With a new phone out almost every week, and new tablets being announced all the time, it is hard not to keep changing your phones and tablets. After all, one has to keep up. However, that does mean that most of us are stuck with our old devices, sitting in a corner somewhere, gathering dust. There are a few things that are possible with such devices:
- Sell them on eBay – you get lucky or you get unlucky!
- Turn them into a work of art
- Salvage them for parts (if you’re expert level 10!)
- Use them as chopping boards and relive those parody YouTube videos
- Pass them on to a friend or family member
- Sell them to one of the many phone recycling websites out there
While all the above options give back in their own unique ways, the best way to make some money back is the last one, using some of the many websites available out there. A lot of networks and phone sale companies offer this service as a cashback as well, while some companies are dedicated just to serve this function. The phones are collected, and then recycled. Recycled can mean a few things. It either gets truly recycled, or it gets refurbished and is sold on as such. Your phone could end up in a developing country, providing some body a very useful device.
I recently stumbled upon SellMyPhone.co.uk, looking to see what was on offer. Being addicted to my phones, I have the bad habit of collecting them! I was pleasantly surprised that they offered values higher than some of their competitors, and specially more than some of the networks’ offerings.
They buy the top UK brands available, such as Apple, Blackberry, Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Sony Ericsson etc, and accept both phones and tablets. The process is rather simple. You head to their website, enter your phone/tablet model, answer a couple of questions, such as working/not working, and they give you a price. Obviously, if your phone is working and not locked to any network, you get more. If you like the price, you choose a sending method. They can send you a freepost envelope if you prefer, and as soon as they receive and test the device, you get payment. Payment is done via PayPal. If you don’t get your payment, you can log on to your account to check the latest status on your device and payment.
One thing you notice though, trawling these websites, is that it is often quite funny (or sad, depending on how you look at it) how the few years old top models are doing in the world of phone recycling, or general sales. I was amused to find that the Apple iPhone 3G and 3GS were going at just over £4 and £7 respectively. It doesn’t improve much with the 4S, going at £51. The iPad 1 64GB model with 3G is going for £2.04! That is definitely going to be used as a chopping board!!! Or of course, handed over to friends or family.
So, the lesson? Don’t leave your devices sitting there for years and years! Recycle them, and earn mullah while you’re at it!