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iPhone Trade In Values: Get Cash for Your iPhone 6 Upgrade



The iPhone 6 release date is three weeks away, and soon Apple will announce the iPhone 6 sending iPhone trade in values plummeting as consumers comprehend the new iPhone and see cheaper iPhone 5s deals at retailers and carriers.

You can still find great iPhone trade in values for your iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s that will help you upgrade to the iPhone 6 without spending a lot of money out-of-pocket.

There are many places you can trade in your old iPhone for cash or store credit including Apple Stores, carriers and recyclers, but you need to do your homework to find the best iPhone trade in values. To help you out, we checked the iPhone trade in prices at five of the most popular places to trade your iPhone in.

Find out where to get the best iPhone trade in value so you can upgrade to the iPhone 6 cheaper.

Find out where to get the best iPhone trade in value so you can upgrade to the iPhone 6 cheaper.

You can get your iPhone trade in value in cash or as a gift card to a specific store. This depends where you trade in your old iPhone. Most of the time you can get more store credit than you can get cash, but with that route you may not be able to use it when you buy the iPhone 6.

Another very important thing to remember is when you need to send your old iPhone in to get the top value. Some places like Gazelle and Nextworth let you trade in the iPhone and keep it for 30 to 50 days, which means you can keep using it until the iPhone 6 release date rumored for September 19th. Other places like Amazon and Apple require you to send it now. If you choose Glyde you’re just using a simpler eBay like service that helps you price and ship your old iPhone, so you’ll also need to ship right after you sell it.

The best strategy is to lock in an iPhone trade in value today, but to check all the iPhone trade in values again near the iPhone 6 release date in case it makes more sense to sell the iPhone on Glyde or trade in to Amazon or Apple. There is no commitment on your part for the iPhone trade in price lock, so it’s a great idea to secure that today.

iPhone Trade In Values

Here are the best iPhone trade in values that will help you upgrade to the iPhone 6 cheaper in September. All of these options are simpler than using eBay, but if you prefer to sell it and ship it yourself you can typically earn more money, especially if you are willing to ship overseas.

Find the best iPhone trade in prices for 2014.

Find the best iPhone trade in prices for 2014.

To compare the iPhone trade in values we look at the value of an AT&T iPhone in the best condition that the company offers. The value varies by carrier and for unlocked iPhones and with any damage to your iPhone so be sure to check the specific iPhone trade in value for your device. Do not lie about the condition or you will end up with a lower trade in price when they check it.

Gazelle iPhone Trade In Values

Gazelle offers cash for your iPhone trade in and can send the money to your PayPal account or as a check. You can lock in the price until October 10th now.

iPhone Model Price Unlocked
iPhone 4 16GB $65.00
iPhone 4s 16GB $110.00
iPhone 5 16GB $160.00 $185.00
iPhone 5c 16GB $150.00 $180.00
iPhone 5s 16GB $275.00 $310.00
iPhone 5s 64GB $295.00 $345.00

Amazon iPhone Trade In Values

Amazon requires users send in the iPhone within a short period after accepting the trade offer. You can only get an Amazon gift card, and Amazon does not sell the new iPhone on contracts. Only use this if you can buy something else on Amazon and spend other money on your new iPhone.

iPhone Model Price
iPhone 4 16GB $79.95
iPhone 4s 16GB $131.80
iPhone 5 16GB $206.90
iPhone 5c 16GB $191.75
iPhone 5s 16GB $303.60
iPhone 5s 64GB $400.00

Nextworth iPhone Trade In Values

NextWorth pays in PayPal, paper check, Discover pre-paid card and Target Gift cards. You can lock in for 30 days sop you’ll have a week after the iPhone 6 release date to buy your new iPhone and send your old one in.

iPhone Model Price Unlocked
iPhone 4 16GB $66.00 $73.00
iPhone 4s 16GB $10.00 $118.00
iPhone 5 16GB $163.00 $185.00
iPhone 5c 16GB $165.00 $176.00
iPhone 5s 16GB $257.00 $302.00
iPhone 5s 64GB $257.00 $302.00

