Is it finally time to upgrade to that new smartphone you’ve had your eye on for months? Are you hoping to sell your phone so you can buy a new one? Do you need to make some quick money disposing of all those old phones cluttering up your home?

Unlock.Zone recommends these five steps (which apply for all makes and models of mobile phone) to help you get the maximum value for your phone:

  1. The first question to ask yourself is, “can I use my phone on any network globally?”. If you can’t it’s probably carrier locked, especially if you purchased the phone from your network provider. If you need to you can check which network your phone is locked to, and in which country. If you can’t be bothered to leave the comfort of your own home, or don’t think you can survive without your precious phone, even for a few days by leaving it at a phone store, we recommend using an online cell phone unlocking service like Unlock.Zone. Complete the simple form online on their site and in a few days you’ll receive simple unlocking instructions by e-mail.
  2. Ensure you delete all traces of your personal data from the phone and then factory reset it. Remove all of your contacts, photo albums plus all your apps, videos and music you have probably gradually accumulated.
  3. Would you like to provide added value? As you are undoubtedly aware, there are a ton of dodgy phones on the second-hand market. If you really want your phone to stick out, we suggest including an IMEI Check report as proof for interested parties to reassure them that your phone hasn’t been blacklisted (through theft, or being reported as lost).
  4. Thoroughly clean the phone and spend a few minutes making things look as new as possible. Remove any protective screen and case it may be in, and ensure you get as much dirt out of the nooks and crannies as possible. If you have a case in good condition, why not give it a quick scrub and include it in the sale – it will probably help you sell your phone quicker!
  5. Finally, where should you offer your phone for sale? The easiest option would be to find someone within your circle of friends or a member of your family, however if that’s not possible there are 1000s of Consumer to Consumer (C2C) websites like eBay or eBid you can use. Alternatively, Swappa and Glyde are popular sites dedicated almost exclusively to trading phones and tablets.

More information: Unlock Your Phone, IMEI Checks