Current iPhone Owners: Your Options to Get the Best Out of Upgrading

I understand that maybe Apple was a bit bold in still hanging on to the same overall, external design of the iPhone 4 and by really not adding much to be desired, but there are still some who consider the 4S a worthy upgrade. Regardless of you owing a 3GS or 4, below are your options to go about in order to potentially upgrade to the iPhone 4S.

With the announcement of the iPhone 4S yesterday, I’m aware that Apple disappointed a large number of their followers. Having it been over a year since the last iPhone announcement, people were eager to get their hands on a totally revamped phone – other than Siri and a few hardware additions/improvemenets, there’s really no absolutely compelling reason to buy the phone unless you have a desire to get all of the latest tech from Apple. I, personally, don’t mind that Apple hasn’t changed anything externally, because I like the current iPhone and many others are alongside me as well – those of you wanting to upgrade, here are a few options/tips for you:


If you own an iPhone 3GS or an iPhone 4, and are considering the upgrade when the iPhone is available for preorder and purchase on the 7th and 14th, respectively, then you may want to check you eligibility to upgrade. Yeah, you know when you bought your phone? You mindlessly signed on to a 2-year contract with your carrier. For US customers of AT&T and Verizon (Sprint support coming soon), you can use this handy tool setup by Apple to see what it’ll cost you, if any, to upgrade.


There are multiple ways to get money back for your iPhone. The two that we would recommend, would be Gazelle or better yet Apple themselves.

Apple: Apple’s reuse and recycle program allows owners to send their used iPhones, Macs, iPads and some other things (iPod excluded sadly) and receive an Apple giftcard for the value that your device is worth. Depending on the quality of the device, you’ll get a larger amount. If you’re looking to upgrade, the giftcard you receive from Apple can be used towards a 4S. All you have to do is go to the page (linked above), select your device/model and answer a few questions regarding the device. Upon completing and submitting the questions, you’ll receive a quote from PowerOn, whom Apple have paired up with to offer you the program – shipping is paid for already. The most that you can receive from an iPhone 3GS 32 GB in black was $140, from my experience and $200 for a 32 GB black iPhone 4. Not bad in my honest opinion.

Gazelle: Gazelle lets you pick our product from their large database, answer a few questions and will give you a quote. Prices for perfect iPhones were less than that of Apple’s offers, though.


And if you’re looking to sell your iPhone on eBay or some other site of the same breed, you can get a decent return amount for it. To maximize the outcome of you selling your device, I would recommend that you capitilize on the fact that your phone has issues related to its hardware and setup a Genius Bar appointment today – thus, you can receive a refurbished/new phone to sell rather than the one you’ve been using for the past year(s). This can also apply to iPod Touch owners wanting to upgrade to the iPhone. You can check the status of your 1-year Apple warranty here and can set up a Genius Bar appointment here.


If you have an iPhone 3GS or are looking to bite into the iPhone market but aren’t too enticed by the 4S, then it’s rumored that Apple will start to offer their iPhone 4s for cheaper prices than they’re currently priced. It was already given that the 8GB would be sold after the release of the 4S, but Apple is looking to clear their inventory of other sizes. So go into an Apple store or an other Apple retailer one of these days, and you may be lucky enough to find a discounted iPhone 4 for an irrestibly good price.