iPhone 14 Released: Everything You Need To Know

iPhone 14 Released: Everything You Need To Know

The Apple iPhone 14 series is now official and is ready to be released. The new iPhones were made official at Apple’s Far Out event. And as speculated, there have been some controversial changes to this year’s iPhone lineup. 



iPhone 14 Release Date

The iPhone 14, 14 Pro, and 14 Pro Max are set to be released on September 16th, 2022. With iPhone 14 Plus release date being scheduled later to October 7th, 2022.

New Features and Changes

Here are some of the major changes and new features coming to the newly released iPhone 14:

  • Apple has killed off the Mini iPhone series in favor of a bigger screen version of the base iPhone model. Now called the iPhone 14 Plus, sporting a 6.7-inch screen.
  • In a controversial move by Apple, the non-Pro iPhone 14s now ship with last year’s A15 Bionic chip. So only the Pro iPhones get the new A16 Bionic. Further widening the gap between the Pro and non-Pro iPhones. And no, this is not an iPhone 14 thing only. It’s going to happen with every future iPhone lineup.
  • The Pro iPhones now come with a larger 1/1.3-inch camera sensor. And in one of the biggest changes to the iPhone 14 Pro series, the Pro iPhone 14s now features a high-resolution 48MP camera.
  • iPhones can now shoot 8k videos. This is as a result of the new 48MP camera on the Pro iPhone 14s. So only the Pro iPhones have 8k recording.
  • The Pro models now come with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate that can go as low as 1Hz when your screen is static to save battery.
  • One of the standout features of the new iPhones is the long-rumored Satellite Connectivity. This feature allows the iPhone 14s to send messages via a Satellite connection without the need for an internet connection.
  • Another big change to the newly released Pro iPhone lineup is the new pill shape cutout. And the introduction of Dynamic Island. It’s basically a feature that embraces the notch and uses it to display UI elements, timers, etc
  • In an unexpected move, Apple has switched to eSim only in the US. Taking out the sim tray in US iPhone 14 models only.


iPhone 14 Specs

SpecsiPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 14 ProiPhone 14 Pro Max
Weight (grams)172203206240
Memory & Storage


128GB, 256GB,



128GB, 256GB,



128GB, 256 GB, 512GB, 1024GB


128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1024GB


6.1-inch OLED


6.7-inch OLED



ProMotion XDR

OLED 1-120Hz


ProMotion XDR

OLED 1- 120Hz


Apple A15

Bionic w/5-core GPU

Apple A15

Bionic w/5-core GPU

Apple A16

Bionic hexa-core

Apple A16

Bionic hexa-core

Rear Camera

Main: 12MP

Ultra-wide:  12MP

Main: 12MP



Main: 48MP



3X Telephoto:


Main: 48MP

Ultra-wide: 12MP

3X Telephoto:


Front Camera12MP12MP12MP12MP
Charging Speed

20W wired

15W Magsafe

7.5W Qi wireless charging

20W wired

15W Magsafe

7.5W Qi wireless charging 

23W wired 

15W Magsafe

7.5W Qi wireless charging

27W wired

15W Magsafe

7.5W Qi wireless charging 

Battery Capacity3279mAh4325mAh3200mAh4323mAh
iPhone Released DateSeptember 16th, 2022October 7th, 2022September 16th, 2022September 16th, 2022
iPhone 14 Prices (USA Only) $799 $899 $999 $1,099

iPhone 14 Release Price

In the US, the newly released iPhone 14s keep the same price tag as its predecessors. Except for the Plus, as it didn’t exist in the last Generation. So, that translates to $1,099 for the Pro Max, $999 for the Pro, $899 for the Plus, and $799 for the base 14 iPhone.

Outside the US, all iPhone 14 models received price hikes. The new prices are dependent on your region.


Where to Buy the iPhone 14

For now, you can purchase the iPhone 14 series off of Apple’s website. In the coming months you will be able to purchase the iPhone 14 as a certified pre-owned iPhone off of SmartphonesPLUS.com


Free E-Commerce Exchange Location in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City / Coralville

Free E-Commerce Exchange Location in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City / Coralville

Due to an increase in online scams, SmartphonesPLUS will be designating both of our locations as free e-commerce exchange locations for public use. Simply stop by either of our Iowa locations during regular business hours to meet up with your buyer or seller and exchange goods. Safety should be top of mind when buying or selling on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, OfferUp, or any other marketplace.

Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing that there is a 3rd party present along with 24/7 video/audio surveillance to witness the exchange take place and keep you safe. For any transactions that involve cellular devices (phones, watches, tablets, etc..) we will be providing device background checks free of charge so that you can have the comfort of knowing that the device is not account locked, lost/stolen, and 100% compatible with your carrier of choice.

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Recycling Old Phones and Electronics - How It Can Save the Environment

Recycling Old Phones and Electronics – How It Can Save the Environment

Ever wonder what happens to all your old electronics when you dump them in the garbage? How many electronics do you think one household generates in a year; probably not a lot right? I mean how much harm could a phone or a tablet really do?

According to the Global E-Waste Monitor 2020 report, we have collectively generated over 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste in 2019 with numbers almost doubling the following year. We have been witnessing upward trends since the last 5 years and worst part is very little of all the e-waste generated is ever recycled. In fact, only a mere 17.3% of all this waste were recycled.

Now, we know that a lot of precious metals are used in the manufacturing of phones and other electronics. Which means that an estimated $60 billion (yes, that Billion with a “B”) worth of gold, silver, copper, platinum and other high-value, recoverable materials used as components were mostly dumped or burned rather than being collected for treatment and reuse in new electronics or as spare parts and repair materials for old ones.

At this point, E-waste generation leading to global warming should be the least of our worries. When e-waste isn’t treated properly and put into recycle plants, they tend to pollute water bodies along with all the marine and aquatic life in it. People consume all kinds of foods that come from these water bodies which ultimately leads to a plethora of health problems including mercury positing and other non-reversible health issues.

Adding to the already larger than life air pollution problems in major cities across the world, a whopping 98 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents were released into the atmosphere as a result of inadequate recycling in 2020.


