A Question on iPhone trade-in

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Europium, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. Europium macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2010
    Hey all,
    So as most of y'all know best buy is offering to trade-in a used 4/4s for a new 5. I have a lightly scratched but otherwise perfectly working black AT&T iPhone 4S 16gb that is also unlocked (not factory but by request). I personally have no use for the unlock as I won't be leaving the country or switching carriers any time soon (I got it as gift).

    Just called best buy and they still have plenty in stock.. As a money matter should I go for it or keep the current phone?

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Its really personal preference. Do you want a new phone? Then get it.

    The 5s will be released at some point but presumably when that does occur you'll get less for your phone.

    The bottom line, only you can determine if you should buy it or not.
  3. Europium thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2010
    I would do the trade-in in an instant if the 4s I have currently wasn't unlocked. I hear even used ones can go for a decent amount. My question is if it's worth to trade even an unlocked 4s for a new iPhone 5..
  4. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    Unlocked vs locked doesn't matter. You can unlock the iPhone 5 if you choose to get for $2. There is no value is unlocked iPhones anymore.
  5. Europium thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2010
    Since when?? Sorry I'm a complete newbie when it comes to this topic haha. How does one go about doing it?
  6. tardman91 macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2009
    Tampa Area, FL
  7. phr0ze macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2012
    Columbia, MD
    On ebay Iphone 4S 16GB AT&T gets at least $200 some over $300. http://www.ebay.com/itm/TESTED-AT-T...0661755273?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item58a1356d89

    Best buy is only giving you a $150 credit.

    Wal Mart sells the 5 for $130.

    You sell on ebay or craigs for 200+ you buy from wal mart. You still have $70 extra!

    Edit: Here is a cracked screen iphone 4s on ebay selling for $300.


    The more I look at it the more I think you could sell it within hours if you list on Craigslist for $250 (FIRM). If you can wait, then list for $280 and it will still sell.

    Then pay WalMart $130 for the new one. Easily have $120 more than you would from best buy.

    Unfortunately no matter which route you choose you will be in contract for 2 more years.
  8. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I would never sell an AT&T 4S for $150. That's a total rip. youll get $250 cash easily on Craigslist almost as soon as you list it. They're over $300 on eBay before fees.
  9. Europium thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2010
    Say I want to sell it on Craigslist.. Won't I have to buy an unlocked iPhone 5 for it to work with the sim off the 4s?
  10. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    No. If you're on AT&T then they'll give you a nano sim for the iPhone 5 when you get one.
  11. PM-Performance macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2012
    4s don't seem to be selling like that anymore.
    I had to settle for $300 for my 32gb 4am that was only like 8 months old
    Most were offering $200 or under
    Honesty I was hoping for $400 but they werent really selling for that
    On eBay you have like 12% fees including PayPal so wound have probably got less on eBay in the end.
  12. iono11200 macrumors member

    Mar 9, 2012
    Check the resellers. Sellcell.com or elegreen.com. Many of these folks are very reputable and make buying your old device about as simple and pain free as possible.

    I used to always sell on ebay, but their fees are becoming outrageous. :)

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