Now that Apple has announced the shiny new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, available for preorder on Friday and shipping Sept. 19, it’s time to start weighing your options. Should you stick with your trusty yet suddenly obsolete iPhone model, or is it worth ditching for better battery life and some Retina HD action?
If you’ve decided it’s time for an upgrade, retailers and mobile carriers alike are scrambling to offer you the best trade-in. In fact, in an unusual move, U.S. carriers are cutting pretty amazing deals on the iPhone 6, in fear of you taking your business elsewhere. In previous years, as WSJ notes, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have waited until later in the selling cycle to offer competitive pricing plans.
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Here’s a quick rundown of some of the best ways to break up with your old iPhone, and get your hands on the sleekest, sexiest model yet. Note that most of these deals are only available in the U.S. The iPhone 6 itself will first be available Sept. 19 in 10 countries (originally 11, but the China release is delayed).
1. Your mobile carrier
Verizon announced Tuesday it will offer a free 16GB iPhone 6 in exchange for your old iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S or 5C in good condition — as long as you re-up your contract for another two years. That’s a $199 value.
Sprint will offer up to $300 for eligible devices. You can also get unlimited data, talk and text for $50 per month, or get a free iPhone 6 or 6 Plus up front and lease it “for life” for $20 per month.
T-Mobile will match any competitor’s trade-in value.
AT&T hasn’t announced specific trade-in deals or pricing yet, but it has set up a landing page here.
Amazon’s Electronics Trade-in program is one of your best bets to earn some cash for your old iPhone. For example, a 16GB iPhone 5S could get you between $300 and $400.
3. Best Buy
Between Friday, Sept. 19 and Saturday, Sept. 27, you can trade in your working iPhone 5S at Best Buy for $300 and your 4S for $125. Your iPhone 5 will get you “standard trade-in value” — up to $300 for a 16GB model in good condition.
Target announced its trade-in program this week, too, allowing customers to get deals before Sept. 18 (and guaranteed before Oct. 18). Trade in your old phone either in-store or online.
You can get up to $200 for the iPhone 5S, $100 for the 5 or 5C, $75 for the 4S and $50 for the iPhone 4.
RadioShack’s Trade & Save Program lets you trade in an older iPhone model in working condition for a minimum of $100 and up to $300, depending on the model.
6. Gazelle and Glyde
For 16GB models, Gazelle is offering up to $285 for the iPhone 5S, $165 for the iPhone 5C, $170 for the iPhone 5 and $65 for the iPhone 4S. You can get quotes for your specific model and carrier here.
A similar service is Glyde, which has a handy pricing tool for you to plan your upgrade.
Apple’s own trade-in program offers a gift card in exchange for your old device. You can bring your old iPhone to an Apple retail store near you, and an employee will determine its value.
While this is a quick and safe way to trade in your old iPhone, don’t expect the best deal.
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