Recycling Old Phones and Electronics - How It Can Save the Environment


Waste management systems are so ineffective but who is to be blamed for it; the consumers, the recycling authorities, the consumers? When you see piles of old monitor screens, desktop computers, broken landline telephones, mobile handsets, televisions, voltage stabilizers, air conditioners, refrigerators, microwaves, vacuum cleaners and washing machines outside repair stores and feel helpless, remember that we all had a hand to play in them ending up there.

So, what can we do as consumers to lessen the devastating impact of e-waste generation?

Here are a few things that can save the planet little by little if conscious effort is put into it:

1. Consider Refurbished Cell Phones

The cell phone market is teeming with all kinds of fancy gadgets that overcrowd the shelves all year round. As consumers we have TONS and TONS of options to skim through when buying a new phone. So, what the problem, right? When there are so many options made available to the population at affordable prices, people tend to turn a blind eye to the “cheaper” alternatives. There’s a notion in the consumerist market that the more expensive an item is the better the quality. This cannot be farther from the truth.

In today’s electronics market you will find fleets of options in refurbished cell phones that not only look and feel new but also work just as well as new phones. Many start-ups that come up with an initiative to save the planet and in doing so provide high quality refurbished cell phones that one can take his pick from. They’re most of high-quality and render superb services.

Of course, it is the duty of the consumer to conduct through research before buying a refurbished electronic item since there are quite a few people out there taking advantage of this newly formed market, scamming people for their selfish endeavours.

If you’re looking to buy used phones or even put up your old phones for sale, SmartphonesPLUS is the perfect solution for you. We undertake all kinds of buying and selling of old phones so make sure to start your research with our page at SmartphonesPLUS.com.

2. Each Component Plays a Part

Did you know that a single recycled cell phone can save enough energy to power a laptop for almost two days? Now, going by above estimates of how much waste is actually generated, we can harness enough power from just recycled cell phones alone to provide electricity to a million homes for 5 to 6 whole years as per current usage trends.
But hold on, it doesn’t end there. We all know by now that mobile phones are composed of different important elements such as gold, silver, palladium, mercury, etc. which can be recovered if they are properly recycled. The elements are highly functional and cost a lot, reusing means there is less need to mine for these components which will end up saving the environment and also brining down production costs which means more money can be directed towards the lower income groups helping them live better lives.

Ignoring all these factors would mean deliberately green-lighting the onslaught of a global catastrophe.

3. Declutter Your Mind and Your Homes

Recycling Old Phones and Electronics - How It Can Save the Environment

Recycling is such an important part of future societies, it CANNOT be stressed enough. Knowing that you are doing your part in saving the planet (no matter how small your actions might feel) has got to be one of the most relieving feelings ever. De-cluttering your home by taking out all used, non-functioning electronics that have been laying in your dresser for months has got to come with a sigh of relief.

As consumers, we not only have the power to raise issues on a public front regarding efficient waste management but we can also do our part in making sure all the e-waste generated doesn’t end up in landfills and ocean floors. There are many non-profits and unorganized groups that do active work to make sure all the e-waste actually ends up in recycling plants.

When it comes to saving the planet, every little effort can go a long way.

Recycling not only helps the planet but also helps the less privileged earn their daily bread and butter who put in hours scouring through waste for old discarded electronics. In fact, even if your phone is not refurbish-able, many charities will recycle the components and precious metals within your phone and use the money to support people in need or the environment.

In this fight against global e-waste generation we must all come together in unison to win this war so future generations have something to look forward to. Here’s to a better, greener future!

Benefits of Installing Updates to Mobile Phones

Benefits of Installing Updates to Mobile Phones

When was the last time you updated your device? Was it a voluntary update or an automatic update? What changes did it bring about in your phone? System and application updates always seem to pop up at regular intervals, usually at times when you use your phone the most, and truth be told most of us postpone them without giving it a second thought for days, weeks or even months.

Updating your device is crucial to the health of your phone and is something that goes unnoticed. It isn’t just about updates UI that gives you the feeling for a new toy, bringing back nostalgic feelings from childhood. Every new gadget has the ability to stir those feelings. But a software update is more than just that.

When your device begins to get outdated you will see a ton of problems cropping up. Some common issues faced by users appear in the form of poor battery life, appearance of strange never-seen-before characters on the screen, or the inability to connect to Wi-Fi or bluetooth devices.

The common solution to all such problems is usually a software patch. Installing an updated software patch is sometimes all you need to get your phone back to running in optimal condition.

What Are The Risks Of Running Your Device On An Outdated OS?

Let’s put it this way. No code in perfect. Often times, developers will find a ton of bugs and loopholes in an OS’s security patch and will issue an update after having fixed those issues. Such security holes are very common and companies issue complete statements on why they felt the need to conduct an update & why you must install said update on your phone.

There is always a chance that your device or any device with an outdated OS is being targeted by cybercriminals with malicious intents. Such cybercriminals are always on the lookout for loopholes in software security and application vulnerabilities and once companies announce software updates they switch their efforts into high gear and actively look for outdated devices to exploit.

Such criminals are quick to move and will leave no stones unturned in conducting complete system takeovers in which your personal and sensitive data can be stolen such as your social media and other page login credentials, bank details, social security number and more. All of these data can help criminals carry out identity theft and commit a range of financial and other types of frauds without you even realising it.

Upon doing so, smartphone companies will not be held responsible since they had already done their part in fixing the security issues and informing users of the same. At the end of the day, it is YOUR responsibility to make sure that your devices and the information therein are safe and secure.

What Are The Major Kinds Of Updates?

Benefits of Installing Updates to Mobile Phones

Essentially there are 2 kinds of software updates that you will receive on your phone.

1. Security Update – As the name suggests, Security updates are only concerned with updating the security features on your phone. They are also known as security patches and work to fix bugs in your current OS. This is done to prevent any sort of cyber attacks and secure your phone’s data. Included in this are smaller updates that usually come in packs and work to fix and particular issue. Such updates are no major in nature and only work to address particular bug fixes outside of security concerns. They are called Incremental updates.

2. Operating System Update – OS updates are heavier in terms of file size, update run time and brand value for the companies. Such updates are usually released annually and bring major changes to the operating systems in the form of UI changes, new apps, settings, and more.

