Almost all Cellphone carriers now offer an easy way to upgrade to newer Smartphones, and with Samsung's upcoming keynote featuring the release of the new Galaxy Note 3, and next week's Apple keynote featuring the announcement of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, it seems to be the perfect time to upgrade to a new Smartphone.
But, just because a newer, faster, bigger, better Smartphone exists, doesn't mean that the one you are using now is completely obsolete.
If you upgrade to the latest and the greatest on a yearly basis, it is likely that your phone is still officially supported by the manufacturer, so it has some trade-in value.
Earlier this week, Ars Technica posted up an article about Apple's trade-in program for the iPhone, along with a comparison of different online trade-in companies:
There?s a better way: Getting more for your iPhone than Apple will give you | Ars Technica
Of course, the older the Smartphone, the less you will get for it, and of course if the demand is high, prices will be higher as well.
While the article addresses the iPhone, of course these same services can be used for trading in other Smartphones and even tablets, so it is worth checking out.
Services like eBay and Craigslist, or directly to friends/family are good ways to get a better price for your old Smartphone. Trade-in services have to make a buck as well, so they buy for a low price and sell for a high price. To get an idea of current value of your phone, just visit one of the trade-in sites, and look at the prices they offer to buy your phone, the price to purchase one from them in a similar condition, and then take the middle ground.
There are a variety of different services available that you can donate your Smartphone to. A Google Search brings up a wealth of them, but I found this article on HowStuffWorks has a nice rundown of the bigger ones:
Put it to use:
Even if you upgrade to a new model, the old Smartphone is still perfectly capable of doing whatever else you did with it aside from calling.
The WiFi will still work, even without a phone-plan attached to it, so it can be used for games, playing/streaming music and video etc.
And, especially with top-end models, the modding community is quite active to release updates for the phone, even if the manufacturers stopped releasing updates for it.
After I upgraded from a Motorola Droid X to a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, I initially had no use for the Droid X anymore, but after a while I ended up setting it on my desk with a dock (picked up for cheap after the phone was no longer mainstream) as a clock, weather display and Pandora streamer, and it works great.
Of course the above can also be reversed.
If you don't care about the latest and the greatest, now is also the time to get a previous-generation top end phone such as the Galaxy S3 or the iPhone 5 for a more reasonable price.
I'm getting closer to being able to replace my Galaxy Nexus for a new Smartphone myself, but I'm not sure yet if, when or even what.
While writing this article, I've been fiddling a bit with my Droid X, installing Netflix and HBO Go on it (both work), and with both phones next to each other, I don't see much difference in usability. I guess the biggest difference would be that the Galaxy Nexus takes better pictures, but the rest, higher resolution, faster processor, it really doesn't matter much in how I use it.
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