New phones are expensive. Do we even need to talk about the $1000 plus price ta of a new iPhone X. Even the Samsung Galaxy S9 will go for almost $900. But here’s the secret trick – you don’t have to spend full price on a new phone every year, you can get a new one deeply discounted by trading in your old phone. But this strategy won’t work if your phone is banged up, scratched or otherwise broken. It needs to be in almost pristine condition. So, here are 5 ways to keep your phone looking great – to maximize your resale value:
Tip 6 – Get a Screen Protector for the Front (and for the Back)
There are plenty of reasonable priced screen protectors available. Make sure you get a real glass screen protector and not the cheap plastic ones. Many screen protectors come in pack’s of two – perfect for applying the second one to the back of your phone. So what if it has a little hole for the home button – it will still do the job.
Tip 5 – Use a Battery Case or Wireless Charging to Protect Your Lightning Port
There is nothing worse than a broken or damaged lightning port. Pretty much impossible to fix, and the more you use the port (plugging and unplugging charging cables) the more likely you are to break it. A battery charging cases plugs into your lightning port once and stays plugged in. If you do damage the port, it’s the port on the $50 battery case not your $900 iPhone.
Don’t like the weight of a battery case but still want to protect your lightning port? Use the wireless charging features now included on many phone models. You will need a newer model iPhone 8, 8P or X or a Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, LG, Nokia, HTC, Huawei, and Motorola phones that support Qi wireless charge standard.
Tip 4 – Get a Great Case
This one is a no brainer. You need a great case to protect your phone. Broken screens and busted corners are non-starters if you want to sell your phone for top dollar. Obviously, you have thousands of choices for a new case – I hope you get something with a little style.
Tip 3 – Keep the Box
Don’t throw away the box, the instructions, or the extra charger. Even better, use the charger and headphones you already have – that way the box, accessories and cables will be in pristine condition. Next to the condition of your phone, this one tip will add $100 or more to your resale value.
Tip 2 – Sell It to Someone You Know
Forget about E-Bay – way too much hassle to list it and deal with all the fees E-Bay will pile on. Just make a nice Facebook post with lot’s of pictures and sell it to someone you know. Much better, faster and you will probably get paid in cash.
Tip 1 – Jailbreak Your Phone
This one is a little tougher, but if you can jailbreak your phone and protect the “unlocked” ability to connect to any carrier, your phone will be worth a premium. Sounds complicated right – it’s really not that hard. Take a look at a couple of guides to easily jailbreak your iPhone:
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Cameron Christian Owner, President-CEO, TechSMRT. After 25 Years in the corporate world, I am creating my own destiny. I bought the business so we can continue delighting our customers with innovative iPhone accessories that are beautiful and functional. Follow us on Instagram or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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