It is ‘upgrade to iPhone 5s/5c day’ today so a lot of you will be passing your now old iPhones down to loved ones or selling them through various services. Here are 3 tips to make that gift a little nicer or get a little bit more in a sale.

1. Unlock your iPhone. Your iPhone is worth a lot more if it can be used on any network especially internationally. Unlocking is fairly easy through a carrier (AT&T will do it free after two years after you run a gauntlet) or you can do it through a paid service.

We’re big fans of Chronic Unlocks, which unlocks iPhones for $25 (other phones for less).  Many trade in services will give you $25 more in value from an unlocked phone so it is a no brainer.

2. Got a couple of cracks in the glass? Fix it up quick with a service provider like These services (they have walk-ins too) will have your iPhone (or any iOS device/smartphone) returned in a day or two looking like new. Often the repair cost is less that the value gained at trade in places so again, no brainer. Giving the iPhone to your kids? Cracked Glass? Shame on you!

3. Original packaging. Selling online at eBay or other places you’ll often find that you’ll get a few extra bucks if you have the original box packaging and contents. You can usually skip the earbuds but having the older iPhone come looking as close to original will not only get you more money, but it will also be a better gift to friend or family.

As far as trade in services, Jordan has covered them extensively. You’ll likely get the best return from Gazelle and Amazon, but shop around for the best deal.  Recent prices are below and haven’t changed much for most services:

iPhone 5:

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iPhone 4S:

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