WHILE most Americans are rushing to get the latest version of the iPhone when it comes out, it turns out that having an old phone in your back pocket could be earning you some cash.
In the age of the iPhone 14, nostalgic collectors are offering cash amounts of up to $39,000 to get their hands on unopened first-generation iPhones.
But there are plenty of other retro phones that will change, and you might already have them at home.
You can search on eBay by entering the name of the phone to see what it is worth.
Then choose the “sold” listing and look for the “highest value”.
As always, keep in mind that any item is only worth what someone else is willing to pay for it.
In other words, you’re not guaranteed to get a bargain just by owning a rare, historic phone.
Take a look at some of the best sellers on eBay and ask yourself if you could part with such an item.
1. First Edition iPhone ($10,000)
Apple has created a wide range of customers who regularly line up to get the latest iPhone model.
However, the iPhone 1 is where it all started.
These devices can sell in quite a wide range depending on the quality of the item and its usage.
The first regular iPhone editions sell for between $70 and $100. Many sell with around 25 bids.
But if you happen to have a sealed iPhone, never used before, expect a huge profit.
These gadgets are regularly sold on eBay for $10,000 or even $50,000.
A first-edition iPhone even sold for over $39,000 after a total of 28 auctions.
2. Motorola Dynatac 8000X ($1,500)
When the Motorola Dynatac 8000X debuted, it was the world’s first portable mobile phone.
Although innovative for its time, the airframe weighed about two pounds.
On eBay, the device sells for at least hundreds, but the best finds go for $1,500.
The one that sold for $1,278.48 had 38 bids on eBay.
3. Nokia 8110 ($100)
This phone might not look like much, but it’s actually a relic of a bygone era.
Or at least it made movie history in The Matrix when Neo discovered the object in a package.
Because it’s a collector’s item, a trip to eBay with the gadget could net you an extra $60-100.
Most of them have around 15 bidders on eBay.
4. Blackberry ($70)
In the pre-iPhone era, Blackberrys reigned supreme.
Now the devices have become collectibles, and they regularly go on eBay for $60 to $70.
Many sell with 10 to 15 bids.
Remember that the actual amount you get from the sale of your phone depends on the buyer’s independent appraisal of the item and its value.
5. The Flip Phone ($30)
One phone that hasn’t increased in value over time is the iconic mid-2000s flip phone.
Kyocera Dura flip phones tend to fetch between $20 and $30 on eBay, and a full Motorola RAZR bundle can cost $40, so don’t expect this one to make you rich overnight.
These tend to only get one or two offers in total.
Compared to their price when they reigned supreme in 2006, that’s not much of a profit, but it can lend you some extra spending money now if it’s just at home.
Tips for selling your old phone
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that phones can be easily damaged.
So, as with any collectible, the condition of the phone you own matters a lot.
The less it is used, the higher the value. Unsealed phones work especially well.
The societal or cultural value of the phone will also make it worth much more than just looking at its age.
Most countries turned off their 1G networks decades ago, so that means if your phone was made before 2000, it’s very possible that it won’t actually work anymore.
In this case, the value might just be in its looks and history.
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