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Old cell phones that are valuable - this is where selling is worthwhile

Sometimes there are real treasures hidden in your school drawers and cupboards. Some old cell phones are now collectible and are therefore really valuable. We'll tell you whether it's worth selling or disposing of it.

It sounds unbelievable, but cell phones have been sold commercially for a good 27 years and even smartphones have been around since 1994. During that long time, a lot of mass-produced goods were produced that are hardly worth anything today, but among the many pieces of coal there are also a few real ones Gold nuggets hidden. For example the first iPhone. Collectors now pay a lot of money for this rare piece of cell phone history. But it's not the only old cell phone that's valuable.

Ten valuable old cell phones

We scoured eBay, Amazon and Co. for the most valuable cell phones and smartphones. Here we show you ten cell phones that are really worth selling:

1. Motorola DynaTAC 8000x

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The Motorola DynaTAC 8000x was the first commercially available cell phone and is therefore a real treasure for collectors who are enthusiastic about cell phones. The device was launched in 1983 and cost around $ 4,000 at the time. With a weight of a good one kilo and a length of 33 centimeters, it is anything but handy and although the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x can no longer dial into a cellular network these days, rarity hunters are wild for it. In very good condition, the cell phone forefather will bring you up to 8,000 euros.

In 2007, Apple and Steve Jobs forever changed the way we think about mobile telephony. The iPhone 2G - also iPhone 1 - ushered in the era of smartphones and replaced the classic cell phone. Although the iPhone 2G is technically as good as unusable for everyday use today, collectors are tearing themselves apart to get their hands on a first-generation iPhone. However, the value strongly depends on the condition of the device. A used iPhone 2G costs around 150 euros. Unused or even originally packaged bring in up to 2,000 euros.

Nothing stands for cult mobile phones more than the Finnish brand Nokia. Classics like the Nokia 8800 are very popular with collectors and fans, although the heyday of the former mobile phone giant is over. However, you have to look carefully. The Nokia 8800 is also available in an Arte Carbon and a Sirocco version, which are now worth a lot of money. Depending on the version and condition, the Nokia 8800 is worth between 150 euros and 850 euros these days.

The Sagem MY C-3B is neither beautiful nor technically anything special. It's not a milestone or cult object either, but it is incredibly rare. So rare that some collectors are willing to pay absurd sums for the old clamshell phone. The Sagem MY C-3B is currently listed on eBay for 650 euros. In the past, sums in the four-digit and even five-digit range have been paid.

Another old Motorola bone that is really valuable today. The Motorola 3200 came out about ten years after the Motorola DynaTAC 8000x. Although it weighs only half as much as the cellphone's forefather, it is just as long and unwieldy. However, collectors don't mind. On the Internet, the Motorola 3200 brings you around 80 to 300 euros, depending on its condition.

The Nokia 8850 is a stylish sliding phone that is really valuable today. Although it does not have cult status like the legendary Nokia 3310, it is much rarer and known for its susceptibility to repair. When used, the old cell phone will cost you around 60 to 300 euros, depending on its condition. Originally packaged and unopened, collectors also like to pay four-digit amounts.

Do you still remember Morpheus' futuristic cell phone from the movie Matrix Reloaded? The cell phone really does exist. It goes by the name of Samsung SPH-N270 and was launched in 2003 as a limited special edition. Since there are only a few matrix phones left today, they have now doubled their original value. Depending on the condition, collectors and matrix fans can already pay between 270 euros and 600 euros for the Samsung SPH-N270.

The Nokia 8110 is another cell phone made famous by the Matrix film franchise. The futuristic chrome housing and the built-in antenna still make the hearts of fans beat faster today. How much the old cell phone is worth depends heavily on its condition. The Nokia 8110 is priced between 20 euros and 240 euros on the Internet.

9. Nokia 9000 Communicator

The Nokia 9000 Communicator is a smartphone that unmistakably dates back to before the iPhone. It was introduced in 1996 and could not only send calls and SMS, but also e-mails and faxes. However, the folding mechanism was really impressive. When opened, the Nokia 9000 Communicator offered a large display for the time and a QWERTY keyboard. Nowadays, collectors pay 100 to 235 euros for the smartphone prototype.

The clamshell phone was the face of the wireless industry in the nineties. The Motorola StarTAC 130 was one of the most popular at the time, which was also due to the fact that it was one of the first devices with the later standardized vibration function. The Motorola StarTAC 130 is still very popular among collectors today. On the Internet, however, the price depends heavily on the condition of the old cell phone. But it should bring you between 80 euros and 150 euros.

Selling old cell phones - that's how you get the most money

As you have probably already noticed, the prices for old cell phones vary greatly on the Internet. This is because it is mainly collectors who buy these rare but mostly unusable rarities. They are primarily concerned with the condition and not with the technology. Therefore: the better the old cell phone is preserved, the more money it is worth. The most valuable are so-called BNIB goods (β€œBrand New In Box”), ie goods that are verifiably unopened, perhaps even welded.

If your old cell phone is not particularly valuable for collectors, you still don't need to dispose of it. Here we tell you how to turn your old cell phone into cash.

A used cell phone is usually only worth a fraction of the BNIB price for collectors. For example, an unused iPhone 2G receives bids of up to $ 25,000 in the US. Unpacked but unused, however, it usually "only" sells for around 2,000 US dollars. The packaging and the side dishes are also important. Collectors want to get everything in its original condition as much as possible. An undamaged box, the instructions and the charging cable therefore contribute significantly to the increase in value. If these things are there, be sure to point them out when you sell your old cell phone.