If you have an old mobile phone or tablet lying around, you could be sitting on some welcome cash. So why not sell it? Here's how you find the best possible price, and what happens when you do.
All over the UK, Brits have old phones and tablets lying around the home. They're stuffed in drawers, lying around on tables - even stuffed down the back of the sofa. It's a real shame.
And a waste too - there are recyclers all over the country that are eager to hand over big chunks o' change for those old gadgets. Here on CompareMyMobile.com, you can compare the prices offered by loads of these companies, making it super-easy to see which will give you the most money.
Ready to get started? Here's how:
How do I sell my mobile phone or tablet?
CompareMyMobile makes selling your old gadget super-simple. Here's how the process works.
1. Choose the type of device you want to sell from the list below, and follow the link
- Sell my mobile phone
- Sell my iPhone
- Sell my Samsung Galaxy phone
- Sell my LG phone
- Sell my Sony phone
- Sell my HTC phone
- Sell my Huawei phone
- Sell my tablet
- Sell my iPad
2. Type the name of your device (manufacturer or model) into the search box, and pick your device when it appears
3. We'll show you a list of quotes from different recyclers. If you see one you like, click 'SELL NOW' and we'll take you to that recycler's website
4. Fill in your details on your chosen company's website. Be honest about the condition of your device - recyclers test the electronics they receive, and may lower your quote if the condition doesn't match your assessment.
5. Send your device to the recycler. Some will send you a pre-paid envelope or label to print off, so you won't have to pay.
6. Most recyclers will pay you within a few days. Depending on the company, you may have a few payment options including direct transfer, PayPal or cheque.
What happens to a phone once you've sold it?
You sell your phone to a recycler, you get a bit of cash in your pocket and… then what? Your grizzled old gadget is gone, but what's going to happen to it?
Your phone's next steps depend on the company you sold it to, but it will commonly experience one of these fates:
- It's refurbished and resold - if your mobile's in reasonably good nick, it can be refurbished. A bit of a nip and tuck, and it's ready to be sold on to someone else at a reduced price. It's a great way to get more expensive phones to those who couldn't otherwise afford it… or who just want to bag a bargain.
- It's sold in a developing country - many handsets are shipped off to developing countries. Mobiles are greatly in demand in these areas, particularly if they fragmented communication infrastructures, such as limited landline access.
- It's dismantled and the parts recycled - if the phone is a total wreck, it may be dismantled. Every handset contains valuable metals and materials, which are reused for other products.
Whatever happens to your old phone, it's much better for the environment than letting it languish in a landfill. Essentially, you're getting paid to be responsible - that's pretty great.