A Step-By-Step Guide to Selling Your Old Mobile Phone

Are you ready to upgrade your smartphone or simply looking to declutter your space? Selling your old mobile phone is a great way to earn some extra cash and reduce electronic waste. In this guide, we'll go through the steps on how to sell your phone, and explore some of the best platforms to sell your old phones, along with their pros and cons.

1. Is Your Phone Worth Selling?

Before diving into the selling process, it's essential to evaluate your phone's resale potential. Here are key factors to consider:

Model and Age: Generally, newer flagship models (released within the last 2-3 years) retain the most value. However, popular older models with a loyal following can also sell for a decent price.

Condition: The phone's physical and functional state significantly impacts its selling price. Scratches, dents, cracks, and malfunctioning features will decrease its value. Pristine phones with original accessories will often sell for a better price.

Storage Capacity: Higher storage capacities tend to sell for more compared to phones with lower storage.

Locked Devices: Locked phones are those restricted to a specific network, and are generally less desirable than unlocked phones (which can be used with any network).

2. Preparing Your Phone for Sale

Once you've determined your phone's potential value, take the time to prepare it for potential buyers. Here's what you need to do:

Back Up Your Data: Create a complete back-up of your phone's data (photos, contacts, messages, etc.) on a computer or cloud storage service before proceeding.

Factory Reset: After backing up your data, perform a factory reset to erase all your personal information from the phone. Be sure to make a note of your login credentials (e.g., email address, password) for any accounts linked to the phone before resetting.

Clean and Polish: Make sure your phone appears presentable to potential buyers. Use a microfiber cloth to remove dust and fingerprints. Avoid harsh cleaning solutions that might damage the phone's surface.

Gather Accessories: Include any original accessories that came with the phone – charger, headphones, earphones, box, etc. Extra cases or screen protectors can also add value.

3. Choosing a Platform to Sell Your Phone

There are several platforms available to sell your old mobile phone, each with its own advantages and limitations. Here's a breakdown of some popular options:

Online Marketplaces: Platforms like eBay, or Facebook Marketplace offer a large audience of potential buyers. You set the price and negotiate deals directly with buyers. Research is key – understand the going rate for similar phones on these platforms to price yours competitively. Be mindful of potential scams and take safety precautions when meeting buyers in person for collection (if applicable).

Trade-In Programs: Many phone networks and retailers offer trade-in programs. You send them your old phone, and they offer you a predetermined amount based on its condition and model. This eliminates the hassle of finding a buyer, but the offered price might be lower than what you could get through private sales.

Buyback Websites: Several websites specialise in purchasing used electronics. These websites typically provide an upfront quote based on the information you provide about your phone's condition. Payment is usually quick and convenient, but like trade-in programs, the offered price might be lower than private sales.

4. Crafting a Compelling Listing (For Online Marketplaces)

If you choose to sell your phone on an online marketplace, creating a compelling listing is crucial to attract potential buyers. Here are some tips:

High-Quality Photos: Include clear and well-lit photos of your phone from multiple angles. Showcase any cosmetic issues with close-up photos.

Detailed Description: Provide a detailed description of your phone's model, storage capacity, network status, and condition. Be honest and transparent about any flaws or imperfections.

Competitive Pricing: Research similar listings for your phone model to determine a fair price. Be open to reasonable negotiations.

Keywords: Include relevant keywords in your listing that potential buyers might use when searching (e.g., phone model, storage capacity, "unlocked").

Get more SMARTY for your money

After selling your old phone, there are various options to consider for your next device. You can use the proceeds to upgrade to a brand new phone, explore refurbished options, or opt into a trade-in program that offers credit toward a new device.

Whatever your choice is, get more data for your money with SMARTY’s SIM only deals. Our 1 month flexible plans offer flexibility with no annual price rises, and SMARTY customers can enjoy exclusive discounts on refurbished phones through reboxed.

  • SMARTY Team
  • March 7th, 2024