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Can You Trade In a Prepaid Phone? What Are They Worth?

Can you trade in or sell a prepaid cell phone? Absolutely! Here’s how much prepaid phones are worth, plus prepaid phone trade in options compared

Can you sell a prepaid phone from Metro by T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Tracfone, Cricket, Boost Mobile and other carriers? The short answer is yes. The trick is in knowing where to find buyers.

Contents

  • Prepaid phone values
  • How to sell your prepaid phone
  • Where to sell your prepaid phone

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Prepaid phone values

Here are some trade in values for popular prepaid phone models.

Phone Prepaid Carriers Value
iPhone XS Max Boost Mobile, Cricket, Metro by T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile $326 (Sell Now)
iPhone XS Boost Mobile, Cricket, Metro by T-Mobile, Straight Talk, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile $285 (Sell Now)
iPhone 7 Boost Mobile, Cricket, Metro by T-Mobile, Straight Talk, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile $63 (Sell Now)
Galaxy S10e U.S. Cellular, Xfinity Mobile $210 – $260 (Sell Now)
Galaxy S9 Boost Mobile, Cricket, Metro by T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Xfinity Mobile $59 – $85 (Sell Now)
LG V30 Plus U.S. Cellular $86 (Sell Now)
LG G40 ThinQ U.S. Cellular $110 (Sell Now)
Motorola Moto G7 Play Boost Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Virgin Mobile $27 (Sell Now)

* Retrieved 2/17/20. All phones base capacities in “good” condition.

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How to sell your prepaid phone

On Flipsy, the process for selling a prepaid, no-contract phone is the same as any other cell phone. We instantly search dozens of Trust Verified Stores to help you find the best trade in offer for your prepaid phone.

When you’re ready to sell:

  • Browse or search for your phone on Flipsy, then select its capacity and prepaid carrier
  • We’ll instantly show you the best offers from Trust Verified Stores that compete to pay top dollar for prepaid phones
  • Choose the best offer, get a free prepaid shipping label and ship your phone. You’ll be paid in cash within 3 days after the buyer receives it

It’s worth noting that your phone could be more valuable if you unlock it from the carrier first. For example, at the time of this writing a prepaid iPhone XS Max (64GB) in good condition was worth $326. Factory unlocked, it was worth up to $482.

Did you know? Many phones are worth $100+. Find the value of your phone.

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Here’s what you need to do before you sell your prepaid phone:

  • Disable security features like Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
  • Erase all data and reset to factory settings
  • Remove your SIM card and microSD card, if present
Thinking about switching carriers? Check out our comparison of alternative wireless carriers

Where to sell your prepaid phone

Most trade in companies will buy prepaid phones locked to major carriers like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile; however, finding buyers for smaller prepaid carriers can prove difficult. Flipsy can help you find buyers for phones locked to Cricket, Tracfone, U.S. Cellular, Metro by T-Mobile, Boost Mobile, Xfinity Mobile, Straight Talk and other prepaid phone companies.

When you sell a prepaid phone on Flipsy, you get fast, guaranteed sales, free shipping and cash payouts within 3 days after the buyer receives your phone. There’s no need to create a detailed listing, wait for your phone to sell, haggle with buyers or worry about potential scams.

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Carrier trade in programs are another option, though they pay an average of 30% less than Flipsy Trust Verified Stores. Carriers also typically pay in store credit, not cash, applied to your account within 2-3 billing cycles.

You could sell your prepaid phone on an online marketplace like eBay, which might pay slightly more than buyback stores. However, online marketplaces do not offer guaranteed sales and it could take a long time for your prepaid phone to sell. You’ll also incur selling fees and PayPal fees that cut into your profits. You’ll need to take the time to create a detailed listing and negotiate with buyers, and the potential for scams exists.

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ecoATM kiosks are another possibility. They offer fast cash but tend to pay significantly less than buyback stores. You could also try selling on Facebook and Craigslist (the private market). Both are free, but they do not offer guaranteed sales. Like online marketplaces, you’ll need to create a detailed listing, haggle with potential buyers and be on the lookout for scammers. You’ll probably need to meet buyers in person.

 

Flipsy Carrier Trade In Online Marketplaces Kiosks Private Market
Guaranteed sales Yes Yes No Yes No
Payout type Cash Credit Cash Cash Cash
Payout time 3 days 2-3 billing cycles Depends when/if phone sells Instant Depends when/if phone sells
Requires detailed listing and/or photos No No Yes No Yes
Scam potential No No Yes No Yes

Ready to sell your prepaid phone? It literally pays to compare your options. Start with Flipsy to find the highest-paying trade in offers so you can get the best deal for your prepaid phone.



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