The 16 Best Cell Phone Insurance Plans for 2021

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Upgrade day. For many people, the day they swap out their old phone for a newer model is like a pseudo-Christmas for grown-ups. You open the box to find a shiny new toy, then spend the next couple of hours pressing buttons, trying out new features, and getting the settings *just right*. Before all the …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone 11 Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone 11 worth?

No ifs, ands, or buts about it: When it comes to resale value, iPhones are the indisputable victors. Sure, you can’t walk into your carrier to trade it in six months down the road and expect to get anything close to what you spent when you first bought it. Like driving a car off the …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone SE Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone SE worth?

If there is one thing that Apple knows, it’s quality. From top tier design to ongoing support for and access to software updates regardless of which iPhone you have, they’ve got the stuff that keeps fans coming back year after year. Another thing giving Apple a leg up on the competition? iPhone’s consistently high resale …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone XS Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone XS worth?

Aside from getting hundreds of millions of people to spend their hard-earned money on a new iPhone each year, there’s one thing Apple does incredibly well: make those same high-quality, cutting-edge smartphones that keep people coming back for more. It’s that quality, along with Apple’s ongoing support for and access to software updates for older …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone XR Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone XR worth?

For over a decade, Apple fans across the globe have gone a bit, shall we say, over the top when a new iPhone drops. Standing in dauntingly long lines, camping outside stores, even dressing up in costume for the occasion: To call these product launches an event would be putting it mildly. Phenomenon, more like. …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone X Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone X worth?

Each year, thousands of people around the world wake when the moon is up to go stand in line. No, not for Black Friday shopping or Hamilton tickets (although that happens too), but to be one of the first to own the newest iPhone. Is this unnecessary? Yup, especially with the ability to pre-order. What …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone 8 Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone 8 worth?

To say that people love their iPhones would be an understatement. Since the first iPhone was released in September 2007, folks have been downright fanatical when a new model is launched, even going so far as to stand in line for hours (or even camp out) waiting for their chance to own the new device. …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone 7 Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone 7 worth?

In this crazy day and age, there are a few inarguable truths: TikTok pet challenges are a balm for the quarantine-weary soul, maskne is (unfortunately) a thing, and people are still obsessed with iPhones. There isn’t much mystery to the pups and pimples, but what is it about iPhones that continues to inspire such adoration …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone 6 or 6s Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone 6 or 6s worth?

Do you know someone who still has an iPhone 7? What about an iPhone 6 Plus, or maybe even a 5s? Chances are that, even though these iPhones came out between four to seven years ago, someone you know still owns and uses one. If that someone you know is you, you’re not alone. In …Continue Reading

How Much Is an iPhone 5 or 5s Worth? (Winter 2021)

How much is an iPhone 5 or 5s worth?

If you’re here reading this, chances are that you or someone you know is a member of an exclusive group of people: current iPhone 5 or 5s owners. And they’re not alone. In fact, the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s account for 1.72% of the smartphones operating around the world today. Contrastingly, the most popular …Continue Reading

Amazon Trade-In Is Problematic – Here’s Why

Amazon Trade-In Review

No matter what time of the year it is, we could all use a little bit of extra cash. You could have a yard sale, hit up Facebook Marketplace to sell your old furniture and clothes, or find a quality buyback program to trade in your old electronic devices. Quite possibly, your easiest option is …Continue Reading

GameStop Trade-In: Good for Gamers but Not Much Else

GameStop phone trade in

Do you have old game consoles, cell phones, or other used devices laying around your house collecting dust? Why not cash in on your used tech and get some much-needed rewards in return?  Everywhere you look, whether at brick and mortar stores or online, there are loads of programs that promise to give you the …Continue Reading

Gazelle Ending Trade-Ins in 2021 Is a Win for Consumers

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Gazelle, godfather of the buyback industry, is closing up shop for trade-ins in 2021. The company announced the upcoming change on its website and in an email blast sent to some customers Wednesday, December 30.   “We’re saying goodbye to our trade-in option – here’s what you need to know. Beginning February 1st, 2021, we will …Continue Reading

AT&T Trade-In Program: Worth It or Worthless?

