September 2013 – NextWorth

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It’s Time to Upgrade: Comparing Smartphones

As much as we might try to deny it, we know when it’s time to call it quits—time to get rid of your old record player, outdated 90s clothes, and just start living in the 21st century. To become one with this century, updating technology is a must. With that in mind, there’s really no better time to upgrade your iPhone. Confused about where to start? We’ve laid out the details here.

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Some of this year’s latest smartphones include the BlackBerry Z30, HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and, of course, the iPhone 5S and 5C. See which new smartphone is right for you!


The smartphone with the biggest design is the BlackBerry Z30, and of course, coming in as the smallest is the iPhone 5S (the 5C is only slightly larger). If you’re uncomfortable holding a gigantic phone, then you might lean more towards the new iPhones. The new iPhones also take the cake as the lightest smartphones on the market.


Recently, the pixel-counts on smartphones have been counted as extremely sharp versus ridiculously smart. If you want the best display at any size, then the HTC One probably wins that prize. The Galaxy S4 is also up there. Again, if a small display area is your preference, then you’ll want to go with an iPhone.


While the new iPhones are clocking in with processor speeds double that of the old iPhone, the Samsung S4 is still known as the fastest phone with its quad-core processor clocking in at 1.9GHz. However, as far as processing speed goes overall, technology is so advanced in this regard that you don’t even have to worry about speed being an issue with the smartphones that have dual-core processing.


Are you the type of person that keeps full-length movies, thousands of photos, and console-quality games on your phone? If so, you’ll definitely want to max out your storage. When you upgrade to a new smartphone, consider getting the 64GB max storage space option with the iPhone 5S, Galaxy S4, and HTC One. Although for most customers, with unlimited cloud space available, 16GB is probably enough storage space.


With the advanced camera capabilities that most smartphones have, it’s no surprise that people are resorting to them to take pictures. While most of the newest smartphones boast around 8MP for their cameras, the iPhone 5S has a high-quality camera along with improved iSight and a five-element lens.

With all these exciting new features, you don’t want to miss out on the latest and greatest in technology. Upgrade your iPhone with NextWorth to get the best deal for your money.

Ready to upgrade? NextWorth allows you to lock in your price quote for 30 days so you can send in your phone when your new one arrives!  

How to Make Smartphone Ownership More Affordable

Sponsored Post: Don Davidson is a contributor for Money Crashers Personal Finance. He writes about topics related to finance, money savings, and technology.

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More iPhones are now purchased in a day than babies are delivered, and recent research by Cisco projects that by the end of this year there are going to be more smartphones and tablet PCs on Earth than there are humans. In short, we love our smartphones. However, buying one and paying the monthly bill is not cheap. Yes, they’re incredibly convenient devices and you look extremely cool strutting around town with the Internet at your fingertips, but if you’re not careful you might soon find yourself searching the web for advice on how to tackle credit card debt. For some helpful tips on how to make your smartphone ownership more affordable, read on.

1. Cut the Cost of the Device

You should never pay full price for a smartphone. Some providers give you a device free of charge (sometimes for a penny) in exchange for signing a two-year contract, others offer a reduced rate. Just compare multiple service plans and find the one that makes the most sense to you before pulling the trigger on a device. If you don’t see a free phone available from the major providers, sign up for a website like SlickDeals and search for deals and discounts there. There are a lot of options so make sure you choose a model with all the features and benefits you want out of a smartphone.

2. Save on the Data Plan

Billshrink recently reported that many American households pay for close to 8GB of data per month but use only about 25% of that. To avoid paying for data you don’t need, request your recent usage from your carrier and choose a new plan more in-line with it. If you’re new to the world of smartphone ownership, check out websites of the major smartphone carriers that provide calculators which can give you a good estimation of your likely usage—Verizon and AT&T are two good ones. Stay away from unlimited plans unless you’re a smartphone addict.

3. Get Accessories on the Cheap

The worst place to buy accessories is at the Apple store, the sales floor of your smartphone provider, or any brick-and-mortar retailer. Lots of the smaller smartphone accessories like colored skins and protective covers are available for pennies on the dollar on eBay and Amazon. Keep these sites in mind for extra chargers, Bluetooth devices, and headphones as well.

