Selling mobile phones securely

There is more than one way to sell old mobile phones. You could try and find a mate who could use one- pick on whichever of your friends has the worst and oldest phone- or put an ad on Gumtree, sell on an online auction site or in a local paper. You’d have to take a picture of the phone, find out the exact make, year, and model, guess at the price and hope somebody would go for it.

But then it comes time to get paid. Your mate might stump up the cash or they might not and you could end up with your old phone on permanent, I’ll-get-the-money-to-you-next-payday loan. Selling mobile phones through classified advertisements is even more problematic because it can be quite difficult to ensure that the person you are selling to is legitimate and will actually pay you A) on time, or B) at all.

Exchanging old mobiles for cash is easy with Mazuma. You can be absolutely sure that you’ll be paid the going market rate for your unwanted mobile phone. We’re not some fly-by-night operation. Our company has paid out more than 80 million pounds for phones just like yours, and our business is here to stay as long as there are mobiles that need recycling. We have a well-established trading history and abide by all relevant statutes and regulations.

We believe that our service is not only the easiest way to turn an unwanted phone into cash, it’s also the most secure. You can rest assured that you’re dealing with a responsible, fully accountable company that pays up promptly.

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Finding the make and model of an old phone

If you want to sell a mobile phone you will need to find the exact make and model. That will help you figure out roughly how much you can expect to get for it and once you have the right information, you can pass it on to us so we know what to expect. Few people remember the precise model names of all their old mobile phones but don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to find out.

The first and simplest is to take a look at the phone itself. Some (but by no means all) mobiles have the model code or name printed on them somewhere. At the very least you can almost always find the manufacturer, which will help narrow down the search. Elsewhere on the phone there may be a 15 digit code. This is the IMEI or International Mobile Equipment Identity number. Sometimes it will be hidden inside near where the SIM card goes, so open up the phone to take a look. You can also get a mobile to report its IMEI by entering *#06# into the phone itself.

If you have trouble you can always search through our gallery of images. Just click on the manufacturer and find the handset that looks most like the phone you want to sell. The model number or name will be written underneath. It’s easy to sell mobile phones for cash, even if you don’t know the model number when you start out. All the information you need is right here on this website.

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Need quick cash? Why not recycle your phone?

If you want to sell a phone then the chances are you’d like some ready cash in exchange. Maybe you even need to raise some money quickly to pay a bill or meet an unexpected expense. Maybe you’d just like some extra cash before going on holiday. There are lots of reasons people recycle phones through Mazuma and if you’ve got an old handset lying around there is no reason not to turn it into a nice pile of money.

We understand that a fast turnaround time is a big advantage so we’ve made it quick to sell your phone and even quicker to get paid for it. Some phone recycling companies will make you wait for your money but not us. Our philosophy is simple. As soon as we’ve received your mobile in its special Freepost bag and checked it, you get paid.

So, how long will it all take, in total? If you’ve got your old phone with you now, you can order a Freepost bag straight away. We’ll help you find the make and model number if you don’t already have it. Then we’ll either send you a Freepost bag within 24 hours or if you’re really in a hurry you can print off a Freepost label yourself, pop the phone into a postbag, and Royal Mail will do the rest.

You can decide how the phone gets sent to us. The quickest option takes one working day and the slowest only two or three, and as soon as we’ve got your handset we’ll pay you by whichever method you choose. Mobile recycling is a very quick way of making some extra money. Some times it takes less than 48 hours!

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Can I still sell a mobile phone if it doesn’t work?

We’ve all been there. One minute our faithful mobile handset is sitting innocently on the table working perfectly, the next moment it’s covered in piping hot coffee and not working so well at all. Mobile phones get dropped, left outside in the rain, accidentally drowned in swimming pools and baths, chewed by pets, and even trodden on. Sometimes- thankfully not often- they just stop working for no obvious reason at all.

If you want to sell your mobile but it’s not working any more, don’t despair. We accept phones that don’t work perfectly as well as phones that do. Whether it’s a cracked screen, a software failure, or just a blank display, we can find a use for any mobile whether as a whole unit or in parts. You can still sell a mobile phone to us if it doesn’t work.

To sell a mobile that is no longer in good working order just use the usual process. Our screen will ask you whether or not the phone is working and all you have to do is tell us that it isn’t. Note that phones that have a broken or cracked screen but will still take and receive calls are classified as ‘non-working’, but a little bit of everyday wear and tear is acceptable in a ‘working’ phone.

If you declare a phone as non-working, we’ll give you a revised value taking into account both the model and the non-working status so you will know how much you can expect to get for it.

