Phones these days have become so much more than just a means of communication. They're a fashion accessory, a hobby, a super-smart multi-tool to keep your finger on the pulse of the world. There are a million different options to choose from depending on what you're looking for.

But it can be incredibly hard to keep up with all the latest releases in smartphone technology. Along with the constant releases of new phones from competitors trying to keep the edge on each other, you have constant pushes of new software that will make your two-year-old iPhone feel like a relic. On top of all that, the release of the iPhone 7 is poised to turn everything on its head. But luckily, there's now a way you can actually make money trying to keep up with the trends.

Sphere is a company that will actually pay for you to recycle your old phones. And on top of that, they've made it very easy. All you have to do is visit their website, get a quote for your phone, and send it in with the free shipping kit you'll receive. Sphere even gives you 30 days to transfer all your data to your new phone before sending in your old one, so you don't lose a thing.

If you're among roughly half of all Canadians who usually keeps your old phone because you don't know what else to do with it, this is a very solid way to go. Whether you've got an old phone lying around or are considering getting that new iPhone before anyone else, Sphere will put money in your pocket to help you make that change.

Trade-in prices usually drop a significantly after a new iPhone is launched, so your best bet would be to jump on this sooner rather than later. With 30 days to send in your phone, might as well lock in a trade-in value now.

There are literally no downsides to this. Sphere guarantees to pay out at a higher rate than any carriers, and they even make sure that any unusable phones end up properly recycled, not just in some landfill. Get paid to switch to a new phone AND save the environment? Yup!

Be sure to check out Sphere's website to see how it all works, and visit their Facebook Page for awesome phone tips and tricks.

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