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Selling your iPhone? Here are 9 Things to Think About

Selling your phone can be stressful enough considering the fact that we tend to keep our lives saved on them. Everything from bank details, logins details and contact numbers are stored on our devices, so it’s important to take every necessary steps to save and remove this data from the device before you sell it on.

Selling your iPhone? Here are 10 Things to Think About

The aim of today’s post is to guide you through the things that you may forget to do when selling your iPhone, but we also want to give you a steer in the right direction in signing up with a new carrier, and how to get the most cash back for your older phone.

We are now going to take you through the top 9 things that you need to think about before you sell your iPhone, so grab yourself a coffee and take note…

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Can I Sell my Broken or Damaged Cell Phone?

The simple answer to this question is yes, you can sell a broken or damaged cell phone through the SellCell.com service. It doesn’t matter if you have drop kicked it into oblivion and smashed the screen, or been a bit too heavy handed and broken a power button, we still offer top prices for your gadget.

Can I Sell my Broken or Damaged Cell Phone?

Unfortunately, most people with a beat-up device chuck it to the back of a drawer never to see the light of day again. This is purely down to the fact that they believe the device is worthless, but think again people of America! That shattered and damaged device could replenish your bank account, pay off some unexpected bills or even give you the opportunity to treat yourself to something you have wanted for a while but haven’t been able to afford.

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How to Delete all Android Data Before Selling

Smartphone’s these days carry your life on them, whether its stored bank details, Facebook logins, important text messages or sensitive emails. In the wrong hands you could have your identity stolen quite easily, with loan applications made in your name, credit card applications, and even your bank account cleared of funds.

So, in reality it makes perfect sense that we keep our phones close by at all times, but what about when you come to selling your phone?

How to Delete all Android Data Before Selling

Instantly, you are confronted with the paranoia of leaving data behind.

To drive home just how important it is at clearing your data, we found that Avast (a security company) carried out a study where they purchased 20 cell phones from eBay. They then recovered the following data:

- More than 40,000 photos (including personal selfies)

- 750 emails and text messages

- More than 250 contact numbers

Let’s not panic you too much though as the idea of today’s post is to show you just how you can delete all Android data before selling your device. The following 5 ways will make it as hard as possible for anyone to reclaim data from your Android.

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Apple Poised to Unveil 3 New iPhones in September?

Some early news that will delight Apple fans is the possibility that the Cupertino giants could be releasing not one, not two, but three new phones this fall. This is the start of that rumor mill churning in the 5 month run up to their annual iPhone event.

iPhone 7 Launch

Courtesy of MacWorld

With the Apple Watch also due for release later this month (to disrupt the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge launches), tech enthusiasts have plenty to talk about and look forward to.

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What Happens to My Cell Phone Once I Trade it In?

Over 70% of Americans don’t realize that they can recycle their old phones and tablets for cash; a shocking stat when you consider that equates to about 220 million people who either hang on to their old devices, or worst of all, chuck them in the garbage. (source: www.brunswick.oh.us)

What Happens to My Cell Phone Once I Trade it In?

A question that we get asked quite a lot, is “What happens to my cell phone once I trade it in?”. So we thought we would help answer that question by showing you the steps a phone takes once you have sold it on SellCell.com


Step 1. Securing the Best Price

Securing the Price

The first step in the process is securing the best price, so once you have searched for your phone on SellCell.com you will be presented with a list of buyers all offering you different prices. You will need to choose the best price and then enter some information such as:

- Your name

- Email address

- Postal address

 

You will also be able to select your preferred payment method, and instructions will be sent to your email on how to send your phone off to the buyer.


Step 2. Sending your Phone Off

Sending your Phone Off

The second step is sending your phone off, and at this point you will have received some free postage materials from your chosen buyer. You can now package your phone up safely and then send it into the buyer using instructions sent to you via email. The next stage of the process is the bit you don’t see, after you have said goodbye to your device.


Step 3. Tested and Graded

tested and graded

Your phone has just arrived at the buyers location. This is where they will unpackage your phone and proceed with testing it. This action is carried out to see what condition the phone is actually in and if it matches to the condition that you have stated when placing the order.

Travis May, MD of TheWhizCells.com goes on to say “Things we test are wifi, touchscreen, external sound, all buttons, and we will make a test call.”

Once tested it will then be given a grade, which is assigned dependent upon the condition of the phone.


