If, like most of us, you have an old mobile phone or three gathering dust somewhere in your house, then don’t throw it away. Mobile phones and their batteries have toxic properties in them so when these end up on landfill sites, along with the rest of your rubbish, they leak this toxicity into the earth. Here at Mazuma Mobile, we promote mobile phone recycling, but not only do we not want you to destroy the planet by throwing your old phones away, but we also want to pay you for sending them to us!
If you’re thinking: ‘Yes! I want to sell my Blackberry!’ then you should know that mobile phones lose around £5 for every month they’re sat in your home doing nothing. What we don’t want is for you to leave your phone hanging around for so long that when you come to check it out, you find it’s worth nothing and end up throwing it in the bin. The sooner you sell us your old phone, the more money you will make, but also your phone can help others because when we recycle, we make sure the phones we get are reused in developing areas such as China, Africa, India and Pakistan.
When you think about it, there’s no reason for you to keep hold of your old handset anyway. Having spent the time and money on a fancy new one, you’re not going to want back to your old phone at any point, so it might as well make you some money!
Having a mobile phone is now a daily part of the majority of people’s lives and it is hard to imagine life without. However, as with all types of technology, phones quickly become out of date and replaced by the latest model. Those of you who like to keep up with the latest trend in phones can quickly end up with a collection of former handsets lurking around the home, which could be making you money instead of gathering. If you’re now wondering ‘how do I sell my phone?’ then read on.
If you want to sell a Nokia mobile or any other make of phone, it has never been so easy. All you need to do is enter your phone’s model or the IMEI number (usually found under the battery or by typing *#06# into your phone) and decide how you want to get paid. The great thing about using our service is that you don’t have to hang around waiting for your money once you sell your Nokia phone. We issue payment by bank transfer, cheque or Argos voucher on the same day that we receive your phone.
Having chosen your payment method, we’ll either send you out a free sales pack (or you can print your own to be quicker) and you just then need to post your phone to us using the freepost bag (or printed freepost label) included. Once we get your phone, we’ll send your money straightaway and then it’s up to you to spend it as you choose!
Let’s say you’re a factory worker in somewhere like India or China. You’re likely uninterested in mobile phone apps that help keep tabs on calories or update you on the latest West End plays, but there are plenty of amazingly practical uses for that used mobile phone that’s found its way to your hands from a phone bank in the U.K or phone recycling Mazuma envelope.
You work long hours in this factory, leaving an elderly mother, a spouse, even children alone at home for long periods of time. The capability to communicate with your family in such circumstances can not only be useful and practical, but lifesaving and potentially an integral part of your peace of mind. We don’t just sell basic old handsets to struggling communities; we also supply devices to the likes of NGOs and businesses that promote the practicality of smartphones in struggling communities.
There are heaps of apps designed to make life a little easier. For you, the hardworking factory employee in India, some apps like alarm clocks, timers, diaries and schedulers etc can be invaluable. Where we often use our smartphones as portable versions of other devices, many folks in poorer economies could find a smartphone their only – and invaluable – access to useful lifestyle assistance.
It’s tough to find old mobiles going through our phone recycling
system that DON’T have any games or fun bits and bobs as standard programming. Games like Tetris, Mahjong etc can be enjoyed in any language!
Getting used to the latest mobile phones and tablets might not be high on your list of things to do, particularly if you’re of the I’m-used-to-this-one school of thought. According to Apple, touchscreens are the present and future. According to Blackberry, it’s not quite time to count out keypads. Here are a few pros and cons for the touchscreen virgin thinking of an upgrade (and maybe getting some cash for old mobile phones!)
• Easy to clean because there are no gaps for detritus to fall into. Touchscreens are very sensitive, but with a few good habits can be kept pretty much as-new for years.
• Amazing scope for creativity and speedy menu access… once you get used to it! Artistic apps and highly personalised menu routes can have your finger doing happy little triple salchows across the screen!
• Very, very easy to use even for the novice. Those with limited mobility can benefit wonderfully from the simple, sensitive design of touchscreens.
• The sensitivity of a touch screen can be a curse as well as well as a blessing, particularly for folks with large finger pads or heavy-handed tendencies.
• Although modern touchscreens are precision engineered, they can be easier to break than traditional keypad devices. Take the example of Apple’s reputation for cracked screens at a seemingly innocuous touch!
