to the experience you’d get on a Nexus or Pixel device.
The Moto X and G will net up to $150, depending on the model, generation and condition. Then there are:
- Moto Z Droid — up to $95
- Moto Z Force Droid — up to $160
- Moto Z Play Droid — up to $110
- Moto Z2 Play Droid — up to $180
- Moto Z2 Force Droid — up to $250
Of course, we can’t forget about the Nexus 6, which is also a Motorola-made phone, and will get you a resale price of up to $80.
Again, those are some decent chunks of money if you’re looking to save, apply it to a future purchase or even buy something nice for yourself. If your old phone is just sitting around, why not trade it in for some dough?
HTC 10, HTC U11, HTC U11 Life and HTC Bolt
Remember the HTC One series? You still see them around, but they’re not in as high demand as some of the brand’s newer phones, as you might expect.
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 decent price on some of the company’s more recent models.
The best phones with higher resale values from HTC include:
- HTC 10 — up to $140
- HTC U11 — up to $260
- HTC U11 Life — up to $240
Surprisingly, the HTC Bolt, a cheaper model from the company, also has a good reputation, and will net up to $50, depending on its condition.
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 and even outliers like OnePlus or Huawei.
It’s difficult to say with any certainty the value of some brands, but most don’t retain values like the ones listed above. The prices offered for these phones are impacted by the quality of the phone itself as well as the supply and demand in the resale market for that phone. That said, it doesn’t mean you won’t get anything for trading in these devices. It’s always best to check with a reseller like us to see what they’ll offer for your phone.
Our process is quick and easy, too. You’ll just need to answer a few quick questions about the condition of your device, and we’ll give you an instant estimate. You can decide right then and there if it’s worth your time to sell it or not. We’ll give you a hint: considering the convenience and time saved, very few offers aren’t worth it, especially through The Whiz Cells’ marketplace.
Where Do I Start?
Simply visit the brand and the phone page for your device. We make our sales process convenient and easy, even for the layman. On top of that, we offer some of the best cell phone resale values and quotes on the market.
Selling the brand-new iPhone X, for example, will get you up to $700 back. Try getting that amount of return through another reseller. Most will offer you a pittance even for something so new, no matter its condition.
To get started, just review the resale value of your old device. Before you know it, you’ll have some extra money in your pocket to do whatever you want.