- Part 1 – Breaking Up With Verizon
- Part 2 – I’m In Love With Ting!
- Part 3 – Glyde Smoothed The Way (this post)
Glyde Smoothed The Way
The final part of how we made the switch from Verizon to Ting, keeping our two fancy-pants iPhones, while still cutting our bill by over $100/month is a cool company called Glyde.
Since we were switching networks, we needed to get rid of our Verizon iPhones and switch them for Sprint iPhones. In the past, we’ve sold devices on Gazelle, and bought and sold on Craigslist as well. But this time, we tried Glyde – a peer-to-peer device sales site because it has a 48 hour return guarantee on every item shipped through it. (For non-iPhones, Ting sells a bunch of new and refurbished phones with even longer guarantees. But not yet for the iPhone.)
Given that we’d be putting a brand new service on to the phones (and porting numbers), we knew there was a chance that problems with the device might not be immediately apparent, so the guarantee was important to us, and worth spending a few extra dollars for.
Like other device marketplaces online, the prices will vary from day to day, and even the time of the day depending on supply and demand. But overall, we found that the purchase prices on Glyde were comparable with what we found in other sources like Craigslist, especially considering they had that additional guarantee. (Which we did use in 1 case.)
What We Bought From Glyde
- 32 GB Sprint iPhone 4S – $255 in excellent condition
- 16 GB Sprint iPhone 4S – $205 in excellent condition
Shipping estimates tend to be on the long side (around 10-12 days), since Glyde ships the seller a shipping container and then leaves a few days for the seller to turn the device around and get it in the mail to you.
- The 32 GB device arrived early (just 5 days after ordering it), and was perfect.
- The 16 GB device arrived at the very end of the shipping date range, and the order was incomplete. While the phone was there and functioning, the charger and cord were missing! Even though I accidentally “approved” transaction, I simply responded to Glyde’s service email and told them about the missing charger. (This was a Sunday night.) By the following Monday morning, I had an email back from Glyde offering me either a $15 credit or a charger shipped to us. We opted for the charger and it arrived in the mail a couple days later.
What We’re Selling On Glyde
- 32 GB Verizon iPhone 4S – $156 in good condition (nets us $137 proceeds after Glyde seller fees)
- 16 GB Verizon iPhone 4S – $150 in excellent condition* (nets us $131 proceeds)
Originally I tried to list my 32 GB phone for sale on Glyde too early. I hadn’t read all the fine print where Glyde instructs you to call and confirm with your cell provider that the device is eligible to be activated by someone else. So I ended up having to cancel a sale (and yes, Glyde charged me $3 for that since they had already sent me the shipping container). And I had to wait a couple weeks for Verizon to get its act together and release my phone so I could sell it.
After that, we briefly listed them on our local Craigslist since the listings there were at higher prices, but there were so many others listed for sale that we didn’t get any good bites. And after our last horrible experience selling on ebay, selling them there wasn’t an option. I also checked Gazelle (another site where you can sell your used devices), but they were only offering about half of what Glyde was.
Instead, after the first failure (which was completely my fault) we listed them both on Glyde and posted them using the suggested market rate. The market price on the 32GB one had dropped by about $10 from when we listed it previously, but still gave us a decent return.
Net Cost of The Device Switch:
$255 (32GB) + $205 (16GB) +$3 (for failed sell order) – $136 (selling 32GB) – $130 (selling 16GB)
Not too bad considering that Sprint devices are currently selling at a premium and Verizon ones at a discount. (ie we got hit on both sides of the equation with extra costs).
In the first month of using Ting, our bill was $48, and we had a $25 referral credit that brought our bill down to $23. Compared to the $161 that we would have paid, we’ve already saved $138 on service, so I expect that we’ll easily be able to make up the remaining $59 in our second billing period.
Glyde definitely made switching from Verizon to Ting incredibly smooth. Like Ting, Glyde’s response to a customer service email was quick and addressed and fixed the problem immediately and we would absolutely use them again as both a buyer and a seller.
My Only Beef With Glyde
For customers who are both buyers and sellers, it’d be nice if Glyde let you re-use their fancy pants shipping containers. Part of the seller fee is $3 for the container, which I’d love to keep part of considering I already had a box from the phone I just purchased. Also it would cut down on the time the phone I’m selling takes to get to the buyer since I wouldn’t have to wait for a shipping container to arrive in the mail.
But that’s a pretty small beef.
So after less than two months, the cost of our new/used phones will have been completely recovered and our savings by using Ting going forward is all gravy. And the transition was actually super easy.
If you try Glyde through this link, the blog will get a small referral fee. But that didn’t impact my comments here at all.
* Guess which one of us treats their device more gingerly!?!
Have you ever used Glyde before? Where do you turn when it’s time to buy and sell used electronics?