Currently Android is running Android 11 with 12 in the works to be released in September and Apple is running iOS 14.5.

Steps to take before and after updating your OS

Before you start an OS update, follow these steps to help avoid problems:

Charge your Phone – Avoid having your phone power down during an update by making sure the device has at least a 70% charge. This will ensure your phone doesn’t die put mid update since updates can suck up a lot of battery.

Back-up Files – OS upgrades and updates should not affect the data stored on your smartphone, but as a safe measure back up all your files just in case.

Ensure Compatibility – A new OS may not be designed for all older devices so before you go running an update make sure your device is compatible with the new OS because otherwise you will end up with issues you can’t fix yourself.

Delete Redundant Data – A new OS may use up a significant amount of storage on your device’s memory. In order to help it run smoothly clear out any and all apps that are just taking up space and you know you haven’t used them in the longest time. This will not only ensure your phone pairs well with the new updates but will also prevent the OS from lagging.

After You Update Your OS

Sometimes the new OS will have different pre-installed settings than the ones you have chosen, and will default to the new settings over your old ones. After you install the new OS, check these settings to ensure your phone is not running functions or sharing data in ways you may not want.

Wi-Fi Settings – Most smartphones include a function that automatically switches to your data plan when Wi-Fi connectivity is weak. If left on, this may cause data usage when you do not expect it. Decide if you want that function switched on or off and change it accordingly.

Check For Automatic App Updates – If you turn this function off, apps can only be updated using a Wi-Fi connection. This can help prevent excess data drainage, particularly for apps that you do not use often or ever.

Privacy Settings and Network Connections – Make sure your location services, Bluetooth sharing, ad tracking and social media settings are set to the preferences you want. Most updates tend to change these settings to enable data sharing in order to provide you customized content on your phone.

Check for OS compatibility for your most important apps – A new OS sometimes may be incompatible with one or more of your existing apps until a new patch is issued. Check for upgrades for any apps that aren’t functioning properly or uninstall them completely otherwise they may interfere with the way your UI functions.

There are times when even upon updating your OS you may not be satisfied with the way your phone looks and feels. In such cases you may want to dispose of it and get a new phone altogether. Don’t worry we’ve got you covered.

You can get a really lucrative deal here at SmartphonesPLUS and we undertake all kinds of smartphone repair. Whether Android or Apple, SmartphonesPLUS can help you with all your smartphone needs. We provide professional iPhone repair service and you can also seamlessly sell and buy high-quality refurbished cell phones here.

The iPhone 11 Price Drop – A 2021 Contender?

Apple launched the iPhone 11 series in the month of September in 2019, but the fever doesn’t seem to have worn off just yet. But is it worth purchasing in 2021? Let’s find out.

What is the value of an iPhone 11 in 2021?

All of Apple’s phones have one thing in common – they all provide excellent life cycles. Whether you have an iPhone XR, an iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max, or the latest iPhone 12, they are all certified in terms of durability and are crafted to last 5 to 6 years, at the very least.

As a matter of fact, there is a huge market for pre-owned iPhones. So much so that old iPhones that are no longer in production have a really high value in the second hand market. A few good examples are the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 Plus.

So, what makes the iPhone 11 so special? Well, it’s the immediate predecessor to the latest iPhone out now, which is the 12 series. Now, due to the 12 being launched, all variants of iPhone 11 have seen a decline in price. This has opened up doors for iPhone enthusiasts with a budget to get their hands on the 11. But which variant would be best suited for you? That depends what you plan to use it for the most.

The iPhone 11 Price Drop - A 2021 Contender

iPhones are excellent camera phones and the 11 Pro Max is a great example of that. The 12’s camera features were based on the 11’s so one would get a pretty sweet deal on this camera phone if they were to buy it right now.

As of now the going rate for a refurbished iPhone 11 is anywhere between $520 and $680, depending on memory capacity, date purchased and availability. Keep in mind that these factors play a crucial role in setting a price on iPhones aside from the exterior condition of the phone and the pre-installed carrier. SmartphonesPLUS has a wide range of refurbished iPhones for sale that have passed rigorous quality tests and come with a warranty.

So, should you buy used iPhones?

Absolutely! 2020 has witnessed the launch of many great phones but Apple has yet again swept the competition off their feet with not only the 12 series amassing millions of dollars in sales but the 11 variants adding to their cascading victory. But why is the 11 so sought after?

Let’s look at some of its key factors of the iPhone 11 one by one:

1. Camera – Honestly, one of the best cameras in an iPhone so far. Stunning low light images, magnificent portrait mode photos and with wide AND ultra-wide 12 MP lenses? What more could you ask for. This phone tends perfectly to any regular phone user and can make for an excellent camera phone for a photography beginner. Not only do the pictures come in breath-taking detail but it also allows you to record 4K videos in 60 fps!!! Of course, there are areas of improvement as we know now, (in comparison to the 12 series) but a stunning camera phone nonetheless.

2. Hardware and Body – Apple had taken some serious steps to future-proof the 11 with the A13 bionic chip that can compete with many Snapdragons even today! Glitch-free gaming, seamless streaming and running multi-operational highly demanding apps are some of its well-known features. Owing to these facts, the iPhone 11 is still a great buy, and will continue to be even in the coming years. And how can we forget about its sleek, anodized aluminum and glass design, which Apple claims is the toughest ever smartphone glass; a modern marvel in the world of smartphone aesthetics even today.

3. Software and Updates – Apple makes sure that their users can use their phones for as long as they need to without getting bored or losing out on efficiency. This has led them to provide routine updates on their OS and keep their phones feeling fresh.

The same OS that powers the iPhone 11 is used on the 12 series – iOS 14. This is somewhere Android fails since they barely maintain consistency when it comes to software updates, giving iPhones a clear edge. So yes, the iPhone 11 is unquestionably worth the buy even from a software standpoint.

When is the best time to buy the iPhone 11?

The iPhone 11 Price Drop - A 2021 Contender

Any tech enthusiast would give you the same answer – right before or after the launch of a new iPhone series. And there’s a reason behind that. When new iPhones are about to drop the market focus shifts to it since everyone from iPhone lovers to Android enthusiasts are focused on it. People want to know what the new standard in smartphones is going to be and thanks to the image Apple has created for itself over the years, they usually have all eyes on them.

