How To Remove Your iCloud Account Remotely

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How to remove your iCloud account remotely.

If you sold or gave away your iPhone but forgot to remove your personal data the iPhone is likely iCloud locked. Follow the 6 steps below to remove your iCloud account without compromising your personal information.

Step 1: Go to iCloud.com and sign in

Step 2:  Click the “Find my iPhone” app

 

Step 3: Click “All Devices”

Step 4: Select the device you need to remove

Step 5: Select “Remove from Account”

Step 6: Click “Remove”

That’s it!

Your iCloud account has been removed and the iPhone is now ready to be used by a new owner.

How To Prepare your iPhone For Selling

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How To Prepare your iPhone For Selling

Selling your old iPhone has never been easier than it is today. iPhones hold their value better than any other smartphone which means there’s a huge secondary market for them and someone is willing to pay cash for your old iPhone right now. No matter who or where you sell it to there’s a few things you need to do before saying “bon voyage” to your old iPhone.

1: Erase your data

This step is critical. If you don’t wipe your iPhone before selling it your phone will be about as much use as a brick to a new user. Additionally, if someone manages to figure out your passcode they could potentially steal your identity and have access to all of your photos, texts, emails, contacts, etc. While there are several ways to erase your data, this method is the most efficient:

Open your settings app and go to the “general” tab. Then at the bottom choose “erase” and finally “erase all content and settings”.

Following this method will remove every trace of your information, including your iCloud account.

2: Make sure it’s clean for activation

Carriers have strict rules about bringing pre-owned iPhones to their network and each one has their own requirements:

AT&T: AT&T is the easiest carrier to deal with when it comes to selling your old iPhone. As long as your iPhone hasn’t been reported stolen AT&T will let anyone use it on their network.

T-Mobile: In order for someone else to use your old T-Mobile iPhone it needs to be completely paid off and free of any contractual obligations. Check out T-Mobile’s IMEI check to make sure your iPhone is good to go.

Verizon: Verizon requires that your old iPhone be paid off and free from any contractual obligations before it can be activated on a new account. Additionally, Verizon recently cut support to some older devices. As of today you can no longer activate an iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5C or 5S on their network. The good news is that the the Verizon iPhone 4S, 5, 5C and 5S came unlocked right out of the box from verizon so you can sell those models as “unlocked” instead of Verizon locked. You can check if your iPhone can be used by a new Verizon account using their convenient IMEI check.

Sprint: Your iPhone needs to be paid off, free of any contractual obligations and removed from your Sprint account before it can be activated by a new user.  To check if your iPhone has met all of those requirements check out their IMEI check feature. If it doesn’t show an error message after the first screen it means that your iPhone is clean for activation.

3: Remove your SIM card

Every SIM card has a unique number called an “ICCID” that’s specific to you and your wireless account. That’s why it’s best practice to remove and dispose of your old SIM card before selling it. The new user can attain a new one from their carrier in-store or online.

4: Clean it up

While not a necessity, it’s courteous to give your iPhone a good cleaning before selling it to a new owner. Get a clean dry rag and pour a dab of isopropyl alcohol on it, then scrub away. Also, check your charge port and see if any grime has accumulated in the bottom. If your lightning cable wiggles slightly while charging it’s a sure sign that your charge port is filled with lint that needs to be cleaned out. To do that, get a needle and scrape along the bottom of the port starting at one end and work your way to the other.

5: Charge it

Again, not a necessity but it will likely save you and your buyer time if you charge the iPhone before selling it. If you’re selling locally your buyer is going to want to test the iPhone out before buying it. If your bought them a dead iPhone we hope you also brought some small-talk topics you can chat about with your buyer while the iPhone is charging in your car.

How to Sell iPhones Online

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How to Sell iPhones Online

Selling your iPhone online is one of the most convenient ways to score some extra cash.  It’s also very simple as long as you stick to a few key rules.

 

Cancel service on your old iPhone

Before selling your iPhone be sure to call your network provider and let them know you want to cut or transfer service from the iPhone you’re selling. Then remove your SIM card. Besides preventing any unwanted bills you’ll also have peace of mind knowing that a stranger can’t impersonate you. If you don’t follow this advice and your grannie asks why you called to ask if her fridge was running just take it as a subtle “I told you so”.

Delete your data

 

The best way to wipe the data from an iPhone is by going to the settings app and selecting “general – reset – erase all content and settings.” This will delete every trace of information from the iPhone and bring it back to factory settings so it can be easily re-homed.

 

Pick a website to sell it on

There’s a myriad of options to choose from when selling your old iPhone. Deciding where to sell it is one of the most important steps in the whole process and is a decision you shouldn’t make lightly. Fortunately, we’ve made an entire blog post that describes your best options and the pros and cons of each. One of the best methods described in the post is selling to GadgetGone. We offer free shipping, fast payments and the highest offers (backed up by our price-match guarantee).

 

Ship it safely

 

Once you’ve sold your iPhone you’ll need to ship it out. To ensure everything goes smoothly it’s best to invest a little time in packaging up your iPhone the proper way. Go to the store and pick up a small box or padded envelope, some bubble wrap and shipping tape. Wrap the iPhone in bubble wrap at least 3 layers deep to prevent damage in transit and then seal it in your packaging using the tape. If you received a pre-paid shipping label make sure you tape it to the box on all sides so it doesn’t get torn off in transit. Be sure not to tape over the barcode though, doing so can prevent barcode scanners from reading your label.

 

Spend your cash!

Once you’ve gotten paid for your iPhone all that’s left to do is decide how to spend your cash. You can put it towards the purchase of a new iPhone or if you’re feeling really adulty maybe invest it in some Apple Stock so you can have your cake and eat it too.

