Recycle and protect your data

An understandable concern amongst those wishing to sell old mobile phones is the security of their data. Mobile phones hold a great deal of private and personal information, personal messages, contacts and, increasingly, even your internet surfing behaviour and passwords. Removing or reformatting the SIM is unlikely to be sufficient reassurance to consumers that the phone no longer holds any information connected to them.

Mobile phone recycling is a worthy undertaking. Phones that are no longer useable are taken apart, their component parts recycled and the toxic substances contained in the batteries, for example, safely disposed of. Better still, increasing numbers of phones are being exchanged for cash soon enough to be reconditioned for further use abroad, extending the useful life of the precious resources used in production. In a time where identity fraud is a genuine concern, however, it is recognised that personal data must be safely and securely removed from the phone before it is passed on.

Here at Mazuma Mobile we take your concerns seriously; as a result we provide our Data Delete Tool for you to use before sending us your phone. Instructions for each make and model of mobile are outlined separately in clear, simple steps and sent to you by email. Simply enter your handset details and email address and you’ll have the information within minutes. Following these instructions allows you to be environmentally responsible with your phone, having disposed of your data with complete confidence – and of course you’ll be paid for the privilege.

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Contract cashback

How much is my old mobile worth? You may well ask yourself this question as you upgrade to the latest model as part of your new contract deal. Whatever you think of your old handset, its value is only what others will pay for it. You could try your luck with an E-bay auction, for example, or come to us at Mazuma Mobile and sell old mobile phones for guaranteed amounts.

One thing to bear in mind, however is that mobile phone values continue to depreciate month by month. Consider this: if your phone was free in the context of a fixed-term contract, your monthly payments have subsidised the cost of your phone over that time. However, at the end of two years, can you still sell your mobile for a decent amount of cash? Quite possibly, but you have to be quick as the value will probably keep going down.

Those of you who are not particularly concerned about having the latest and greatest gadget could cash in on this process. Continue to use your existing mobile for the duration of your new contract, and sell the new one. You’ll pay the same and still get the useage you require, whilst effectively getting cashback into the bargain… much more than you would two years down the line.

Obviously this idea won’t suit everyone, but to some people a phone is just a phone. In which case, if it works, stick with it and cash in on the more valuable model.

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Money, money, money

Love it or hate it, we all need money. In this belt-tightening age it’s time to find imaginative ways to supplement your income. Why not start with what you already have? Here are five attractive ways make some money from your existing resources:

  1. Sell your phone. We at Mazuma Mobile have made mobile phone recycling easy and fast. It’s free to do and you’ll get paid. The value of the phone depends on its age so be quick off the mark as you upgrade.
  2. Sell your stuff online. The E-bay auction site is the obvious place to do this. Anything goes here: more imaginative sales have included mud and fresh air! It takes a little of your time, and E-bay charge a nominal fee for each auction, but you can set a reserve price if you wish.
  3. Hold a car boot sale, and sell everything at once. Rather than laboriously setting up individual auctions, chuck everything into the car and enjoy a morning haggling over everything from your old kettle to your dad’s precious record collection.
  4. Rent your driveway. Yes, really. Parking is a premium nowadays and if you live in an attractive area you may be able to demand an attractive sum for the use of your driveway. Check out, or
  5. Auction your antiques. The computer-phobic among you may enjoy attending a real-live auction. Bear in mind that commission fees can be high.

There you have it. You’re probably sitting on a fortune so get selling.

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Being Green

‘A bit green’ may once have referred to an individual who was somewhat naive or inexperienced. Nowadays, ‘green’ is associated with being environmentally responsible in our everyday lives. There are many things you can do to ‘be green’, often very simple, and free. Pat yourself on the back if you do any of the following:

  1. Compost. The ultimate in green, rotting your food waste down to feed living plants. If you don’t have a garden, don’t despair. Many councils now provide compost collection services.
  2. Recycling household waste. The pressure’s on here. Councils have recycling targets and some are even considering reducing or charging for normal waste collection to encourage recycling.
  3. Recycle mobile phones. This is very straightforward. At Mazuma Mobile, we’ll send you a pre-paid envelope and promptly pay you cash for old phones on receipt. You won’t receive any extra for the charger or accessories, but sending those too will increase your green credentials.
  4. Recycle at work. Make sure you use workplace recycling facilities instead of the mixed waste bins and you’ll be doing your bit.
  5. Reduce and reuse. Be careful about what you buy and you’ll reduce what goes in the bin. Choose refills and recyclable packaging wherever possible.
  6. Share transport. Car shares, buses, trains, reduce your impact on the environment by finding your way around with other people, and enjoy not driving in rush hour.