At such a time, owners of older iPhone models are looking to upgrade and tend to sell their current phones in order to get some cash to put towards their new purchase. This is a great move on their part and it also helps the market move along. Not to mention, it also benefits the environment since people looking to get an older version can now do so in an active market with an additional slash on original selling prices.

As of now, tension is beginning to build around the release of the iPhone 13 series and tech gurus all over the internet are leading forum discussions and enthusiasts to a more revved up market. Strike the iron while it’s hot and look for deals that can help you get closer to your budget iPhone 11.

The 11 series comes in 3 different models and 3 different memory capacities. Here’s a quick note of their current prices.

The iPhone 11 Price Drop - A 2021 Contender

The only downside, in my opinion, would be that the 11 does not support 5G. In many parts of the world 5G still hasn’t made a debut and 4G cellular can still run most operations smoothly. And if you really need high-speed internet on your phone you can always switch over to Wi-Fi from cellular data. This may be a deal-breaker for some but for the most part, the iPhone 11 is a great phone all in all and is definitely worth the buy.

How to Buy a Used Phone – The Complete Guide

Are you looking to buy a new phone any time soon? If you’re a smartphone connoisseur or would call yourself tastefully economical then used phones are your thing. Pre-owned phones are the new black. Anybody and everybody that wishes to save a few extra hundred bucks on a new, in this case pre-owned, phone will most certainly consider this option even if they’re not firm believers in good quality second hand phones.

Smartphones these days – Android, Apple, Windows or Blackberry – are expensive and will most probably require you to save up in order to get a new phone. These phones range from $600 all the way up to $1800 on top variants. Gone are the days when you could get a flagship phone for under $800.


A lot of these phones carry immense processing power, improved camera abilities and a whole band of new features that most of us don’t even use. Such features are so high-tech that only people who know their way around such devices and those who have a real NEED for such high-tech phones and use them thoroughly.

For the most of us, these phones are underutilized and too expensive for the amount of apps or features we actually access on them. Therefore it is best to buy what you need and not what’s new or popping. Refurbished cell phones are just as good, if not better. Since you get them at lower rates while they perform the same functions a new one would.

So now, without further ado, let’s dive right into it.

When to buy a used cell phone?

Since you’re here reading this article you are probably wondering when would be the right time to buy a used phone… Well, take it with a grain of salt that you’ll probably have to wait on a new release to buy the phone you’re currently eyeing. Let me break it down for you.

Apple usually releases their new line-up in the fall, around September through November. So, for example, if you’re eyeing the current latest iPhone 12 Pro Max then my advice to you would be to hold out until Apple drops their next line of iPhones – the 13 series – before you begin researching the second hand market for the best iPhone 12 deals. At this very moment the iPhone 12 Pro Max 128 GB model is holding a value of $1050 in the pre-owned market.

Safe to say, you must have a budget if you’re trying to get your hands on a high-end phone. Even the iPhone 11’s top variant, i.e. the Pro Max with 512 GB memory is going for nearly $900. As for Android, you don’t need to eye the latest phones per se because most of their phones, be it Samsung, Oppo, Vivo or OnePlus, have predecessor models that are just as good as their current latest models.

Of course they also have a high-end section that caters to professional mobile requirements so if you want a used Android phone the best time would be in the early months of the year when these companies release their new phones. Keep an eye out for price drops on your favorite phones February through May.

Inspect the Smartphone


I think it goes without saying that you must inspect your phone before you buy it. When buying a new phone, or an old one in this case, make sure to check all its functions before paying the seller. A lot of phones will appear perfect on the outside but might be lagging or not processing data optimally. You won’t come to know of it until you actually open and run all the apps on it.

Many phones that are resold, are made to look great externally but might have serious problems such as overheating or loss of data. These issues are not something you will come to know about from a quick glance and a well-lit selfie at the store. Most buyers have this notion that they’ll browse through the particulars of the phone later but this thought can be detrimental to your pockets if the phone you just bought won’t even make a call without shutting down a couple of times.

When buying a used phone run diagnostics on the hardware by looking up your phone’s manufacturer and model number online and use that to conduct a thorough hardware check. Follow this up with carefully going through all the major apps and features that you are most likely to use such as the camera, touchscreen, voice recorder, video function, music playback, notepad, the keypad (if any) , the timer, all the major social media apps, the storage, the battery life and more.

You are under no obligation to buy the phone the first instance you lay eyes on it. So take your time to thorough inspect every little detail because at the end of the day you are paying for it out of your own pocket so make sure you’re not robbed off a good deal, especially when there are so many great phones and great deals out there.

Check the Phone’s Exterior and Battery Life


Make sure to check the phone’s body for any sort of hidden damages. The real problem lies in the fact that we don’t know how these damages were caused or how bad they are. Minor scratches here and there are fine but don’t buy a phone if it has a cracked screen or a lose body cover.

Such damages usually mean that the phone has seen its fair bit of accidents and might have incurred internal damage which will cause the phone to malfunction at some point in the future. If the back has a couple of scratches, it works since you’ll probably have a back cover for that. But if the earphone jack or the charging port is damaged, it’ll render your phone useless. Therefore it is important to check for any and all cosmetic damages and battery life before settling on a phone from a given seller.

Buying an Unlocked Phone – What you need to know

When you buy a new phone you are most likely to get an unlocked phone, especially if you choose to buy it from the Apple store or any Android phone outlet for that matter. When you buy an unlocked phone you get the option to pick and choose which carrier you want on your phone based on past experiences and preference.

Unlocked phones give you the freedom to use Dual SIMs in one phone. This is great for people who network extensively and need more than one number. It helps keep social groups separate and bring order to the way one chooses to use their phones. Unlocked Dual SIM phones are gaining more and more popularity by the day due to their obvious superior functional benefits.

Buying a phone from a carrier though, is a whole different story. Many, or rather most carriers lock the phones they sell in order to ensure their customers don’t switch to a different network for as long as they don’t pay off the phone or to lock down on their consumer base. This has its own benefits however – carriers offer a lot of schemes and plans to lure consumers in to pick them over other carriers. This helps the buyer save a few extra bucks and. Some major carriers such as Verizon and T-Mobile often have many offers on and about so make sure to check those out before settling on a carrier.

