Where Can I Sell My Old Cell Phone?


As consumers adapt to keep up with changing technology they are finding that their iPhones, iPads and Samsung Galaxy type cell phones have retained enough value to make selling their previous model worth the extra time. There are many places which will Buyback your gently used newer model cell phone and give you a decent cash deal. Here we will take a look at some of the more popular (and not) ways to sell your cell phone.

In Person Options

Providing your model isn’t more than a year or two old – whatever its brand – it will usually be of some interest to shops and any local or online buyer who deals in used phone sales.

Here in Bakersfield, CA locals can bring their old iPhones, Samsung Galaxy cell phones or iPads to our PHone Pros office and sell their old cell phone quickly & easily, in the same day. Whenever your ready to bring in your device, we will inspect whichever cell phone or device you bring into our Bakersfield office, and pay cash for it on the spot, just remember to bring a valid CA ID. Phone Pros is local to Bakersfield, California but we also offer mail-in services across the country.

We will definitely give you a fair and honest price evaluation. You can then decide how you would like your money – we can give you cash if you come in person. For online orders we offer a Check, paypal, or Amazon gift cards for your used iPhone or Android device.

In a comparison between Phone Pros , pawn shops, and ecoATM in the same area of California, using an iPhone 5s 16gb AT&T network, your best deal is through BuyMax. Our price for you would be around $215 providing that it had a light to average amount of wear, no more than faint scratches and signs of light to moderate use. It must never have been repaired or taken apart and include all the original parts, must be in functional order and without water damage, and finally a clean ESN (IMEI or MEID).

In the phone book, look in the yellow pages business listing section under Pawn Shops. Call first to see if they are interested. If your pawn shop is not interested in taking a cell phone, you could ask them where can I sell my iPhone 4?  Pawn shops will only do in-person quotes but one area owner said they are seeing an influx of electronics and not currently looking for more. Another answer to the question of where can I sell my iPhone 4 in person would be a used cell phone dealer location.

What you need to know about pawn shops, kiosks, and used cell phone dealers is that you will generally get 40-50% of the price you would get from Phone Pros. So the $215 you might receive from us would be turned into $108 or so if you went through a pawn shop or used cell phone dealer.

ecoATM, a kiosk where you put your phone into a tray for an assessment, offers only $18 to $130 for your iPhone 5s 16 GB device compared to our price of $215. If the kiosk detects damage or a phone ‘too old’ you may not get a dime.

Other places you can sell include Craigslist, Carrier Trade-In (AT&T, Verizon, etc.) and Recycling Facilities. Craigslist allows you to list your phone locally. On the other hand, unless you really intend to research what your iPad model or Motorola Phone and features are worth it can be easy to out-price yourself so that no one will buy, or under-price yourself and not get the real value from your phone. Using the same city in California for comparison ads currently listed sell iPad I with 32GB for $150; iPad II for $150 and iPad IV for $200. Confused yet?

Carrier Trade-In can often give you the lowest value, they’ll take your year or two old phone and ‘give’ you a new one ‘free’ on a contract. If you have gotten back estimates that your phone is no longer of value, another consideration is a recycling drop off facility. You won’t get any money back for your phone, but you will be doing your part for the environment and that should put a smile on your face.

Online Options

You might be wondering what the options are for sales over the internet, or where can I sell my iPad for cash online? The world of online sales can be tough to navigate. With a full online sales component, BuyMax works a little differently than the other online cell phone and iPod sales sites.

In addition to a Help Center with Customer Ticket functions, Phone Pros has a live online chat to answer questions immediately because we don’t want you to feel stuck when doing business with us. Options for payment after the sale of your iPad or iPod are check in addition to Paypal and Amazon gift cards.

Other options for online sales are places like Usell and Gazelle. While Phone Pros offers $215 for your iPhone 5s with 16GB, Usell will give you $176 and Gazelle’s base price is $150. (at time of writing)

So what are my options – where can I sell my iPad for cash? There are online sites which will make an offer and all you have to do is ship the phone to them, at their expense. Our price for an iPad III with 16GB on the AT&T Network is $125. Usell offers $95 and Gazelle offers $101. We offer you a post-paid shipping label which you can print off yourself or we will mail you a complementary shipping kit with all of the packaging to securely send your phone to us.

What About My Non-Apple Cell Phone?

At Phone Pros we will accept Samsung Galaxy series, HTC, LG and even Motorola models of cell phone. We like the idea of helping keep e-waste out of our landfills and after we have purchased your old cell phone we will repair or remarket it to those who are interested in a used model. Consistently getting you the highest prices for your cell phone and other devices is important to us.

