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many other re­tail­ers) of­fer some kind of a trade-in pro­gramme and, de­pend­ing on your phone’s con­di­tion, there’s a fairly good chance you’ll be able to walk away with a new one with­out spend­ing a for­tune.

They take care of in­spec­tion and trans­fer right on the spot, and in our ran­dom checks, Ap­ple’s Re­use and Re­cy­cling pro­gram gave the high­est pay­outs of any of the re­tail stores (even with­out the small amount ex­tra you’ll get for hav­ing the orig­i­nal USB cable and power adapter ly­ing around). Just be in the know that there’s a fair amount of fluc­tu­a­tion (es­pe­cially around the launch of a new model), so it’ll pay to check all of your op­tions be­fore hand­ing it over.

If you’re will­ing to invest a lit­tle more ef­fort, how­ever, you might be able to get a few ex­tra quid. The web­site com­pare­an­drecy­cle.co.uk will give you plenty of price com­par­isons from many sites that will buy your phone for cash, in­clud­ing big names such as En­vi­roPhone, the mo­bile net­works and Ap­ple’s re­tail sys­tem. There are also other op­tions, in­clud­ing tesco­mo­bil­ere­cy­cling.com from Tesco, mazu­mamo­bile.com and many oth­ers. In our ex­pe­ri­ence, the re­tail stores and Ap­ple of­ten of­fered amounts that were bet­ter than many of the on­line op­tions, though.

But, as with a lot of things, your best bet is eBay. If your con­tract has fin­ished, most of the mo­bile net­works should un­lock your old phone for you with­out much fuss when re­quested. And, bear in mind, this will go a long way to­ward max­imis­ing the phone’s value on the auc­tion block. Add an

Most of the mo­bile net­works should un­lock your old phone for you with­out too much has­sle

orig­i­nal box and in­clude all the trim­mings, and you could be look­ing at an ex­tra £50 over what Ap­ple gives you, de­pend­ing on con­di­tion. If you don’t want to tie your­self to a sin­gle car­rier, you can get a de­cent deal on pay-as-you-go, pro­vided you buy an un­locked iPhone first. But while you’re un­likely to find a bar­gain on the lat­est model, you don’t have to drop hun­dreds on last year’s tech. You won’t find iPhones in Ap­ple’s Cer­ti­fied Re­fur­bished Store, but there are sev­eral eBay stores that of­fer deals on pre-owned, fac­tory un­locked hand­sets. Fac­tory Cer­ti­fied, for ex­am­ple, (stores.ebay.com/fac­tory-cer­ti­fied) was of­fer­ing a 16GB iPhone 5 for £314 (in­clud­ing fees), which in­cludes a full one-year Ap­ple war­ranty. But the real steal was a 64GB ver­sion of the iPhone 5 for just £327 – in­clud­ing postage and im­port fees. That’s more than £200 cheaper than an un­locked 32GB iPhone 5c, de­spite hav­ing prac­ti­cally iden­ti­cal com­po­nents and dou­ble the stor­age. Else­where on eBay, you can grab new 5s hand­sets for £50 less.

Ad­di­tion­ally, Ap­ple has loos­ened its grip on re­tail pric­ing, so if you’re vig­i­lant, there are now some deals to be found at places such as Ama­zon. You might not see mark­downs on the lat­est mod­els shortly after re­lease, of course, but you can find £40 or £50 or so knocked off the nor­mal un­locked price. The mo­bile phone net­works will also do big dis­counts on sub­sidised mod­els with con­tracts ev­ery so of­ten too.

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