Ready to ditch your old iPhone for Apple’s newest model?

(Associated Press)

(Associated Press)

Are you keeping your old iPhone?

Used iPhones are flooding eBay and Craigslist, according to a USA Today report, and retailers are also on the hunt for recent models as Apple Inc. gets ready to unveil what many believe will be its newest iPhone on Wednesday.

USA Today says there are more than 6,000 of the used iPhone 4 models on sale on eBay and around 4,000 of the used iPhone 4S.  A 64-gig, AT&T-issued 4S, for example, was reportedly selling for as much as $480 on eBay. The going price depends on the number of gigs and working condition. Original packaging also helps.

NetWorth, which buys back used phones and values their worth, says requests for quotes have increased 610 percent from Aug. 17 to Sept. 6, compared with the same period before the iPhone 4S was unveiled in 2011.

Many owners of the iPhone 4, which was introduced in 2011, didn’t upgrade to the 4S when it debuted because they didn’t feel there was much a difference between the old and new model.

The newest iPhone, however, is expected to look different and come with a few new bells and whistles, fueling a higher interest among consumers who want to upgrade.

T-Mobile said it will make a stronger bid for used iPhones from AT&T, one of several carriers offering the smartphone. USA Today also reports that retailers like Best Buy and Target are also getting in on the iPhone buyback bandwagon, and Apple will issue gift cards for the value of iPhones returned in good working condition.

Are you ready to cash in and upgrade?

60 comments Add your comment

Matt

September 11th, 2012
12:49 pm

No, the iPhone 3GS still works fine for me. Apple can have someone else’s money.

Shannana

September 11th, 2012
12:52 pm

I have never had an iPhone. Until they are no-contract, I won’t.

Quincy

September 11th, 2012
12:59 pm

Hey Shannana, you can get the iPhone without a contract with Virgin mobile…

Brent

September 11th, 2012
1:08 pm

Why buy an iPhone anyway – the new high end Droid phones are superior in every way.

Blackberry RULES

September 11th, 2012
1:12 pm

I’ve had ‘em all and the Blackberry is BY FAR the most user friendly

Lowdawg

September 11th, 2012
1:13 pm

ATT flat out sucks … i tried upgrading early for an iPhone 4 and they wouldn’t do it, unless i paid $250 for the upgrade charge. Guess it doesn’t matter that i’ve been a customer for over 10 yrs.

Johnny Comelately

September 11th, 2012
1:17 pm

@Shannana, you can get an iPhone on any carrier without a contract today, just be prepared to pay the full unsubsidised price of the phone.

Typical posts

September 11th, 2012
1:17 pm

“Blah blah blah…waste of money…blah blah blah…I’ve got a [insert name of non-apple product here] and it’s far superior…blah blah blah…Apple people are sheep…blah blah blah…maybe I’ll buy one for my grandmother…” or

“Blah blah blah, people keep buying them….blah blah blah…they never break…blah blah blah…they are so easy to use….blah blah blah…Apple leads everyone else in technology…

There you go, I’ve just saved 100 self-righteous commenters on both sides the effort of posting the same drivel in 100 different ways.

Joey

September 11th, 2012
1:19 pm

Lowdawg, didn’t you sign 24 month contract? AT&T already lets you upgrade a few months before your contract expires, so why should they allow you to upgrade earlier than what your contract states? The reason you got your Iphone at the AT&T price is because you signed a contract, what would it have cost if you if you didn’t sign a contract?

Typical posts

September 11th, 2012
1:21 pm

Also, please omit the following phrases or words: 1) Hands down; 2) by far; 3) IMHO; 4) simply.

Johnny Comelately

September 11th, 2012
1:30 pm

IMHO, the iPhone 5 will simply be the best phone by far, hands down. Magical.

that

September 11th, 2012
1:35 pm

weena

September 11th, 2012
1:37 pm

Between Fashion Week and new IPhone release who has time to reflect on 9-11 today. Now I know why that flag at Ansley Kroger is flying at half mast. Anywho, girl, I got to get to the Apple store, I’m dating one of those guys at the Genius Bar, and he has a new IPhone 5 tshirt for me. Ill be all hot up in the club tonight.

monroe

September 11th, 2012
1:39 pm

when the new iphone comes out, will I have to wait all night to get one?? my old iphone is having problems and I need one quick!

MelR

September 11th, 2012
1:41 pm

some dude at best buy told me yesterday the new iphone wasn’t going to be that good and told me to buy some droid thing they had a sale on. is that true.

dial em up

September 11th, 2012
1:45 pm

Wat chu talkin bout smart phones? I still got me a flip phone for calls and my money stays in the bank. and nobody tracks me on GPS baby.

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Brittany iPhone pHan

September 11th, 2012
1:49 pm

N E 1 that sez the iPhone is not the best is cra zee! I love mine and plan on standing in line to get the iPhone 5! I cant wait 2 play angry birds and word fine on it!
#lovemyiphone

JEFF

September 11th, 2012
2:03 pm

The Samsung Galaxy III blows the Iphone away. I’ve had every Iphone since the second model and not enough change between models. Maybe the Iphone 5 will be their Samsung Galaxy III. Tired of Apple restricting what you can view. My son gave me his Iphone 4s when he bought the Samsung and the Samsung is a better phone with no restrictions. Here’s something Apple can steal from Samsung, internet speed. The Iphone crawls along compared to the Samsung Galaxy III.

Brooke

September 11th, 2012
2:06 pm

Get a pre-paid account and switch it over to your used iPhone.

