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How Much is Your Old Mobile Worth?

If you’ve got a new phone recently, chances are you’ve slung the old one in a drawer. Dig it out. That scratched old handset could be worth something. But, who’d buy it and how much would they pay? Here’s a few tips to get the most for your old mobile.

  •      It needs to be in reasonable condition. If it looks like it’s been run over by a truck, put it back in the drawer.
  •      A bit of damage, such as scratches and a few knocks and bumps will lower the value, but you should still get something for it.
  •      Make sure you can turn it on.
  •      Most of the mobile recycling companies will pay two different prices: one for a fully functioning phone, the other for a faulty handset.
  •      If your handset is just in need of a new battery, it’s worth doing it yourself as you’ll get a lot more from trade-in. But double check the site you’re using. Some ask for the original battery to be intact.
  •      Most companies are not interested in your charger, so if it’s lost or broken don’t let that deter you from selling it.
  •      Most phone recycling companies are online. Search around. There are dozens of them and you’ll find the price you’re offered will vary considerably. You’ll save time using a comparison website, although the disadvantage with this is they don’t cover all the recycling companies, just a selection.
  •      If you accept your offer, you’ll be sent a padded envelope or pre-paid label to send your phone off.
  •      Fully charge the phone before packaging it up, restore factory settings and remove the SIM or memory card. Make double sure any PIN or security code that’s needed to access it is wiped, along with any personal data.
  •      Unless you pay extra at the post-office, you’ll be sending off your phone without any kind of insurance cover. So, if it’s lost in transit you’ve no right to compensation. Sending it by recorded delivery might cost a few extra quid but at least you’ll have peace of mind that it’s been received at the other end.

If it turns out everyone is turned off by your phone and no-one wants to buy, don’t be tempted to chuck it in the bin. There are potentially dangerous substances in phones, especially batteries, which can harm animals and the environment. Dispose of it responsibly. Or put it back in your drawer.