Where to sell your old cell phone for the most cash

Do you have a bunch of old cell phones laying around? Get them out of your house and earn some money in the process. This is where you can sell your used cell phones for the most money.

Companies where you can sell used cell phones


If you’re trying to dump a newer phone that’s in good condition, an eBay auction usually offers the best price (because there’s no middleman involved). Before listing your phone, look at other auctions to find out what you need to do to make your listing stand out. Want to see how much you can expect to earn? Take a look at the auctions that have recently ended.


Save time and receive multiple deals on your phone at SellMyCellPhones.com. They review offers from nine different buyers, so you don’t have to review each one individually.


If you want an immediate offer or have an old phone to sell, SellCell is a solid option. Enter your phone’s make and model, and they’ll show you which phone buyer is paying the most. They even have the best price guarantee. If you find an online recycler that is paying more within 24 hours of selling your phone through their site, they will give you double the difference. One thing to note: their site doesn’t check prices on Amazon or masonry stores, so you should definitely check for yourself before jumping into anything.


If Amazon is currently buying the phone you have, chances are you’ll be the one paying the most for it. Just go to their trade-in store, enter your phone specs, and they’ll tell you how much they’re paying. You’ll get an Amazon gift card, instead of cash, but with all the stuff they sell, that’s almost as good.


Most cell phone recyclers don’t buy broken phones, so head to your nearest EcoATM kiosk if your phone has a cracked screen or won’t turn on. Their machines pay cash on the spot, so it’s also a good option if you want your money the same day. You may have to wait weeks to receive your payment, if you go with an online buyer.


If you have a broken phone, Gazelle is another place to check. They are mostly dedicated to Apple products, but also accept some Android phones.

Big Box Retailers

Best Buy, Apple, Walmart, and GameStop have cell phone trade-in programs. If you plan to buy your next phone from one of them (or any other merchandise from their store), it’s worth checking out their offer, though you may find it easier to separate the sale of your old phone from the purchase of your new phone.

Your Cellular Carrier

Before you sell your old phone, check the trade-in value with your current carrier (or the carrier you plan to switch to). They want to keep you happy, so it could be worth several hundred dollars for a new phone, maybe even more than you could sell for it.

Maximize your mobile phone purchase offer

Mobile phone resellers make their purchase offer based on several things: how much demand there is for your phone, its condition, its capacity (how many GBs), the network it’s on, and even its color. While it may be tempting to fudge the condition or specs of your phone, don’t. When the company receives your phone, they will simply reduce your offer or cancel it. You won’t get ahead.

However, you can increase the value of your phone by unlocking it before you sell it. This will make it usable on any cellular network, making it desirable for more people.

Protect your identity

Always delete your personal data from your mobile phone before selling or recycling it. Here are instructions to guide you through the process:

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Just want those old cell phones to go away? Consider donating them to charity so someone else can put them to good use, or recycle them and use the proceeds to fund charity.

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