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The Landfill Life of Your Mobile Phone

Many of the 20 million or so old mobile phones we upgrade annually in the UK end up at the back of a draw at home! However a massive number are simply deposited in the bin by their owners. A lot of folks are unaware of how easy it is to recycle mobile phones.

Mobile phones contain peripheral substances that can be harmful to the environment when not disposed of properly. Typical toxic compounds include copper, lead, cadmium and beryllium (and let’s not forget the unsettling fact that arsenic is commonly present in the makeup of some mobile phones!)

In addition to such toxic compounds, an unpleasant array of non-toxic materials (e.g. precious metals, glass and plastics) can be found in almost any mobile phone. Arguably plastics are the most difficult to dispose of, as plastic is fairly indestructible in terms of natural degradation. Estimates range from 500 to 1000 years!

Around 40% of the lead found in landfills is thought to originate from disposed electronics. Lead can be incredibly harmful to all of us, and by that we mean plants, animals and people! If we can’t refurbish your phone or harvest spares, we DON’T just dump it in a landfill. Components are separated and disposed of using sanctioned methods.

If you don’t know whether you can be bothered with mobile phone recycling, we urge you to take a look at how much cash your old phone could make you. Combined environmental and financial benefits are sure to outweigh letting your old phone gather dust in the back of a draw!

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Everybody Loves Facts!

Little titbits of information can be fantastically useful! Just in case you don’t have time to actually study the history and culture of modern mobile phones, here are a few fascinating little facts for you to whip out at dinner parties… or at the pub… or when you see our advert on TV!

•    More than 20 million old mobile phones are upgraded annually in the UK (that’s 20 million opportunities to sell mobile phones for cash!)
•    The average UK household secrets away four or more unused mobile phones, equating to more than 50 million potential devices for mobile phone recycling!
•    Current figures estimate mobile phone ringtones account for around 15% of total music downloads.
•    The very first SMS text message was sent via the Vodaphone network in December 1992 between test engineers Neil Papworth and Richard Jarvis. It read “Merry Christmas”
•    The Chinese mobile phone market is the fastest growing globally, with many poorer Chinese investing in refurbished mobile phones like ours.
•    Japan and China suffer the highest rates of spam text messaging in the world (up to 70% of total message in some cases)
•    Nobody can be sure how long a mobile phone takes to fully degrade in a landfill, as we simply haven’t been around long enough! Research estimates the period as being anything from 500 years to a millennia.
•    The first mobile phone call was made by Dr Martin Cooper (then Director of Research and Development at Motorola) in April 1973.

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Remember to Delete Personal Data from Your Phone!

Mobile phone recycling is great for both your pocket AND the environment. But before handing in your old mobiles for cash, it’s important to make sure your data doesn’t get passed on with your old phone. Photos, phone numbers, text messages and even settings should be removed before you sell your mobile phone.

Most folks buy online these days, but if you bought your new phone in a store, the odds are good that they’ll be happy to oblige you on your requests to wipe information from your old phone. Most stores provide data transfer services for network customers to make it easier for you to transfer settings etc and then clear information on one fell swoop.

Not everybody has the time to nip to the shops, so feel free to use our Mobile Data Delete Tool. The service is free and can be tailored to your phone by choosing make and model from the drop down menu. Pop in your name and email address and we’ll be sure to email you the relevant free instructions for your phone. Removing personal information using our free Mobile Delete Data Tool is the best way to be sure your information is safely in your hands only.

Tip: Remember to remove the micro SD memory cards from your old phones before sending them to us. Also remove SIM cards or call your operator to have the phone removed from your account (e.g.  in the case of iPhones)

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Recycled, Refurbished, REVIVED!

If course it’s what our phone recycling website is all about, but we thought we use today’s blog entry to recap some of the brilliant reasons you should sell your old mobile phones to us!

•    The environment loves you! It can take anywhere from 500-1000 years for plastics to degrade in a landfill site. In all honesty, no plastic has been around long enough for us to observe the natural degradation process. We can refurbish and reuse around 95% of the phones we buy. That’s A LOT of saved landfill space! Mazuma are a Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) sanctioned treatment facility, meaning we’re officially recognised as adhering to strict environmental disposal standards.
•    If you’re not happy with our service then we’ll send your phone back. Although we quote prices based on model, sometimes phones arrive in a state where it isn’t possible to refurbish (we try to use these ones for spares) If we email you a revised offer that you’re not happy with, you’re free to decline it and ask us to send your phone back to you free of charge.
•    We’re here for business and private customers. Phone banks are becoming incredibly popular in the UK. We offer a free courier service to businesses or charities recycling ten phones or more.

Remember to delete personal information from your phone before you send it to us. Of course we can clear everything when we refurbish your phone, but you never know what brilliant photos and hilarious texts you might miss out on rediscovering!

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