How to improve the resale value of your mobile phone

From Day One:

For very little outlay, it possible to protect the value of your phone from the minute you first open the box. First, buy a robust protective case to protect your phone from accidental damage, such as might be caused by dropping it on the floor. Second, invest in a good quality screen protector to guard against scratches and scuffs caused by keys or coins.

Don’t be too eager to throw away the packaging; handle everything with care as you unpack your new device. If your phone comes with headphones and charger that are identical to those that accompanied your old phone, consider keeping the new one safe in their packaging.

Once in everyday use, make sure your new phone receives a weekly wipe down using an alcoholic spray and lint-free microfibre cloth.

The time has come to change your old mobile for a new model

If you want to get the best price for your old phone to take some of the financial sting out of buying a new one, there are some basic steps that you can take straight away:

  • Having your phone locked to one provider (e.g. EE) means that you are limiting your audience to the people who use the same network as you. A potential buyer will therefore either have to use that same network (in our example, EE) or have it changed. To make things easy for everyone, why not have your mobile unlocked so that it can be used on any network – most phone shops will be able to do this for you?
  • Consider changing the battery before you sell your phone. If the old battery is struggling, it will reduce the value of the device, so it could be more cost-effective to change it in advance of a sale.
  • Make sure that your phone is clean by giving it a good wipe with an alcohol spray using a lint-free microfibre cloth. A cotton bud will help you get into the little crevices and you might even consider a blast of compressed air to rid the device of any dust or pocket fluff. The effort will ensure you obtain maximum value for your phone.
  • If you can offer your phone for sale in the original packaging, together with the charger and headphones that came with the device, you will enhance the resale value when you come to sell. So, if didn’t hold on to the original packaging and the accessories, it would be a good idea to see if you can replace them through eBay or similar.
  • Finally, don’t forget to perform a factory reset on your phone before you sell it. Not only will this restore the phone’s original settings to the software, it will also delete your personal data for your own protection.


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