How to Sell Old iPhones

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How to Sell Old iPhones

People love iPhones. Every September Apple sets the benchmark when it comes to smartphone design. iPhones are beautiful, fast, reliable and intuitive. It’s really no wonder why Apple is widely considered the industry leader in the smartphone universe. One of the greatest perks of owning an iPhone is actually not owning it at all. When you finally upgrade Apple reveals the last feature of your old iPhone, and it’s one you probably never knew about. Old iPhones retain their value better than any other smartphone, period. When you want to sell your old iPhone you’ll be selling it to one of the best and most stable re-sale markets in the world.That means selling your old iPhone can be extremely easy and you’ll get quite a bit of your original investment back when you sell it. Here’s a few tips on how to make selling your old iPhone even easier.

Remove your data

To remove your data just go to the settings app and select “general” – “reset” – “erase all content and settings”.

Cancel service

Make sure to call your carrier and have them cancel service on your old phone. Also, ask them if your phone is completely paid off and free of any contractual obligations. If you don’t, the new owner may have trouble getting it activated on their account.

Pick a place to sell your iPhone.

We’ve made a whole post that outlines where you can sell your iPhone. Some of the best options include selling it locally or selling it to a buyback website like GadgetGone.

That’s it! Now you know how to sell your old iPhone. All that’s left is deciding where you’re going to spend all that cash.

GadgetGone’s Guide to Selling Your iPhone Online

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GadgetGone’s Guide To Selling Your iPhone Selling your iPhone Online

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.

Step 1: Get an Offer & Checkout

Getting an offer for your iPhone on GadgetGone (or almost any other buyback website) is extremely simple. You just have to choose the model of your iPhone, the network, storage capacity and condition. The most important thing to pay attention to during this process is the condition. The condition customers get wrong most times is the flawless condition category. Almost all buyback companies have this category and in order to get that price your iPhone must be in brand new condition cosmetically speaking. If you think your iPhone is flawless make sure that you take the case off of your iPhone and examine it extensively under direct light. If your iPhone has even one scratch or blemish it won’t qualify for the flawless category. If you haven’t used your old iPhone recently make sure that you test out all of the buttons, speakers, microphones, etc to make sure that your iPhone functions properly. Often times people forget about a problem their old iPhone had and are surprised to hear about it when their iPhone is evaluated by our team. Making sure you read over the condition categories closely and verify that your iPhone fits that category will prevent unnecessary misunderstandings and delays in the payment process.

When you’re content with your offer press the accept button to head to checkout. When selecting you payment keep in mind the pros and cons of each method:

  • PayPal Paypal is great because the funds are instantly deposited into your PayPal account. You can transfer the money to your bank, use it for PayPal purchases or use the funds anywhere with your PayPal debit card. The only con when using PayPal is that PayPal will charge you an online seller fee of 2.9% of the total amount plus a 30 cent flat fee. On more expensive phones that fee can be quite hefty so it may not be the best option if you’re selling a newer phone like the iPhone X.
  • Mailed Check. A mailed check is the most traditional payment method and is a go-to if you don’t want to deal with hassle of setting up a PayPal account or dealing with an electronically delivered check. All banks accept traditional checks so you can rest easy knowing there won’t be any delays or surprises once the check arrives. The biggest con with a mailed check is that you will have to wait for it to arrive in the mail. The delivery speed for a check to arrive via USPS First Class Mail is 2-4 business days.
  • eCheck. eChecks are printable checks that are sent via email. They are available to be printed instantly and can be cashed just like a regular mailed check (you can even mobile-deposit them). You will need a printer an an internet connection to use this payment method. The only other con is that this is a newer payment method and bank tellers that have never seen an echeck before will sometimes reject the check without taking the time to verify it. This is rare, but there are some occasions where we end up having to send a customer a mailed check instead of an e-check because their bank won’t accept it.

Step 2: Prepare your iPhone for shipment

Once you’ve accepted an offer and gone through the checkout process it’s time to get prepare your iPhone for shipment. First, call your carrier and confirm that your iPhone is completely paid off and removed from your wireless account. If your iPhone still has a balance owed on it you’ll generally need to pay that off before your iPhone can be sold to a new user. Next, charge your iPhone battery (charging to 100% is preferred), this speeds up the process when we evaluate your iPhone. Erasing your iPhone is the most important step of the preparation process. Before erasing your data go to settings menu – general – about and record the IMEI number of your iPhone for your records. To erase your data go to settings menu – general – reset – erase all content and settings. This will remove all your personal data and bring the iPhone back to factory settings. Finally, turn your iPhone off and remove your SIM card. If you don’t know how to remove your SIM card or don’t care to that’s fine too, it will be disposed of after testing.

Step 3: Ship your iPhone

After checkout we’ll email you a link to your shipping label that you can access at anytime. Print out your shipping label using standard letter-size copy paper. If you don’t have a shipping label just send us an email and we’ll be happy to send you a copy in the mail.

We recommend shipping your iPhone in a small padded envelope (plastic envelopes are preferred over paper as they’re more durable). You can pick up these envelopes at most any general retail store. You’ll also need some packing tape and some kind of packaging material like bubble wrap. Once you have all of these items wrap your iPhone in bubble wrap, seal it in your envelope and tape on the label. Then head to your local post office or nearest USPS drop box and drop your package off in the bin.

Step 4: Check your email

Once we receive your iPhone we’ll send you an email to let you know. We’ll also send you an email to let you know when we’ve evaluated your device and any other pertinent information. Make sure you check your email frequently to keep up with status updates.

Step 5: Spend your cash

Once we evaluate your iPhone and send payment all that’s left to do is decide what to with the cash you get when you sell your iPhone online!

Best Place To Sell iPhones

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Best Place To Sell iPhones

Where’s the best place to sell your old iPhone? eBay? Craigslist? Any of the above might work but are they really the best? Probably not. Unless you need the cash today, a buyback website is the ultimate platform to sell your old iPhone; here’s why.

The buyback industry is extremely competitive. As a result of this competition buyback websites have to raise their prices higher and higher to stay in the game. When it’s all said and done these websites make very little net profit on the iPhone you sold to them. Most of the expense buyback websites incur go towards making your selling process seamless. All you have to do is ship your iPhone to them for free and get paid. There’s no haggling as there is with local buyers and there’s no dealing with bids and buyers that don’t pay like there can be with eBay.

