If you have an old iPhone you may want to keep it or sell it. There are many uses for an old iPhone, but you may also get a decent price for it. This article covers selling an old iPhone and possible uses if you decide to keep it.
The iPhone is a remarkably well-built and rugged device. Even though I have an iPhone 6, I still keep my iPhone 4 and use it every day. My iPhone 4 is about 5 years old now, but it still works well and holds a charge. It isn’t very fast and can only run iOS 7. It is still very useful and can run most apps available in the App Store. I considered selling it, but its utility is worth more than its cash value.
Should I Sell or Keep My iPhone?
When you buy a new iPhone, there is an important decision to make: should you sell your old iPhone or keep it? If you already bought a new iPhone, it may be too late. Carriers like Verizon offer a steep trade-in value for an old iPhone, but only for a limited time.
After the iPhone 6 launched, Verizon was willing to give me $200 for my old iPhone. Given that I paid $299 for my iPhone 4, it was a remarkable deal. I snoozed and I lost. I wanted to wait before I got a new iPhone. I didn’t want the first ones off the production line. I wanted to make sure there were no major manufacturing flaws. Unfortunately, this was a limited-time offer.
By the time I purchased my iPhone 6, the trade in value for my iPhone 4 was only $40. At that point, it was worth keeping it. You can try selling it on E-Bay, Amazon, or Gazelle, but few are willing to spend top dollar for a very old iPhone. If you get a great trade-in offer, take it. If you miss it, you are better off keeping your old iPhone.
Consumers who regularly upgrade their iPhone will likely benefit from selling it or trading it in. The trade in value for an iPhone 5S is reasonable. Your carrier may also have a special offer. It all depends on the resell price versus utility. If you have a use for your old iPhone, it may be worth keeping. Let’s take a look at some uses for an old iPhone.
Keep Your Old iPhone as a Spare
The iPhone is rugged and well-built, but it is not indestructible. Even if you have insurance from Apple Care+ or SquareTrade, it might take a day or longer to get a replacement. Some people can’t live without an iPhone. Whether you need it for work, play, or socializing, this device is essential.
When you get a new iPhone, you can keep your old one activated. It can even accept phone calls to your number. Both your old and new iPhone can use the same phone number. If you decide to only receive calls on your new iPhone, your old one will likely still have cellular data enabled. In this case, you can contact your carrier later to have your old, spare iPhone receive calls. Most carriers will not charge extra for keeping your old iPhone activated. After all, they make money when you use data. Check with your carrier. Some unlimited plans may charge extra for multiple devices.
You don’t have to lose or damage your iPhone to need a spare. An extra iPhone may come in handy while you are charging or upgrading iOS. I actually charge my iPhone when it is off, because it prevents the battery from getting too warm. Heat limits the lifespan of lithium ion batteries. This is probably why my iPhone 4’s battery is as good as new after 5 years. Even if you don’t turn off your iPhone when charging, it has to be plugged in, which limits its mobility. A spare iPhone can be used anywhere while your existing device is charging. Whatever the reason, it’s always good to have a spare iPhone. (continue…)