If you are going for convenience and ease of transaction, then Phone Pros may be the place to sell all of your iPhone, iPod, iPod, Samsung Galaxy, HTC, LG, or Motorola cell phones. We have the highest buyback prices after a thorough comparison. Customer service is important to us, so we offer several means of contacting someone if you have any questions during the process of selling your us your phone.

Please remember that at Phone Pros we are a company specializing in the purchase of gently used cell phones, iPads, iPods and more. We are constantly evaluating prices and options to keep up to date with the value of the devices we will buy so that you get the best deal for your dollars.

iOS 7.1 Finally Released: iPhone 4 Performance Enhancements, Nav Audio Improvements, Plus Small Additions


iOS 7.1 has been in beta for awhile now, but Apple has finally released the udpate. The new 7.1 is really the first major update since iOS 7 was introduced with the iPhone 5S in 2013, and there are a number of new features  aside from the usual bug fixes such as a few new UI tweaks, CarPlay and apparently the random reboot problem some iOS 7 users have been complaining about, has now been fixed.



Some of the new UI tweaks include new slide buttons for the power off function as pictured above. Also the incoming call interface has been updated with the new rounded style. The other UI tweaks are pretty minor including a slight music app update with bolder repeat and shuffle icons and an updated , darker keyboard. 

Aside from the UI tweaks, the random reboot issue has seemingly been fixed in this new update. This is a fix many have been waiting for so it should be great for those with the repeated random reboot problem. Also, some 5S users were complaining about Touch ID issues which this update apparently addresses, making finger recognition a bit faster and more efficient. Also the brand name “Touch ID” has now been included in the new message after restarting.. “Touch ID requires your passcode when iPhone restarts”, rather than “Passcode required after restart”.

Other users still on iPhone 4’s and iPad 2’s will be happy to hear this update optimizes their systems resources much better than iOS7 did. Reports of faster use on iPhone 4 are becoming the norm so it looks like better performance for both devices has been proven for 7.1.

iOS 7.1 also includes support for Apples newer CarPlay feature, which was previously know as “airplay in the car”. For now though only users with higher end cars such as Mercedes Benz, Ferrari and Volvo will be able to actually use the feature. The last notable change are updates to the notification center UI, making it easier to update your notifications.

Overall the changes that iOS 7.1 brings are small in comparison to the jump that iOS 7 brought, but all seem to be good improvements that will optimize the overall user experience.

iPhone 6 Leaked Images Hit the Internet

bgs1gwjcmaaqlrx-largeJust a day before Valentines the internet was buzzing with news of leaked images of Apples upcoming iPhone 6/air. Blogger Sonny Dickson was the source, and he has been widely acclaimed for reliable product leaks, especially when they are coming from Apple.

In these leaked images, you see the space gray version of iPhone 6. The phone looks like a cross between the latest iPod Touch model and iPad Air. It does look like it will have Touch ID similar to the 5S. Dickson further stated that these leaked photos of iPhone 6 show a much thinner housing. The screen is also definitely larger – a much anticipated move by Apple to compete with its archrival Samsung.

The only thing that is keeping us a little shaky on the authenticity of these images is Dickson’s own remarks on his blog. The blog states: “I’m not 100% sure this is the real back housing, but I’ll be updating it as I get more information regarding it.” Whatever we actually end up seeing will just have to wait for now. 

It’s also interesting to note that Dickson wasn’t the only one with leaked images. We saw tweets from different users, each posting new images of the alleged iPhone 6. We have already discussed the rumored specs that will feature in the upcoming iPhone and with the Wall Street Journal asking users to expect 2 phones from Apple later this year, the leaked images seem to be more authentic than not. Sources have also been reporting that the upcoming devices will feature a 4.5 inch or greater, and 5 inch display or greater respectively. Looking at the images we can say that these leaked photos are those of the 5 inch screen model.

We still have around 8 months more to wait before the next iPhone is unveiled and we are sure that there will be many more leaked images and rumored specs to come before that. For now we can all just wait for the next leaks and watch the rumours develop.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Rumour Mill Keeps Churning


Fans and critics are growing impatient to find out what new technologies will be onboard the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5. Although some think the device will launch on or around MWC 2014 in february,  a more proven source, Flavio (the man who correctly predicted the HTC One launch day),  has recently stated it will be in Mid-March in London. Either way it’s time we discussed the biggest rumors concerning the device.

