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iPhone 5S Upgrade for $2 ~ Do it With a Gazelle.com Commitment (3rd update) ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ

September 19, 2013

๐ŸŒ iPhone 5S is Coming Friday. Gazelle.com will Buy your iPhone, or Android. Gazelle will Pay you quickly by crediting your checking account, your PayPal account, or they will mail you a Check… you decide. From the date that you package your SmartPhone to Gazelle and hand it to the FedEX Agent, to the date that you are actually paid… it takes about 9 calendar days. Several years ago the Pay-Time credit occurred in about 11 calendar Days. A recent Gazelle.com transaction in May, 2013 took only 9 calendar days to fund. Gazelle has apparently optimized their procedures. Below is a current graphic as of 8/28/2013 of the various entities that will either give Money or Gift Cards for your iPhones.

๐ŸŒ We have used Gazelle for since 2010, where they’ve bought 6 iPhones and 4 iPads over the three years, paid exactly as agreed, and they pay for the shipping. What to do with your present iPhone, don’t give it to your Carrier for a $50 credit, sell it to Gazelle for about $215 in quick cash, depending on Condition and Model.

๐ŸŒ Gazelle.com iPhone 5S Upgrade for $2 ~ Do it With a Gazelle.com Commitment for your Old iPhone. In the examples shown are for a 2 year old iPhone 4S with 16GB memory the AT&T version in Good Condition, you’d receive $215. If you get the New iPhone 5S, the price would be $199 plus $18 AT&T administrative charge for the New Contract, Your NET cost is $2. What a Deal, with Gazelle. This is why Marilyn and I have upgraded 10 devices with Gazelle over the past 3 years…

๐ŸŒ Gazelle is providing their 6 week plus a $10 Bonus plan has starting, as APPLE’s September 20th release Day is Friday.

๐ŸŒ For those who will exchange Simplicity for getting Top Dollar for their used iPhone, some Carriers and Apple Retail Stores are formulating trade-in programs, serving as a relatively painless option, if the price is right. Simply hand-over your working iPhone when purchasing a new iPhone and you should receive an “instant discount” on your new iPhone purchase. If the payment to you is in the form of a Gift Card… use the Gazelle.com route.

๐ŸŒ According to a recent report from Bloomberg, Apple was formulating a similar program in partnership with Brightstar that would allow customers to trade-in their old Apple iPhone for a credit toward a new iPhone.

๐ŸŒ iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C Announced on September 10th, with the Product-Launch Friday, September 20th, for a huge three-day Weekend Selling Extravaganza, 9to5 MAC Reports that Apple is getting ready to launch the new trade-in program concurrently with the new iPhone 5S release celebration. The report claims Apple has commenced training its retail staff this week in preparation for the new programโ€™s debut.

๐ŸŒ IMHO, unless the Apple Trade-In program gives a trade-in price to within say $25 of Gazelle’s Commitment, I’m selling to Gazelle, as it is 9-days quick and very easy. However, for my present 64GB iPhone 5 in “Perfect” condition, Gazelle has Committed to buy it for $350. If Apple offers $325 or more, I will take the Apple Store trade-in, as it would be a NOW all-in-one-and-done solution, assuming it is not a Gift Card to be mailed.

๐ŸŒ My guess, the Apple Store trade-in may be under $300. Since Gazelle has committed $350 for my 64GB iPhone 5, I’d take the Gazelle sale, as $50 or more, is too much of a difference, therefore I’d wait the 9-days for the Gazelle money to appear in my PayPal account. If the value is in the “gray zone” of say $20 to $25, it may be worthwhile, to choose the In-Store trade-in, and retain the iPhone charger as a spare for your office or kitchen. If the Apple Store trade-in program, is paid by an Apple Store Gift Card… I’m not interested, as this would not money to off-set the New iPhone transaction. Unless you actually need $300 in other Apple stuff.

๐ŸŒ Whether “selling” your iPhone to Gazelle.com or the Apple Store trade-in for the upgrade, remember to bring the iPhone Box for your Old iPhone, the Old iPhone charger and USB-cable, the Old ear-buds. The Apple Store trade-in program is new, therefore I do not know whether the packaging and other components are required for the maximum trade-in value. For the Gazelle Commitment, they require the entire iPhone package with accessories.

๐ŸŒ First Things First: How Many Gigabytes (GB) does my iPhone have? Most folks either forgot or chose a value that the Apple person recommended, that being several years ago, many folks may not remember. Here is a simple method to determine which model you have.
1โƒฃ Go to your iPhone’s Settings Icon, the gray icon with a “Gears” graphic.
2โƒฃ Select again the gray icon with the “Gears” graphic, about the 9th item on the menu-list.
3โƒฃ Select the “About” menu-item.
4โƒฃ Examine the items on this page. This list shows how Many Applications you have on this device, in my case 342 Apps, 4,310 Photos, and many other device facts…
5โƒฃ Capacity is the menu-item we are looking for, in my case it shows 57.1 GB, which means that MY device is a 64GB device, (about 5GB to 7GB is reserved for the iOS software overhead)
6โƒฃ One of these device Memory configurations: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB, 64GB,
7โƒฃ Your device will show a value about 5GB to 7GB less than the 4 choices in #6โƒฃ, as of this writing.

