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4 reasons to trade in your old smartphone or tablet after the holidays

4 reasons to trade in your old smartphone or tablet after the holidays

1/21/2014

Despite your sly hints at wanting an upgraded mobile device, your family and friends may not have had the foresight to buy you a brand new smartphone or tablet as a holiday gift. But that might not be such a bad thing, after all. Choosing the right device is a highly personal matter, and let's face it: It's difficult even for those who know you best to make that decision for you and get it right.

But it's likely that December left you with a bit of cash to burn, and especially if you take advantage of trade-in programs, the new year may just be the perfect time to invest in a device upgrade. Here are four reasons to consider trading in your old device and devoting a portion of your Christmas money to a new model.

1. Be on the cutting edge
Mobile device releases happen at a rapid pace, and chances are that there have been a few new models to hit the market since you got your last upgrade. Still using the iPhone 4S or 5? You may be impressed with just how much of a step up the iPhone 5S or 5C feels. And what Android user hasn't spent some time desiring a top-of-the-line model like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or the HTC One? Alternatively, you might consider holding onto that wad of cash for a little while longer and springing for the newest device right when it's released. 

2. Stop staring at a cracked screen
The shattered display may be considered chic in some circles, but anybody who says they don't find it inconvenient to use and frustrating to look at is most likely lying. Rather than deal with difficult-to-read text and images - not to mention the awful crunch when you try to type on a cracked screen - until your plan says you can upgrade, a trade-in could be your ticket to clarity.

3. Opt for longevity
Apple enthusiasts' complaints about iOS 7's drain on the battery life of their older iPhones and iPads are well-known - so much so, in fact, that Tech Republic recently published a series of tips for keeping a charge.

"After upgrading your iPhone to iOS 7, you may discover that your battery life isn't what it once was. This is because iOS 7 comes [with] a few more background services (and other features) that help drain your phone's battery," the source noted.

But the newest Apple devices keep a better charge with iOS 7. Furthermore, a sturdier new smartphone or tablet might end up staying intact and high-performing for a longer time than the model you're currently using.

4. More for less
It's important to remember that maintaining an aging device is an investment in itself. Many mobile phone insurance programs require steep upfront fees for users who want to replace their devices after damage befalls them. In the long run, trading in your old device for a new one might save you money.

ProtectCELL's smartphone protection plans offer phone buyback options - up to 50 percent of the full cost of your device in the first year, and 25 percent in year two - so you don't have to wait forever for an upgrade.

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