Samsung has become a leading smartphone manufacturer, with sales each year exceeding the previous one. Having beaten other cellular giants such as Nokia, Motorola and HTC in market share, the Korean company has now been, in recent years, intensely focused on besting their highest current competition,  Apple’s iPhone.

It is expected that the unveiling date for the much anticipated Galaxy S5 would be finalized in Q1 this year – however as previously mentioned a Mid-March launch in London seems more likely. If the leaked pictures are to be taken seriously then we are in for a brilliant model with a completely retouched UI. However, before we go into the finer details, we should tell you that the much rumored metal body instead of the signature cheap plastic bod now seems a bit more unrealistic. Kyle Brown, Head of Technical Product Management within Samsung’s IM division told TrustedReviews.com that she doesn’t believe Samsung will be making any metal device just because other manufacturers are doing so. That sure is a turn off especially for those of us who dislike the Galaxy series just because of its cheap build quality. However the leaked metal frame pictures are still there so this comment may just be made to keep their secret gaurded.

Display & Camera Upgrade – Samsung is rumored to be growing out of love with the much used AMOLED screens and are looking at LTPS LCD for Galaxy S5. And since they have purchased 3% stakes in SHARP, they may be getting the screens made by the Japanese company. Samsung has also expressed that the upcoming model will feature a gorgeous 2560 x 1440 pixel display and a 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera sensor.

Cutting Edge Performance – There are rumors that the S5 can boast up to 4 GB of RAM and the phone will support a 64-bit processor. Samsung has also confirmed that they have started mass production of the state-of-the-art 3GB low power DDR3 RAM chips. It would be very interesting to see how they’ll use them in their upcoming models.

No Curves? – It is highly unlikely that the new Galaxy S5 will feature a curved, flexible form factor. This is used in the Galaxy Round and LG G Flex models and is criticized for low yield and increased costs.

A Brand New UI – That’s right! We’ll finally get rid of the boring UI that Samsung has been carrying around for quite some time. According to the leaked images, a 2014 version of the Samsung TouchWiz UX will be launched with the Galaxy S5 model. It is rumored that the new UI would be able to run on a 5.25 inch QHD 2K resolution, that would be a notch up from the S4’s 5 inch 1080p Full HD screen.

These are just a few of the most talked about rumors revolving the Galaxy S5. Let’s see if they turn out to be true or if Samsung has more of surprises in store for us!

Will The iPhone 6 Feature IGZO Screen Technology?

Sharp-and-Qualcomm-IGZO-displaysIf recent rumors are to be taken seriously, Apple Inc. is considering a switch to IGZO screens with the launch of upcoming iPhone 6. Ever since the commercial production of these screens by Sharp, there have been strong speculations that it would be included as a strategy to counter Samsung’s OLED screen technology.

Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) is a state-of-the-art technology in screen productions, which was recently mastered by Sharp. Sharp claims that this technology offers a much higher resolution in comparison to the LCD IPS displays (up to four times that of conventional full-HD or 1080p LCDs). While IGZO might be on par with OLEDs, technology pundits reckon it to be more energy efficient. With the surface as flexible as plastic sheets and as thin as paper, IGZO is considered the perfect technology to rival with LG’s bendable screens.

A possibility of Apple Inc. adopting IGZO screens didn’t seem so realistic 12 months ago, due to the financial constraints the Japanese manufacturer had. However, with the commercial production finally underway, the possibility of California based technology giant having these on their next model seem more probable.

iPhones have always been credited as the pioneers in screen display quality and touch sensitivity. Apple is particularly very proud of their Retina Display, which they claim to be unmatched and unparalleled in clarity, pixel density, contrast and resolution. Users and critics alike have also consistently praised every model of the iPhone series to be spot on with touch sensitivity – offering the best user experience. If Sharp are to believed with their claims on IGZO technology, then it seems to be a deal Apple should seriously consider.

There are many things, however, for Apple Inc. to consider and while IGZO seems the perfect match, it might be a costlier and less likely alternative to the already embraced OLED technology. To make things even more unsure, iDownloadBlog recently reported that Apple has already hired LG Display’s OLED expert. But when it comes to surprises, Apple sure lives up to the expectations. Also, the plain fact that they usually adopt a technology that is unique and exclusive to themselves alone might work in IGZO’s favor.

Possible End to AT&T Smartphone Subsidies

Have you ever been asked if you were eligible for a cell phone upgrade? Some people still dont know how cell phone upgrades via carrier subsidies work, but it may soon be a bit too late to get that large discount on a cool new phone just by signing up for a two year contract. Paying just $200 every two years for a brand new $650 iPhone has been a blessing of the smartphone subsidies for the last few years. In a new development however, these subsidies seem to be coming to a possible end, meaning that those Apple and Android devices would get really expensive.