All that being said, iPhone buyback programs can vary widely with the quality of service they provide. Here are the top 3 place to sell your iPhone:

Number 3: Sell your iPhone to Gazelle.com


From a sales perspective, Gazelle is the industry leader in the cell-phone buyback world. Their quotes are usually on the lower side compared to other options but they are reliable and have a straightforward, easy selling process. Gazelle also owns ecoATM. EcoATM is an automated kiosk that allows you to cash in your old iPhone locally. It reads your iPhone and gives you an instant offer and cash on the spot if you agree to it. It’s extremely convenient but like most conveniences, there’s a cost. EcoATM’s prices are lower than the quotes you’ll get on Gazelle.com and generally much lower still when compared to other buyback options. If you need quick cash EcoATM might be a viable place to sell your iPhone, check out their website to see if they have a kiosk in your area.

 

Number 2: Sell your iPhone to your carriers buyback program

Every major US network carrier has a cell-phone buyback program. The payouts for these programs are typically low but the great part is you can bring your iPhone into one of their local stores and cash it in on the spot. If you’re trading up to a new iPhone that’s a huge convenience factor. It means you can can sell your old iPhone and pick up a new one in one fell swoop. One thing to keep in mind is that most carriers don’t actually give you cash for your old iPhone. Instead, they typically offer you credit off your monthly bill or take the amount off your purchase price of a new iPhone. Check out the links below for an estimate of what your carrier will pay for your iPhone

 

Sell Verizon iPhone

Sell AT&T iPhone

Sell T-Mobile iPhone

Sell Sprint iPhone

Number 1: The best place to sell your iPhone is GadgetGone.com

GadgetGone is the best place to sell your iPhone

We may be a bit biased but truthfully, we don’t think you’ll find a better option for selling your iPhone than GadgetGone.

Our quotes are the highest in the industry. We check our offer prices against our competitors on a daily basis to make sure we’re paying the most. We have multiple payment options, extremely fast turn-around times and our customer support team is friendly and knowledgeable. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out our instant offers and online reviews and we think you’ll agree that GadgetGone is the best place to sell your iPhone.

 

Can I Sell My Cracked iPhone?

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Can I Sell My Cracked iPhone?

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 your left with a decision, do I keep using this iPhone and deal with the judgemental looks and bandaged fingers or do I shell out $150 for Apple to repair the screen? You might not know it but there’s a 3rd option. You can sell your iPhone with a cracked screen for cold hard cash.

Professional refurbishing companies buy up cracked iPhones in bulk and replace the screens for much cheaper than Apple can. That means your cracked iPhone is actually worth quite a bit. In many cases an iPhone with a cracked screen can be re-sold for only $30-$50 less than one in good condition. You can use that money towards the purchase of an upgraded iPhone or even just to buy the same model again and only take a $50 loss instead of $150+ from getting it fixed by Apple.

Before selling your cracked iPhone be sure to erase your data by going to settings menu – general – reset – erase all content and settings. Then decide where you’re going to sell it. There’s a much smaller market and demand for cracked iPhones than ones in good condition so we’d advise against trying to sell locally and instead find a buyer online. For broken iPhones ebay and buyback websites like GadgetGone are going to be your best bet.

If you decide to sell your cracked iPhone on eBay make absolutely sure that you select the “parts or not working” condition category. If you select  the “used” condition category there’s a good chance that a buyer will not read your ad and buy it under the assumption that your iPhone is functional and in good cosmetic condition (and we both know that’s not true). 

In your description make sure that you mention that your iPhone has a clean IMEI, is not iCloud locked and is fully functional besides the cracks. Here’s a good description template for a cracked iPhone

“For sale is an iPhone (insert model) with a cracked display. Aside from being cracked the iPhone is fully functional. My iCloud account has been removed and this iPhone is clean for activation.”

We recommend using an auction style listing for cracked screen iPhones as it’s very hard for novice sellers to find the perfect price with a buy-it-now listing. You don’t want to price it too low and leave money on the table or too high and have to re-list it because it didn’t sell the first time. Keep in mind that if your item sells PayPal may hold the funds for up to two weeks and your buyer can return the item if they feel you didn’t describe it accurately.

Sell your cracked iPhone to GadgetGone

If you’d rather not deal with the hassle of ebay, a buyback website is going to be your best option. All you have to do is get an instant quote online, ship your iPhone and wait for the check to come in. A word of caution though, while buyback websites are very easy to use, many of them don’t offer the best price for cracked iPhones. Frankly, many don’t even offer a decent price. Quite a few buyback websites just have a “broken” or “damaged” condition category that will encompass many different possible issues and as such they’ll offer a low-ball price for your cracked or damaged screen iPhone. At GadgetGone we actually have a “cracked” condition category for most iPhone models (iPhone 6 series and newer). This category pays much higher than other damaged categories. Only a handful of websites offer this category so do your research before choosing a company to sell to and make sure they offer you a fair price.

What to do Before Selling My iPhone

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What to do Before Selling My iPhone

Wondering what to do before selling your iPhone? Follow these quick steps to make sure your sale goes off without a hitch.

 

 

Call Your Carrier

Call your carrier and let them know that you’re selling your old iPhone. Ask them if the iPhone is completely paid off and free of any contractual obligations to make sure the next owner won’t have any problems getting it activated on their network. Also ask your carrier to remove service from your old iPhone if applicable.

Erase your data 

If you don’t remove all of your personal data before selling your iPhone it’s inevitably going to cause problems for you and whoever you’re selling it to. The best way to remove your data is by going to settings menu – general – reset – erase all content and settings. That will completely wipe your iPhone of all your personal data and remove the iCloud lock.

Charge and Clean your iPhone

Charging your iPhone before selling it is extremely important. Anyone buying your iPhone is going to want to test it out before giving you the cash. If the iPhone isn’t charged when you sell it’s going to cause an unnecessary waste of time for you and your buyer. Cleaning your iPhone before selling it shows your buyer that you kept good care of it. Believe it or not some people will back out of buying an iPhone if it’s too dirty. It’s also just a courteous thing to do.

