5 Insider Tricks To Maximize The Value Of Your iPhone Trade In

by Bruce Friedman on November 25, 2014

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iPhone Einstein Has Partnered with Technollo To Help You Responsibly Sell Your Used iPhone (and Other Smartphones) This Holiday Season.

2014 has seen a big jump in consumer attitudes around selling their existing phone to partially, and in some cases totally, cover the cost of an upgrade. But maximizing the value of your trade-in phone can be tricky so iPhone Einstein has partnered up with Technollo.com to help with some insider tips on how to be safe and get the most value from your once loved smartphone this holiday season.

Buy The Right Phone.  When purchasing a cell phone you should consider what it might be worth when you sell it. A recent survey conducted by Technollo of over 300 models shows that what you buy, and what carrier you buy it from, has a big impact on how much it will be worth when you sell it.


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iCloud Unlock Your iPhone. Probably the biggest impact to value is selling an iCloud locked versus unlocked phone. Since iOS 7 Apple has made resetting phones by third parties expensive. iCloud unlocking your phone is easy, only takes a few minutes and can increase the value of your iPhone by more than $100. If you don’t know if your item is locked or not you can check it through the Apple website.

You can unlock your iPhone or any other IOS device by:

  • Signing into your iCloud account 
  • Click “All Devices” to open a list of devices linked to your account, then select the device to be removed. It should show a gray dot or the word “Offline” next to the device name.
  • Click “Remove from Account” to remove the device from your account.

Do A Hard Reset & Erase.  According to Technollo President Armando Filoteo, up to 60% of phones arrive with personal data still intact.

“We take careful steps to remove the data on the items that come to us, but other vendors may not be so cautious.” Says Filoteo. “When you hand your precious iPhone to a clerk at Best Buy or at a carrier store, do you really know where it is going?”

Take a few minutes to back up your iPhone to iCloud or iTunes and then hit the reset. You can find the reset in your iOS device under “Settings->General->Reset-> Erase All Content and Settings.”

Send Multiple Phones. One of the easiest and least know insider tips to bump up the value of your iPhone is to sell more than one at a time. Processors like Technollo incur a cost for every package that comes in. Most return kits will accommodate multiple phones, so when you send more than one phone at a time ask for a better deal. You will be pleasantly surprised how accommodating they can be for this simple change.

Get a Promo Code. During the Christmas season iPhone buyback programs are competing for your business. Most processors are running promotions and all you have to do is ask. The awesome folks at Technollo have sent us a promo code for those of you considering selling your iPhone or other smartphone this season. At checkout enter EMC2 for your bonus!

Have a great holiday and be safe out there!

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Uber NYC General Manager Faced “Disciplinary Actions” For Privacy Violations

by Johana Bhuiyan on November 29, 2014

A BuzzFeed News report prompted Uber to investigate Josh Mohrer for accessing this reporter’s account without express permission.

Josh Mohrer, Uber NYC general manager, at a TLC public hearing earlier this year.

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An Uber spokesperson said the company has “taken disciplinary actions” against Josh Mohrer, the New York City general manager, after launching an investigation into two separate incidents and possible privacy violations 10 days ago.

Mohrer, as BuzzFeed News reported, accessed this reporter's personal Uber account twice without express permission, including one occasion during which he tracked a ride in real time.

Only a day after the initial BuzzFeed News report about Mohrer's actions and SVP Emil Michael's comments suggesting the company hire opposition researchers to dig up dirt on journalists, Uber head of communications Nairi Hourdajian wrote and published the company's privacy policy on the site for the first time. However, the policy itself, according to Hourdajian, has always been in place and in fact employees are notified of the policy multiple times including in writing.

“Violations of this policy do result in disciplinary action, including the possibility of termination and legal action,” a previous statement from the company read.

As Slate first reported, Uber would not go into detail about what the disciplinary action would entail or whether these actions affect his role as general manager in Uber's second largest market in the United States. As the incidents and Mohrer's actions warranted disciplinary action, it's clear the company found them in violation of its privacy policy.

BuzzFeed News reached out for more information, including who performed the investigation and exactly what action Mohrer faced, but Uber representative Natalia Montalvo said they were not providing any additional details.

Originally Posted By BuzzFeed - Tech

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