๐ŸŒ What do you Think… Be Free to Comment Below…

๐ŸŒ Gazelle.com is not like an eBay Auction, where bidders come to look at your item and bid or not bid, and hopefully you actually Receive the “fair price” you were counting on.

๐ŸŒ Gazelle.com In the examples I chose on Gazelle the model iPhone 5 that we own which gave us a $350 price for iPhone 5S. Also displayed is for the 2-year old iPhone 4S with 16GB of memory with AT&T and VERIZON models. Notice the 2-year old iPhone 4S with AT&T, which has the SIM card, which makes it a “World GSM” device, is priced today (8/26/2013) at $215. For the Verizon Model with the same 16GB memory spec, Gazelle will pay $175, which is $40 lower. The reason for the lower valuation is simple, Verizon and Sprint iPhones contain CDMA cellular transceivers, which is common in the USA but not Worldwide, therefore Gazelle’s resale market is limited to the USA primarily.

๐ŸŒ The GSM Association is an international organization founded in 1987, dedicated to providing, developing, and overseeing the worldwide wireless standard of GSM. CDMA is a proprietary standard designed by Qualcomm in the United States, and used to be the dominant network standard for North America and parts of Asia. However, GSM networks currently are wide-spread in the United States and Worldwide. CDMA networks make some limited progress in other parts of the world.

๐ŸŒ In the cellular service industry, there are two main competing network technologies: Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA). Cellular carriers including AT&T, Sprint PCS, Cingular Wireless, Verizon, and T-Mobile use either GSM or CDMA. Understanding the difference between GSM and CDMA will allow you to choose a carrier that uses the preferable network technology for your needs. If your iPhone has a “SIM Card” Slot, then your iPhone is a GSM device. No SIM Card drawer, your iPhone is a CDMA cellular device.

๐ŸŒ Both Networks are comparable with regard to upload and download speeds, and coverage area. However there in certain smaller populated markets, coverage may be an issue to consider. There are TWO primary advantages to GSM iPhones.

๐ŸŒ Firstly, GSM phones are global devices. This means if you were going to Canada, Mexico, Europe, or Asia, you could obtain a SIM card in that country, to greatly reduce your iPhone usage while vacationing or business use. CDMA iPhones will not function in Canada, Mexico, Europe, or Asia.

๐ŸŒ Secondly, GSM iPhones are capable of performing several Functions at the Same Time. For example, if you were on a cell call with a GSM iPhone, and you needed to look something up on the Internet, you could switch to Safari, look up the info, while you are on the cellular call. These Dual Transmitting-Receiving operations are not possible with CDMA.

๐ŸŒ Gazelle.com is very easy to use. You go on-line select the menu items at the top-left of their opening screen, once you’ve identified YOUR iPhone, its memory size, and your Carrier, then a panel opens with Three Simple Condition Choices: BROKEN, GOOD, PERFECT. Gazelle defines these conditions in every day language, so you don’t need a law degree to make the selection. With each selection a Price is displayed in the Offer Box. If you agree with this offer, you may then establish an “Account” identifying yourself, how you desire to be paid, address, email address, etc.

๐ŸŒ Gazelle.com establishes a unique reusable account, you have a Confirmed Offer, subject to their examination and acceptance of your iPhone and its stated condition. The Offer is Effective for a Limited Time, like 30 days; however, Gazelle last year extended their Committed Offer to 45 to 60 days to encourage more Sellers to register their iPhones. BTW the 30 day Commitment is determined by the Date of the Offer and Day that UPS scans-receives your item for delivery to Gazelle. If you miss the date, the Commitment is Terminated, no exceptions, as the pricing of their offers, generally Decreases with Time.

๐ŸŒ Timing Strategy. Lets assume you believe that the iPhone 5S may be deliverable to your Front Door by an on-line pre-order, or you buy at the Apple Store on Friday, September 27th. Total Guess as no one knows. To make sure you time this to your advantage, get your offer from Gazelle, which starts the 30-Day-Meter, on Monday September 9th. This gives you until October 8th to have your UPS Gazelle carton scanned by the UPS Agent for your iPhone 5. This gives you a one Week cushion, in the event the iPhone 5S is released a week later say, on October 4th.

