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If you're in the market for the new iPhone, you can get a return on your investment if you sell your old iPhone first. If you don't want to be in charge of the direct sale, however, you can simply trade in your old iPhone for a new one, get store credit, or get cash on the dollar. Make sure you prepare your iPhone for sale before you send it away. Here's how to trade in your iPhone.

Trade in your old iPhone for a new one

If you know what you want, and know what you want to get rid of, the fastest path to getting your new iPhone for less is to trade it in for a new model directly. If you are able to visit a retail store, it's even faster. Here are the best places to trade in your old iPhone for a new one.

Apple's iPhone Trade-Up Program

Apple Trade Up Program

Apple provides a simple way to exchange your old iPhone for a new one. You don't even have to go into an Apple Retail Store if you don't want to. You can mail in your old device for a gift card that you can use at Apple online or at a retail store near you to put toward your new iPhone or any store purchase. You don't even need to trade in an iPhone, either. You can trade in a different phone, or even a computer.

Apple's iPhone Trade-Up Program: Everything you need to know!

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AT&T trade in program

Similar to Apple, AT&T offers an easy-to-use trade in program for trading in your old phone for a new one, including online. You can search for the value of your model on AT&T's website and either visit a retail shop to trade in your old iPhone for a new one or mail it in for a gift card you can put toward your next iPhone purchase or phone accessories. You can also use the gift card toward your monthly service charges, or as a down payment for AT&T's Next program.

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Verizon trade in program

Verizon allows you to trade in up to 10 devices at once. So, if you've got a pile of old iPhones lying around, you can pile up the trade in funds to put toward your new one. Verizon gives a slight increase in trade-in value for devices on its own carrier. There doesn't appear to be a way to visit a Verizon retail store to trade in your iPhone, but you can do so online and mail in your device. You can use the gift card to put toward your new iPhone or accessories or to pay your monthly service charges.

Trade in your iPhone to Verizon


T-Mobile trade in program

T-Mobile's trade in program makes it possible for you to trade in your old iPhone for a new one, but if you've already bought your device, you can use the credit toward your monthly bill instead. You just have to let T-Mobil know what your phone invoice is and you can request to put the funds toward your bill. T-Mobile's trade in value is lower than other carriers.

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Sprint trade in program

Sprint calls its trade-in program a "buyback" program, but it works the same way. You can send in your old iPhone for credit you can put toward a new phone or paying on your account. You can trade in three phones per line at one time, which could amount to a lot of you manage to get the maximum trade-in value of $300.

Trade in your old iPhone for credit at your favorite store

Maybe you already purchased a new iPhone and want to trade your old one in, but want to use the value toward something else entirely. You can trade in your iPhone for store credit at these participating retailer.

Trade in your iPhone to Sprint


Amazon trade in program

Amazon has a crazy-good trade in program. It also keeps track of everything you've purchased and shows you what all of it is worth in trade. You don't have to have purchased your iPhone with Amazon originally. Just pick your model, storage capacity, and carrier (or unlocked) and you're ready to go. Amazon offers a 28-day lock-in price, which means you can hold onto your current model until you receive your new one and still get the same quoted price, even if your current model becomes last year's outdated device. You can put your credit toward any of the millions of products Amazon sells.

Trade your iPhone in to Amazon

Best Buy

Best Buy trade in program

Best Buy's trade in program lets you find out the estimated value of your device online, and then you can either mail it in for a gift card, or take it into your local store for credit. You can put your trade-in credit toward anything Best Buy has to offer, including movies, appliances, and electronics. Currently, Best Buy offers the highest trade-in value for iPhone of any on the list.

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Target trade in program

Target has an electronics trade-in program so you can rid yourself of your old iPhone and use store credit toward anything the company sells. Target is willing to take your iPhone 4 off your hands, though you won't get much for the trade-in. Target doesn't have an on-site trade-in department, so you'll have to go online, but you can also use your gift card to shop at Target online, so you can be as lazy as you like.

Trade in your iPhone to Target


Walmart trade in program

Walmart will take your old iPhone off of your hands and send you a gift card toward any purchase at its stores. You'll get a higher price for your trade in than most other places (though, not the highest), which makes the value of your trade in even higher since Walmart's prices are so ridiculously low. The trade-in process has to take place online, but you can use the gift card at your local Walmart or on the website.

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Trade in your old iPhone for cash

Nothing beats a good, old-fashioned cash value trade in. With it, you can literally buy anything that's for sale. If you just want the Benjamins, there are a few options that provide an easy trade: Your iPhone for cash.


Gazelle trade in program

Gazelle is one of the most popular sites for trading in your iPhone for cash. It's easy to use and you can lock in the estimated offer for your device for 30 days. You can get your currency in the form of a check, Amazon payment, or PayPal exchange. It's easy to use and you can even get additional store credit toward purchases made on Gazelle's resale site. Gazelle has one advantage over other cash-for-device services: You can trade it in-person at a participating ecoATM for cash right away.

Trade in your old iPhone to Gazelle


Swappa trade in program

Swappa is usually the highest-paying trade-in value of the cash-for-device services. That's because it's an auction house for technology, only you don't have to do the work yourself. You create a listing for your devices, just like you would on eBay, but Swappa takes care of the exchange. It's a lot less of a hassle than the Wild West that is eBay.

Trade your iPhone in to Swappa

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about how to trade in your iPhone or which trade-in option is right for you? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

Updated October 2017: Added information about the latest iPhone trade-in options.

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