Determine the right Carrier for your Phone


Buying a used or a new phone for that matter, that isn’t compatible with your carrier or network provider isn’t the greatest idea. When you buy a used phone it is important to note which carrier is being used in it. Many used phones that are up for resale won’t have a pre-loaded carrier. In which case it becomes easy to put whatever carrier you want in it.

For instance, if you’ve got a Verizon SIM on you and wish to buy a used phone it is best to look up phones that are compatible with Verizon. The best place to find that is with Verizon itself. Carriers take care of the whole process since it also benefits them. This way, carriers can retain and grow their customer base, and you – the customer – won’t have to get a new carrier or end up with a toy phone without service.

To make things smoother, if you’re the type of person that favors a certain carrier over others, it is best to head to the network provider store and purchase a refurbished cell phone from them. This saves you the trouble of having to find compatible phones and carriers and you can get done with the process a lot quicker.

Check Network Compatibility


The phone you buy with a carrier will have a certain level of signal strength where you live or buy it from. Before you finalize on a phone make sure to check the signal strength in your area. For example, AT&T has been shown to have good network all across the United States except for a few states down South but in the North Western states it is completely overhauled by Verizon.

It is important to look up different network providers in your location before you buy a phone with a carrier. Basing your purchase on this will go a long way to provide you great service for however long you choose to use the phone before switching to a new one.

Make Sure the Phone Wasn’t Reported Stolen


Many-a-times stolen phones will end up on the resale market since many dealers are looking to make a quick profit and won’t bother to find out if the phones are reported stolen or not. This does not affect them per se, since you, the buyer, are responsible for using the phone at the end of the day.

It goes without saying that any article that is or may be tied to a criminal investigation reeks of trouble. A stolen phone may bring with it many problems and if you don’t have proper certification of the phone you buy, which includes the date and location of purchase, you might have to have the consequences. Taking on such a huge responsibility is truly not worth it.

In order to be certain you’re not falling prey to a stolen phone, check for things like the original box, the user manual and all connecting cords. Having all of these present is a good sign since thieves will not have had the opportunity to pick up the whole set while trying to pick pocket a phone at random.

Sellers much also go the extra length to verify the authenticity of the phone by cross checking the IMEI number with database records to check for stolen and or reported phones. The authenticity and credibility of a seller will play a huge role and making sure you don’t commit a blunder.

Buy From a Trusted Seller – Where to Buy From


Which brings is to the next point – buying from a trusted seller/reseller. When buying a used or refurbished phone is it important to employ discretion.

There are two ways to buy a second-hand phone. You either walk into a brick and mortar store and browse the shelves for the perfect phone or shop online from (preferably) one of the trusted online marketplaces such as SmartphonesPLUS, eBay, or Swappa. Buying a phone from a physical store is much easier and leaves less up to fate.

Purchasing a phone online, however, isn’t that simple. You will be sharing your payment information, bank routing number and address with a stranger on the internet which carries a certain level of danger value with it.

In order to make sure you don’t let hundreds of dollars go to waste, do your due diligence and check for certain pointers before making a purchase. If your online seller has gotten one too many bad reviews or their website looks dingy, trust your instincts. Do NOT go ahead and gamble your hard earned money on something you can’t control after. Always make sure to check for image reviews from previous buyers. If anything seems off you are under no constriction to continue on that particular website.

Feel free to take some time to research the market, locally and online, before you go ahead and pay someone for a phone. If you do happen to buy a phone from a store, check its reviews online before doing so. This is all to ensure you don’t get duped since electronics are easily manipulable and might stop working after a certain time, given it’s a pre-owned phone.

Consider the Software Updates


With the rapid progression in mobile technology, new software updates are being released every other day. When buying a used phone check the software that is pre-installed in it. Most older Android phones will not be able to support the newer system updates as the competition in the Android market in fierce and all phone companies are trying to one-up each other continuously.

A phone that is 2 or 3 years old is practically just that, an old phone. It will probably not be able to support the newer OS hence you might want to look for something that isn’t more than a year old. Prices on such phones also come accordingly so you’ll be getting a great out of it. iPhones on the other hand are able to not only support and run newer OS’s but also maintain a certain level of brand value that Androids don’t due to the market saturation, so if you wish to sell it after a year of use you are more likely to get a better deal on an old iPhone XR than on a Samsung Galaxy On Series phone.

When buying a phone it is also important to keep the resale value in mind and knowing how well the software is going to stack up against phones that will be in circulation a year after you purchase your phone, will go a long way in determining which phone you buy.

Check the Return Policy

This may sound frugal but the money you spend on buying a phone is yours and you must have the right to get it back if you find yourself dissatisfied with your purchase. Most trusted sellers will give you a timeframe of 2 to 3 weeks to check out your phone and see if you really wish to keep it.

A seller that doesn’t provide you with a decent return policy is probably not too sure about the quality of the device and is only looking to make a purchase and get the device off their hands. In such cases, do not bend to the whims of the seller and immediately call it off. You must be able to go through each and every function of the phone and decide for yourself whether to keep or return it so you can buy a different phone – something better suited to your needs.

There must be a reason behind you opting for a particular phone due to a certain feature or an emotional attachment to a certain model. So if you find that lacking you should be able to continue your search. Hence, it is important to buy the phone from a seller with a flexible return policy.


Compare Prices

Any sensible consumer knows to compare prices before buying a phone from a specific seller. Know the going rate on the phone that you want and look for a seller that is willing to give you a good deal on it. You do not have to buy the first phone you see so take your time and research prices on different online marketplaces before paying a heavy sum of cash that you might not get back. Some of the most popular sites to buy refurbished cell phones from are Swappa, Facebook Marketplace, Amazon, eBay, and SmartphonesPLUS.

Buy Used Cell Phones at SmartphonesPLUS


At SmartphonesPLUS.com we cater to whole array of smartphone needs. Whether you wish to sell your iPhone or Android device, or buy one for that matter, we are happy to assist you in your search and help find the best phone for you.