Step 4. Is it Blocked or Stolen?

Blocked or Stolen

Your phone will also undergo a central database check to make sure that it doesn’t have bad ESN/MEID/IMEI.

ESN = Electronic Serial Number

MEID = Mobile Equipment Identifier

IMEI = International Mobile Equipment Identity

The checks will show the following:

– Whether there is money owed on your contract

– If the phone has been reported lost or stolen

– If the phone is still active on your carrier’s account


Step 5. The Data Wipe Process

Data Wipe

After the initial testing, grading, and checks that are performed on your phone, the recycler will do a data wipe. Even if you have wiped the data off the phone yourself, each recycler will still perform a full wipe for you. Some recyclers such as TheWhizCells.com will also use ODIN or Z3x programs on some occurrences.

This gives you peace of mind that any data will be removed before moving on to step 4.


Step 6. Starting a New Life

We work with lots of different buyers and they all reuse the devices they receive in a variety of different ways. You will be happy to know that all of our buyers operate a zero landfill policy, so each device is re-used in some way. Recyclers use specialist repair companies to repair any faults and refurbish devices to ‘as a new’ condition.

Below we have listed the different routes a phone can take:

Route 1 – Re-used in the US market

Resold in the US

75% of phones are redistributed back into the US (Source: TheWhizCells)

Insurance companies in the US are a big buyer of refurbished cell phones because if someone claims on their insurance policy for a lost or broken cell phone they are often supplied a refurbished device that has come from one of our buyers.

Samsungs in particular seem to be the main type of phone that gets resold back into the US, as Travis explains

Samsung phones tend to be resold here in the USA”.

Route 2 – Sent overseas to emerging countries

Sent overseas

20% of phones are sent overseas (Source: TheWhizCells)

The biggest overseas markets are China, South America, Africa, India and Russia, in these markets there are large populations and few landlines so there is a huge demand for used mobile phones. In China there are 1.3 billion people and 1.2 billion in India.

In terms of which devices get sent overseas, iPhones are actually the biggest model of phone as Travis states:

“iPhones tend to be sold overseas rather than pushed back into the US”.

There is a thriving second hand phone market overseas because of the following couple of reasons:

a) Economic conditions mean that not every person can afford a brand new cell phone, so many people prefer to buy second hand phones.

b) In countries like the ones we have mentioned above, they tend to have a huge land mass so fixed lines can often be expensive to install and use. What this has resulted in, is mobile phones becoming a very popular and attractive alternative option.

Route 3- Beyond Economical Repair (BER)

Beyond Econmical Repair

5% are broken down for spares or sent to smelters (Source: TheWhizCells)

Finally, a very small proportion of phones that get traded in are beyond economical repair. For phones that are too badly damaged, that can’t be repaired (or costs to repair the phone far outweigh the phones actual value), they take on a slightly different route.

a) They are firstly broken down for spares, so any working components will be removed and then used as parts for other phones.

b) The rest of the device that is essentially useless is sent to smelters who will then break the phone down and reclaim some of the precious materials that make up the internal workings of your everyday cell phone or Smartphone, saving them from hitting landfills across the US

A lot of people don’t know what goes into the manufacture of a cell phone; they simply see the nice shiny outer body of a phone. Believe it or not for every 1 million cell phones that are recycled contain the following materials:

– 35,274 lbs of copper

– 772 lbs of silver

– 75 lbs of gold

– 33 lbs of palladium

 

These materials can then be recycled back into various markets all across the World. For example, Palladium can be used in the creation of jewelry, whilst Copper can go on to help with the construction of air-conditioners, motors, radios and TV sets.


In Summary

Every single device sold through our site is re-used, re-sold or processed in an environmentally friendly way. Not only is recycling good for the environment but it is also a way for you to get cash back on old cell phones you no longer need. So if you haven’t already traded in your device, then check out how much you can get here at SellCell.com

Here’s What to Expect From The Apple Watch Unveiling

Apple Watch Crown

Earlier today we posted an article on the best places you can tune in to the Apple conference that is set to take place early this morning. With just under 2 and a half hours to go until the conference kicks off we wanted to take a look at just what we can expect from the Apple Watch.

Of course, we already know a lot about this wearable tech device from the September 2014 event, in which Apple rounded off their iPhone unveiling with information about a 2015 Smartwatch launch. Here’s a recap of what we should see tonight in the great unveiling…

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