That’s it! Your iPhone is now ready to be sold to another fan of Apple products. If you’re not sure where where you’re selling it yet checkout GadgetGone. We offer the highest trade-in values online, free shipping and fast payments. Get an instant quote now to see what we can pay for your old iPhone!

Where Can I Sell My iPhone 6 For Cash?

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Where Can I Sell My iPhone 6 for Cash?

The iPhone 6 was one of the most popular iPhone models of all time. So popular in fact, that it’s still one of the most sought after pre-owned iPhone models to this day. That means if you’re looking to sell your iPhone 6 for cash you’re in luck. Your old iPhone 6 could still be worth well over $100 if you know where to sell it and there’s quite a few options to do just that.

Sell Your iPhone 6 Locally

One of the best places to sell your iPhone 6 for cash is locally. Local buyers are ready and willing to buy your iPhone 6 and the best part is you can get the cash today! The 2 best places to sell your iPhone 6 locally is Facebook “for-sale” pages and Craigslist. To find a Facebook for-sale page in your area just search your city name and “for sale” in the Facebook search bar. There’s bound to be several for-sale pages in your area. Whether you’re selling on Craigslist or FaceBook (or both) all you need to do is write a brief description about your iPhone 6, take a few pictures of it and specify an asking price. Here’s a good description template for listing your iPhone 6 for sale.

“For sale is a Gold Apple iPhone 6. It’s 64GB and ready for activation on the AT&T network. It’s fully functional and in good condition with only a few minor scratches and dings.”

The two most important things to remember when selling your iPhone 6 locally is to make sure name a fair price and only meet buyers in a safe, public place.

Sell your iPhone 6 on Swappa

Another great place to sell your iPhone 6 is on Swappa. It’s very similar to selling on eBay but the great thing about Swappa is that you don’t have to pay any seller fees. eBay charges a 10% “final value fee” so you’ll save $10-$15 by using Swappa instead of eBay. They also specialize in helping people sell tech devices so the whole process is little more catered towards making your selling process easy. One caveat is that you will need to open a PayPal account if you don’t already have one. PayPal will take 2.9% of your total payment as their ‘seller fee”. Your buyer can also open an “item not as described” case for up to 180 days after they purchase the device so keep in mind that there’s always a possibility of your buyer breaking the device months down the road and then requesting a refund from you. You may also need to answer and respond to email from potential buyers and keep in mind that your device could potentially sit for several weeks before selling if you don’t price it just right. You’ll also be responsible for all shipping costs if your item sells.

Sell Your iPhone 6 to GadgetGone

Sell your iPhone 6 to GadgetGone

In our opinion, the best place to sell your iPhone 6 for cash is GadgetGone.com. At GadgetGone you don’t have to wait days or weeks for your item to sell. Just go to our website and get an instant offer for iPhone 6. If you accept our offer we’ll send you a free shipping label. All you have to do is drop your iPhone off at the post office and wait a few days for it to get to our facility. One of our technicians will inspect your device and send your payment the same day! We have the highest instant offers online with no fees whatsoever. We also have the best customer service team in the industry and the reviews to back that statement up. Get an instant offer now and see why GadgetGone is the best place to sell your iPhone 6.

How Much Can I Sell My iPhone 6 For?

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How Much Can I Sell My iPhone 6 For?

The iPhone 6 was one of the most innovative iPhone models Apple ever released. They remain one of the most in demand pre-owned iPhone models so if you have an old one in your drawer it’s a great time to sell it.  How much you can get varies widely depending on where you decide to sell it. We’ve made a list of the top places to sell your iPhone 6 and how much they offer as of today (9/12/18). Keep in mind that today is also the day Apple is releasing the new iPhone! That means these prices are bound to drop very soon but the companies offering the most now are likely to still be offering the most in the coming months. How much you can get depends on the storage capacity, networks and condition of your iPhone. We’ll use a 16GB unlocked model for the baseline prices. Most people either have an iPhone in good condition or one with a cracked screen so we’ll focus on how much you can get for those specific condition categories.

eBay

eBay has 2 different selling methods. One is where you list the item for sale as an auction and sell it yourself. eBay gives you a “trending price” when making an auction. They can’t guarantee how much you’ll get for your iPhone but the trending price is what people are able to sell theirs for on average. Their other method is called “Quick Sale”. With Quick Sale eBay gives you an instant offer and you then send it to one of their “partners” who will pay you the offer price after you send it in for inspection. Here’s what you can currently get with both methods

Auction trending price:

Good Condition: $105

Cracked Screen: $64

Quick Sale:

Good Condition: $78.99

Cracked Screen: Quick Sale doesn’t accept iPhone 6’s with a cracked screen

Glyde

Glyde connects buyers and sellers without either party having to interact with one another or do any of the heavy lifting when it comes to the buying/selling process. The entire transaction and process is facilitated by Glyde which makes things much more convenient than selling on a marketplace like ebay. That convenience comes at cost though. Glyde’s prices tend to be on the lower side. Here’s what they are currently offering :

Good Condition: $30

Cracked Screen: $27

GadgetGone

Sell Your iPhone 6 on GadgetGone

At GadgetGone, our offer prices are guaranteed. Meaning as long as you make sure your iPhone 6 meets all of the condition requirements you’re going to get the advertised price. Here are our prices as of today

Good Condition: $80

Cracked Screen: $75

Gazelle

Gazelle is the largest buyback company in the USA. Like GadgetGone, their prices are guaranteed.

Good Condition: $50

Cracked Screen: Gazelle doesn’t accept iPhone 6’s with a cracked screen

ecoATM

ecoATM is a little different than buyback website that require you to ship your iPhone and wait for payment. All you have to do is go to an ecoATM kiosk near you and the machine will take evaluate your iPhone 6 and give you an on-the-spot cash offer. Here’s what they’ll give you for your iPhone 6

Good Condition: $50

Cracked Screen: $50

WalMart

WalMart has a trade-in program that offers WalMart gift cards in return for your iPhone 6 rather than cash. You’ll need to ship your iPhone to them to receive the funds but the process is straightforward. Their offers are:

Good Condition: $43

Cracked Screen: $6.50

Where Can I Sell My iPhone?