We have a whole line-up of high quality used, pre-owned and refurbished cell phones that have undergone stringent quality checks to deliver the best smartphones to you.

Buying a second-hand phone has never been easier so click here to know more about what we have to offer. Happy Shopping!!

iPhone 13 Launch – All the Talks, Specs and Release Date

iPhone 13 Launch – All the Talks, Specs and Release Date

The Much Awaited and Highly Rumored Apple iPhone 13

Apple has been a leader in the smartphone segment for as long as we can remember and they don’t plan to stop or slow down any time soon. All of Apple’s old launches have been hits for the most part with some collective criticism. If we’re being honest, that collective criticism is what led Apple to continue re-innovating and re-designing their products year after year. Over the years Apple has reinvented themselves time and time again. And with the Apple iPhone 13 they plan to outdo themselves yet again.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

What is the iPhone 13 going to be like?

There is a lot of speculation around what the Apple iPhone 13 is going to bring to the table. How are they going to innovate something that gives the 12 series a run for its money?! After all, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has shattered records across the board. The iPhone 12 Pro Max has smashed all benchmarks – both technical and otherwise – leaving behind the leading Android phones in the dust. Apple has not given out any official statements on what the iPhone 13 is going to look like or how they are going to price it. But there are many sources online that brag about having the latest leaks on the impending iPhone 13.

How true will these claims ring, is yet to be seen.

That being said, there are quite a few rumors going around in the market that suggest a few revolutionary changes to be incorporated into their next release.

Top Features of iPhone 13 at a Glance

Some of the most speculated features that Apple plans to carry in the new iPhone 13 are:
• Apple Talk – to help devices connect and function faster
• Touch ID on the screen
• A brand new 120Hz display
• A Bionic A15 chip
• Flashy new Camera upgrades

Let’s go through them one at a time.

The Design

Apple plans to follow up the 12 series with yet another line-up of 4 models. As for the body, many iPhone fans are speculating that the iPhone 13 rumors about it having a new notch is actually true. We might get to see renewed top notch designs.

Considering Apple’s plans on bringing Touch ID back, the top notch being brought down in size by tweaking the previous Face ID unlocking system on the iPhone 12 series sits right. The iPhone 12 has a separate infrared flood illuminator for security and a sensor and dot projector which Apple plans to comprise into a smaller singular unit thus shrinking the notch and making more room for the screen which is rumored to feature a 120Hrz Pro Motion display, the first time ever in an iPhone.

There are speculations about Apple possibly including another front camera in its place though; however nothing can be said for sure at this moment in time.

Over the years Apple has been working to reduce the number of ports and slowly but surely transition into a truly port-less design. With the introduction of MegSafe and Wireless Charging, the new iPhone 13 might just give us a glimpse into what Apple has in store for us in the future. The new design is anticipated to be highly technologically advanced that won’t just crush benchmarks but will have you drooling over their sleek new designs as well.

The Camera

If there is ANYTHING at all, that even non-iPhone users look forward to in the latest iPhones are their cameras. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max feature some of the latest ground-breaking technology in mobile phone cameras having incorporated. With Wide and Ultrawide angle cameras the 12 Series blew the competition out of the water.
The Night Mode Portrait on the 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max allows users to capture stunning low-light images while not sacrificing on pixel quality. As for the day time images, Apple built in SmartHDR3 into their cameras that captures crystal clear shots even with bright light; beautifully soothing out the texture, gradient, skin tone, saturation and other tiny little details and adjustments that truly bring the images to life.

On the new iPhone 13, these features are only expected to get better. As history would have it, Apple likes to take things a couple steps farther with each launch so the top variant on the iPhone 13 series is something we can’t imagine and no matter how much jittery or eager we are, we will simply have to wait it out till Apple decides to bless us with it.

Nonetheless, sources have confirmed that their new Quad camera setting will feature 10x Pro Zoom. The only phone that has managed to pull that off is the Samsung S21 Ultra which not only left the 12 series behind in terms of zoom but also gave it stiff competition in image stabilization and 4k recording and 4k 60 fps on their front camera. Now this is new stand-off is something that has all smartphone aficionados on the edge of their seats.

iPhone 13 Launch – All the Talks, Specs and Release Date

Release Date and Price

The much awaited Apple iPhone 13 series is anticipated to drop its first model in the month of September in 2021. All older iPhones were also released around the same time so mid-September is when we’ll probably see the new iPhone 13.

As for the price, the lowest in the series is said to be priced around USD $850, around £700 in the UK and close to $1400 in Australia. Now this is all based on rumor and postulation based on Apple’s behaviour and track record so far. These prices may fluctuate depending on what features, add-ons and new offers Apple comes up with.
Either way, it wouldn’t hurt to have a few extra bucks saved just in case you can’t resist buying the new iPhone right off the shelf. You can always sell your used phone to us here at SmartphonesPLUS and help edge closer to that 13 budget.

Here at SmartphonesPLUS we put you on the best refurbished phones for sale so if you wish to get a pre-owned iPhone, say the iPhone X, XR or 11 Pro Max, we can get you some of the best deals on it here.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the awaited iPhone 13 so let us know what you think it’s going to feature in the comments below!!

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Top Selling Used Phones of 2020

Ever since the age of information technology has really taken off, the one commodity that’s been climbing the hierarchy of market shares amongst electronics is the undisputed – Smartphones. The value of a smartphone can be assessed in a couple different ways but the one thing to consider is the lifespan – smartphones can have a really tenure based on how you use them.

Smartphones aren’t the most durable of things but they can last up to 5, even 7 years depending on your usage habits. The second hand phone market is buzzing at this moment in time. One may even go as far as to say that phones that aren’t in production anymore such as the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 8 have seen a surge in demand due to factors like favouritism, ease of use or even sentimental values.

Refurbished cell phones not only inject some extra cash into the economy, over the same phone, but also serve an ecological purpose. If you wished to buy used phones over a new one, you’d be rewarded with countless offers on the internet through online marketplaces and discount coupon stores that help you find the best deals and assist you to buy used cell phones with ease and peace of mind.

We are now going to look at some of the most popular smartphones that were a hit in the pre-owned smartphone market of 2020. Bet you’d like to know if your phone has made the list!

