Blu Studio 7.0 is pushing the limits of phone size

December 17th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Blu Products just announced one of the worlds first smart phones with a 7 inch display. Not only is it an extremely large phone, with a suggested retail price of $149, it’s also extremely cheap. Here are our first glances at the Blu Studio 7.0:

If you’d like to be updated when there’s a Blu Studio 7.0 listed on Swappa, check out the listings here: Blu Studio 7.0 – Swappa

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Android Wear 5.0 update first look

December 12th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

We’ve been expecting a Lollipop update on our Android wear devices since early this week, Wednesday night it started rolling out to some folks and my personal Moto 360 was updated midday Thursday! The update brings supposed stability and battery life enhancements along with some new features like theater mode and sunlight mode. Take a quick look at what’s new in the snippets below!

If you don’t yet own an Android Wear watch, and this update convinced you to buy one, check out the listings for Watches on Swappa!

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Motorola DROID Turbo taste test

December 10th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Have you been shopping on Swappa for a shiny DROID Turbo, but not yet entirely sure whether it’s the right phone for you? We at Swappa want you to be able to buy with confidence!

And let’s not forget:

When it comes to the boot sequences, does the Turbo live up to its name? You decide.

Check out listings for the DROID Turbo

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 taste test

December 10th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

Are you interested in grabbing a Verizon Galaxy Note 4? We’ve got your Galaxy Note 4 taste test! Check out the boot up and power down sequences on the device below, it helps to envision yourself holding the device while watching.

Oooh, so nice! If you liked that, you going to love this next video:

If you weren’t supposed to judge a book my its cover, you just did the equivalent of reading the preface and last page. Buy with confidence.

Check out listings for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4

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How to log out of on your smartphone

December 10th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

If you’ve contacted support after accidentally logging into Swappa using the wrong account, we probably advised you to log out and log back in with the account you originally used to buy or sell. If you’re having trouble figuring out how to logout of the Swappa mobile view, follow the guide below:

If you’re having trouble with logging out of the desktop site, check out the screenshot below:


If you happen to be logged in from a toaster or a refrigerator, unfortunately we cannot help. If you have any further questions, the fine people at are always quick to assist!

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Holiday Tips for Shopping With Swappa

December 9th, 2014 by Lucas Freeman No comments »

It’s the Best Time of the Year

The holidays are among us. Break out the colorful decorations, ugly Christmas sweaters, and eggnog. It’s the time for giving and mobile tech is on the top of Santa’s list.

Below are a few things to keep in mind when buying and selling on Swappa during the holidays:


Sellers have two full business days to ship. Make sure to discuss paying for expedited shipping on the sale page if needed. Keep in mind that shipping companies do run into delays during the holidays that could lead to longer-than-average shipments.

If a seller ships the device within our required shipping time and it arrives as advertised but did not make it to you before Christmas, this is NOT a valid reason for a return.


Sales around this time of year tend to be gifts. Make sure to ship devices in a timely manner. Remember, our shipping policy requires that the device be shipped within two business days.

Communication is the key to a good sale. Good sales lead to happy buyers. Happy buyers lead to positive reviews. This makes everyone involved happy. Therefore, communicate information such as estimated delivery dates and the tracking number on the sale page.

Oh no, I need help!

Our support staff is always ready to assist you. If you hit a snag during any part of the buying or selling process, email us at We’ll do our best to keep Santa on schedule and the sale moving in the right direction!

Happy Holidays from all of us at Swappa!

Large Swappa Claus


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DROID Turbo vs Galaxy Note 4 Boot Speeds

December 9th, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

To the many Verizon customers who find yourselves deciding between the DROID Turbo and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 this season, Swappa wants to provide you, not only with a means to get rid of your old phone and purchase the device you’re looking for, but also help you make the decision for which device is the best fit for you. Here are a couple of short power up and power down videos to get you closer to envisioning which device you’d carry.


What other kinds of short, 30 second glimpses into devices would you like to see before deciding on your next mobile device? Submit ideas via email ( to build our database.

Check out listings for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Check out listings for the Motorola DROID Turbo

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Swappa Monthly Report: November 2014

December 2nd, 2014 by Tony McAfee No comments »

The Top 5

The top-selling devices for the month of November on Swappa:

  1. LG Nexus 5 (Unlocked) average sale price: $284
  2. Apple iPhone 5S (Verizon) average sale price: $392
  3. Samsung Galaxy S 4 (Verizon) average sale price: $233
  4. Apple iPhone 5S (AT&T) average sale price: $356
  5. Apple iPhone 6 (Verizon) Average sale price: $688

The Google Nexus 5 overtook the Verizon iPhone 5S as the top selling device this month. We’re seeing a definite increase is Nexus 5 sales due to the surprising announcement of the Nexus 6’s premium price tag. Top selling devices are still tilting toward Apple as the Verizon flavor iPhone 6 peeks into our top 5 after just over two months on the market.

Holiday Favorites

With Christmas rapidly approaching, a great tech gift without breaking the bank is a smart watch. The past month has shown fantastic average prices for the LG G Watch at $106, the Moto 360 at  $217, and the Pebble Steel at $126. Remember Swappa is the best place to sell your old device, here’s why.

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Swappa is Hiring a Web Developer

November 11th, 2014 by Ben Edwards No comments »

Swappa is a growing marketplace for buying and selling mobile devices:

Swappa is hiring a Remote Web Developer to join our small development team. The right candidate will be an effective developer with good communication skills and experience with Python, Django, jQuery, and preferably Bootstrap. This position will begin as part-time and hopefully transition to full-time if a good fit.

Our ideal developer will meet the following expectations:

  • Work independently, but never afraid to ask for help and/or opinions
  • Develop new site features, end-to-end: from front-end HTML to Django code to database models and migrations
  • Communicate ideas and design decisions to the team
  • Comfortable with quick development lifecycles
  • Willingness to work on new projects as well as maintenance of existing features
  • Values simplicity and good user experience

Technology / skill requirements:

  • Python / Django (required)
  • JavaScript / jQuery (required)
  • HTML + CSS (required), Bootstrap (preferred)
  • Source control (required), Subversion (preferred)
  • Django database migrations (required), South (preferred)
  • Amazon Web Services (preferred)

Other requirements:

  • Develop public-facing websites (and can provide examples)
  • Comfortable with database migrations (preferably using South)
  • Excellent communication skills (English)
  • 18 years or older

If you’re qualified and interested, please start the application process here:

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Veteran’s Day

November 11th, 2014 by Brock Hatfield No comments »

American FlagI, myself, am a Veteran. So when I was asked to write this post for Swappa I spent quite a bit of time thinking about what kind of grand words I could write. Then it dawned on me that straight and to the point, mission completion, is the military way to do things. So here it is:

To every soldier out there who seeks to defend, or who has already defended, their homeland for the safety of their family and people, thank you! You enable the rest of us to enjoy so much through your sacrifice and hard work. We truly cannot extend enough gratitude. Swappa salutes you!

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