Follow these ideas to stop being green about being green. You’ll feel great about doing your bit.

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Uses for an old mobile phone

Nowadays, a great deal of people will have one or more mobiles in their homes that are no longer in use. Mobile phone recycling services are an option, but the more creative among you may wish to put your old handsets to use around the home. Try some of the following:

  1. Prop up the short leg of a wobbly table or chair
  2. Use your mobile as a door stop
  3. Frame your phone and put it on the wall
  4. Take it apart and give it to your kids as a puzzle
  5. Take it apart and rearrange the pieces as a sculpture
  6. If you have more than one, string them over the baby’s cot as the other type of mobile
  7. Draw a smiley face on the screen, give it a name and keep it as a low-maintenance pet
  8. Use it as a decoy phone to distract thieves from your new Blackberry

Alternatively, you may decide it no longer has a place in your life and you could seek out a new home for it.

At Mazuma Mobile, we’ll repatriate your phone in developing countries, where people will still want to use it for its original purpose. If that’s not possible, its component parts will be recycled thus helping the environment.

Whichever use your mobile is put to, you will always receive cash for old phones. Just make sure that it is in its original form and not previously crushed by a chair leg.

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Nasties in the cupboard

Mobile phones – love them or hate them, in this day and age there’s no getting away from them. These miracles of modern technology are here to stay. And stay. Handsets reside in our cupboards and gather dust on our shelves long after we have lost interest them and moved on to newer, smaller, more fancy models. Eventually, though, we may notice those we have forgotten and decide it’s time to throw them away.

Yet before you do that, stop and think about what you’re putting in the bin. In addition to precious metals, copper and plastic that could be salvaged and re-used, a mobile phone is full of hazardous substances. While these won’t do you any harm during the lifetime of the mobile, they aren’t good for the environment if they end up on landfill.

Often old mobile phones can be re-used in developing countries by people who can’t afford the latest models. If this is not possible, you can recycle and get cash for old mobiles into the bargain. This gives you the opportunity to support the responsible disposal of the harmful products that make your mobile phone the wonder that it is. These include unpleasant substances such as zinc, lithium, arsenic, nickel and mercury.

It’s very easy to recycle mobile phones these days. Here at Mazuma Mobile, we look at the nasties in your cupboard and say, ‘Yes please’. Not only that, we’ll give you cash to take them off your hands. What could be better than that?

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How many phones do you need?

In 2008, Ofcom observed that the total number of mobile phone connections in the UK actually totalled more than the country’s population of 6.14 million. This means more phones being used than there are people possibly able to use them, even counting every babe-in-arms.

This suggests a great many people must have more than one mobile: for business and home maybe, or for secret liaisons? Perhaps a pay-as-you-go that lies forgotten in a drawer after submitting to the lure of a shiny new contract phone. Taking into consideration the fact that most mobiles are regularly usurped by newer models, we start to get a picture of the staggering number of handsets in the UK.

Where exactly all these phones end up is not so clear. In these days of environmental responsibility and in the wake of dwindling resources however, there is a growing awareness of the necessity of using a mobile phone recycling service wherever possible. At the same time, it is now incredibly easy to do so.

The best news, of course, is that you can actually get cash for old mobiles while remaining secure in the knowledge that your handsets are being put to good use. At Mazuma Mobile, not only do we provide you with everything you need to send your phone to us absolutely free, we will also send the agreed amount of cash for phones within just 7 days.

So if you have more mobiles than you can handle, recycle them. It’s easy.

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Clear out your clutter and save the environment

If you have ever been down to the local tip and observed what people actually throw away, you will find it is astounding to observe the amount of quality, serviceable goods that end up on burgeoning landfill sites because people just don’t think about passing them on. Many people are surprised to find how much they own that other people will value.

Many charities out there are ready to take goods to sell, and a great deal more people are waiting to snap up a bargain! Charity shops will usually accept anything of useable quality, although they rarely accept electronic goods.

Internet-based Freecycle’s mission is to stop goods going to landfill. People can offer stuff for free but the recipient always collects. It is possible to offer almost anything, and someone out there will probably want it.

You could probably make yourself some extra money too. Try holding a car boot sale. It costs a few pounds to sell your goods, but you can usually make a profit.Alternatively , if you want to stay at home, have a look on eBay to see what sells. After a little setting-up time anyone can put goods up for auction and then just wait to see how much they can make.

To date, only around 10% of old mobile phones are recycled, but selling your mobile for cash is another great option, and very straightforward. At Mazuma Mobile, we send you what you need and give you cash for old phones within 7 days.

Next time you de-clutter, try some of these simple ways to clear out responsibly.

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