Tip: How to sell your old AT&T iPhone after switching to Verizon

Verizon iPhone 4 coming Feb. 10th Want to know the ins and outs of how to sell your old iPhone? Were you one of the iPhone users who switched to Verizon now that it's finally available? Not sure what to do with your old AT&T iPhone? There are a number of things you can do with your old iPhone -- from using it as an iPod Touch to handing it down to family or friends -- but if you're looking to get some quick cash then there are a few things to know before getting started. Today we're going to show you how to throw out the old and bring in the new using a number of great services, just hit the jump to find out how!

When Apple and Verizon finally announced the iPhone would be available under the nation's largest network, Verizon subscribers across the country rejoiced. The same can be said for a hefty number of AT&T subscribers too, as a recent ChangeWave survey suggested a significant number of AT&T iPhone users would jump ship to Verizon once they had the iPhone.

So if you were one of the many AT&T subscribers who decided to go the Verizon route then here are a few quick tips to think about before putting your AT&T iPhone up for sale:

  1. Jailbreak/Unlock: The iPhone usually sells for more money when it's jailbroken or unlocked, meaning you have the additional options of running restricted apps through Cydia or getting service on another carrier (like TMobile). If you are new to jailbreaking we suggest checking out the jailbreak forums, and we've also written up a few posts on how to jailbreak your iPhone on 4.1 firmware using Greenpois0n, Limera1n and PwnageTool.
  2. Condition: It kind of goes without saying that you'll get more money if your device is in better condition, but this counts even more when it comes to the iPhone. If your device is in excellent shape, you're going to be able to ask for a higher amount. For example, an iPhone 3GS in 'fair' condition with wear and tear can get you around $230 while a 3GS in 'perfect' cosmetic condition can get you as much as $300. I've seen a wide range of pricing on the iPhone 4 and 3GS based on condition, so make sure you research prices and price competitively.
  3. Wipe your data: Before you end up selling your old iPhone, we highly suggest you run a full data wipe on your device to make sure none of your data is available to the lucky new owner. We've done a quick How-To post to help you with the process.

Now that we're passed the basics and you're ready to put your iPhone up for sale, it's important to take a look at all the options you have before making a decision on which service to use.

There are a ton of great online services out there to help you sell your old iPhone and we won't be able to go through them all, so we've filtered down the list of services for you. We'll start with the most familiar of them all...

eBay

Selling your iPhone on eBay is a pretty simple process. If you've ever used eBay for selling things in the past then you know the selling process isn't all that tricky, however there are still some things to keep in mind when using eBay to sell your iPhone. For instance, eBay charges fees for each auction based on the item you're selling and how much it sells for, among other things, so here are five quick tips to help you get the most out of your auction:

  1. Only ship to the buyer's confirmed Paypal address if using Paypal.
  2. Price competitively if using Buy It Now as an option.
  3. Make sure the pictures you use follow your description and are good quality -- post pictures of any physical blemishes on the iPhone and be up-front in your description.
  4. Use a fast shipping service and make sure you include that in your item description.
  5. Use keywords in your title and in your item description to attract more potential buyers.

You may also want to consider insuring your item in case anything goes wrong during shipping. Watch out for low-feedback buyers and also keep in mind that Paypal charges processing fees as well.

Craigslist

Selling on craigslist is locally based, so you'll be making a face-to-face exchange with someone in your area. I've used Craigslist to sell a number of things around the house, and always follow a few basic rules:

  • Don't ever put your personal or home address in an ad. Ever!
  • I'm usually fine with putting my personal phone number in an ad, but that's up to you. Some find it easier to text rather than email.
  • Meet in a public place, preferably in the daytime.
  • Watch out for email scams, something Craigslist is notorious for.

It's always a good idea to use caution when dealing with Craigslist. I've heard some pretty crazy stories of people getting robbed or worse when meeting with people for a transaction, so bring a friend and meet in an open, public area to avoid those types of situations.

Gazelle

Gazelle offers a service that lets you easily turn most electronic devices into cash. Simply send in your iPhone and Gazelle will send you money after confirming the item condition. The first thing you'll need to do is tell Gazelle what you're selling and what condition the item is in. You can choose from poor, fair, good or excellent condition, and it's important to be honest when rating the condition so there's no hiccups or snags along the way. It also helps if you have the box and original documentation and cables with your item, and the service will check for any water damages before giving you a quote.

An average-conditioned 16gb iPhone 4 will currently grab you about $280 where a perfect-conditioned iPhone 4 will get you as much as $360. The process takes about a week, and although you're not getting as much money in the end it's a great service if you don't want to deal with a lot of hassle. You can have your payment delivered through Paypal among other methods, and you can also submit multiple items if you're looking to get rid of a few more things while you're at it.

