The Best Places To Sell Your Cell Phone

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Whether you’re ready to upgrade your current cell phone or get rid of older unused devices, consider selling them for cash before recycling them or throwing them away. 

In this article, I’ll look at seven places where you can sell your old cell phone for the most value. I browsed the current selection of pre-owned phones and went through the process of attempting to sell an iPhone X on each of these sites to see where you’re likely to get the most cash back.

How To Make Money Selling Your Cell Phone

If you aren’t looking to trade in your phone, selling it for cash is the next best option. Luckily, there’s no shortage of places to sell your old devices.

When you decide to sell your cell phone, the first step is to get quotes from several different places so that you know you’re getting the most cash back. 

To get an idea of where you’ll get the most value for your old cell phone, I gathered quotes from seven different companies that buy used devices. I looked at offers for an unlocked iPhone X in average condition with 64GB of storage.

BuyBackWorld$126
Decluttr$160
ecoATM$65
Gizmogul$116
Backflip$125*
Gazelle$164
Swappa$262

*Backflip no longer provides online quotes for selling your cell phone. The price above is based on its pricing guide.
*MaxBack was not accepting any new transactions in January 2022. The price above was last quoted on May 25, 2021.

Based on these quotes, here are the top five places I’d consider selling my phone:

  1. Swappa
  2. BuyBackWorld
  3. Decluttr
  4. Gizmogul BuyBackWorld
  5. ecoATM

Of course, offers will vary depending on the type of phone you’re selling and its condition.

Where To Sell Your Phone

The best way to decide where to sell your cell phone is by gathering quotes and choosing the company that will offer the most cash. 

I took a closer look at each of the seven companies mentioned above to see if they are accredited or highly-ranked by the Better Business Bureau, which phones they currently accept, and whether or not there’s a shipping fee once you’ve sold your phone.

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Swappa

Swappa Webpage

Better Business Bureau: Accredited
Phones Accepted: iPhone, Android and more

Swappa offered the highest range of prices for the iPhone X, but the final price depends on the buyer. 

I had to create a free account to make a listing for my phone, but you can browse phones similar to yours available for sale to see what price you’re likely to get.

Shipping is your responsibility as the seller on Swappa, so be sure to consider it in the cost of your asking price.

To learn more about Swappa before you sell your phone, check out these five things to know.

BuyBackWorld

BuyBackWorld home page

Better Business Bureau: Accredited
Phones Accepted: iPhone, Android and more

BuyBackWorld offered the second-highest return for the iPhone X, in addition to free shipping.

To get a quote on your old cell phone, choose which type of phone you have by selecting the model, carrier and storage. You’ll be asked to indicate the condition of your cell phone — whether it’s poor/broken, average, excellent or new. 

From there, you’ll have the option to sell it at a locked or unlocked price. You can also choose the “Quick pass” option for a slightly lower amount of cash the day after your phone is received.

Before you can make a posting, you’ll be asked to link your PayPal account for payments. On the same page, you can see the lowest current listed price for your device and any sale fees. Note that you will have to include seller-paid shipping costs.

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Before you sell your phone at BuyBackWorld, be sure to read our full guide.

Decluttr

Decluttr home page

Better Business Bureau: Accredited
Phones Accepted: iPhone, Android and more

Decluttr also offered a great price on the iPhone X, as well as free shipping.

To sell your phone on Decluttr, simply choose or search for your device and select the specifications. You’ll be asked to choose your phone’s carrier and rate your phone’s condition. 

On the final page, you’ll see the offer price to the right. To proceed, click “Sell this device.”

Before you sell your phone on Decluttr, read our full review.

Gizmogul

Gizmogul webpage

Better Business Bureau: “A-” rating
Phones Accepted: iPhone and Android

Gizmogul was another website that offered one of the highest prices for the iPhone X.

To sell your phone or get a quote, simply choose the type of phone you have, your carrier, the model, storage size and condition. 

Once you’re given a quote, you can choose to add another device or checkout. You’ll get paid with a check or via PayPal, and you can print a free shipping label or get a shipping kit mailed to you.

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ecoATM

ecoATM webpage

Better Business Bureau: Accredited
Phones Accepted: iPhone, Android and more

ecoATM stands out from the other options on this list because it’s an in-person kiosk service. You can use the online locator to find the nearest kiosk, which is most likely located in a Kroger, Walmart or shopping mall. 

Although you can’t sell your phone online with this option, you can still get a quote. Click “Price your device” and choose your phone’s brand, model, storage capacity and carrier. 

You’ll be asked to rate the condition of your phone before receiving a quote. Note that the price is subject to change based on your phone’s condition review at the kiosk.

Before you head to your nearest ecoATM, check out these five things to know.

MaxBack

MaxBack webpage

Better Business Bureau: Accredited
Phones Accepted: iPhone, Android and more

MaxBack offered a high return for the iPhone X in May 2021, but when I checked back in January 2022, MaxBack wasn’t accepting any new transactions. If/when the site does start accepting transactions again, MaxBack is a great place to get a quote on your phone before you sell it.

After choosing the phone you’re hoping to sell and selecting all of the specifications, you’ll be able to see quotes for each condition. You’ll even be able to get a relatively good price for a damaged phone on this site. 

Once you’ve made your selection, click “Add to cart” and proceed to sell your device. You’ll have to sign in or create a free account to continue. MaxBack will provide a pre-paid USPS label for shipping.

Before you sell your phone on MaxBack, read our full guide.

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Backflip

Backflip: selling your phone and other electronics online

Better Business Bureau: Accredited
Phones Accepted: iPhone, Android and more

Backflip has recently changed the process for selling your phone (and other things) online. 

Now, instead of getting a quote on your cell phone and selling it on its own, Backflip schedules free pickups for boxes under 30 pounds. The boxes can contain anything you’re ready to sell including old cell phones. 

Once your box has been picked up, Backflip says you’ll receive prices within 24 hours on each item. You can accept or reject the offers, and you’ll be paid within 24 hours or your items will be returned for free. 

Since you can’t collect a quote ahead of time, I don’t recommend selling your phone to Backflip unless you’re simply looking to clear out space along with other household items. 

If you aren’t in a hurry to sell your phone, you can send it to Backflip and receive a quote for free. However, it may take several days to get your phone back if you decide not to sell. 

What To Know Before Selling Your Cell Phone

Once you’ve gathered quotes and have an idea of where you’d like to sell your phone, it’s important to read the fine print. 

For some of the online options, you may have to set up a PayPal account if you don’t already have one. Other companies offer to mail you a check, and the ecoATM kiosks offer cash on the spot.

Once you’ve accepted an offer, be sure to restore your phone to factory settings and take the time to package it well. You don’t want any accidental damage taking place on its way to its destination. Be honest about the condition of your phone to ensure you’ll receive the payment you’re expecting.

Final Thoughts

If you’re ready to sell your old cell phone, each of these companies is worth checking out. Take the time to get quotes from a variety of places and go with the one that offers you the best net price. 

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When I attempted to sell my 64GB iPhone X, I received the best offer from Swappa even after seller-paid shipping costs. Still, be sure to check out BuyBackWorld, Decluttr, Gizmogul, ecoATM and others for competitive pricing and free shipping. 

Have you sold an old cell phone recently? Let us know where you sold it and how it went in the comments below! 

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