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There’s no doubt that when it comes to smartphones, progress moves at the speed of light. With each new year and product launch, big names like Apple and Samsung set tech lovers’ tongues wagging thanks to a slew of next-level features. Lightning-fast processors! Eye-popping displays! Insanely good cameras! Included chargers!  Ooooh, sorry Apple fans – …Continue Reading

iPad Battery Draining Fast? Fix the Problem in 4 Steps!

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Ugh. Your iPad battery reads 22%, dangerously close to the dreaded low battery warning. But didn’t you charge it just a little while ago? It seems to be draining so fast these days… What gives? Is it my fault? Are too many apps open? Is my screen brightness too high? Is my iPad ruined? What …Continue Reading

Gazelle Trade-In: Steal, Deal, or Scam?

Phone with Gazelle trade-in next to a laptop

Got an old phone collecting dust in your desk drawer? Turn that useless clunker into cash! You know iPhones are valuable – even when they are older models. Unfortunately, many people don’t even know that it’s possible to transform their unused electronics into cash, let alone the best way to do it. Enter the trade-in …Continue Reading

Face ID Not Working on iPhone? Here’s How to Fix it

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In today’s selfie-obsessed world, it’s no wonder that you’re able to unlock your iPhone, use Apple Pay, or sign in to an account purely by looking into a camera. Yes, that little bit of technological magic known as Face ID is pretty great. Well, when it works, that is. Remember unlocking your Nokia by typing …Continue Reading

Best Buy Trade-In: Money-Saving Hack or Buyback Miss?

Best Buy Trade-In Program Review

Every year, smartphone and tech companies unveil slews of new gadgets touting perks like smart features and sleek designs. These products don’t just usher in new beginnings – they also leave many people rushing to their nearest Apple Store or big-box retailers like Best Buy just so they can lay their hands on the devices.  …Continue Reading

iPhone Says “No SIM”? Fix It in 9 Easy Steps

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Blame it on its minuscule size and hidden location, but a SIM card is one of those things you tend to forget about until it stops working. With it, your iPhone is a dazzling piece of modern technology – able to make calls to the other side of the globe, fire off texts, and access …Continue Reading

What iPhone Do I Have Again? Easy Tips to Find Out Fast

Look on the back of your iPhone for its model number

Since 2007, Apple has been popping out new iterations of the iPhone like it’s their job (because, well, it is). And although each generation brings something new to the table, those changes aren’t always easy to see at a glance—especially if you aren’t staring at iPhones day in and day out like we are.  So, …Continue Reading

How to Restart, Reset, or Restore Every iPhone Model

iPhone Welcome Screen after restoring to factory settings

iPhones are reliable. Thanks to Apple’s expert craftsmanship, even their oldest models can take a licking and keep on ticking. It is this reliability, and their high resale values, that makes iPhones excellent candidates for trade-in and the perfect device for second or even third owners.  So, how do you prepare your iPhone to be …Continue Reading

T-Mobile’s Trade-In Program: Love It or Leave It?

T-Mobile Device Trade-In Program Review

We don’t know about you, but for us, one of the great joys of owning a smartphone is getting to upgrade it to something shiny and new every once in a while. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as organizing your apps, picking the perfect wallpaper, and making a new device your own. However, the question …Continue Reading

Is Apple Trade In Worth It? Not Exactly

Apple Trade In Program Review

You love Apple products. Heck, we can’t get enough of them either! So, this is probably going to be difficult for you to hear (put your earmuffs on if you don’t think you’re Apple-obsessed heart can handle it):  Buy a new iPhone every year, watch all the Apple TV you can handle, try to be …Continue Reading

The Ultimate Guide on How to Unlock iPhones

How to unlock iPhones

Today’s the day—you finally made the last payment on your iPhone and that baby is officially all yours. That means you’re able to use it while traveling abroad with a local SIM card and are free to switch networks as you please, right? Don’t start booking your flight to New Zealand or running to T-Mobile …Continue Reading

7 Easy Tips & Tricks to Optimize iPhone Storage

How to optimize iPhone storage

From the moment you unbox your shiny, new iPhone, you’re thrust into a race against time. No, not just against that inevitable moment when you drop your phone facedown on the ground only to cross your fingers and hope for the best, but against the looming iPhone “Storage Almost Full” —or worse, “iPhone Storage Full—message. …Continue Reading

Got an iPhone Virus? Fix It in 3 Simple Steps

Can iPhones get viruses?