Beginning of the End

Addressing an investor conference in New York City earlier this month, AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson expressed his concern on how difficult it was getting for wireless operators to fund the constant upgrade cycles for smartphones. He has recently discussed how the smartphone penetration is well over 75 percent and will soon be going above 90 percent mark.

When you’re growing the business initially, you have to do aggressive device subsidies to get people on the network,” Stephenson said. “But as you approach 90 percent penetration, you move into maintenance mode. That means more device upgrades, and the model has to change. You can’t afford to subsidize devices like that,” he further added.

A new plan introduced by AT&T encourages users to either upgrade their phones less frequently or bring their own phone. Talking about this new deal which can save consumers up to $15 each month, Stepenson said: “If you are a customer and you don’t need to upgrade your device, you can get unlimited talk and text and access to the data network for $45 all-in.”


What will the Carriers Do?

Smartphone fans will likely be disappointed by this news. However, T-Mobile is already on a path the other carriers can possibly imitate. T-Mobile offers a financing option in which you have to pay a minimum down payment for the smartphone and then finance it interest free for 24 months. Such plans give a clear picture to the consumer that there are no subsidy costs. One main problem with this model for the used cell phone market is that newer T-Mobile phones are appearing on the used market with BAD IMEI/ ESN at a much higher rate since these consumers are now financing and then selling off the phones before paying the rest of the balance owed. What this will mean for the used cell phone market is uncertain if all carriers use this model.

 On a brighter note, it is expected that carriers will lower their prices to be able to compete for your dollar. So you may want to sell your old, used cell phones and smartphones now and look forward to financing newer models. Without any subsidies, most of the consumers will not be able to afford around $800 each year on their phones and it won’t really matter which carrier you have – upgrading will get costly.


Merry Christmas! Our Holiday Office Hours:

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We will be away from our office for the holidays on December 24th & 25th. Then again on New Years eve and New Years day.
Our normal office hours of Mon-Friday 11-7pm will still apply for all other days. Website orders will still continue of course and as always if you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact us by phone, email or with our help center. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Buymax Is Now Buying iPods!

Come take a look at our updated website with the addition of iPods to our Buyback list. We will be “releasing” iPads in the next few days so keep checking back if you need to sell your iPad. Thanks to all of our customers who have helped bring us to this point.

Apples New iPad Air Sales Look Better Than Expected

Its been about two weeks since Apple released the 5th generation iPad which as most know has been announced as the iPad Air. We actually like the new name with the similarity to Macbook Air of course and as the name states, this iPad comes in 20% thinner than the previous 4th generation and weighs in at just 1 pound. The new iPad Air will come with the expected 9.7″ Retina display and is available in iPhone 5s like colors of Space Gray and Silver/ White. Starting price will be the same $499 for the 16GB versions, with the 4G LTE carrier versions starting at $629.

Shipped out on November 1st worldwide, it has been loosely reported by Global Equities Research analyst Trip Chowdhry that sales for iPad Air have seemingly exceeded expectations at seven Apple Stores across California, Washington and Illinois (specifically Chicago)..with the Wifi only model outselling the Cellular version at around 5 to 1. Even though Apple has yet to comment or announce the first weekend sales, it seems like things may be looking good for their newest iPad.

One More Day Until Apples Oct. 22nd Event, The Latest iPad 5 Rumors:

Theres just one more day until Apple unveils its newest iPad model and the internet is buzzing with rumors about what the new iPad will be like. So far, we expect it will likely be thinner, lighter, a bit more like the iPad mini, should come with a new updated smart cover, and will probably have Touch ID. Apple has already introduced the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the iPhone 5s as a way to give people a secure and easier way to access their phones, so if Apple is serious about getting the touch ID accepted by other applications, then it would make sense to include it on as many new devices as possible, including the upcomming iPad Mini 2 and the iPad 5th Generation.

However as the iPad 5 is expected to get a bit smaller, the iPad Mini 2 is expected to be a bit thicker than before, apparently just enough to support the potential new retina display on the Mini 2.  A lot of talk about the iPad Mini 2 has surrounded whether or not it will get a retina display, which is likely even though plenty of rear shells have appeared recently in a number of color options to match the iphone 5S with a new gold version, although nothing to suggest wheather or not the device will have a sharper screen. We’d also expect the upcoming iPad Mini 2 to have the same storage options before but with the possible addition of a 128GB mode.


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