3 Simple Steps To Recycling Mobile Phones Like A Pro

January 8, 2013 | by

Although there is a wide variety of smartphone options that is available in the market, many consumers do not get a chance to weigh the pros and cons of each device to see if it meets their needs. This is due to the mobile technology that is largely responsible for the imminent release of new and updated versions before they complete their research. This technology has not only left many people with more than 60 million unused devices but it has made their society a throw away one owing to the constant production of new models. However, instead of polluting the environment by throwing away their unused mobile phones, people can explore various recycling options because they enable them to make extra money by getting rid of them in a safe and responsible manner.


The United Kingdom and the world at large are seeing an emergence of a new industry thanks to the growing popularity of the mobile phone industry that has made the task of recycling old handsets a viable and one of the most beneficial options for the people involved. However, in order to reap maximum benefits from this process, it is advisable for people to collect all their unused mobile phones and carry out extensive research before recycling them.

Before Jumping Into Recycling Your Phone

All mobile phone recycling comparison sites work in a similar manner by collecting information from consumers before generating quotes based on it and hence it is advisable for people who choose to recycle their mobile phones to search online for them in order to find sites that deal specifically with recycling their type of technology.

Various mobile phone recycling companies offer varying prices and in this respect, they are similar to most companies in most industries. Some of these companies offer a smaller purchase rate because they have greater overheads or they accept lesser margins on their services owing to their more generous nature. However, it is important for consumers to remember that they have the right to choose higher offers regardless of the reason for these companies to offer lesser amounts.

Individual companies require consumers to provide all their personal and handset details such as their names, addresses, telephone contact numbers, email addresses, and passwords for the creation of accounts on their websites before accepting any offers. Hence, it is advisable for the consumers to view all associated terms and conditions in order to ensure that everything is as it should be. Many companies make payments by using cheques to the registered home addresses and account names but in some cases, they may require consumers to provide their bank details.

The dispatch of the handset(s) to the recycling companies is the most important and rewarding step in the process and hence it is advisable for consumers to carry it out as required and wait for the payments to come in. Most consumers know that mobile phones are expensive but their ability to bring in cash when they deem them useless or no longer necessary is the most rewarding thing for them. For this reason, many recycling companies enable their consumers to send their handsets back to them by providing them with postage paid jiffy bags, which are particularly ideal for devices whose value is low.

A special or recorded delivery option ensures the parcels are insured in case they get lost in transit and hence it is advisable for consumers to use it especially if they are sending back many handsets or valuable ones such as an iPhone 4S 64GB. Banks usually receive BACS transfers on the same day the recycling companies receive the handsets as long as the consumers meet the terms and conditions.

This is a guest post by Coel Drysdale who manages a blog of a gadget recycling comparison business in the UK called CompareMyMobile that aims to reduce gadgets sent into the landfill, if you require more information visit our facebook page or contact him at – coel (at) comparemymobile (dot) com


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