Viruses have been a regular part of mobile technology since the dawn of the first smartphone. They’re usually developed by hackers who wish to break into your device and obtain vital information like bank details, passwords, and more.  Fortunately for Apple fans everywhere, you shouldn’t need to panic because Apple protects their devices with several …Continue Reading

ecoATM Review | How It Works & Is It Worth It

Get cash for your old phone with ecoATM

Machines buying machines. It sounds like a far-fetched scene from Star Wars, but it’s happening every day at a Walmart or shopping mall near you. These reverse vending machines are giving us a glimpse into what the future (or perhaps a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away) might look like. While there …Continue Reading

iCloud Storage Full? 4 Steps to Free Up Space

iCloud Storage Full

Your iPhone is halfway through uploading all your precious vacation photos (or shall I say, Covid-19 staycation pics) to iCloud when the moment you’ve been dreading happens: the “iCloud Storage Full” message. Don’t smash that “Upgrade Storage” button just yet, however. We’re here to walk you through what to do when your iCloud storage is …Continue Reading

Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program: The Good, Bad, and Ugly

Verizon Wireless Trade-In Program Review

Got an old cell phone to trade in or get rid of? With rapidly changing technology, it doesn’t take long before your old device is virtually obsolete. But, no one wants to throw that money down the drain. So, if you’re staring at an iPhone 7 that’s collecting dust or barely getting the job done, …Continue Reading

15 Best Places to Trade in an Apple Watch for Top Dollar

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Maybe you loved your Apple Watch, maybe you hated it, or maybe you just never used it. Whatever it was, it doesn’t matter now—all you should care about is finding the best place to trade in your Apple Watch for cash (or store credit… if you’re into that sorta thing). Fortunately, you’ve got plenty of …Continue Reading

5 Easy Troubleshooting Tips for Android Viruses & Malware

How to know if an iPhone has a virus

Does it feel like your Android phone is running slower than the last 45 minutes of the workday? Does your battery drain rapidly? Do you experience frequent app crashes, screen glitches, unexpected charges on your account, or pop-up ads even when your internet browser isn’t open?  If you’ve noticed these or other frustrating malfunctions, it could …Continue Reading

Ultimate 2020 Guide to Cell Phone Insurance

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Today’s the day. After obsessing over what phone to upgrade to for the past several couple months (let’s be honest, you started pondering what the socially acceptable time frame was between upgrades only a few months after getting your new smartphone home), you finally stand at the checkout poised to swipe your card. Then, waking …Continue Reading

Can I Sell My Cracked iPhone?

man wondering where to sell cracked iPhone online for cash

You dropped your iPhone. It shattered your screen. It shattered your heart. Heck, it might have even shattered your dreams (okay, maybe that was an exaggeration, but it definitely stinks to crack your screen). Now you’re left with a decision: Do I keep using this iPhone and deal with the judgmental looks and bandaged fingers? …Continue Reading

AirDrop Not Working? 7 Simple Tips to Fix It Fast

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We’ve all been there before. You grab your iPhone so you can bombard your bestie or a complete stranger with memes and adorable cat pics share a fascinating article with a colleague only to find AirDrop not working. So frustrating! Never fear—there are a few things you can do to get AirDrop up and running …Continue Reading

The Ultimate 2020 IMEI Check Cheat-Sheet

What is an IMEI number?

From social security numbers and family birthdates to credit card details and banking information, a ton of numbers swirl around our brains on a daily basis. While we don’t use it as much as those above, there is one number that is worth writing down for safekeeping: your smartphone’s IMEI number. Whether switching carriers and …Continue Reading

2020 Battle of the Best Family Phone Plans

What are the best cell phone family plans?

There’s no denying that cell phone bills can put a depressing dent in your wallet. Thankfully, joining forces with your partner, family, or even a group of friends can help make the burden much more manageable. So, we did some digging and came up with the best family phone plans out there in a number …Continue Reading

AppleCare: What Is It? Do I Have It? Is It Worth It?

Is AppleCare worth it?