Glyde iPhone Trade In Values

Glyde is a little different from these other iPhone trade in options, allowing you to sell to someone for a potentially higher price. It’s a little like eBay, but Glyde sends you a prepaid shipping box and helps with the process. For that you can sometimes get a higher price. There is no lock in option.

iPhone Model In Your Pocket Selling Price
iPhone 4 16GB $75.32 $89.00
iPhone 4s 16GB $124.56 $143.00
iPhone 5 16GB $203.68 $229.00
iPhone 5c 16GB $245.08 $274.00
iPhone 5s 16GB $304.88 $339.00
iPhone 5s 64GB $345.36 $383.00

Apple iPhone Trade In Values

Apple will buy your old iPhone with a gift card that you can use towards a new iPhone, but they aren’t accepting iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s trades yet.

iPhone Model Price
iPhone 4 16GB $75.00
iPhone 4s 16GB $125.00
iPhone 5 16GB $225.00
iPhone 5c 16GB N/A
iPhone 5s 16GB N/A
iPhone 5s 64GB N/A

You can also check out iPhone trade in values at Best Buy and at your carrier or the carrier you plan to switch to. We typically see carrier values in line with the prices you see here, but sometimes carriers and Best Buy will offer a lowball price for older iPhones.

You can watch the video above for a quick look at what you can expect from Apple in September. The slides below cover the iPhone 6 details you need to know like release, design, specs and displays.

iPhone 6 Release Date & Feature Video Roundup

iPhone 6 Release Date Rumors

iPhone 6 Release Date Rumors

The iPhone 6 release date is September 19th according to Apple's traditional timeline and our best prediction based on current rumors and plans. This may change and there is a chance that we will see two iPhone 6 release dates thanks to a slower start for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6. 

Here's how we get to an iPhone 6 release date on Friday September 19th. 

Re/Code and The Wall Street Journal report Apple's plans to hold an iPhone 6 event on September 9th. 

From this date we can work out that the iPhone 6 release date is roughly a week and a half later, on September 19th. This is the timing Apple used for the last several iPhone releases. 

If Apple decides to offer iPhone 6 pre-orders expect them to go live at midnight Pacific on September 12th, but this is not a given.

The larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 release date may arrive later on the last Friday in September or even in October.

Expect to see Apple Stores and carriers open early on the iPhone 6 release date with lines around the store to get an iPhone 6 right away, even in small towns.  



  1. Jim Yu

    08/30/2014 at 11:08 am

    UpgradeSwap is offering a November price-lock and option to get paid before you ship. They pay much more as well. Not sure why they weren’t on your list.

  2. Judy Zeti

    09/01/2014 at 3:15 pm

    The best place to sell an iPhone is They pay way more than anyone else and they pay you fast! I have sold them three phones and have gotten exactly what they quoted me each time.

    Beware: There is a really popular phone buying site advertised on Google that is very misleading. When you enter you phone and model for a quote it says “Depending on its condition, we can pay you as much as” (whatever the price display is). So I sent them my absolutely perfect, Verizon iPhone 5 expecting to get the $378 they quoted.

    When they received my phone I was contacted and told it was only worth $265! They claim it was due to damage and ‘changing market conditions!’ Long story short it took me three weeks to get my phone back from them.

    When I finally got it I did another search and found – they’re awesome! Send them your phone – you’ll be really happy.

  3. Steven Williams

    09/03/2014 at 1:38 am

    It’s worth looking at comparison sites as well such as so you have all your bases covered. Apple will usually offer the lowest price, so I take them with a pinch of salt but the likes of Gazelle offer the best customer service but not always the highest price. It’s about finding that balance I guess.

  4. Paul Cohn

    09/03/2014 at 12:41 pm

    Check out They offer more than for your iPhone. They even show you the price that Gazelle pays so you can compare.

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