Feb 25 2013
It’s happened to the best of us. We purchase a prized Apple iPhone, and sooner or later we drop it. Our once pristine screen is now cracked, broken, and hard to read. Some trudge forward with the shame of having a severely impaired screen. Others begin shopping for a new phone. I have one friend, in the wake of the upcoming iPhone 5 release, “accidentally” drop it into the bath tub. We all knew she just wanted an excuse to buy a new phone.
In any case, sooner or later the day will come when your old phone just isn’t what it used to be. It’s time to move on and get a new one. This begs the question about what to do with the old. Many people do the environmentally conscious thing and properly recycle it. When my last phone fried I dropped it off at a local electronics store. I ran out before the owner could determine if it was worth holding onto or not. The reality is that old phones are often valuable, whether broken or not. And now we can readily trade them in for cash with a new hassle free service offered by TradeUpMobile.
TradeUpMobile is a new site that will buy back used or broken phones. It works kind of like returning an item to Amazon, except in this case they buy your old phone from you. The way it works is simple. First you need to break your phone or become otherwise disenfranchised with it. Once you have a fairly inoperable phone you’re ready to go. From there you use TradeUpMobile’s gadget finder to indicate what type of phone you have. You’ll specify its condition and receive a quote for it, guaranteed for 30 days. If you accept the offer then you ship it to TradeUpMobile’s depot. They’ll send you a printable label, and packaging as well if requested. You also have the option to pay for the shipping yourself in which case you’ll receive more money for the phone. Once they receive the package and ensure it matches your descriptions, they authorize payment for it. It’s painless on your end and they’ll issue payment within 24 hours of receiving your device.
Many people might be concerned about their personal data. A few notes on that is it’s recommended that you remove the SIM card before shipping. Otherwise they’ll properly dispose of it for you. In all cases TradeUpMobile securely erases all data upon receipt of the phone. The next concern is about payment types. You have many options including PayPal, Amazon gift card, check in the mail, amongst others.
As TradeUpMobile’s a new site I noticed they’ve been offering a few bonus promotions and contests to help generate some early adopters. Among these was a contest to win a $50 Tango card. For those who don’t know, this isn’t $50 worth of dance lessons. Tango cards are kind of like super gift cards in that you can use them at multiple approved outlets. In order to enter their contest all one needed to do was follow them on Twitter and retweet one of their approved promotional messages. Pretty simple stuff. Sadly, we missed the deadline for the latest contest but I’m sure future ones will be announced in their blog.
TradeUpMobile is an environmentally conscious service that helps us get money back from our mobile devices. Whether it’s a phone, tablet, or something in between, TradeUpMobile is the place to go to properly dispose of them. The hassle free service makes it easy to earn money back from our phones, even when they’re well past their prime.