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Where Can I Sell My iPhone?

With the release of the new generation iPhone likely to be announced within the next month, it’s time to start thinking about where you’re going to sell your old iPhone. One thing that’s certain is that it’s always better to sell your iPhone the month before Apple announces their new model. Once Apple announces their new iPhone and opens the pre-order gates the used iPhone market becomes a madhouse. The value of a pre-owned iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus is likely to drop by well over $100 in the week following their Keynote. So if at all possible, sell your iPhone right now and use an old phone you have lying around in the meantime. Once you’re ready to sell you’ll find a myriad of selling options. They all have merit but the the best fit for you depends on how much work you want to put into selling it and how fast you need the cash.

Apple GiveBack

Apple GiveBack certainly doesn’t have the best buying prices but they’re at least fair and you can walk into any Apple Store and walk out with a gift card in a matter of minutes. Getting paid on the spot in a safe environment is huge selling point of their service. Apple GiveBack is a good option provided that you have an Apple Store nearby, don’t mind being paid with an Apple Store Gift Card (they don’t offer cash) and have a fully functional iPhone (they don’t buy broken phones). They do have a mail-in option as well but we wouldn’t recommend it. Their advertised turn-around time for getting paid is “about 2-3 weeks”. If you don’t mind shipping your iPhone there’s faster options that have higher payouts and are just as easy.  

eBay

If you want the highest price possible for your iPhone and don’t mind jumping through a few hoops to get it, eBay might be the perfect fit. With eBay you’re cutting out the middleman and offering your device up to individual buyers who are actively searching for it. Generally speaking, this means that you’re going to get the actual market value for your iPhone. That being said, there’s quite a few steps that you need to take in order to get that great price. You’ll need to set up an ebay account if you don’t already have one as well as a PayPal account. Then you’ll need to take photos of your iPhone and write up a description of the item. From there you need to decide if you want to do an auction style listing or a buy it now listing and specify your asking price if applicable as well as any shipping fees or taxes you need to charge. If your buyer didn’t pay immediately you may need to wait a few days for them to pay and if they don’t pay at all you’ll need to re-list the item a second time. Once you’ve been paid the best case scenario is that you’ll ship the item, transfer the funds from your PayPal account to your bank and you’ll have a happy buyer and a fatter wallet. In the not so best-case scenario your buyer may be unhappy with the item and open an ebay money back guarantee claim or PayPal claim. The worst case scenario, while rare, is that your buyer is a criminal who will use fraudulent claims to leave you without your phone or the money. Something else to keep in mind is that eBay charges a 10% final value fee and if you have a new account PayPal may hold your funds for up to 2 weeks before releasing them to you. In the end all that work may land you an extra $30 – $80 more than you might have gotten elsewhere. That’s a sizable chunk of change and the decision to use eBay really comes down to how much time and risk you’re willing to spend to get it.

Swappa

 

Swappa is very similar to eBay in that you’re listing your iPhone for sale on their marketplace and they’re connecting individual buyers and sellers. Like eBay you’ll need to make a Swappa account, take photos of your iPhone, write a description and ship it out if it sells. You also incur the same kinds of return and fraud risk. Swappa’s main advantage over eBay is that you don’t pay any selling fees whatsoever. The buyer pays for them. If you’re selling a high end smartphone like an iPhone X that means you’ll save at least $50 in fees vs using ebay. The only downfall is that Swappa’s user base is much smaller than ebay’s so it may take longer to find a willing buyer.

Sell it locally

Finding a local buyer is a great option for selling your iPhone because you can usually get a relatively high payout and get paid cash on the spot. The best options for selling locally include Craiglist, Letgo, and Facebook for-sale pages. To find a Facebook for-sale group just search for your city name and “for sale” on the Facebook search bar and you’re certain to find some local for-sale pages. For best results you’ll still need to take a few photos of your iPhone and write a brief description of the condition. It’s also important that you know how much your iPhone is worth before listing it for sale locally. You’ll know you listed it for too little if you get a ton of interested buyers within a few hours. On the flip side, you may need to lower the price if it’s been 2 days and you still don’t have any interested buyers. It’s important to remember that selling locally isn’t for everyone and there can be some negative aspects. Sometimes buyers will waste your time by meeting you and then backing out of the sale or sometimes they don’t show up at your meeting place at all. Buyers may also try “talking you down” on the price. Selling locally also has the potential to be very dangerous if you’re not careful. While rare, people do occasionally get robbed using these local selling platforms. It’s extremely important that you only meet with buyers at public places. For additional peace of mind you may also want to try getting a little bit of background info about your buyer by searching for them on social media platforms before agreeing to meet. If a buyer agrees to your price make sure they pay you in cash. Any requests to pay via check, money order, PayPal, etc are almost sure to be scams. Counterfeit currency can also be a problem so make sure you have at least some basic knowledge on spotting fake bills or deposit them into an ATM to verify they’re legit before handing over your iPhone.

BuyBack Websites

Buyback websites like ours are by far the easiest method of selling your iPhone. You just get an instant quote online, ship your iPhone and wait for your payment to arrive after your iPhone has been evaluated. The offers from buyback websites can be very competitive, even when compared to selling on marketplaces like ebay. While a phone may sell for $250 on ebay that’s not taking into account ebay fees, paypal fees and shipping fees. After paying all of those fees you may only see $200 of the $250 selling price. With most buyback websites you won’t encounter any of those kinds of expenses. Something to keep in mind when using buyback websites is that their quotes and quality of service can vary widely. Make sure you read the fine print so you know how long they take to evaluate your device and compare their prices with competitors. Most importantly, look up their online reviews to see how other customers felt about their experience. Keep GadgetGone in mind if you decide to sell your iPhone to a buyback website. We offer free shipping, fast payments and our online reviews speak for themselves. The best part; we have the highest prices around and back that up with a price match guarantee. We encourage you to do your research but think you’ll agree that GadgetGone offers the best total package for selling your iPhone online.