4. Track Your Usage

Just about all smartphone providers have an app that tracks your usage and sends you a text when you’re nearing your monthly limit. This takes about two seconds of your time to install and check on occasion, and by doing so you can avoid ever going over your allotments.

5. Beware of In-App Purchases

If you like to play computer games or have a child who does, beware what you download onto your device. Certain games may be free, but once they start you may be tempted to buy new characters, extra weapons, or open new levels. These costs can add up in a hurry. My son once racked up over $50 in in-app purchases from one game alone.

6. Protect Your Device

Having a cover or case for your smartphone is great, but you have to do more than that to fully protect it – and yourself. Activate the remote swipe feature on your phone and create a difficult-to-decipher password to unlock it. Dropping your smartphone can cost you a pretty penny, but repairing a stolen identity could cost you thousands of dollars.

7. Save on an Upgrade

If you need a new device, in addition to cutting the cost of the actual purchase price, make sure you unload your old one to recoup some of your initial investment. With NextWorth, you can get a quote online for your old device and then ship it in for free. To upgrade instantly, take your device to one of NextWorth’s over 1,500 partner retail stores, including Target. It’s a fast and convenient way to drum up some funds for that next iPhone or Samsung Galaxy upgrade.

Closing Remarks

Once you make smartphone ownership as affordable as possible, put that device to work and start generating some cash with it. With the EasyShift app you earn cash by price-checking retail items in stores and snapping photos, and with the mylikes app you can earn money by sharing video or text links to products on your social media accounts. That’s the perfect partner strategy to reducing costs—generating some cold hard cash to pay your monthly bill.

What ways can you think of to make smartphone ownership more affordable?

NextWorth Offers More Ways to Trade-in with Lenovo Agreement

We’re happy to announce that we’ve reached an agreement with Lenovo, the largest PC manufacturer in the world, to offer you more opportunities to sell your electronics. This program is geared towards making laptop and tablet upgrades more affordable. The Lenovo trade-in program allows you to conveniently trade-in used laptops, tablets, smartphones, e-readers, music players,Read More

Earn Double Rewards on iPhone Trade-ins with NextWorth’s Refer-a-Friend Program

We’re back giving you the best price when you sell your iPhone to NextWorth! From partnered promo codes to our 5-Star Price Guarantee, we’re working to put money in your pocket when upgrading to the iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. That’s why we’re offering double rewards for members of our Refer-a-Friend program when their friendsRead More

5 Things You Didn’t Know About the iPhone

Here at NextWorth, we’ve been following iPhone rumors and the official Apple announcement each year, and consider ourselves experiments in the Apple world. However, there are definitely things we don’t know about the iPhone so we put our heads together and conducted thorough research to uncover some interesting facts! Take a look at some ofRead More

10 Tweets Explaining Why You Should Sell Your iPhone to NextWorth

NextWorth is working to offer you the best iPhone trade-in deals to help you upgrade to the iPhone 5S or 5C for free! But don’t just take our word for it, see what people are saying about NextWorth on Twitter: Well, I’m due for a phone upgrade and Nextworth is giving me enough money toRead More

How Smartphones Are Replacing Your Digital Camera

With the recent Apple Announcement about the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, we’re all buzzing about their impressive capabilities. The iPhone 5S in particular is slated to have a much better camera—better even than your digital camera you might ask? Some would say, yes. As we take a look into new technology, we can pinpointRead More

Apple Announcement: It’s the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

Apple officially put the iPhone rumors to rest this week as they launched their new products at a highly publicized Apple event in San Francisco. If you weren’t able to follow our live Apple announcement news on Twitter, we’ve compiled the information that you need to know. Key takeaways from the announcement is that AppleRead More

Announcing the “Win the Next iPhone” Winner

Now that we know what the next iPhone is, we’re happy to announce that Jennifer H. won the iPhone 5S in our Facebook giveaway. Congratulations, Jennifer! We’ve contacted Jennifer via email so she can claim her prize. Thanks to everyone for entering, make sure to bookmark the NextWorth blog for new contests and giveaways asRead More

Sell your iPhone with NextWorth for the Most Cash

NextWorth is back with a brand new look, and better prices on your electronic trade-ins. In fact, we’ve improved our service to offer you the 5-Star Price Guarantee suite of features! Plus, we’re doing everything we can to help you upgrade to the new iPhone when it’s released. The Apple iPhone Trade-in program isn’t theRead More