Mobile recycling companies are generally web based. They buy your old mobiles and give you Cash for phones. Mobile phone recycling companies don’t pay any money for vintage phones that look like big bricks. They do pay for broken handsets, but not if it is broken into bits and pieces. If you drop your mobile into something nasty and send it in for recycling you might not get any money for it either. In such cases you can at least be assured disposal in an eco-friendly way.
To recycle your phone do a search online and find the company that will pay you the most for your mobile phone. Usually you are required to post your handset to the company. Your handset will be tested upon receipt, and a check or BACS transfer sent to you for the value of your handset. Mobile phone recycling businesses don’t accept responsibility for non-delivery so it is your responsibility to send your handset recorded delivery, depending on how expensive it is. The UK post is very reliable. You may think it is easier to pop into a High Street phone shop like Carphone Warehouse to recycle your phone. You will find that they pay you much less for your handset than the companies online.
Mobile recycling companies pay different amounts of money for working and non-working mobiles. The working mobile must have the battery, back cover, no excessive scratches and damage, and it must be able to power up. If your phone does not have these things it gets classified as non-working and you get far less money for it. You don’t need to send the charger, but if you would like to dispose of it properly it will be placed into an electrical waste basket. Any SIM cards left in phones are disposed of in a reliable way so your personal information is not interfered with. Just for your peace of mind it is better to send the phone charged, switched off, and without the Sim. Restore your phone to factory setting if you can, or wipe of photos and texts. To do this, just opt for ‘reset factory settings’ on your phone’s menu.
You might not get any money for a phone that is blocked. Mobile recycling companies tend to assume that such phones are stolen. You might get some money if the phone’s casing is damaged, the pin locked, and if it does not power up. Phones that are water damaged, physically broken or have unresponsive or cracked screens will probably get zero cash but this all depend on the company.
You can use voucher and codes from extra cashback sites to maximize your return. Usually you may also have the opportunity to get more cash for recommending a friend. You can also contact Greener Solutions (that also runs Mobile2cash). They work with Tesco to offers 50 Clubcard points for non-working phones or donates 50p to Tesco’s current nominated charity.