4 Things to remember before you recycle your phone

Currently in the UK there are more mobile phones than there are people. That means that there are a lot of unused handsets out there. But what can do you do with your unused, unwanted or broken handsets? You can help the environment and earn some cash by recycling your mobile phone.

Mobile phones contain substances that could be extremely harmful to the environment or people if they are disposed of incorrectly. Some contain materials, like mercury and lead that have been linked to causing cancer in humans and could be incredibly dangerous if they are released into the environment. Although modern handsets contain considerably less harmful materials than mobile phones used to, they can still be incredibly damaging if they are disposed of incorrectly. That’s why it’s so important that mobile phones are recycled responsibly.

Mazuma Mobile will pay you for your old handsets and take care of mobile phone recycling on your behalf. Simply register on the site and send us your handset via freepost. If you have more than 10 handsets to sell, we will arrange for free courier collection for them, we’ll then pay you for your mobiles on the day we receive them. You could earn over £200 per handset!

Whilst recycling your mobile phones with Mazuma is simple you have to remember that they are likely to still contain a lot of personal information. So, before you sell your old mobile phone there are certain things you should do:

Remove Your SIM Card from the Phone

Mobile phone SIM cards often contain a lot of personal information like addresses, phone numbers and old text messages. Make sure you remove your SIM before you send your phone to recycle. Also, unless you’re switching mobile networks, you’ll need your SIM card for your new phone. If you’re going to dispose of your old SIM card, make sure you cut through the metal chip before you throw it away to ensure that no one else can get their hands on your personal details.

Remove Your Memory Card from the Phone

Many modern handsets use Micro SD cards to store photos, videos and downloads. This memory card should be removed from your mobile before recycling. The card can then be used in your new mobile or in other devices like digital cameras or video recorders.

Perform a Factory Reset

Over the course of its usage, it’s likely that you used your smartphone to store a lot of personal information that may contain the login information for your email or social media accounts, and the web browser may still contain your browsing history. By performing a factory reset on your phone, you will remove all this personal information.

Remove the PIN Lock

If you used a PIN code or lock screen to protect your mobile, you should remove it before recycling your phone. This will enable your mobile to be used by other people in the future.

For more information about how to remove personal information from your old mobile phone use our Data Delete Tool.

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