Donate it

If you’re in the giving spirit consider donating your iPhone to charity. Most charities won’t actually give your iPhone to someone in need, rather they’ll sell it themselves and use the proceeds to help fund their cause. A few such charities include Sprint’s 1Million Project and Cell Phones for soldiers.

1Million Project sells or recycles your old iPhone and uses that cash to give underprivileged high school students a free mobile device and unlimited internet access. Having a reliable internet connection is something many of us take for granted. For students that don’t have that luxury it makes doing homework, research projects and learning new concepts very difficult. Sprint calls this the “homework gap” and your iPhone could help solve it.

Cell Phones for Soldiers uses the proceeds from selling your iPhone to invest in buying minutes of talk time for our troops at home and overseas. Being able to call home is a huge morale booster when you’re on duty for long periods of time; but especially for those abroad it’s cost inhibitive to call home as much as they’d like. International calls aren’t cheap. Cell Phones for Soldiers helps ease that burden by giving military members up to 3 hours of completely free call time per month.

 

Where Can I Send My Old Phone?

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Where Can I Send My Old Phone?

Looking for a place to send your old phone? You’re not alone, almost 40 billion dollars worth of pre-owned smartphones are sold each year. That’s hundreds of millions of smartphones each year. There’s a huge network of businesses that help facilitate the sale of all of these smartphones. Here’s some of your best options when you’re looking to send off your old phone to a new home.

Send your phone to a Charity

Selling your old phone is the most common reason for sending off your old phone. However, if you don’t necessarily need the money for your old phone, consider sending it to a Charity that will use your cell phone to help those in need.

Medic Mobile is one such charity. They recycle your old phone to fund healthcare programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Healthcare workers use the phones to register pregnancies, track disease outbreaks, better communicate emergencies, etc.

Another great charity is Secure The Call. They’ll repurpose your old phone by sending it to Domestic Violence Centers, Senior Citizen Centers, Police and Sheriff departments. These entities in turn give them to people who don’t currently have a way to dial emergency services. Your donation to this charity can literally save lives.

Send your phone to a buyback website

BuyBack websites will pay you for your old smartphone. Generally speaking, all you have to do is erase your phone and send it to them with a free shipping label. Once the company receives your phone they’ll inspect it and send your payment. Buyback websites are one of the most easy, profitable and convenient ways of sending your old phone. If you decide to use a buyback website consider using GadgetGone.com. We have the guaranteed highest offers, fast payments and outstanding customer service.

Send your phone to be responsibly recycled

If you just want to get do a little decluttering and don’t care to sell or donate your old phone at least make sure it’s disposed of properly. Waste from cell phones components can have very negative impacts on the environment. Recycling your phone is very easy to do and will ensure that your phone doesn’t contaminate our environment. All BestBuy and Target retail locations have a smartphone recycling bin right in the front of their store. Check out our article about environmentally conscious decluttering for more about recycling your old phone.

How to Pick the Best iPhone Case

How to Pick the Best iPhone Case

I don’t know about you, but every time I’ve gotten a brand new iPhone I’m always tempted to use it without a case. Apple spent millions of dollars on the iPhone X design, why would you want to cover it up with a case? It’s a valid question, and I’m willing to bet that the thousands of customers who sell us cracked iPhones every year would be happy to answer it for you.

The fact of the matter is, a new iPhone is an investment. Anything that you’re paying hundreds (or, in the case of the iPhone X, even thousands) of dollars for needs to be protected. Unless you feel like shelling out $100+ for an insurance plan, a quality case is the best tool for that. Plus, when you sell your iPhone years later, it’ll be worth more money because you kept it in great condition. But before you buy, remember that all cases are not created equal. As a buyback business that purchases thousands of iPhones a month, we’ve seen more beat up and minty fresh iPhones than anyone. Many of our customers send their old case in along with those iPhones, so we’ve got the inside scoop on which cases work and which might rub you (and your phone) the wrong way.

Do Buy:

Cases that fit extremely tightly

This is a biggie. If your case is only one-piece and slips in and out easily, it’s probably doing more harm than good. Cases that fit too loosely allow tiny amounts of dust and dirt to slip in around the edges. While a “tiny” amount of dirt may sound negligible, the reality is that those bits of dust and dirt can’t ever come back out unless you take the case off of the phone and wipe it clean. When it gets stuck between the case and your iPhone, that debris begins to act as a polishing agent. Over time the trapped particles of dirt will create tiny markings on the housing of your phone, and if there’s enough of them it can even ruin the finish. That’s why we recommend using a case that’s such a struggle to put on that it makes you never want to take it off. Chances are when you do, your iPhone will look as good as new.

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Waterproof Cases

Waterproof cases are great if you plan on taking a dip with your iPhone every now and then, but they also have some unsung advantages. As we’ve already established, dust and dirt are your enemies when it comes to maintaining that perfect finish on your iPhone. The great thing about waterproof cases is that generally speaking if a case is waterproof it’s also going to be dust-proof. As long as you make sure the case and iPhone are completely clean when putting it on, there’s basically no way your phone is ever going to look anything less than pristine. Additionally, while many people only think about a waterproof case coming in handy when their iPhone is submerged in water, what they often don’t realize is that even the smallest bit of dampness can wreak havoc on your iPhone. If you’re exercising or even just outside on a muggy day, the resulting sweat or moisture in your clothing is sometimes enough to cause corrosion of the internal components. Invest in a waterproof case and you’ll never have to worry about Jazzercising your iPhone to an early grave.