Allison Wonderland

September 11th, 2012
2:10 pm

My Samsung Android is awesome! No iPhone neeed here! Blackberry rules? RIM is going under so I dont think so!

Brittany iPhone pHan

September 11th, 2012
2:12 pm

Didnt Samsung loose a court battle with Apple?

No choice

September 11th, 2012
2:13 pm

for those that have the 3 models be prepared to have to change them whether u like it or not…as the newer models come out the systems that update the previous series are not longer maintained by Apple(reason why you can get a 3 now at ATT FOR $.99! meaning your 3 phones will start to slow down, freeze, have to be restarted more, apps will not load, etc…eventually you will be at the Apple store.. They know that and have the shelf life already calculated!

allen981

September 11th, 2012
2:13 pm

4G even on a Samsung Charge blows away Iphone; hacks off my co-workers too. Coupled with superior navigation capability, use of Flash, and an outstanding camera, what else is there? The app market for Droids is just as full as for Iphones, too. Never have understood the cult like fanaticism of Apple users.

Brittany iPhone pHan

September 11th, 2012
2:15 pm

The reason U think the Samsung is so good is B cuz they stoled the ideas form the iPhone.

Brian Hunt

September 11th, 2012
2:17 pm

I have an iPhone 3GS that I can’t wait to upgrade from. I skipped the 4S in anticipation of the 5. I’ve been waiting on the 5 to debut so that I can compare it with the Samsung Galaxy 3 and figure out which was the best for me. It would be great if Wednesday really is the day I’ve been waiting for.

herman

September 11th, 2012
2:27 pm

lets be real Androids get virus all day

Brittany iPhone pHan

September 11th, 2012
2:29 pm

ANd Droid stoled ever thing from Apple

Class of '98

September 11th, 2012
2:36 pm

Typical Posts, am I still allowed to say GFY?

Class of '98

September 11th, 2012
2:43 pm

“Droid stoled ever thing from Apple”?

Let me guess… you attended Clayton County Schools.

Brittany iPhone pHan

September 11th, 2012
2:49 pm

Let me guess U own a Droids.

jon

September 11th, 2012
2:56 pm

can we get a translator for Brittany iPhone pHan ?

Jerome

September 11th, 2012
3:00 pm

Brittany, please tell me you are a teenager or maybe not because based on your use of grammar, you type like my 3 year old son talks.

David

September 11th, 2012
3:04 pm

Had an IPhone but everyone I know convinced me that I needed an HTC EVO because it was so far superior. Even though I was perfectly happy with the IPhone, I was unhappy with AT&T at the time. So I switched to Sprint and got an EVO over a year ago. Have hated the EVO every second that I have had it. Not user friendly, very poor interface with my work related calendar, contacts and email, which is the whole reason for me getting a so called smart p[hone to begin with. I do not care about jail breaking it or whatever you want to cal it, don’t care about the apps, although the IPhone has plenty of those. So come February when I am eligible for an upgrade, it will be whatever the IPhone is at that time.

fools

September 11th, 2012
3:08 pm

Get off the grid before it’s to late.

Brittany's High School English Teacher

September 11th, 2012
3:08 pm

Brittany! Come back and get your GED!

grammaristi

September 11th, 2012
3:12 pm

Jerome, your grammar isn’t much better with its missing commas.

fools

September 11th, 2012
3:18 pm

Your all a bunch of lemmings. The lot of you are self important boobs walking around attached to your phones like high school lovers.

My EYEFONE 3

September 11th, 2012
3:23 pm

Mine still works!!! I’m saving so much money by duckin’ and dodgin’ all the newer iphones coming out every other month like a new homosexual in Hotlanta! Thanks Apple for making an awesome product! Good thing for Apple there are so many SUCKERS in the world! LOL

LSThrasher04

September 11th, 2012
3:28 pm

The iPhone 4 debuted the 2010. iPhone 4S was the 2011 model.

FOOLS- You’re*

Brittany iPhone pHan

September 11th, 2012
3:31 pm

Im 27 & a iPhone pHan 4 life!!

Mbrown325ic

September 11th, 2012
3:34 pm

Love my iphone 4s, no plans to replace it anytime soon. If you love your droid, by all means keep buying them, I personally wouldn’t own one if they were buy 1 get 1 free! They do have a few neat features, overall I feel they don’t come close to the apple products. I’m sure as soon as the new iphone hits the market the engineers at samsung will be hard at work trying to copy it to create the Galaxy IV and we can read all the comments about how it blows the iphone 5 away!

fools

September 11th, 2012
3:38 pm

You’re all droids.

Morse Code user

September 11th, 2012
3:50 pm

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sagifire

September 11th, 2012
3:59 pm

Perhaps they’re all dumping their phones because 12 millon of them are no longer secure and better to make them somebody elses problem. see link http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/09/04/apple-device-id-hack/

59bulldawg

September 11th, 2012
4:08 pm

Have bought Droids the last 3 years because I wanted a bigger screen. But IMHO they are not as good as the I-Phone. Really hoping for a bigger screen I-Phone this time so I can ditch my Droid.

AJ

September 11th, 2012
4:08 pm

These aren’t the Droids you are looking for.

Jerry

September 11th, 2012
4:11 pm

I’m the wrong guy to ask. I still have a flip phone.

FYI

September 11th, 2012
4:12 pm

“Droid” is a phone manufactured by Motorola.

Android is an operating system owned by Google.

Get it straight.

Fred ™

September 11th, 2012
4:18 pm

AJ

September 11th, 2012
4:08 pm

These aren’t the Droids you are looking for.
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LOL You have to animate that…… (alternate version):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7l8rWfLAus