The Sad Life of the Dumped Mobile Phone

Like old picnic chairs and out of style drapes, some folks send their poor mobiles to the dump instead of to the phone bank or letting Mazuma Mobile offer cash for phones (silly people!) Whilst it may not play on your mind that you dumped that ancient Nokia in the bin in 1999, let’s see how you feel after learning a few unsettling facts about how well that old Nokia is doing right now!

•    It’s probably leaking trace amounts of toxic compounds like lead, cadmium, beryllium, copper and arsenic (yes, really, ARSENIC!) Lead poisoning is a serious issue at all landfills, where improperly tossed away electronics are estimated to be responsible for around 40% of the lead fatally drifting around the area.
•    Non-toxic materials like plastic and glass can cause strife too. Most experts estimate (only ESTIMATE) that it takes around 1000 years for plastic to degrade. Estimates wary wildly because we simply have no way of knowing at this point in time. Most mobile phones are made using a high percentage of plastic.
•    Here’s a bit of maths we horrifyingly figured out in the office whilst going about or daily business of mobile phone recycling: Around 20 million handsets are upgraded annually. If half of these -were simply chucked on the local dump, that would mean a build-up of TEN BILLION handsets before the first one degraded after 1000 years. And that’s just in the UK!

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Complete Your Ethical Mobile Phone Upgrade

Getting cash for mobiles is one thing, but what about where your handset goes? Do you care whether it’s used ethically or disposed of conscientiously? The happy tale of your old mobile’s new life with Mazuma Mobile and beyond is a simple one, but one that could see your little buddy in the hands of any number of grateful folks around the world.

The Re-Homing Process

Let’s say your old Motorola RZR has outlived it’s usefulness to you. Maybe you invested in an iPhone, maybe a Blackberry, or maybe showed a little brand devotion and went for the indomitable Motorola DEFY. Anyway, the point is that your old RZR needs a new home. You can sell your mobile to us and we’ll give it a thorough once-over (wiping data and checking whether everything works) before deciding where it should travel next. Working phones tend to head for our partners who sell phones in struggling economies where cheap communication is not only valuable, but can be lifesaving too. We currently enjoy great working relationships with retailers in the likes of Africa, India, Pakistan and China.

The End of the Road

Some handsets are simply too far gone or inefficient to fix. Whilst this is only around 5% of the models we buy, we take great care in disposing of them ethically. We’re an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Accredited Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Authorised Treatment Facility, which may not mean much to you, but in ethical disposal terms we’re very, VERY good boys and girls!

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Is Your Mobile Phone Treasure or Trash?

Saying you can sell your mobile for lovely cash is all well and good, but what if you’re phone’s not worth much? On the other hand, what if you’ve got a veritable goldmine tucked away in the back of your MISC draw?

Top Phones for Cash

I’m sure you all saw it coming; the iPhone4 tends to rank highest on our payout list day in, day out! Rates for a working iPhone4 32GB (without charger) are currently just over the £280.00 mark in cash, or £300.00 in Argos vouchers. Also up with the big boys are the Blackberry Bold 9700 and HTC Desire, both hovering around the £100.00 mark or above. Have you got an old iPhone in the MISC draw? Even an iPhone2G 4GB could bag you just over £20.00.

£1.00 Payout Models

We don’t pay out below £1.00 for a handset because it’s simply not efficient use of our resources. However, there are loads of models we offer around £1.00-£5.00 for. The Sagem MYC 3B, the Motorola RZR, the Samsung E250 – we’re pretty sure you’ve probably got a few old handsets lurking in the shadows. Tired old mobiles for cash, what could be better? Even when models aren’t worth much, £5.00 is still £5.00!

If you’re stockpiling a wealth of old mobiles, why not use our easy online quote tool to identify each model and see how much you could be getting for your treasure AND your trash!

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Recycle Mobile Phones for Charity

Fundraising and recycling go hand in hand, and we’re happy to add the Mazuma Mobile name into the mix! If you’re a charity or organisation looking to make a bit of extra cash, why not plan a mobile phone recycling campaign with Mazuma?

What We Do

Although we can’t provide collection bins etc, we can offer great rates on all the phones your collection drive picks up. We don’t cap the number of handsets you can sell to us because we think your organisation should get the same brilliant cash for mobiles rates as our single-handset clients. The process is simple; just enter the details of each phone collected (including whether they work or not) and we’ll send you a freepost Parcelforce collection bag (or several!)

Where to Collect

Supermarkets, schools and Local Councils are often keen to get on the ethical bandwagon when it comes to green issues and charity. Lots of our charity clients design their own phone banks and, working with the management of their chosen collection areas, site them in regular spots for an allotted amount of time. It can pay to let word get around a little, so perhaps a week or so (collecting at the end of each day) would see better results. Schools are often happy to organise particular days for students and staff to donate unwanted phones.

