Things to do to Preserve the Value of Your Phone

by NextWorth on July 18, 2014

In this day and age, there is no question that a smartphone is a prized possession for most people. They are our primary means of communication and many of us would be completely lost without them. Smartphones are also a significant investment. Between the contract, data plan, apps and music, monthly smartphone bills can get pretty expensive. Accidents happen, and since most of us can’t afford to replace a broken smartphone before we’re eligible for an upgrade, it is important to know how to protect it. Another benefit of protecting your smartphone is an increase in trade-in value. While NextWorth accepts broken phones, you’ll have an even better payday if your phone is in pristine condition. Here are a few products to help protect your phone and preserve its value:

Protective cases  

When it comes to phone cases, brands such as Otterbox and LifeProof are often considered the best means of protection. All smartphone cases today are designed primarily to absorb shock (Phone gets dropped, stepped on, etc.), but some options are specially designed to be waterproof or water resistant as well.

Otterbox Preserver Features a screen protector and covers over headphone and charger ports. This case can be submerged as deep as 6.6 feet for up to 30 minutes and your phone will be safe. Foam cushions on the inside of the case help absorb shock if your phone is dropped.

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LifeProof Nuud – What makes the LifeProof Nuud case different is that it does not include a screen protector, but hugs the phone tight enough to create a waterproof seal that prevents water from entering. This case is slimmer than other high-protection cases, making it sleeker and easier to store.

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Screen protectors

Many phone cases do not include a screen protector. These are often considered the best options when shopping for screen protectors.

invisibleSHIELD Zagg’s invisibleSHIELD offers a variety of screen protectors. Options range from the original to the high definition protector to glass. The original protector is the most popular and sticks to your phone’s screen to protect it from scratches, dirt, and dust.

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RhinoShieldThis screen protector is considered one of the best. In addition to protecting from scratches and dirt, RhinoShield flexible glass design is meant to absorb shock. This helps to protect the screen from cracking upon impact.

Any of these products will instantly increase your phone’s chances of surviving some kind of accident. Buying a protective case and a screen protector is the smartest way to protect your phone from damage and preserve its value when it’s time for a trade-in.


Summer is always a fun time of year. When it comes to your smartphone, however, it can be the most dangerous time of year! Being out in the heat and spending time around water can be hazardous to the life of your phone.

brokeniphone Luckily, NextWorth understands this and allows you to trade those phones that were casualties of summer fun. Here are some reasons you might need to trade-in your phone this summer:

  1. It fell into the water. You may have enjoyed hanging by the pool or catching some waves, but your phone wasn’t having as much fun with the water. It might be time to trade it in and get something a little drier.
  2. It got scratched by sand. That game of beach volleyball was great exercise, but your game-winning play didn’t end up so well for your phone’s glass screen. NextWorth will accept your scratched phone.
  3. It was danced on at a music festival. Things got a little crazy when your favorite band took the stage. Your dance moves may have impressed your friends, but you accidentally stepped on your phone in the process. NextWorth has you covered.
  4. It got a little too close to the campfire. Sitting close to the fire is great for making s’mores and warming up on a cool summer night, but your phone overheated and won’t turn on. Time for a trade-in.
  5. It fell off your favorite rollercoaster. The ride took an upside-down turn and your phone went flying. You were able to find the phone but the big crack in it makes it pretty much useless to you. will give you a fair quote. There are all sorts of things that can happen to your phone during the summer.


All you need to know is that NextWorth has you covered. Have a fun summer!


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