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Apr 12, 2001

With new iPhone and Apple Watch models now on the shelves, you may be thinking of paving the way for an upgrade by selling your current device. We've partnered with MyPhones Unlimited, an Arkansas-based company that buys used iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches, and much more at competitive prices, to offer our readers a way to get cash in hand to make an upgrade happen.


Entering the details for my iPhone to get a quote, MyPhones Unlimited is offering $490 at the time of writing this post (as with all buyback programs, a device's age and condition have a large impact on how much you can get for it) for my unlocked 256GB iPhone X. It's fully functional with no screen damage (thank you, screen protector and Apple leather case).

If you like the quote you get, the process to get paid is simple. You provide your contact and address information and MyPhones Unlimited will send you a box with a pre-paid shipping label so you can send your device to them. You'll receive a check in return within 10 business days of mailing your device. MyPhones Unlimited then refurbishes your device, if needed, and resells it. If it's unfit for reselling, it gets recycled. You can find more information in this FAQ.

With Apple's new GiveBack program, I get a quote of $525 for my iPhone X. Apple offers this in the form of an Apple Gift Card or a refund on a purchase, which is great if you plan to buy your next device from Apple. But if you plan to purchase it from your cellular service provider or another retailer, you'll have to find a way to convert that Apple gift card into cash so you can use it. MyPhones Unlimited offers an advantage here since you'll get a check you can cash and use however you wish.

Note that you could probably get more for your device through a private sale through Craigslist or even eBay. Right now, the going rate on Craigslist for an unlocked 256GB iPhone X is around $800 in the Boston area where I live. While you can get more cash this way, you have to post the ad, respond to potential buyers, and meet them. This can be inconvenient depending on your schedule or location and your own safety can be at risk (please follow Craigslist's own Personal Safety guidelines, at the very least). Selling your device to MyPhones Unlimited eliminates the hassle from this process.

MacRumors gets a portion of each transaction made through our buyback page. MyPhones Unlimited offers full support by phone and email if you have any questions not answered in the FAQ or need help with your transaction.

Article Link: Get Cash for Your Old iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch Through MacRumors and MyPhones Unlimited


macrumors 65816
Jun 1, 2010
Mud Island (Memphis), TN
$240 for my mint unlocked 128gb 7+

That's more than I paid for it, but a 256 XS will cost me $1100 plus tax. So I could sell them my phone and still pay about $1000 to get an XS. NUTS.


macrumors member
Jun 25, 2010
I remember when Macrumors stood for something and I was a fanboy meeting Arnold Kim (Founder) at WWDC. This is straight up sad. Arnold, if you still browse the site, you should be ashamed of what Macrumors has become. Seriously man. I thought you were better than this!


macrumors 68000
Jan 14, 2013
How much will you give me for a 5 year old iPad mini with a shattered screen & broken home button?


macrumors 6502
Aug 29, 2016
Of course I expected this! What would be a day here at MR without people complaining about something? This is optional obviously and not the absolute best price you can get, but only to appraise what you have. Did you really think you're gonna get $650 for a 6 plus? I mean seriously?? Do people expect to get paid the SAME amount, if not MORE, they paid for their 4 year old device? This is pretty funny and made me lmao!


macrumors 604
Jan 7, 2014
In between a rock and a hard place
There has to be a masochist (Arn, is that you?) at MR that said: "You know what, I haven't had a public flogging in ages. Public floggings are great." {quietly sings to self while designing the framework for the cash for phones program} "Ain't no party like an MR public flogging party cause and MR public flogging party don't stop."

/releases phone program
/immediately takes flail to the calf
/followed by pitchfork to the kidney
/nail embedded bat to the shins
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Christian 5G

macrumors 65816
Jun 16, 2010
Orange County, CA
Does anybody wants to start this business with me? lol

I think theres always demand and there are always people that think thats a smoking deal to get $100 for their iPhone or $30 for the Apple Watch then we just flip it for 100-150% more, seems pretty simple.
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