Hassle Free Mobile Phone Recycling

I love my phoneMore and more people are realising that smartphones and tablets can really help improve the running of everyday life – Some more than others!

Not everyone needs a smartphone, especially users who just want a mobile phone for the odd text or emergency situation. However, many of us today are confident users of modern technology and use our devices for all kinds of everyday tasks, even for saving money.

Because mobile phones are so advanced,  they also soon become dated quickly too. If you upgrade, then recycle your old phone as soon as you get the new one. Don’t tuck the old one away in a drawer for a rainy day! – Sell it and get the cash!

What do you use your mobile phone for?

There are hundreds and hundreds of useful applications to help you save money or make your life run smoother. From finding an address when you’re lost, to getting a discount code while in the supermarket – Smartphones are perfect for this modern world.

It comes down to personal preference to which Smartphone’s is best for your needs. Look at the many brands below:

  • Apple
  • BlackBerry
  • Google
  • HTC
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • Samsung
  • Sony

As requirements of the uses of a mobile phone has changed dramatically over the past few years so has the requirements for add on’s –  Free text messages and minutes are almost standard in contract now and TODAY users need “FREE data“. Get as much as you possibly can as nearly everything we do requires the use of data!

FREE Data Included Contracts.

Mobile phone contract providers won’t think twice about charging you if you for going over your FREE data allowance, so make sure you have enough when you sign on the dotted line. (Although you can probably change your contract usage, you might find it costly to do so).

WARNING:

Most FREE data included contracts only have enough free data to watch a handful of YouTube videos so it could be used up in a day or two.

With mobile phones offering so many features now, the handsets are expensive to produce.  Some of the cost will be added to the monthly fee that you pay.  This cost can often be spread over a term of up to 24 months! Think long and hard before entering into a lengthy contract. If possible try to pay for some of the phone upfront in order to reduce the contract period. You don’t want to be struggling to keep up payments if your financial circumstances suddenly change for the worse.

A report carried out by Ofcom some time ago showed that there are more mobile phone connections in the UK than there are people. This means we all need to recycle our mobile phones in a sensible way. You also need to get as much money we can for them as well.

Selling you old or unwanted mobile phone

If you are going to dispose of your old mobile then consider using a mobile phone recycling website. This is a great way to raise some money to put toward a newer model.

By using a mobile recycling website a phone like an Apple iPhone 4 could fetch up to £200. My friend sold his privately and only got £120 so it’s well worth checking online how much your phone is worth. Many online recycling companies will even take broken and water damaged phones.

Five Mobile Recycling Websites:

Sellmymobile WebsiteSellMyMobile.com – One of the leading mobile recycling comparison websites. They compare prices of over 38 of the top phone buyers. You can follow trends, read articles and even live chat with them. They have  featured in the BBC, Daily Express, and Telegraph newspaper. You can read some really interesting articles on their blog too. Follow Sell My Mobile on Twitter for all their latest news a tweets @sellmymobile

Mazumba Mobile WebsiteMazumbamobile.com – What mobile award 2012 winner (Best Recycling Service) Easy to use search facility and some great prices offered.  They say it’s what customers think that counts? With over 80,000 independent customer reviews with a 98% Trust score which is extremely impressive. They offer a free and simple process for recycling your mobile phone. Why not follow Maumba on Twitter @mazuma

Envirofone Websiteenvirofone.com – With over 3 million satisfied customers Envirofone boast throughout 2013 they offered on average 18% more than their competitors. So if you’re looking for competitive prices, be sure to visit their website. Envirofone accept water damaged phones. They send you everything you need, a box and a bag (unlike other recycling companies you’ll probably have to find your own box). Be sure to follow Envirofone on Twitter @envirofoneuk

Fonebank WebsiteFonebank.com – Payment is issued the day they receive your phone. You can type in your phones model number or iEMI number to get a fast price. You can even hand deliver your phone to their central London office. If you prefer to take Amazon gift vouchers you can get an extra 8% for your mobile phone. The website is easy to use and has lots of great information for you to read. You can follow Fonebank on Twitter @fonebank

Phone Recycle Bank WebsitePhonerecyclebank.com – Mobile and tablet recycling website. You can search by manufacturer or use you own IEMI number for more accuracy. They also offer Business recycling if you have several mobile phones. If your phone is broken fear not they will still buy it from you. The website is so easy to navigate around and everything is very clearly labelled for customers ease. You can follow phone recycle bank on Twitter @mobilerecycle

If it’s broken should you just throw it away?

NO: Throwing unwanted or out of date phones into a landfill site could be adding to toxic substances that contaminate soil, plants, water, and animal life. Think of the environment and do your bit: RECYCLE.

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  • Do you use a smartphone and has it changed your life?
  • How long could you last without picking up your phone?
  • Have you recycled a mobile phone before?
  • What is your eldest relative with a smartphone?
  • What do you think is too young to own a mobile phone?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Peter has received many accreditation’s including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) and What Stationers (2007) Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment. You can contact Peter Millikin either through his Google+ account or via his websites.

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