I don't care about new phones

It’s my job to tell you how wonderful the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are going to be. It’s my job to give you all the fresh info about new phones and new products and the cutting edge news on the tech industry, but deep down I’m just feeling deflated about the whole thing and I don’t think you need another person shouting at you over the internet about how you must have this or you must do that.

Can a new phone really change your life? Does a new phone warrant a huge press release and endless tweets complaining about the live feed breaking down? Have we all just gotten a little too far away from what is important in life?

There is an article floating around social media about how Steve Jobs never let his kids use iPhones or iPads. I haven’t even opened it. Just the title alone makes me roll my eyes.

Technology, technology, technology. It’s all around us. We are told we need to learn it. We are told we need to have more of it in our schools. We are told we are giving our child too much of it, we are told it’s ruining our life. We are told we have to have it and in the same breath made guilty for it’s use. It’s enough to make someone feel very confused about what’s right or wrong.

When I was young one lazy afternoon I tried to see how long I could stay on the phone with my best friend. I think we made it a few hours before moving on to something else. We were stuck in one place with the phone plugged into the wall. There was peace in fully connecting to someone else despite the distance between us.

My first exposure to personal technology was a Nintendo. Mario Brothers was my game of choice. My brother and I would spend hours trying to rescue the princess.

In high school my biggest exposure to computers was learning how to type on one. That’s it.

So what am I trying to say? I am not really sure. I just know that I’m feeling kind of “meh…” about the whole thing. I don’t want a new phone to be made into a holy grail but at the same time I don’t want to be told my desire to have a new phone or be connected via technology is wrong. I guess I just don’t want people bossing me around or telling me what I should be thinking.

I want what I’ve always wanted.

I want to connect with the people I care about, just like that lazy Saturday afternoon when my friend and I pledged to stay on the phone as long as possible. I want to be able to take a few minutes if I feel like it to play a game or scroll Instagram, because sometimes when life is just a little too much to deal with, that helps. If a new phone and the advancement of technology helps me do that better, well then I guess that’s ok. I’ll put up with all the fuss connected with it.

What’s frustrating you about technology? What does your cell phone do for you? You can continue this conversation with me over on SellYourCell.com’s Facebook Page.

 

iphone6p-gold-select-2014If you are purchasing an Apple iPhone for the first time and are buying the new iPhone 6, you will be happy to know a trend we have noticed that has held true for several years now.

You will never need to spend money on a new iPhone again.

For the past several years the iPhone (depending on the carrier) will hold a value way above the original contracted  purchase price of $200. All you need to do is sell your old phone and put that money towards the new one. You will likely have cash leftover.

There is no other electronic product on the market that holds value like the iPhone.

If you plan to purchase an iPhone for the first time or will be upgrading your current iPhone to the iPhone 6, SellYourCell.com is your best online resource. We have 10 years of experience in the cell phone resale business and take pride in the fact that we promote safe and effective recycling options for old phones while staying on top of the market to get you the most value for your merchandise.

You can see how much your phone is worth HERE.

sell-your-cell-iphone6If you will be upgrading your phone when the new iPhone 6 comes out later this month SellYourCell.com is the best option for you to make some cash. For a factory-unlocked (meaning it is not tied to any carrier) we are currently offering $360. That is significantly more than you will get trading your phone in for upgrade value with your carrier and it is the best price you will find on the internet.

Apple products hold their value more than any other product in the electronics industry. That iPhone 4s sitting in your drawer is worth more than you think. At SellYourCell.com we currently offer up to $120 for an iPhone 4s in good condition.

The best way for you to get top dollar for you iPhone is to “unlock” it. That means it is no longer ties to a specific carrier and can be used on any network. Many companies say they offer unlocking services, but they are all scams. The way to properly unlock your phone is to call your carrier and ask them to do it. Different carriers have different policies in place regarding the procedure for unlocking phones so you will need to check with your cellular provider your phone is currently tied to.

With the upcoming release of the iPhone 6, SellYourCell.com is ready to give you the swiftest service and the highest prices around.

Go check out what your phone is worth www.SellYourCell.com

 

I love my wife, but sometimes her cell phone habits are quite annoying. I’ve been observing her lately to determine what it is that frustrates me the most.

I have narrowed it down to 8 distinct actions.

1. Right when she gets to the front of the coffee line she holds it up because she is finishing a text.

Being on your phone while waiting in line is understandable, but when you get to the front of the line, come on! Get off the phone and order your tall skinny decaff vanilla latte with only one pump.

2. Before she drinks her coffee she takes a picture of it.

I mean, really?

3. Yesterday during date night I think she may have posted to Facebook in the bathroom.

I started getting notifications from everyone asking me what we had ordered at the hot new restaurant in town.

4. She starts to browse the internet when I drive.

I don’t know why, but when I am driving and totally bored, her being on her phone drives me nuts. I am not a chauffeur.

5. When I get home from work and she is on her phone.

Ok, it’s not 1955, I don’t expect a martini and a food rub, but when I walk in the door and she is scrolling Instagram I just lose it. Of course I don’t tell her I am upset, it just brews until it bubbles over into a blow up, or I have a beer.