Don’t Buy:

Cases with a rubber grid inside

Cases like the OtterBox Symmetry have a raised rubber grid inside. It looks stylish and probably has some advantages when it comes to drop protection, but the problem we’ve seen with these cases is that they can cause uneven oxidation against the points that are touching the iPhone and the ones that aren’t. The end result is a permanent impression of that case’s rubber design on the back of the iPhone. That being said, this should be a non-issue with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, as they all have a glass back that isn’t susceptible to oxidation.

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Cases that expose the Apple logo

We definitely get the allure of these types of cases. Apple Customers are passionate about their products, and it only makes sense that you’d want to let people know you’re a diehard Apple fanatic by showing off that shining logo. These cases definitely do make an impression, but it might not always be the figurative kind you’re hoping for. Similar to cases with a rubber grid, that circular cut-out can cause uneven oxidation and may ultimately leave a permanent faded ring around the Apple logo. We’ve seen too many of these types of blemishes to count and recommend staying away from these cases to avoid what we’ve nicknamed “The Ring of Shame.”

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Don’t Worry About:

Drop protection

It’s the first thing every brand touts about their cases but in practice, this is probably the least important factor. Unless you work construction or find that you tend to have butterfingers while texting and sky-diving, most kinds of cases are going to do the job just fine for accidental drops. The majority of drops happen from 4 feet or less, and at that height the only problems you’ll generally run into with an unprotected phone are scratches, dings and screen cracks. Essentially every iPhone case has a raised lip around the screen, which absorbs the impact during a fall and works to prevent cracks. It also goes without saying that scratches and dings are a non-issue with any case. So, for most people, it’s safe to skip the inch thick cases.

Brand Name

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for cool new cases and while this article wasn’t meant to sell you on any particular brand, I do have some personal favorites when it comes to case manufacturers. The problem is that some people worry that a cheap or generic case won’t have the same protection as an expensive name-brand case. The fact of the matter is that (as long as you follow the guide above) almost any case is going to be light-years better than no case at all and the differences between a $15 case and a $50 case are negligible. There’s no need to break the bank unless owning a top brand case for your iPhone is important to you. The one exception to this advice is for waterproof cases. Waterproofing requires precise manufacturing techniques and exceptional quality control. It’s best to shell out the extra cash and get a case from a trusted brand like LifeProof if you plan on swimming with your phone.

How to Unlock Your iPhone. The Ultimate Guide

Some of the questions we get asked most frequently from customers are in regard to unlocking iPhones. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the topic, so we made a comprehensive guide that addresses every imaginable question. Keep in mind that this guide was made exclusively for people who want information about unlocking Apple iPhones. If you’re looking for unlock information about any other kind of smartphone, you’ll want to look elsewhere for that information.

What does it mean for an iPhone to be “locked” and what does unlocking your iPhone do?

Many networks place a lock on their devices to prevent you from switching networks before they have recouped their money. Unlocking refers to removing this restrictive network lock so you can use your iPhone with a network other than the company from which the iPhone was originally purchased.

Why should I unlock my iPhone?

Unlocking gives you the freedom to use your iPhone with the network of your choice, whenever and wherever you want (with a few exceptions detailed later in the article). For example, if you are currently using T-Mobile but are moving to a new area of the country with poor T-Mobile coverage, you can switch to AT&T on a dime. Unlocking also gives you the ability to take your iPhone to foreign countries and use local networks in those countries. If you travel between countries frequently you can switch between your foreign and domestic networks effortlessly. Unlocking makes it as simple as popping in and out a SIM card to switch between these networks. But what if you have no desire to switch between networks? What if you’re perfectly content using the network you’ve been using for years and are just upgrading to a new device? Should you still bother with unlocking your iPhone? The short and sweet answer is yes. If you ever plan on selling your old iPhone you’ll almost always get more money for it if the iPhone is already unlocked. Unlocked iPhones are in high demand and as such have a higher resale value than locked iPhones for all the reasons we just addressed.

Is my iPhone eligible to be unlocked?

Most U.S network operators allow customers to unlock their iPhones but under what circumstances varies widely from company to company. As a general rule, most networks want you to complete your contract or pay off your financial obligations with them before they’ll allow you to unlock your iPhone. We’ve made a list of the detailed iPhone unlocking requirements for each of the nations 4 largest wireless networks.

AT&T iPhone Unlocking Requirements

Your AT&T iPhone is eligible to be unlocked if it meets all of the following requirements:

-Your AT&T iPhone must not be reported as lost or stolen.

-If your AT&T plan calls for a service commitment that commitment must be completed prior to unlocking your iPhone. For example, if you are on one of the older 2-year contracts you must complete that 2-year service agreement before AT&T will allow you to unlock your iPhone unless you pay all the associated early termination fees.

-If you are on an installment agreement such as AT&T NEXT you must either complete the installment payments on schedule or pay the agreed upon amount for early termination as well as the balance still owed on the iPhone.

-Your associated AT&T account needs to have been active for at least 60 days and be in good standing (I.E no missed payments or unpaid balances).

-If your associated AT&T account is a prepaid Go-Phone account you must pay for at least 6 months of service before the iPhone will be unlock eligible.

-If anyone on your AT&T account just upgraded to a new AT&T phone you need to wait 14 days past the upgrade date before submitting an unlock request.

T-Mobile iPhone Unlocking Requirements

Your T-Mobile iPhone is eligible to be unlocked if it meets all of the following requirements:

-Your iPhone must not be reported as lost or stolen.

-Your iPhone must not have a current activation status of ‘blocked” by T-Mobile

-Your iPhone needs to have been active on the T-Mobile network for at least 40 days.

-If your T-Mobile plan has a service commitment that commitment must have been served for at least 18 months and your account must be in good standing.

-If your iPhone is on a financing plan your must pay off the full remaining balance due

-You haven’t requested more than 2 T-Mobile device unlocks within the past 12 months.

-If your associated T-Mobile account has been canceled the remaining balance due must be $0.

-For pre-paid T-Mobile plans your iPhone must have been active on the associated account for 1 year or have had $100 in refills since the first activation date if it’s been active for less than 1 year.