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus – Saying that the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are feature packed would be a severe understatement. The S9 and S9+ come in a three gorgeous shades of Lilac Purple, Midnight Black and Coral Blue. The phone boasts a whopping 6.2 inch dual edge AMOLED display which means you’re getting a superior viewing experience on an AMOLED screen.

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Gaming on this phone is an experience you cannot miss out on. Especially with an octa-core processor clocking speeds up to 2.7 GHz, you never have to worry about high power consuming games lagging again. With the brilliant 12 MP rear camera and the 8 MP front camera, the S9 lets you take gorgeous pictures that come alive, making it a popular pick for aspiring photographers that are just starting out. Both phones together sold over 136.3 million units and approximately 62% of that in the second-hand market in 2020.

2. Google Pixel 4 XL – The Google Pixel 4 has done such numbers that it has become a thing of rarity in the current smartphone market. Although it is unfortunate to learn that Google has decided to discontinue the Pixel 4 and 4 XL phones since they want to shift their attention to a more budget friendly 4a, the demand for this golden egg has risen by quite a margin.

Top Selling Used Phones of 2020 - Goole Pixel 4

And why not? For $900 you’d get a brand new iPhone XR but the Google Pixel is far ahead in terms of specifications and let’s not forget, it is a newer phone. Although it is a high end phone that Google tried to sneak under our noses, it still offers great value.

The 6.3 inch P-OLED 90Hz HDR display gives an incredible life-like viewing experience. Google also, arguably, has the best user interface among all Android phones with tough competition for OnePlus and Samsung. It’s Qualcomm SM8150 Snapdragon 855 processor is also one of the fastest in the market high up in the ranks with Snapdragon 888 and besides being water resistant up to 3 feet and having wireless charging, what could you possibly want from a phone under a thousand dollars.

Keep in mind that it is no longer in production so if you want to get your hands on a Pixel 4 XL, time’s a ticking. Here’s a link to one right now –
Google Pixel 4 XL (Unlocked)

3. iPhone 8 Plus – The iPhone 8 Plus was one of the last phones to offer the classic iPhone design in that price segment, including the Touch ID-equipped home button and a 16:9 LCD display. The 2020 iPhone SE may have replaced the 8 series due it being budget friendly and having on the best processors Apple packed in a budget phone, but that does not take away from the fact that the iPhone 8 Plus is still an all-time favorite. Now, to be quite frank, the 8+ does come in at around $350 and for an older phone that is refurbished none the less, one would think twice before paying that kind of money, especially when you could get a new Android phone with marginally better features for that price.

Top Selling Used Phones of 2020 - iphone 8 plus

The older iPhones do hold a special place in the Apple fan base’s heart so there will always be a struggle to get an iPhone 8 with ample storage (because you’re going to run out of 64 GB of storage in less than half a year, by normal standards) that is in fairly good condition. If your heart is also set on the iPhone 8 then head over to our website and order yours today.

4. LG G8 ThinQ – Now I know what you’re thinking, who buys an LG these days anyway, right? But as reality would have it, LG phones are not half bad. The G8 ThinQ runs on the very impressive Snapdragon 855 allowing you to multitask and run high powered games for long hours. Speaking of long hours, that’s probably the only place they defaulted by maxing out at 9.5 hours; which isn’t necessarily bad for a phone that will cost you a meagre $250 to $275 for a refurbished unit. It also has excellent night time photography and crystal clear OLED sound for calls. Although it isn’t all the popular, it is a phone worth mentioning.

Top Selling Used Phones of 2020 - LG G8

Aside from these we have the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 7, the Pixel 3 XL from Google and the Galaxy Note 9. The competition for the title is intense and every major brand is doing their best to give you the best handset experience.

What’s your favorite phone from 2020? Is there a particular phone you’d like for us to cover? Let us know what you thought about our take on Top Selling Used Phones of 2020 in the comments and what you’d like to read about next.

Can a Smartphone Actually Save me MONEY

Can a Smartphone Actually Save me MONEY? Yes, here’s HOW!

When it comes to saving money there a plenty of ways to go about doing it. But did you know that your smartphone can not only help you save money but also earn a few extra bucks?

Whether you opt to buy used phones or get yourself a pre-owned iPhone, you’ll be adding to your miscellaneous savings while doing so. As of this moment right now, over 96.72% of Americans own a smartphone. That’s an enormous leap from 2016 when only a small percentage of 26% of the population owned a smartphone. The rest of them still own older phones or don’t own any phones at all.

When it comes to getting a new phone many of us might still be reluctant since we’re thinking about saving some dollars towards something more important. Knowing how you are going to capitalize on your phones is also important. As smartphones continue to evolve there is always MORE that you can do on it.

Can a Smartphone Actually Save me MONEY

Let’s take a look at some ingenious ways you can save money by learning to use your smartphone in a smarter way.

1. Coupon Codes and Smart Deals – Coupons are an obvious way to save money and you don’t need this article to tell you that. But unless you have a smartphone how are you going to use these digital coupons? If you have a smartphone you can download numerous free coupon apps that will browse the internet for the deals on your purchase and present them to you in a classified list. Many a times you will get limited period discount deals and limited edition offers that you will miss out on unless you have a smartphone. Now you can get deals on restaurants, salons, coffee shops and bars and a lot more.

2. Say Goodbye to Landline – What are landlines used for mainly? Long distance calls. But these days there a whole bunch of apps on Play Store and the App Store where you can download apps that enable you to call internationally without having to pay a single cent towards your telephone bill. Famous social media apps such as WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom and Google Duo have thrown landline out of the tech window never to been seen again.

3. Easily Budget & Monitor Spending – The first step to successful money management on your phone is establishing a budget that you feel comfortable sticking to. Having all your accounts on your phone helps you monitor your spending across all accounts as when you wish to. There are quite a few personal finance apps like Mint that help you with setting budgets and monitoring spending seamlessly. Now that is it easier to maintain a record of your finances you’ll feel more responsible spending your money and tracking it on your phones is the most convenient way to go about it. At the end of the day, a dollar saved is a dollar earned.

