Carriers no longer offer early upgrade options as part of a regular plan, and you won’t find a customer service rep who can push your upgrade date months in advance so you can buy the iPhone 6 this fall.
Glyde takes the hassle out of trying to get an early upgrade to the iPhone 6 on any carrier by helping you sell your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPhone 4s for top dollar without the hassle of eBay.
Read: iPhone 6 – 10 Fast Facts
If you want an early iPhone 6 upgrade on any carrier the best option you have is to sell your iPhone 5s for top dollar and upgrade with that cash. The Glyde marketplace currently pays around $487 for a 64GB Verizon iPhone 5s, which earns the user $428 after fees, and Glyde is less of a hassle than selling on eBay.
Gazelle made news for offering a 50 day price lock on iPhone 5s trades for up to $350, which is a wonderful deal, but Glyde’s data shows that even if you wait until 10 days after the iPhone announcement you can earn more money for your old iPhone and make an early upgrade to the iPhone 6 possible, even if you need to pay the full iPhone 6 price.
The chart below shows the iPhone 4s trade in price during the run up to the iPhone 5s announcement and the iPhone 5s release date. The 10 day period is important because this represents when we could realistically see the iPhone 6 release date arrive.
Glyde’s data shows that there is a good chance of selling your iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c or iPhone 5 for a great value even on the iPhone 6 release date when you have your new iPhone in hand.
If you want to see how this could impact the new iPhone 6 price that you’ll need to pay if you want an early upgrade funded by selling your old iPhone you need to check out the iPhone Upgrade tool from Glyde.
First off pick the iPhone 6 4.7-inch or iPhone 6 5.5-inch. Make sure you pick the off contract option to get a realistic price for paying full price for the iPhone. Glyde’s estimated iPhone 6 prices are off by $100 from what we expect for on contract prices, so you’ll need to click on the 32GB option to get what we expect you’ll pay for an iPhone 6.
Expect a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 price at $199 on contract and $649 off contract. There is a very good chance the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 price will start at $749 off contract or $299 on contract.
Next you’ll pick the iPhone you own and want to trade in. If you are going for an early upgrade you may be trading in a relatively new iPhone 5s or perhaps you picked up an iPhone 5c, or a deal on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s. It doesn’t matter what iPhone you own, this tool will help you figure out how much an early iPhone 6 upgrade will cost.
After you pick all the options you’ll see the initial payment for the iPhone 6 you want, minus the amount of trade in you’ll get for your old iPhone. In this case you can see that by trading in even a 16GB iPhone 5s, the early upgrade price for an iPhone 6 is about $277, which is more reasonable than paying $649 out-of-pocket.
Check the iPhone trade-in value on any iPhone from Glyde to get an idea what your iPhone is worth without using the upgrade tool
You can set a reminder to sell your phone when the iPhone 6 release date nears so that you aren’t without a phone for the next month. Prices will drop some, but the data shows you can still earn quite a bit of cash. The best idea is to lock in the Gazelle price today without any obligation then see what the Glyde marketplace pricing is on the iPhone 6 release date and go with your best value.
Glyde offers eBay like prices but you don’t need to deal with the hassles of eBay’s deadbeat bidders, lack of attention to sellers and the hassles of packaging and shipping. When your iPhone sells, Glyde sends you a kit with a shipping label to mail the iPhone to the buyer. After the buyer receives your old iPhone you’ll get paid to a Glyde account and you can deposit the cash into your bank, Bitcoin or get a paper check.