Getting money for old phones The big wireless companies have buyback programs that give you credit toward products or services in exchange for your old phone. Gazelle will make you a direct offer for your old phone, while uSell uses a comparison engine to display cash offers from other online sites. Except for newer iPhones and top-of-the-line Android phones less than 2 years old, used phones aren't worth a whole lot. [...] don't forget to erase all the data on your phone before you sell it. Outfits like the Geek Squad charge a mouse and a keyboard (that's computer-speak for an arm and a leg) to make house calls, so like it or not, you're better off taking the computer to a repair center. [...] I'd only do that if the thing has slowed to a crawl, if programs you rely on stop working, or if a virus hijacks your browser or e-mail. Kodak makes a line of Picture Saver Scanning System scanners that can scan dozens of photos per minute, but models start at around $2,000. [...] you're really looking at a flatbed scanner, which is not much of an option when you have thousands of photos that need digitizing. The developer, Tim Clark, has created a number of Android apps, but nothing for the iPhone.