For us here at GadgetGone, unboxing a new Apple device feels a bit like opening up a really great birthday gift. Shiny and with many fun buttons to press, we love discovering what makes our new devices tick. However, what happens if it mysteriously stops working or you drop it? Or worse yet, lose it? …Continue Reading

3 Easy Ways to Export Contacts from iPhone

How to back up contacts from iPhone to PC

Thinking about ditching your iPhone to join the dark side get an Android and looking to bring your contacts along for the ride? Just updated to Windows 10 and needing to share your iPhone contacts with your PC? Worried about a catastrophic iCloud outage and pondering an offline backup just in case? Whatever your reasons …Continue Reading

8 Best Waterproof Cell Phone Cases for 2020

Don't take your phone to the beach without a waterproof cell phone case

Most people make it their mission to keep their phones dry. After all, rice is meant to be eaten, not used as a device-drying desiccant. But now that summer is here, what if you want to take your smartphone with you on all your socially distanced aquatic adventures? Luckily, there’s a (waterproof) case for that. …Continue Reading

How To Factory Reset Your Google Pixel Before Selling

The most important step in selling or giving away your Google Pixel is to completely wipe it of all your data with a factory reset so the new owner can start using your Pixel with factory-fresh software. This process is extremely easy: Step 1.  Open the Settings app on your Pixel Step 2.  Click on …Continue Reading

How to Reset Your Apple Watch

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Resetting your Apple Watch is easy, but only if you know the difference between resetting and unpairing (one actually resets your Apple Watch and the other is frankly… kind of dumb).   Please, DON’T Reset Directly From Your Apple Watch In order to sell an Apple Watch, you need to make sure that not only …Continue Reading

The Best (and Worst) Ways to Fix Phone Screen Scratches

Polishing Screen Scratches

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as pulling out your phone to use Face ID only to find a fresh scratch marring your screen and reflection (other than when Face ID stops working altogether). Not only are these scrapes unsightly, but they make it challenging to see the display and can even interfere with touchscreen capabilities …Continue Reading

Can You Sell Locked iPhones? Yes, With Caution

Locked iPhone

Jackpot! While digging through your desk drawer, you discovered your old iPhone. Dollar signs start swirling through your mind as you think about where you can take it to make some quick cash. There’s just one tiny problem: You can’t remember the darn passcode. So, can you sell locked iPhones? In fact, you’ve got quite …Continue Reading

Can You Trade in a Cracked or Broken iPhone?

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Chances are you’ve heard it before: The sickening thud of an expensive iPhone hitting the pavement and shattering on impact. The vibrations of the sound thud in your ears as you realize that your phone will never, ever be the same. The blood rushes to your stomach as if you were sucker-punched and your shocked …Continue Reading

Guide to Shipping Cell Phones With USPS, FedEx or UPS

How to Ship Your iPhone

Cell phones are insanely expensive. With the latest flagship models tipping the scales at over $1,000, you’re probably looking to sell your old model to help offset the cost of your shiny new investment. Fortunately, there are a wealth of online trade-in options out there for you to choose from. Once you’ve chosen your device …Continue Reading

Top 6 Best Places for iPhone Screen Repair

Repairing iPhone Screen

There’s no way around it – cracking your iPhone means cracking your wallet. Luckily, you’ve got more options than we’ve got puns, and we’re here to help break them down for you. Since we purchase damaged iPhones and spruce them up for resale, consider us your personal educated, unbiased experts on phone screen repairs. So, …Continue Reading

How To Remove Your iCloud Account Remotely

iCloud logo

Before selling or giving away your iPhone, there are a few things you need to make sure you do to keep your information safe and ensure that your old iPhone is able to be used by its new owner: restoring it to factory settings and removing your iCloud account. If you’ve made your way to …Continue Reading

How to Prepare Your iPhone for Selling

man cleaning his iPhone

Selling your old iPhone has never been easier than it is today. Even better, iPhones hold onto more value than any other smartphone. Luckily for all you Apple fans out there, that means there’s a huge secondary market for your old iPhone and someone is willing to pay cash for your it right now. No …Continue Reading

GadgetGone’s Guide to Selling Your iPhone Online

How to Ship Your iPhone

Selling your iPhone online to GadgetGone is fast and easy. Following these few simple tips will make sure the the whole process goes off without a hitch. Keep in mind that while this post is catered towards selling to GadgetGone, the information is useful no matter where you plan to sell your iPhone online.   …Continue Reading