SellYourMac.com

SellYourMac.com offers a similar service to Gazelle by letting you send in your old iPhone for payment with little to no hassle involved. In a nutshell, they'll buy your old Mac or iOS device. You're required to provide pictures along with a serial number next to your item description and condition. Once SellYourMac.com receives your iPhone they clean it, inspect it and verify that it's in working condition before they turn around and sell it on eBay. Users can receive payment via Paypal and SellYourMac.com even says they give higher quotes than competing services like Gazelle, so you'll definitely want to compare before making any final decisions.

Verizon Trade-in

Verizon is also offering an iPhone trade-in program for current AT&T corporate customers who want to switch over. Verizon is offering the following quotes for older iPhone hardward:

  • iPhone 2G – 16GB: $60
  • iPhone 3G – 16GB: $105
  • iPhone 3Gs 32GB: $160
  • iPhone 4- 16GB: $280
  • iPhone 4 – 32GB: $360

To the best of our knowledge Verizon hasn't clarified if they'll be making this service available to all AT&T subscribers or just to corporate customers, so make sure you give your Verizon rep a call to get more details on the incentive.

Bonus Tip: If you're going with Craigslist or eBay, another tip worth mentioning is to include all packaging, cables and adapters if possible. If you have any extra cases or accessories you want to throw in the deal it can usually net you a higher selling price as a bundle instead of trying to sell them individually.

Now that the iPhone is finally on Verizon, the time to start planning on how to dump your old iPhone is now. So whether it's eBay, Criagslist or any other method for selling your old AT&T iPhone we hope this article will help you along the way. As always, let us know if you have any questions or additional suggestions in the comments below!

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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Tip: How to sell your old AT&T iPhone after switching to Verizon

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I sold two AT&T iPhones on CL last week - both jailbroken/unlocked to T-Mobile subscribers. I got $350 for a 32GB 3GS in near-perfect condition (old bootrom) and $290 for a 16GB 3GS in good condition (new bootrom). Paid for our two new Verizon iPhones quite nicely.

Craigslist is the best option, as you can get your item sold in a day. And ebay won't get a cut of the money and you have a much lower chance of getting scammed since you're dealing locally. The Verizon trade-in program is equally good too as you'd probably get those prices for your old iPhone through Craigslist.

Great Post, well thought out and complete. I am very comfortable with EBay and sold my IPhone4 32GB (after I JB and Unlocked it) for $590 after fees. I did this as my new VZ phone was being shipped. Details are
My IPhone Switch (AT&T to Verizon)
New Verizon IPhone -$317
Termination Fee from AT&T -$255
AT&T IPhone sold +$590 Approximate Profit $18
Ability to make a phone call wherever I want PRICELESS

" Are you one of the iPhone users planning to switch to Verizon when the iPhone is finally available on February 10th?"
Finally getting around to posting this? It is February 18th in my world, so the Verizon iPhone is already available.

Just curious, when was this written? It talks about the VZW launch like it hasn't happened yet?

are you guys getting pay by VERIZON, OMG. i will stay with verizon, i least i can talk and surf internet at the same time and verizon 3g network as hell..
did anybody check the speed test result with the v-iPhone and the At&t iPhone. Go ahead and see how bad is v-iPhone speed, because their 3g network suck.

Neutrality and unbias don't exist when it comes to people. As human beings, we have personal inclinations that lean one way or another, whether we like it or not, unless we remain indifferent. And I just can't see the writers on this blog being "indifferent".

MATT i agree with you, and be careful, they hate when you say something like that, the erased all my comments, i just was telling or asking them if they are getting pay by verizon.. i they did't like it.
i'm asking to myself where the hell is the freedom of speech..?

"i’m asking to myself where the hell is the freedom of speech..?"
You get it when YOU start paying and running a blog!

The way we see it is there are many Verizon iPhone owners out there now that it's been released, and I'm sure they'd like to read the site as well... So we're going to make sure there's content on the site for them too, not just AT&T iPhone users ;)

All the people that had bought AT&T iPhones knowing they didn't have service in their area anyway. Will now finally be gone. And you can now get the Jesus phone in a carrier that works in your area versus buying the phone even though you had no service.

Why not make it easy and just use the new Ebay instant sale? Right now they are offering $200 for a working Iphone 3GS/4 in fair to excellent condition. They mail you a box and you send it to them. Sounds a lot more simple then all of these other solutions.
http://green.ebay.com/instantsale/

Has anyone else noticed how poor the ATT service has been the past week? I have had several dropped calls, static in my line and very poor bars. Ironic, since so many seem to be leaving for VZ. I never had many issues prior to this.
as for the articles prices on used iphone 4 32gb on ebay, it is not even close. I want to upgrade from my 3gs, but not eligible yet. I keep getting outbid and I dont want to pay more then $450

Ebay is offering $511 for an excellent condition 32GB iPhone 4 cash. Not through selling but direct, you send it to ebay and they check it out and then give you the $$$.

Sold my iPhone 3G and my Wifes 3G on eBay for a little over $250 each. Best way to go in my opinion. Was able to upgrade to the 4 32GB for less then $100