Have you been thinking about upgrading to a new smartphone? Maybe you have had your current phone is beginning to give problems, or maybe you just like having the newest and latest gadgets. Funding a new smartphone can be expensive, but if you resell your old one it can go a long way towards easing the cost of your new phone.

Luckily, everyone isn’t thinking like you so chances are there’s someone willing to use last year’s tech to get a discount. If you take the right steps to ensure a quick sale, you shouldn’t have any problems offloading your phone. Here are some tips for selling your used smartphone.

Tips for selling your smart phone or upgrading your smart phone

First of all, if you’re someone who drops your phone a lot, you might want to invest in a case from the time you get it. Dents or scratches are going to decrease its value. Most people know not to expect much more than the phone and the charge in a second hand sale but if you can offer them all the original cables and the original packaging together with a few accessories, it becomes more attractive.

It’s not hard to figure it out and if you get the right buyer at the right time, you can actually make a bit more money than someone else selling the same phone.

While it’s true that the value of a smartphone will drop as soon as a newer model is announced, it’s also true that the demand for the older model is stronger after the new phone is announced. This might make no sense to people who are obsessed with having the latest but there are people out there who wait for the newest phone to be released just so they can get the older one. Why? Because they’re looking for deals.

Determining the value can still be a bit of a gamble. Your best bet is to check out sites or dealers selling the same phone. Look at every detail of the phones currently on sale. Is it in better condition than yours? Do they have original packaging? Are they being sold with additional accessories?

Some phone hardware can restrict their operation on other networks. Ensure that you unlock yours to work with all networks, this will increase your chances of selling. You might need to pay a fee to have it unlocked but you can always include that in your asking price.

You may think deleting all of your information and photos is enough, but it’s not. Before you offer your phone for sale or turn it over to a third party, take steps to permanently delete your data. Deleting the files is not enough there are ways to recover them. Remember to remove your SIM card and microSD cards as well.

Try to provide some source of info that the phone wasn’t stolen. If your offer sound too good to be true it may turn off a skeptic. If you have a receipt it’s always good to let potential buyers know. If not, it’s always a good idea to provide the client with proof that the phone hasn’t been reported stolen. You can easily do this via protectyourdata.ca, it’s a free service in partnership with Canadian networks. Just enter your phone’s IMEI number into the field provided. Include in the listing that you have this proof and walk with it when you meet the buyer.

We’ll buy your used smart phone

We buy used phones and can get you an upgrade on your mobile device while taking a look at your current plan to find areas where we can reduce your cell phone bill and save you money. This doesn’t mean you will be sacrificing service or quality as we are an authorized Bell dealer and we have certified cell phone specialists that can take care of your smart phone upgrade and purchase your used phone to offset the costs of the cell phone upgrade.

This is a better option and much safer than dealing with some stranger on kijiji to sell your used phone.