๐ŸŒ More Strategy. In the event Apple dons not release the iPhone 5S within the window of time set by Gazelle’s Offer deadline, simply do not send the iPhone 5 to Gazelle, as there is no penalty for your failing to deliver, or just cancel their Offer. Repeat the Timing Strategy above every three weeks, so that you always have a Live Unexpired 30-day Offer in place, awaiting your deliver your New iPhone 5S.

๐ŸŒ Gazelle.com Android Smart Phones. Gazelle does provide price commitments for Android devices too, such as the Galaxy S3 and S4, however they are priced significantly lower than similar iPhone models and age. The Galaxy S4 their most current model in Good Condition is priced at $210, for the Galaxy S3 priced at $145. Apparently global demand is significantly lower for Good Condition used Samsung smart phones.

๐ŸŒ iPhones Get 50% High Commitments from Gazelle.com as compared to similar Samsung models.

๐ŸŒ The PLAN is for YOU to have TWO iPhones at the same time for 5 to 10 days. This gives you time to make sure everything is working on the New iPhone 5S before you give up to Gazelle your iPhone 5. Also if you misplaced the ear-buds, you can take the new ear-buds from the 5S box, and place it in the iPhone 5 carton to send to Gazelle. Generally, to make sure I get the “Perfect” rating on the iPhone, I take the Charger, the Charging Wire, and the Ear-Buds, all other Packaging Materials from the NEW iPhone Box, and placing same into the OLD iPhone Box, along with the OLD iPhone.

๐ŸŒ Before You Ship to Gazelle. Follow Gazelle’s Procedures and Packaging Instructions to the letter.

๐ŸŒ Preparation of the OLD and NEW iPhones. The 8โƒฃ steps below explain what you should to with your OLD iPhone in preparation of its sending to Gazelle. In sum, we are making sure your iPhone information and settings are up to date, then restoring this information from the CLOUD into the NEW iPhone, removing the SIM card from your AT&T iPhone (there is no SIM card in Verizon or Sprint iPhones):
1โƒฃ Back Up your existing iPhone to the CLOUD now, to assure that all your iPhone content will be brought into your New iPhone. When you power-up the New iPhone for the first time, the menues will ask you if you want to…
2โƒฃ AT&T iPhones where there is a SIM Card, open the miniature SIM Card Tray on the right side of the iPhone, remove the SIM Card, and place this Simcard into Your New iPhone. There will be a SIM Card in the New iPhone, so you are swapping SIM Cards.
3โƒฃ AT&T iPhones where there is a SIM Card, open the miniature SIM Card Tray on the right side of the iPhone, remove the SIM Card, and place this Simcard into Your New iPhone. There will be a SIM Card in the New iPhone, so you are swapping SIM Cards.
4โƒฃ Restore your New iPhone from your CLOUD, select Yes, and everything, calendars, address book, photos, email accounts, all yur Apps and the location of the Apps, ring-tones, background wallpapers, ect… will be brough into your new iPhone.
5โƒฃ Make sure everything is AOK, With the new iPhone On and Operating, make a few calls, make sure everyting is working OK. You will have to Enter your email passwords, as the restore process does not save nor bring over your passwords. The restore may take 30 minutes. Be in a WiFi area and Do Not Interrupt the Restore Process.
6โƒฃ Everyting is OK on the New iPhone, put it aside, you tested it, and its Good to Use.
7โƒฃ Caution. Be sure everything is operating OK on the NEW iPhone, before Resetting the OLD iPhone. For example, if the New iPhone was defective, you could receive an immediate replacement, and Restore this 2nd New iPhone 5S with your OLD iPhone.
8โƒฃ Reset the OLD iPhone, make sure the SIM Card was removed, (step 3โƒฃ). Turn on the OLD iPhone; go to the Settings App, this is a Gray Icon decorated with Gray Gears. Select: General. Select: Reset, Select: “Erase All Content and Settings.” When making this selection it will give you two “Are You Sure” opportunities to abort this Total Reset. This Reset process is Not Reversable.

๐ŸŒ Ship your OLD iPhone to Gazelle. You are now ready to package the old iPhone, however, setp-by-step Follow Gazelle’s Procedures to the letter, which includes placing a copy of the Gazelle paperword into the shipping box. From the date you deliver the Box to UPS, (Get a Paper Receipt from the UPS Agent, so you can prove you shipped it, and within 30 days) you should be paid within about 9 calendar days, that’s my experience.

๐ŸŒ Consider this. Traditionally, with an AT&T subsidy for example… You arrive at the AT&T store and want a new iPhone 5S; You sign a new 2-Year Contract, and Pay $200 to AT&T. Since the iPhone 5S costs $600 priced by Apple, when you buy the iPhone 5S, AT&T sends to Apple your $200+$400 from AT&T’s account.

