What are you going to do with your old iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iamMacPerson, Mar 4, 2014.


What will you do with your old iPhone?

  1. Hold onto it, its apart of me!

    15 vote(s)
  2. Sell it, need money for the new one/no use for it.

    31 vote(s)
  3. Trade it in, putting towards the new iPhone!

    11 vote(s)
  4. Other (please post what your doing)

    11 vote(s)
  1. iamMacPerson macrumors 68030


    Jun 12, 2011
    So, I've been wondering, those upgrading later this year, what do you plan to do with your old iPhone? I know some hold onto them, others sell them, others trade them in. So, what will you do with your iPhone?

    Personally, when I upgrade to the iPhone 6, I'm holding onto my iPhone 5. There's just this connection I've built using it over the last year and a half (by then, two years). When I sold my iPhone 4 when I upgraded, I regretted it because I would never get *that* phone back. Such great time I had with it.
  2. Intelligent, Mar 4, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014

    Intelligent macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2013
    Keep it. I have problems with throwing away stuff/selling that was once mine, since i keep all the paper from candy, coca-cola bottles etc. but whatever.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I sell my old phones, it helps offset the costs of the new phone. Even though I go the subsidized phone route, 200 dollars x 2 phones is no small amount so I sell or use gazelle to get some cash to offset that expenditure
  4. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    I usuallly end up keeping my phones and use them for nostalgia sake, reviews and comparisons or to give them to friends/family
  5. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I'm going to keep it because I also have a connection with my phone.
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I always sell mine to put towards the new phone. I still do have an original iphone in the original packaging though :)
  7. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
  8. TWD98j macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2010
    I kept my 4S after I upgraded to my 5S, just in case a freak accident happens and I need a back up.

    Last year, one of my staff had her 5 accidentally flung into the family swimming pool. It was in there all of maybe 5 seconds before she was able to retrieve it and immediately submerge it into a bowl of rice. She reverted back to her old 3GS for the following week as a back up. Even though it was quite painful coming down from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 3GS, she was happy to have the back up available.
  9. EvilQueen macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2013
    In my own world
    I sell them every year. Use the money to get the new one.
  10. Agent-P macrumors 68030


    Dec 5, 2009
    The Tri-State Area
    I always sell my previous iPhones, but I keep a backup phone of another OS just to play around with when I feel like having a change. Currently my second phone is a Lumia 920.
  11. mstgkillr macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2012
    I just switched from Sprint to AT&T and I'm selling all 4 of my iPhones 5s'... Now I just need another 100+ posts so that I can list them on Macrumors.
  12. sixrom macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2013
    I'll be doing what I always do, give it away.

    To a friend
    To a shelter for battered women

    Complete in its original box with all accessories & packaging. My less than one year old phones always look like new.

    Giving them away makes me feel very happy. :)
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    You'll have better luck on CL probably;)
  14. PsstGreek macrumors 68040


    Oct 21, 2010
    Tampa Bay
    I'm undecided. Probably keep it for backup just incase or sell it towards the new one.


    Look into Swappa.
  15. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I usually give mine to a family member, but last year I just sold my 4s because nobody needed an upgrade. My 5s will most likely be handed down.
  16. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
    ideally sell right before announcement is made of new iPhone to get the most money out of it.
  17. kudukudu macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    I said "other" since I am keeping it for the following:

    1. backup phone in case I lose my 5s or my wife loses hers
    2. might jailbreak it and use it as an unlocked world phone for travel where I can stick a local pre-paid SIM in it
    3. use it as an ipod music player in our stereo
  18. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    When the 6 comes out, I'm actually going to hold onto my 4S. I plan on getting the battery replaced later this and use it abroad when I travel.
  19. IlikeMacsSoMuch macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2009
    Blainville, Province of Quebec
    I always sell the current model to use the money to buy the new one. The iPhone always keeps its value. And it sells really fast, usually within a day
  20. sammy-boy macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2013
    Staffordshire, UK
    Depending on financial situation I usually either hold onto it as a spare/backup phone, sell it or trade it in for a newer model.
  21. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Other - I'm passing them down to my family. Gave my 4S to my mom when I got the 5s. I intend on getting the 6 and will give the 5s to my mom, and she'll give the 4S to my sister which will be her first phone :)
  22. jayes macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2011
    I kept my 4 when I upgraded to the 5. It's a backup in case a family member loses or breaks their iPhone. Recently I deleted the 4 of all apps and loaded a bunch of music from scores of my old CDs and will use it on the Aux input on my car. There's no space on my 5 for more than one or two CDs. Note to self - iPhone 6 needs 32 GB.
  23. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Me too. Last year I sold my 5 for $450 so ill likely be selling my 5S this year too.
  24. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    Well I have an iPhone 4 and plan on upgrading to the iPhone 6.

    Doubt can sell for lots of money and can't really give it to any friends/relatives.

    Its Verizon CDMA model and I don't think it comes with a SIM card also it can't work with China Mobile I think?

    Might just keep it and use it as an iPod touch, might jailbreak it.

    Its cool though because with FaceTime Audio you can still call people for free.

    Been using it since its release in 2011, kinda want to keep it (as my 1st gen smartphone).

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