What to do when trading in your phone

Every carrier offers a trade in option for your smartphone these days. You can even shop around and potentially get even more for your device with a third party vendor. No matter which way you go, it is always important to do these things when it is time for your upgrade.

Here are four steps you can take to ease your trade in process:

1. Shop around on Price:

Whether it is with your carrier or a third party vendor, you always want to shop your phone around. This will allow you to make sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. Many carriers can give you a rough estimate on their website of how much your phone is worth. Third party vendors may require a visit or a phone call. Sure, this is a little more work, but many times it pays off.

 

2. Backup:

If you want to keep all those apps,  selfies, contacts and backup your phone. It might already be automatically backing up to an online service like iCloud or a Google account. If not, you can create a backup using the tools provided by your phone’s manufacturer. Find your phone manufacturer site and search “backup [device model]”.

 

3. Accessories:

Do you have the charger, the box your phone came in and headphones? Having all of these items for trade in can help increase the amount you receive, especially with third party vendors.

 

4. Factory Wipe:

Performing a factory reset will wipe your phone of all your data and reset it back to default. Depending on which phone you have, there are a few steps to take to do this. We have the detailed steps by following these links:

Even corporate cell phone plans in bulk can benefit from these steps It may not be as easy as taking your device to a store to trade it in, but there are plenty of companies that offer corporate cell phone recycling and buyback options. In the end, if you’re not able to get a little something back for that outdated phone, they’ll gladly recycle it for you for free.