- Jasmine: People who were told to think about their own mortality were more receptive to the idea of having cosmetic surgery than those who weren't (11th Jun 2013 - 18:05)
- Jasmine: @mcrcommuter Good point - it usually gets passed on to us (11th Jun 2013 - 17:49)
- Jasmine: @ajmajid Yes. I don't understand young people taking up smoking - makes no sense! (11th Jun 2013 - 17:48)
- Jasmine: effects of passive smoking on children costs the NHS £23m a year by causing 300,000 GP visits and 9,500 hospital admissions. (11th Jun 2013 - 17:41)
- Jasmine: RT @EdConwaySky: The financial nitroglycerine buried under the Bank of England. Quick blog: http://t.co/P18zbR4KtQ (11th Jun 2013 - 15:50)
- Jasmine: @pinkiejones Actually yes, they probably are! (11th Jun 2013 - 15:00)
- Jasmine: @iansearle lol! (11th Jun 2013 - 15:00)
- Jasmine: @photostrada Sadly, yes! (11th Jun 2013 - 13:28)
- Jasmine: @will_becker True! (11th Jun 2013 - 13:27)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp Interesting! (11th Jun 2013 - 12:29)
- Jasmine: @neiljamesh Certainly looks like it± (11th Jun 2013 - 12:28)
- Jasmine: @emmalporter Yes, prob too expensive too (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: 10% of secondary pupils think tomatoes grow underground (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: 29% of primary school pupils think cheese comes from plants; 1 in 5 think main ingredient in fish fingers is chicken; (11th Jun 2013 - 12:27)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp I wonder! (11th Jun 2013 - 11:57)
- Jasmine: @pensionschamp Good point! I'm slipping - yes, ultimately it will cost us! (11th Jun 2013 - 11:56)
- Jasmine: Not one office in the Shard is being rented; its only occupants are a restaurant and a viewing gallery (72 storeys empty) (11th Jun 2013 - 11:55)
- Jasmine: RT @liamdutton: A wet few days lie ahead as areas of low pressure form an orderly queue to the SW of the UK - http://t.co/iTGWklTamm (11th Jun 2013 - 11:55)
- Jasmine: Around 50 per cent of all whiplash claims arising from car crashes are fraudulent - costs the industry £1 billion a year (11th Jun 2013 - 11:50)
- Jasmine: RT @scaryduck: Vladimir Putin's getting a divorce. I think that's all his midlife crisis boxes ticked http://t.co/0tUQUpMRzF (7th Jun 2013 - 08:35)
Make Money: Recycle your Mobile for Cash
It’s something of a surprise to come across anyone who doesn’t have a mobile these days. They have become a must-have for almost everyone. In fact, more than a billion people around the world now have a mobile phone.
By now, most of us have been through several different models, and once the old ones are discarded, they usually get left lying around somewhere in a drawer or under the bed or, worse, add to our already serious landfill problem.
According to Envirofone there are over 80 million old mobiles lying around in the UK. So, instead of chucking your old mobile phones in the bin, why not do your bit for the environment, get them recycled and make some money at the same time?
This idea has grown in popularity recently, and now there are loads of companies out there who will pay you for your old mobiles.
Rather than letting the phones end up in landfill, they can be re-used in areas of the world with growing economies – those which have the demand for the type of mobile technology some of us would class as obsolete.
Even very old mobiles can be used for parts by other businesses. And if they can’t be re-used, they are recycled in an environmentally-friendly way and can be made into things such as printer cartridges.
Of course, with so many companies out there offering cash for your phone, you need to make sure the one you choose is legitimate and will give you the best service.
Luckily, we’ve created a tool that automatically compares the prices offered by all the main phone recycling sites – so you get the best deal, with the least hassle!
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Or, do it yourself
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Find the best site
Go to our mobile phone comparison tool and select your phone model from the menu.
(If you don’t know what your phone model is, it should say on the handset and in your phone manual. If you’re really stuck, go into one of your phone network’s shops on the high street and ask one of the assistants – they’ll be able to tell you).
Once you’ve selected your phone model, it will come up with a picture of the handset – so you can tell whether it’s the right one or not.
Once you’ve found your phone, it will tell you which site will offer you the best price.
Step 2: Fill in your details
Once you’ve selected the phone model and the site that gives you the best deal, you’ll be asked to enter the IMEI number of your phone. Don’t worry if this sounds complicated – they all explain exactly where to find it, and it’s very straightforward.
You then have to ‘grade’ your phone; as working or not working.
Step 3: Choose cash or vouchers
Once you’ve filled in all these details and accepted their terms and conditions, you may be given a choice of payment depending on the company you choose to recycle your phone with:
- Cash or Marks & Spencer vouchers with Mopay
- Cash or Argos vouchers with Envirofone
- Just cash with Mazuma and Banana Green
Mopay will also offer to put a percentage of the cash they offer you for your mobile into a charity, so you can be doing a doubly good deed!
Step 4: Arrange postage
You’ll then be asked for some personal details. Once you’ve filled those in, you’ll be given an order number, and receive a confirmation email with instructions of what to do next.
The one drawback here is that although postage is free, with Mopay you do have to provide your own jiffy bag. Both Mazuma, Banana Green and Envirofone provide you with one, though it does slow down the process as you have to wait to receive it.
Step 5: Send it off
All you have to do now is send off the phone and the order confirmation form which they send with the email. For Mopay you use the ‘Freepost, Mopay’ address and put your order number on the back of the envelope.
They do warn you that your post office will say that this isn’t a valid address – but be persistent and assure them, we did!
Be advised that none of the companies will accept phones without their security code, and will pay you according to the condition of the phone and the battery.
If phones are locked or can be proven stolen, they will be recycled without payment. So they will check that the details you’ve given them are correct before sending the money.
Step 6: Sit back and wait for your cheque!
We received ours within a week from both Mopay, Banana Green and Mazuma, and the amount was exactly as promised so we’re definitely satisfied! We received our cheque from Envirofone within about two weeks, so a little slower, but it was the amount we were promised.
A quick comparison
Just to give you an idea of how much your phone might be worth – and of the variation in prices offered by different websites – here are some comparisons:
HTC Hero 100
Envirofone – £72.03
Mopay – £98.00
Mazuma – £84.00
Banana Green – £70.00
Sony Ericsson W810i
Envirofone – £8.11
Mopay – £12.01
Mazuma – £8.50
Banana Green – £3.00
- Recycle your Mobile Comparison Tool (compares all the sites automatically)
- Banana Green
Do you have any comments or suggestions about recycling your mobile? Share them with everyone in the comments sectionbelow!