6. When she posts our take-out dinner.

She took about 45 pictures of this sushi until it looked good enough to post on Instagram and wouldn’t let our guests eat. I almost lost my mind.

7. She is always on her phone, but when I really need to reach her I can’t.

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8. No explanation needed as to why this is annoying.

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If you want to sell your wife’s phone or are ready to upgrade, we will give you the highest price for your old phone guaranteed. Go to SellYourCell.com

The cell hunt

October 1st is usually a date that ushers in the holiday season. Pumpkin lattes are going strong at the coffee shop, the leaves are starting to turn and you may even start to see, much to your dismay, decorative holiday displays at stores.

Well, October 1st now means so much more if you are a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area. SellYourCell.com is launching the most epic scavenger hunt ever.

We are all excited about the release of the new iPhone 6. I am sure some of you will even be waiting in line for one. Wouldn’t it be so much better if you could find one and get it for free? Wouldn’t it be more fun to work your mental powers, follow the clues  and get a free unlocked iPhone 6?

On October 1st SellYourCell.com will start hiding a total of 6 iPhone 6s in different locations around the Bay Area. We will leave clues on our Facebook Page and Twitter profile that will allow you to hunt down the phone’s location. The first person to find it will be the winner of that phone.

So get ready. A new iPhone 6 might be yours if you’re smart enough and fast enough to find it.

Please spread the word about the Cell Hunt. Social network engagement will be key in finding these phones. You can follow the tweets using the hashtag #TheCellHunt.

 

How to fundraise

We have been so excited lately with some community outreach we have been doing to help non-profits make their fundraising goals.

At times it can be hard for non-profits to come up with easy and effective ways to raise money. One method that can be really effective and raise your group hundreds, if not thousands of dollars is to collect donated cell phones and turn them in to SellYourCell.com. We will give non-profit organizations special pricing on any order of 20 or more phones.

We believe that when you are working for the greater good, you deserve support and help. That is why at SellYourCell.com we not only beat any other on-line cell phone recycle company, we go above our regular pricing to give your organization even more money for your collected phones.

For ideas on how to get started or assistance with setting up your fundraising campaign, please contact ian@SellYourCell.com.

Every day we work to add new cellular devices to our list of phones we can purchase from you. We currently accept 324 different models. This includes Apple, Blackberry, HTC, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony.

At SellYourCell.com we will give you the highest price for your phone or tablet. Even that old, cracked phone that is totally dead may be worth something!

So head on over to SellYourCell.com. We are here to make selling your phone fast, easy and reliable.

We even take phones with suspicious holes. No questions asked.

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I’ve been thinking about the growing dependency on technology and the general feeling of being glued to our devices or media sources as they relate to our ability to be present and connect with our fellows.

On one hand, our phones give us incredible power to connect. One could say that the ability to contact anyone we wish or to have at our fingertips access to a wealth of technology not otherwise available is a gift and something not to be discredited.

At times man longs for periods to be truly off the grid and disconnected. It allows him to find peace with his own thoughts and to actually look at the world as it is right in front of him as opposed to through a medium.

I guess what could be healthy is finding a balance between these to.

I resent being told I am on my phone too much or that I am somehow damaging myself, children or the world through the use of technology. If technology can be used to enhance and connect us then it is valuable.

It could be argued that through technology we find a means to not actually connect with anyone. We create an illusion that we are aware and genuine, but hide behind the safety of a screen to reach out to others. I know I have been guilty of this.

So where is the balance? How do you unplug?

I haven’t fully figured that out. I would love to hear from you on what you do to find a balance between your device life and your real life.

We will be having this discussion over on SellYourCell.com’s Facebook Page. Please join us in the discussion.

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Did you know we are running a contest right now over on SellYourCell.com’s Facebook page? The first 5.000 likes will be entered to win a $250 dollar BestBuy gift card!

We are working to create a Facebook community where you can come to ask questions about your phone’s value, learn what is happening in the cell phone industry or just have a good laugh at cell phone related funny content.

So head on over to our Facebook page and like us to be entered to win! Click HERE!

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Old Mobile Phones

If you answer yes to any of these questions you need a new phone.

1. Are you so used to the cracks on your screen you don’t even notice them anymore?

2. Do you still use an MP3 player?

3. Do you own a GPS and use it?

4. When you go to a party do none of your friends have chargers that will work with your phone?

5. Is the only app on your phone the one you can pay your monthly bill through?

6. Do you have a USB internet stick in your bag?

7. Does your mom have a newer model than you?

8. Do you have to wait until you get home to check your email?

9. Do you ask real live people for directions?

10. Does textig “Hi! How are you?” take three minutes?

11. Do you have your contacts backed up on a sim card?

12. Does your phone have an antenna?

13. Is your phone made by Kyocera, Alcatel, ZTE or Huawai?

14. Is your favorite game Snake?

15. Do you go to the library to check Facebook?

Remember, a yes to any of these questions means you should purchase a new phone immediately.

This is a friendly service announcement from SellYourCell.com.

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