Always ask permission at an establishment if you intend to run a collection drive there, as some places require special permission from higher up to OK your project.

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Moore’s Law and Your Mobile

Amidst our mobile phone recycling expertise and in depth knowledge of how you can sell phones for cash, we’re pretty much geeks at heart. Ever heard of Moore’s Law? It probably dictates more about how often you upgrade your phone than you might think!
For the technophobes and non-geeks amongst you, Moore’s Law is a theory coined several decades ago by Intel founder Gordon Moore. The law states that the rate at which we develop new technology doubles roughly every twenty-four months. The law in its most basic form is the textbook example of exponential growth, i.e. the faster the technology we develop, the faster we develop it. Experts tend to agree that Moore’s Law cannot be relevant forever, and will likely cease to be significant sometime around 2020, although that date is hotly debated in research labs and comic book stores the world over.
So, as handsets get better faster, more and more lovely people like yourself are recycling old handsets for cash! Phone recycling for cash is a relatively young but prosperous market. In new markets it’s important to lay down ethics from the word “Go!”, which is why Mazuma Mobile is so upfront about things like how we dispose of the tiny percentage (under 5%) of phones we can’t use, and how the 95% we save are siphoned into vulnerable economies ethically in the likes of Africa, India, Pakistan and China. It’s important to keep people in touch, especially in remote or hostile communities.

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Old phones simply gather dust

Like many people, you might have a tendency to hoard items. Indeed, your home may be full of items, some of which you do not use any more. It can seem wasteful to get rid of objects and it is easy to find yourself overrun with old belongings.

To avoid falling into this trap, it can pay off to adopt a more ruthless attitude towards possessions that you no longer use.

For example, if you have old mobiles lying around your house or flat, now could be the perfect time to consider mobile phone recycling. There are many benefits associated with such activity.

As long as you choose a provider you can trust to deliver a convenient and honest service, you stand to gain cash. Here at Mazuma, we specialise in such services and can give you highly competitive rates for old phones.

To find out how much money you could generate through our mobile recycling provisions, simply enter a few basic details about your devices on our website.

Meanwhile, as well as ensuring your finances are boosted, recycling old handsets is great for the environment. It cuts down on wastage, helping to conserve valuable natural resources and it also reduces the amount of potentially harmful substances released when old phones are simply thrown away.

Also, because of our reuse policy, many of the old mobile phones we process are sold to developing markets, bolstering communications within them.

In contrast, if your leave your old mobiles to gather dust on your shelves and in your drawers, they are no good to anyone.

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Why we are the most popular UK phone recycling site

Here at Mazuma, we specialise in mobile phone recycling. Of course, we are not the only organisation that takes old handsets in return for cash. However, we do consider ourselves to be the best and it seems as though you folks out there agree. After all, we are the most popular phone recycling site in the UK.

You might wonder what it is that sets us apart from our rivals and from other means of exchanging phones for cash. The fact is, there are many areas in which we excel and this is why consumers keep coming back to use our services time and again, and why more and more individuals are flocking to us.

For example, the process is quick and straightforward. All you have to do is enter some basic details about your handset to see how much we will offer you. Then, if you wish to proceed with the process, you simply have to post the device to us and, once we have received it, we will provide you with the cash.

You can choose whether to get a cheque, bank transfer or Argos vouchers. This level of flexibility is something we pride ourselves on.

Meanwhile, when you recycle mobile phones with us, you can rest assured your devices are going to a great cause. The devices we process are sent for reuse in developing markets to boost communications within the countries. This is helpful for many individuals and represents one of the most efficient forms of recycling around.

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Just think what you could do with cash for old phones

A little extra cash always comes in useful, particularly now. After all, economic conditions remain strained and may do for some time. While wages are still depressed, the cost of living is rising, making a toxic combination for consumers.

So, any way of generating additional income is welcome. One of the easiest is coming here to Mazuma to make the most of our mobile phone recycling services.

You may well be among the many individuals around the UK to have old handsets lying around your home. Rather than simply allowing these items to litter your living space, you might want to consider exchanging them for cash. Not only is this easy when you come to us, it can also be a nice little earner. Indeed, you may well get more cash for phones than you anticipate.

The sum you receive depends on two things. Firstly, the model of the device is important and, secondly, the condition of the item is taken into account. To keep things simple, we categorise devices only as ‘working’ or ‘non-working’.

Just think what you could do with the additional money you get. Perhaps you could treat yourself to new clothes, a computer game or something different. On the other hand, you might want to use the cash to take your loved out on a romantic date, or save the resources up to help pay for a holiday.

Of course, if you want to use the money you get as a result of your phone recycling to help pay the bills for your current mobile or indeed any other outgoings you face, this is also an option.

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