When can I sell my old phones?

kryptticAZ

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I just purchased two iP5's and ported the numbers from two iP4s's over to AT&T from Verizon.

When am I allowed to sell my old iPhone 4s's? Do I have to pay my final Verizon bill (which includes ETFs) or can I sell the phones now? I don't want to sell the phones and then have the buyer have trouble activating them.

Thanks.
 

krizko

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Spam much?

Try answering the guys question.

Best I can tell you is that once the new phones are activated you should be just fine to sell the old ones.
 

dontwalkhand

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The good news is that after the initial iPhone 5 'reaction' the prices of your iPhone 4S will bounce back. Not to the same levels of what they once were, but bounce back enough to the point where you have some good spending money to spend :).

But yes, once you cancel the Verizon lines, those iPhones are free to sell right away.
 

shox2k2

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I would hold on to them for a little bit and let prices come back a bit. Search several sites. I traded my 4 into amazon for amazon credit. Granted its been about 10 days but the price dropped about 150 for the trade in. Also you can try craigslist.
 

BlueKhufu

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I just purchased two iP5's and ported the numbers from two iP4s's over to AT&T from Verizon.

When am I allowed to sell my old iPhone 4s's? Do I have to pay my final Verizon bill (which includes ETFs) or can I sell the phones now? I don't want to sell the phones and then have the buyer have trouble activating them.

Thanks.
You are allowed to sell your phones at any time. The contract is for the line, not the phones. Your buyers shouldn't have any issues.
 

kryptticAZ

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I thought the carriers could prevent a phone from being activated by a new buyer if the original owner didn't pay their bill. I certainly plan on paying my bill (and the ETFs), but I didn't know if my account had to be zeroed out before I could give or sell the phones to someone else.
 

megapopular

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Aug 21, 2007
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The good news is that after the initial iPhone 5 'reaction' the prices of your iPhone 4S will bounce back. Not to the same levels of what they once were, but bounce back enough to the point where you have some good spending money to spend :).

But yes, once you cancel the Verizon lines, those iPhones are free to sell right away.
I sold mine on eBay last week for $450... 32gb 4S AT&T.

http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem?itemId=110954918101&index=0&nav=SOLD&nid=60496257382&trxId=0
 

KittyToy

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You need to make sure u pay all fees on your old phone before selling them. Otherwise they will be marked as bad esn, then whoever buys it will have issues activating it.
 

nostresshere

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You can sell any phone anytime you want, even the day you get it. Any ETF has nothing to do with the phone. It is tied to the phone line. Some folks have been know to put a dumb phone on the old line.
 

kryptticAZ

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OK, there is conflicting information in everyone's responses. Some of you stated that I can sell the phone whenever I want. Others are stating that Verizon will cripple the phone as a "bad ESN" until I pay my final bill.

Which is it?
 

megapopular

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Aug 21, 2007
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Most normal people have to pay shipping, especially when they offer free shipping to a buyer. So "about" $350 for mere mortals? $375?
The buyer and I had a very good dialogue... I didn't pay for shipping. I don't know how else to tell you what I already told you. About $400 as I stated previously. I also sold a similar 32gb iPhone on Craigslist this weekend which was listed for $400... I told him $380... He was promptly on time, so I took the $380 and handed him $20 back and gave him an extra iPod charge cable I didn't really need. This kind of stuff happens all of the time. A few bucks isn't a big deal to everyone. Not me, certainly. Not my eBay buyer, either. I'm sure he was thrilled to get a damn near brand new iPhone with a month old battery, practically new case and screen that was factory unlocked! :)
 

TJ61

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Nov 16, 2011
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OK, there is conflicting information in everyone's responses.
Why not just call Verizon? Or do an on-line chat -- I've found these to be pretty painless with my carrier (Sprint), and better than a phone call.

Regards,
Tom
 

ZBoater

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Jul 2, 2007
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The buyer and I had a very good dialogue... I didn't pay for shipping. I don't know how else to tell you what I already told you. About $400 as I stated previously. I also sold a similar 32gb iPhone on Craigslist this weekend which was listed for $400... I told him $380... He was promptly on time, so I took the $380 and handed him $20 back and gave him an extra iPod charge cable I didn't really need. This kind of stuff happens all of the time. A few bucks isn't a big deal to everyone. Not me, certainly. Not my eBay buyer, either. I'm sure he was thrilled to get a damn near brand new iPhone with a month old battery, practically new case and screen that was factory unlocked! :)
My point was that the $450 figure you quoted first was a bit unrealistic. Not everyone can have good dialogues with buyers and not pay shipping. When you consider the fees the $450 becomes something less. That is all. Congrats on selling your phone.
 

megapopular

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My point was that the $450 figure you quoted first was a bit unrealistic. Not everyone can have good dialogues with buyers and not pay shipping. When you consider the fees the $450 becomes something less. That is all. Congrats on selling your phone.
Really? Realistically, I stated I sold it on eBay, I NEVER claimed I walked away with $450 in my hands... And since I mentioned eBay, we know there are fees involved. That's like you saying that my 32gb iPhone is really only 28gb because of what the OS takes up, etc. Are you that realistic, ZBoater or are you unrealistic? That is all. Thanks for the congrats.
 
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