If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to make money? Recycle your mobile for cash!
By now, most of us have been through many different phones, and once the old ones are discarded, they usually get left lying around somewhere in a drawer, 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 by getting them recycled and make yourself some money at the same time?
This idea has grown in popularity recently, and now there are loads of companies out there who’ll pay you for your old mobiles.
Rather than letting phones end up in landfill, recycling them means 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’re 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!
Here’s what to do:
Step 1: Find the best site
Go to our mobile phone comparison tool and select your model from the menu.
If you don’t know what model your phone 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 an assistant – they’ll be able to tell you.
Once you’ve selected your phone model, the tool 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, you’ll be shown which site will 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 the terms and conditions, you may be given a choice of payment depending on the company you choose to recycle your phone with:
- Cash or Argos vouchers (which will increase your payment by 10%) with Envirofone and Mazuma
- Just cash with Weeebuy and Top Dollar Mobile
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 will receive a confirmation email with instructions of what to do next.
Mazuma, Weeebuy, Top Dollar Mobile and Envirofone all provide you with a pre-paid jiffy bag to send your phone in.
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.
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.
The recycling company will check that the details you’ve given them are correct before sending the money. If phones are locked or can be proven stolen, they’ll be recycled without payment.
Step 6: Sit back and wait for your money!
If you’ve opted to receive payment by cheque then allow a bit of time for it to reach you. If you choose to be paid by BACS then you should have your money within a few days. We received our cheques within a week from Weeebuy, Top Dollar Mobile and Mazuma, and the amount was exactly as promised so we’re definitely satisfied! We received our payment from Envirofone within about two weeks, so a little slower, but it was the amount we were promised.
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 a couple of comparisons:
Apple iPhone 4 16GB
Weeebuy – £120
Envirofone – £107.51
Mazuma – £105
Top Dollar Mobile – £92
Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray
Weeebuy – £45
Top Dollar Mobile – £42.65
Envirofone – £33.02
Mazuma – £30
The easiest (and quickest!) way to find the best price for your phone is to use our comparison tool.
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