Can a Smartphone Actually Save me MONEY

4. Pay your Bills with Ease – Wouldn’t you just love it if you had someone or something to remind you every time you had a bill to pay, especially when late fines can suck up your salary before you get to count it? With a smartphone you can get many apps such as Paypal, Venmo, CashApp, GooglePay and more to help you receive reminders and pay your bills on time as well as view all account information in one place. Never be hit with a late fee again!

5. Take Beautiful Pictures – It goes without saying that smartphones these days come with some of the most advanced cameras mankind has seen till date. Gone are the days when you needed to carry heavy DSLR’s around with you, everywhere you went. In addition to cutting down on camera overheads, novice photographers can get a cheaper iPhones that render the best picture quality one can get on a smartphone. An iPhone can be expensive and since you’re trying to cut costs you can look up refurbished iPhone for sale on online marketplaces such as SmartphonesPLUS.com for some of the best deals.

Amongst Androids, Samsung is one of the leaders is phone cameras. The best Samsung phones are admittedly pricey so if you’re not really an Apple fan and wish to get a good deal on refurbished Samsung phones you’re in luck because we’ve got them too. Head over to the website to get a quote on your favorite camera phone instantly.

Can a Smartphone Actually Save me MONEY

These are some of the most popular and genuine reasons for why you need to get your hands on a smartphone pronto! Apart from these a smartphone can also help you navigate faster in traffic through responsive and built-in GPS systems, they can help you invest in stocks and shares and help you keep a live watch on share prices, you can read books online by getting them on the Kindle App, compare product reviews, browse the internet and let’s not forget online shopping.

In order to keep pace with the rest for the world it is crucial that you have access to the same information as they do. In order to make that happen you must get yourself a Smartphone as soon as possible. For some of the best deals on refurbished phones check out our Buy page today!

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Which Apple Watch to Buy?

Can you guess when was the first smartwatch released? On 10 June 1998 Seiko released the world’s first smartwatch, the Ruputer. By today’s standard, the Ruputer isn’t really worth a raised eyebrow, but at the backend of the 20th century, it was pioneering technology. We sure have come a long way since then and boy am I glad.

Apple looked at the older smart watches that Acer and other Android innovators had created and saw a huge untapped potential in the idea of a smart watch; a device that not only tells the time and monitors your heart rate, but also answer calls, take notes and even play music.

Smart watches grew immensely popular due to a variety of factors but let’s be honest, we all love the idea of giving commands to a wearable device feeling like a secret undercover agent like in old Bard Bird and Christopher McQuarrie movies.

Which Apple Watch to Buy


But the real question is DO YOU REALLY NEED AN APPLE WATCH?

There is no contradiction to the fact that Apple has created the best smart watches ever. There are other popular smart watch brands like Fitbit, and Samsung and Fossil have also ventured into the smartwatch market but Apple stands to DOMINATE this sector and rather effortlessly. Apple secured a hefty 40% market share in smart watches in the year 2020 with over a hundred million users and their numbers continue to rise as we speak.

So, whether or not you NEED an Apple Watch really depends on what features you wish to use and what could come handy to you. With the large array of features they offer no wonder Apple has scored such huge figures. Apple has dropped a new generation of the Apple Watch every September called the Apple Series 1, Series 2, so on and so forth. Each Series has been initially sold in multiple variants differentiated externally by the watch’s casing material, the color and size, except of course, for the budget watches Series 1 and SE which were released only in aluminum.

It was really in the third generation that Apple Watches really became a household name. With built-in GPS and GLONASS Apple began experimenting with all kinds of apps and features that they could pack into this state-of-the-art technological advancement. Right now we’re on the Apple Watch Series 6 and things are looking very interesting indeed.

Let’s have a look at some irresistible FEATURES on the new Apple Watch Series 6.

Apple has taken your health into consideration and decided to put the latest health monitoring technology into your Apple Watch. Now you can blood oxygen level thanks to their revolutionary new sensor and the Blood Oxygen App. You can also measure your ECG and sleep patterns. Apple can now help you monitor your sleeping habits and suggest methods to improve it too.

However it must be noted that the Blood Oxygen app measurements are not intended for medical use, including self-diagnosis or consultation with a doctor and are only designed for general fitness and wellness purposes. As a responsible individual you must take into account that these devices may not be a 100% accurate and must see a physician if you really feel the need to.

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The Apple Watch also helps you track your daily activity and your fitness levels when you work out. Whether you’re running, swimming, dancing or practicing yoga, Apple can now measure your every move and give you comprehensible figures such as Total Calories Burned, Distance covered /Steps taken and many more. You can choose to see what you want by changing the display settings at will.

With the all new Always-On Retina Display and Built-in Cellular, you can do just about anything like answer calls, send messages, give commands to Siri to makes searches or even stream songs directly from Apple Music on your watch. Apple has also gone the extra mile to work with popular fashion icons like Nike and Hermès to design the perfect watch for the modern man.

Which brings us to the next point – Apple Watch Bands. The one thing Apple had kept in mind while designing the watch bands is style AND how their users can maintain a style even with a upgrade to hardware. Through the Apple Watch Series 4 to 6 the bands on these watches remained almost the same. The same band that fit the first generation of Apple Watches will also fit the new 5 Series.

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Each Apple Watch comes with a rather simple release button that allows the user to quickly switch the bands out as per the occasion. Whether you’re looking to match your Apple Watch with a particular outfit for a wedding, or strap on a simple Leather strap to go with your casual attire or you want to switch to a more breathable band for your morning run, Apple Watch’s quick release bands are the talk of the town.

Although there are many third party brands that make bands for Apple Watches, Apple offers their own selection of bands to compliment any Apple Watch you own – whether it be the first generation or the sixth. Some official Apple Watch bands are the Nike Sport Band and Sport Loop, the stainless steel Milanese Loop, the very popular Link Bracelet and the much favored Hermès Leather.

With all these latest features and being backed by top of the line fashion houses, you just can’t go wrong with an Apple Watch. As a matter of fact, if you wish to upgrade to the new 6 Series and want to sell the Apple Watch you currently use, then you are sure to get a great deal on it too.

At SmartphonesPLUS.com we offer some of the best deals for your Apple Watches. Whether you wish to sell or buy used phones or smart watches, SmartphonesPLUS is sure to offer you a great deal on both. Visit our store today for a quote!