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How to sell your old smartphone for cash

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 Thousands of Houstonians lined the rain to get a Friday. That means a lot of older phones are sitting around collecting dust, but there are ways to quickly turn that old smartphone cash.

Bill Hendrix has a trading business in cell phone and said he has seen before: a new model phone is launched and hours later, his shop is flooded with customers.

"We will be hit with an avalanche of people," Hendrix said. "People literally walk, tripping over the sidewalk, almost through the glass because they are playing with their new phone."

Hendrix specializes in buying and selling used cell phones and the No. 1 question that arises is "What is the value of my phone?" The answer is: it depends.

"The phones themselves have become a commodity.'s All based on supply and demand, which changes and all price ranges," said Hendrix.

Hendrix said prices change daily, but usually pay between $ 40 and $ 100 for frequently used numbers.

"If it's so good that it will reduce the value. Scratched if it will decrease the value," he said.

Whether it is an LG, iPhone, Samsung or Sony, and carrier status are the two most important determinants. Phones registered with AT & T or T-Mobile have the highest resale value because they can be transferred to other providers.

"The carrier, because that's what people want. Due to the versatility that is available on these phones and happen to have two carriers," Hendrix said. "They are what everyone wants."

Hendrix has this advice for getting the most out of your old phone:
1 Clean and fully charge the battery.
2 Remove the handset from your account.
3 Bring a copy of your bill to prove anything owed.
4 For greater security, do a factory reset, remembering to remove the SD and SIM card on Samsung phones.

And finally, do your research and deal with a reputable buyer. If you are dealing online, beware the fine print.

"I've never met a person, ever, to send in a phone to an online store and get what you really said was," Hendrix said.

Even if you decide it is not only worth selling your old phone, you should never throw away. Out of date phones can recycled.Click here to visit the city's recycling program electronics Houston.

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