Rumor has it that Apple will announce the release of the iPhone 5 today. And like many (41% of existing cell phone users, according to one dubious study), I plan to purchase the new gizmo as soon as the crazy lines at the Apple store die down. But this raises one big question–what do I do with my existing cell phone (a Droid X)?
One option is to sell the cell on eBay or Craigslist. A quick search of either site shows a glut of phones on the market. But if you are looking for an approach that’s not so labor intensive, there are several sites that will buy your old mobile.
Using my Droid X, I compared these sites to see which one offered the best deal. I also checked out the price on an iPhone 4 (Verizon) with 32 GB of memory and in excellent condition. Here are the results–
The first site in our roundup is one I saw in Macworld magazine. Gazelle buys back just about any gadget. The site is very easy to use, extremely professional, and it made me an offer on my Droid X in about 60 seconds. I had to rate the condition of my phone and indicate whether I had the AC adaptor, a rechargeable battery, and original cables (I do).
- Droid X: $66
- iPhone 4: $160
I found this site to be a lot less professional and harder to use than Gazelle. The problem is how you go about searching for your specific phone. It wasn’t easy, and in the end, it doesn’t appear that iBuyPhones purchases a Droid X, which is a bit hard to believe. The site does buy back the “A855-Droid,” whatever that is.
- A855-Droid: $22
- iPhone 4: $110
As with Gazelle, BuyMyTronics was extremely easy to use. Searching for the Droid X took just seconds. The site did ask me a few questions Gazelle did not, like whether I have the original box and manuals (I do). It also offered me a price that beat Gazelle on the Droid X, but not the iPhone 4.
- Droid X: $73
- iPhone 4: $141
The focus at YouRenew is the environment. Rather than filling up landfills with discarded cell phones, you can sell your phone, pocket some cash, and rest assured that the phone will end up in the hands of a consumer. In this way YouRenew is no different than the other sites listed here, but its focus on the environment is refreshing.
Searching for my Droid X at YouRenew was a snap. I answered four question, and my offer was instantaneous.
- Droid X: $90
- iPhone 4: $200
The last site in our review is SellYourCell.com. This site took an interesting approach to the offer. It didn’t ask me a single question about the condition of my phone or whether I have the cables, charger, original box or manuals. Instead, it just presented me with an offer. SellYourCell no doubt checks out the phone after you ship it to them, which could result in a lower price.
- Droid X: $75
- iPhone 4: $275
So in this battle of the cell phone buyers, YouRenew.com was the clear winner at $90 for a Droid X in excellent condition. And Sell Your Cell came out on top for the iPhone 4 32GB (Verizon phone). Keep in mind that the condition of your phone is critical to the price you can achieve.
If you’ve ever used any of these sites, please share your experience in the comments below.
Photo Credit: mbecher
Published or updated October 4, 2011.