Sprint iPhone Unlocking Requirements

Your Sprint iPhone is eligible to be unlocked if it meets all of the following requirements:

-Your iPhone must not be reported as lost or stolen.

-Your iPhone needs to have been active on a Sprint Account for a minimum of 50 days.

-The associated Sprint account must be in good standing.

-All service agreements, billing agreements, or leasing agreements for the iPhone must be fulfilled including any early termination fees if applicable.

-If you are leasing the iPhone you must pay for the end of lease purchase option after fulfilling your contract.

Verizon iPhone Unlocking Requirements

Drumroll, please… Your iPhone is already unlocked! Verizon decided to remove all network locks several years ago. As such, all Verizon iPhones from the 4S to the latest model have already been network unlocked by Verizon. There are no requirements or catches of any kind.

Update 10/30/2018: In early 2018 Verizon started a new policy of locking brand new iPhones for an unspecified amount of time. They started this new policy to prevent theft from their retail stores, amongst a few other issues. That being said, Verizon’s official unlocking policy has not changed. They may or may not lock your brand new Verizon iPhone to their network for a minimum of 60 days but after that short time frame they will unlock your iPhone with no strings attached in accordance with their official post-paid unlocking policy. In summation, if you have a Verizon iPhone that’s more than a few months old it should be unlocked. If your iPhone is brand new or less than a few months old you may want to call Verizon to see if they can verify if your iPhone is unlocked or not.

How do I request that my iPhone be unlocked?

If your iPhone meets the eligibility requirements for your network the next step is to request that the iPhone be unlocked from your network. As with the eligibility requirements, this process varies from company to company and is outlined for each one below.

AT&T

AT&T makes unlocking your iPhone incredibly easy with their unlock portal. Even better, you don’t even have to be the original owner of the iPhone to submit an AT&T iPhone unlock request. As long as the previous owner met the unlock requirements, the iPhone can be unlocked by a non-AT&T customer. Simply go to this link, fill out the form and submit it. You’ll then receive a confirmation email. Just open the email and click on the confirmation link. That’s it! AT&T will unlock your iPhone within 2 business days.

T-Mobile

While T-Mobile does have a device unlock app, it, unfortunately, does not work with iPhones. To unlock a T-Mobile iPhone you’ll need to contact T-Mobile customer service directly. To get in touch you can dial 611 from your T-Mobile iPhone or go here for other contact options like instant chat.

Sprint

If you purchased a new iPhone from Sprint launched after February 2016, Sprint will automatically unlock your iPhone once it meets their eligibility requirements (which is pretty darn cool). Sprint specifies that this only applies to iPhones being actively used on their network. If you have an inactive iPhone or have a Sprint iPhone that was launched before February 2016, you’ll need to contact Sprint customer service by dialing *2 on your Sprint phone or dialing 888-211-4727 to request an unlock. There have been reports from some Sprint customers that the auto-unlock program does not always work as it should so it’s definitely a good idea to verify that your iPhone has been unlocked before attempting to switch to another network or advertising your iPhone as unlocked for resale. Directions for verifying that your iPhone has been unlocked are outlined later in this article.

Do I need to do anything after my unlock request has been approved?

In the old days you’d have to hook an iPhone up to iTunes and do a software restore to complete the unlock process. These days it’s much simpler. If you’re unlocking any iPhone newer than a 3GS your iPhone will perform an automatic unlock verification check as soon as you insert a SIM card that does not belong to your current network. Once Apple verifies that your iPhone has been network unlocked your iPhone will boot up to your new network and you’ll never get the verification message again for any new SIM card inserted. This verification check generally takes less than a minute to complete once the SIM has been inserted and just requires a WIFI connection.

How can I make sure that my iPhone is unlocked?

It’s never a bad idea to make sure your iPhone has truly been unlocked before switching networks or selling your iPhone as “unlocked”. Better safe than sorry right? To verify that your iPhone has been unlocked simply insert a SIM card from another network and wait for the automatic unlock check mentioned above to complete. If your iPhone returns to the home screen after the SIM has been inserted, it’s unlocked. If you see a white screen that says “SIM Not Supported”, your iPhone has not been unlocked. If you don’t have access to a SIM card from another network, you can still verify that your iPhone has been unlocked using an iTunes software restore. Just hook your iPhone up to a computer running iTunes and hit the “restore” option. Once the restore process has completed, you should see a message that says “Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked.”

Are there any limitations on what networks I can use after my iPhone has been unlocked?

This depends on the model of your iPhone and your iPhones original network. We’ve made a list of what networks you can use below based on these factors.

AT&T

Original iPhone, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C: Will only work with other GSM networks after being unlocked such as T-Mobile in the USA or any international GSM network. Will not work with CDMA networks such as Verizon or Sprint.

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus: Will work with any network in the world.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max: Will only work with other GSM networks after being unlocked such as T-Mobile in the USA or any international GSM network. Will not work with CDMA networks such as Verizon or Sprint.

T-Mobile

iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C: Will only work with other GSM networks after being unlocked such as T-Mobile in the USA or any international GSM network. Will not work with CDMA networks such as Verizon or Sprint.

iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus: Will work with any network in the world.

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max: Will only work with other GSM networks after being unlocked such as T-Mobile in the USA or any international GSM network. Will not work with CDMA networks such as Verizon or Sprint.

Sprint

iPhone 4S and iPhone 5: These models can only be unlocked for international use. You won’t be able to unlock them for domestic use with any network other than Sprint in the USA.

iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max: Will work with any network in the world.

Verizon

iPhone 4S and iPhone 5: These models are compatible with any network in the world but may have internet limitations on GSM networks depending upon your network. For example, if you use the iPhone 5 with a GSM network like AT&T it will only operate on 4G signal rather than the LTE data speeds it’s capable of on the Verizon network.

iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max: Will work with any network in the world.

Is the unlocked status of my iPhone permanent?

Yes, once your iPhone has been unlocked it will remain that way for the life of the device. You can freely restore your iPhone or update to new software without worrying about your unlock disappearing afterward.