If you want to trade in your mobile for a shiny new touchscreen, use our superb online phone recycling
Going Green is about more than just occasionally flinging a magazine into the recycling bin at work. It’s about making real life changes that are conscious of things like global production processes, waste management, e-waste in the modern world etc. Sound a bit overwhelming? Don’t worry! All the best green things you can do tend to be about simple, regular changes and habits in your daily life.
Not quite sure if you care enough to go green? After all, how much waste do you REALLY make? Try collecting your rubbish for a month instead of throwing it out into the magic portal of the wheelie bin. That can get pretty messy, so maybe choose a couple of packaging items to hoard for a month. We kept plastic milk cartons, crisp packets and magazines – all of which can be recycled easily – and were horribly shocked by the amount our office could have contributed to a landfill if we hadn’t already established excellent recycling protocols.
But it’s as much about the message as it is about the action. Our mobile phone recycling
company is built on strong environmental ethics because we understand the importance of actions AND words. We don’t sing the praises of selling mobile phones just to make a fast buck and chuck them in a landfill when we’ve harvested precious metals and minerals. We recycle mobile phones for cash and make sure we play a huge role in the next part of the chain, i.e. reselling refurbished phones in struggling economies.
It’s not really an age-old debate, but it’s certainly one parents around the world have endured over the past decade or so – when are kids old enough to have their own mobile phones? As parents of the mobile phone recycling
industry we spend a lot of time answering client queries and researching all and sundry to do with new mobile phones, used mobile phones and all the bits and pieces that go with them. Here are a few tips for parents thinking about finally letting their little monsters loose on the world of mobiles!
• Is it a question of safety? If your child walks home from school with a friend or other guardian, it can be a nice little reassurance that they have the capability to summon the emergency services. That said, lots of schools (especially primary schools) don’t allow mobile phones to be used on the premises. Perhaps consider something like a personal alarm instead.
• If you live in a rural setting or on a farm, kitting out the kids with mobiles can be a great way to afford them the wonderful freedom of rural living without destroying your larynx calling them in for dinner!
• Teaching kids about how you can recycle phones and other electronics is essential. Help them learn about things like the manufacturing process, sensible recycling and ethical consumption.
The general consensus seems to be that a mobile bought out of necessity can be very beneficial. However, a mobile for the sake of fashion or keeping up with the Jones’s kids is probably just wasteful.
We all want to live ethically and with pertinent environmental concern, but it can be tough to spot the perpetrators when it comes to choosing ethically produced electrical devices for your lifestyle. As mobile phone recycling experts with global reach, we’re pretty in tune with world issues of ethical production and waste disposal. So while you mull over sending us your old mobiles for cash
, here are a few of the more shocking facts about electrical devices in the modern age.
Mobile Recycling and Production
Few mobile phone manufacturers can swear, hand on heart, that they know 100% where the minerals used in their production processes come from. It’s not because they’re evil corporations, but simply because much of the mineral market is incredibly under-regulated, particularly in struggling countries. Mobile recycling is the number one way you can influence the mineral market by ethically disposing of your phone and encouraging mineral re-use.
TV Screens and Laptops
Unscrupulous manufacturers of things like laptops often have poor reputations for worker’s rights on the factory floor. Human labour is very cheap, and NGOs around the globe are constantly pushing for better regulations in struggling economies. A key role in target markets is advertising; companies market a new product aggressively, drumming up demand, then force factory employees to work dangerously long hours to fulfil the demand. What can you do? Do a little digging into your chosen manufacturer; the internet and free flow of information to customers is a great weapon in forcing manufacturers to clean up their act!
We deal with all sorts of lovely folks in the phone recycling business. Such little chats have led us to estimate you guys hoard millions of handsets rather than getting cash for mobiles
through our great trade in service.
But it’s not only through lack of use we think you’re building up a collection of handsets. Loads of our private and business clients are frequent travellers, which means a different mobile phone handset for each country they visit. What’s the point? Why not just carry the relevant SIM cards and indulge in a little phone recycling for cash?
Frequent business trippers will be familiar with the stress of juggling several different phone numbers and devices. The phone numbers thing can be a bit of a pain, but by ditching the handsets and just carrying SIM cards you could cash in phone recycling for your company AND save space when travelling
Fun and Adventure
Are you off on a round the world trip, a year in Japan or maybe just a few weeks backpacking in Europe? Phone communication can be a godsend in terms of anxious parents or actual life-threatening situations. Put a little time into finding a comparable handset for global travel, invest in the right SIM cards for the job (you can usually buy cheap once you arrive), get some cash from us for your old handset and away you go into the wild green yonder you go!