It is true; you can get cash for phones! A mobile phone is a costly device and even if it comes to you for free as part of a monthly subscription contract, that does not mean you should not look after it. There are three main areas where should look to protect your mobile phone.
If you consider what you do with your phone, some of the problems become apparent. You pick it up in the morning going out the door and pop it in your bag or pocket, where it jingles around with keys, coins and who knows what else. Then you may put it on a desk at work, a table at lunch, or on the dashboard of the car as you drive home in the evening. After a while, this can lead to the phone becoming scratched, chipped or bashed. This has an aesthetic effect but it can particularly effect the camera because if the lens area is scratched the quality of the images will be impacted, or the touch screen area especially with phones that have large screens that cover most of the front of the handset. The better the condition when you come to part with it, the more cash for phones you will get.
There are loads of products that can help reduce these scratches and protect your phone, including full cases which usually have leather back and a clear or open front element. These do however make the handset bulkier and sometimes less easy to use. If this style of case is not to your liking, then a screen protector is a must. The inexpensive, clear plastic overlay sticks to the screen and takes all the scratches and other abuse that the unprotected screen would have had. When one screen protector becomes too scratched it can be easily peeled off and replaced. Some go further still and will protect a whole phone in a thin transparent rubber coating. These simple products are one of the most cost-effective steps you can take to make sure that you get the most cash for phones you sell.
A second area that should be considered in mobile phone protection is your information stored on it. Much like a personal computer, mobile phones are very sophisticated technical devices. However, just as computers susceptible to data loss or corruption, so are mobile phones, and many smart phones now rely on third-party applications such as games or other utilities, which users install or firmware upgrades released from the manufacturers. Each time a change is made on the device with a new piece of software added, you risk something else going wrong. Although a reset or reformat of the phone can usually resolve these problems, doing this will mean your data is all lost. Taking the simple step of backing up your data regularly can help minimise any impact this has on you should you need to restore the information held on the phone. With many mobiles having USB leads to connect them to a computer, this simple routine should not be prohibitively time-consuming.
Finally you may want to consider what will happen if your phone is stolen, lost or broken accidentally. Insurance is available, usually for a small weekly premium, but before committing you should check that your phone is not already covered by your household contents insurance policy.
When you come to the point of getting a new phone, remember the better condition it is in, the more cash for phones that are recycled that you are likely to receive. A little effort and care can mean big rewards when you move onto a new phone.