Jul 25, 2019
Back to School Device Trade-Ins

Phobio Powers Back to School Device Trade-Ins


School’s out for the summer and it’s the perfect time for students, parents, teachers, and administrators to trade-in their older devices and upgrade to newer technology for the upcoming school year. A Global Education Census Report from Cambridge International found that 75 percent of U.S. K-12 classrooms use desktop computers while 74 percent of classrooms use smartphones. As mobile technology continues to permeate classrooms, traditional methods of taking notes with pencils and paper is decreasing. 

In today’s digital world, teachers are finding that the latest technology and tools actually add value to the learning experience and enhance education. Giving students access to the latest technology helps them to conduct research, study, and complete homework more effectively. Teachers also benefit from sharing resources, lesson plans, and test results instantly through mobile apps and digital programs. 

Unfortunately, many schools don’t have the budget to purchase the most up-to-date computer models and mobile devices for entire classrooms. Meanwhile, parents and students may not be able to afford the steep price tag for a new smartphone, computer, or tablet. For example, the iPhone XS (64GB) starts at $999 while the Microsoft Surface Studio 2 starts at $3,499. 

Luckily, Phobio works with retailers, OEMs, and mobile carriers to provide customers with a simple and easy-to-use device buyback solution. By trading-in old devices with Phobio, teachers, students, and parents can get cash back which can be used to purchase newer technology.  

To provide a transparent trade-in process, Phobio provides an explicit grading system that accurately determines the value of a pre-owned device based on its condition. For example, if a device has a cracked screen or is unresponsive, it will be categorized as “damaged.” If a device is fully functional and in good condition, it will be categorized as “working.” A monetary value is then provided along with a detailed description and photo evidence explaining our assessment of the device. 

As an omnichannel trade-in experience, Phobio allows customers to upgrade in-store, online, or even begin a trade-in one channel and complete it in another. With this flexibility, customers can start their transaction in-person at a local retail store, then go home to back up their data and finish the trade-in process online. Phobio also gives customers the option to schedule a pick-up for their devices, which is ideal for bulk trade-ins. 

To protect your privacy, we always perform secure data erasure from every device we receive. If any media or data cannot be erased, we will recycle the device instead of reselling it. We also conduct frequent security audits and have dedicated security systems on site that monitor our facilities to protect mobile devices and sensitive information.  

If you’re ready to set yourself up for a successful school year, start by upgrading your mobile technology! Learn more about Phobio here
 

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