๐ŸŒ Credit Check by the Carrier. There are two reasons that AT&T considers your credit-rating, the carrier is looking for payment history giving then assurance that you will pay your monthly cellular bill, and the carrier is advancing in your behalf a $400 subsidy it pays Apple. Recall you are paying $200 for a $600 iPhone, AT&T is paying $400 in our behalf, and “trusts” that you will honor your 2-year services contract.

๐ŸŒ Over the two years of the services contract the $400 that AT&T paid in your behalf, this subsidy is costing you in effect $400/24 which accounts for $16.70/month, although this $16.70/month is built into your cellular services package; this amount not assessed to you as an add-on installment for the hardware. At the end of your 2-year contract period, the iPhone-5 is essectially “paid in full” and is yours with no other payments for the iPhone.

๐ŸŒ Consider this too. Lets assume that I desire the new iPhone 5S in September. AT&T tells me that there is a $250 Early Termination Fee in 2013, because the termination is 12 months early, when I acquired the iPhone 5 in 2012. So for me to take on the new iPhone 5S, I have to pay the termination fee of $250 plus pay $200 for the new iPhone 5S assuming you do not choose a $100 memory upgrade (AT&T subsidized). As a result I would have to pay AT&T $250+$200=$450, and I would have signed a new 2-year commitment to AT&T and, have the "free and clear" iPhone 5. The early Termination Fee is actually reimbursing AT&T for the unpaid balance of the $400 they paid for my iPhone 5 plus a little extra.

๐ŸŒ Gazelle Comes to the Rescue. Go on-line to http://www.Gazelle.com and get an offer from Gazelle. Today I logged onto Gazelle’s site for this Article; their current Offer to Buy my iPhone 5 is $350 in “Perfect” condition, which means no scratches flawless iPhone 5 + I retained the original Box all the packaging materials, Charger, Wire and Ear Buds. We always have our iPhones in cases, so there no signs of typical use. If there were some scratches, all the buttons are in place, no cracks or broken display glass, the Gazelle offering price is classified as ‘Good” $320. We have sold 10 Apple devices to Gazelle for years, recycling 6 iPhones and 4 iPads. Gazelle’s system is honest, their pricing includes UPS shipping to Gazelle. They Paid directly into our PayPal account in about 9 days from the Date I handed the Box to the UPS Agent (get a paper receipt from the UPS agent).

๐ŸŒ Consider This. If you don’t mind dealing with Gazelle, which is actually effortless, and assuming the AT&T Early Termination Fee is $250 this year, and the new iPhone 5S costs me $200, then I’m in the deal for $450. However, Gazelle is sending me $350, therefore the exchange for the new iPhone 5S will cost out of pocket ($450-$350) a net of about $100.

๐ŸŒ One More Thing. If you desire to reCycle your iPhone every 2 years, for example you have the iPhone 4S, and its now about two years later. There would be no Early Termination fee. Gazelle will pay you $215 for a normal wear iPhone 4S. AT&T with their traditional 2 year Contracts calls for your to pay $200 for the New iPhone 5S; However, Gazelle is paying you $215, therefore there is no cost to you to upgrade to the iPhone 5S with 2-year cycles.

๐ŸŒ If you are an AT&T subscriber, chances are you have a plan in which you sign up for a 2-year contract, and you are Committed to your iPhone for 2 years. AT&T is changing things up for those that want the "Latest and Greatest" every time iPhone releases a new iteration.

๐ŸŒ AT&T is offering a New Annual iPhone Upgrade Plan that gives you Yearly Upgrades. However, the first iPhone is not subsidized. First, this is how the AT&T subsidy works. You arrive at the AT&T store and want a new iPhone 5; You have sign a new 2-Year Contract, and Pay $200 to AT&T. Since the iPhone 5 costs $600 from Apple, AT&T actually sends to Apple your $200+$400 from AT&T’s account.

๐ŸŒ Alternatively, the AT&T New Upgrade Plan. The New Upgrade Plan, you pay full price, $600, for your new iPhone in Cash on Day one, with 2-year Contract. For instance, say you buy an iPhone 5, and you choose to pay the $600. However, you may chose to make payments to AT&T for the new iPhone with $30/month installments, instead of $600 on day one, which is added to your standard cell-phone monthly bill. Lets pretend this plan started for you in September, 2012 when you acquired the iPhone 5, using AT&T’s Installment Payment plan of $30/month. In 12 months you’re into the iPhone 5 for 360.

๐ŸŒ Its September, 2013 and the iPhone 5S may be released. This new AT&T Plan permits you to trade in your iPhone 5, after only one-year has passed, and paying $360 in installments. No Problem you get the new iPhone 5S. However, your $30/month installment plan that you’ve paid Twelve $30 payments, refreshes to a new 2-year installment arrangement. However, you got a new iPhone 5S.


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