Is Mobile Phone Insurance Worth the Pennies?

In a word – sometimes. As phone recycling experts we hear our fair share of sob stories and mishap tales; the iPhone 4 dropped in a puddle, the Nokia N900 crushed under the wheels of Grandma’s car, and the insurance policy which refused to pay out for a new handset! Taking measures to protect your smartphone means simply that you won’t be stuck without your £850 smartphone lifeline if the worst should happen. Well, that’s the idea.
So, when is phone insurance not really necessary? For most people it all comes down to the cost of insurance versus the cost of paying outright for a new phone.
Not everyone can stomach reading all the Terms and Conditions of even the toaster warrantee in one sitting, but it’s important to make sure the policy suits you. Insurance fraud is common and shocking simple, so most companies are incredibly strict about payment terms.
Home and Contents Insurance
Check your existing policy to see what kind of smartphone calamities are covered. It could be that sole mobile phone insurance isn’t necessary in your case.
In-Store Pressure
Just because you’re buying a handset and taking out a contract with a particular service provider doesn’t mean your insurance must be exclusively with them. For example, smartphone cover could be available through your bank at a better rate. It’s clichéd advice, but shopping around really DOES unearth the best deals.
If you want to make some cash from used mobile phones, use our easy online quote tool to recycle old mobiles ethically.
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Want to Sell Nokia Mobile Phones?

As one of the leading makers of mobile phones, Nokia is working on new models all the time. And if you want to upgrade to the newest product, with all the latest features, no-one could blame you!
But you need to work out what to do with your used mobile phone. You can’t just throw it in the bin –  its battery releasing all manner of toxic nasties. But neither do you want it lying around gathering dust.
The answer is to recycle Nokia phone models you no longer want. And the good news is that Nokia designers think very carefully about the materials they use, and consider the whole life-cycle of the products so that it is as easy as possible to recycle them. In fact, up to 75% of the materials in a Nokia mobile phone can now be recycled and given a second life.
With Mazuma Mobile, you can sell Nokia mobile phones to get cash whilst also doing your bit for the planet. Send us your redundant telephone and we’ll offer you free postage, a free tool for deleting all the data from your old phone, and we won’t muck you around. The price we quote is they price we pay.
We aim to use 95% of phones we receive in various developing markets, but, where we can’t, we will dispose of them in an environmentally friendly way. We pay the same day, by cheque, bank transfer or in Argos vouchers. Learn more from our website.
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I Want to Sell My Blackberry!

Most of us can’t imagine life without our phones, especially if you have a Blackberry, used for so much more than sending texts or receiving and making calls. However, in common with other devices, Blackberry phones quickly become updated as people move on to a newer model. That’s especially true now, as so many retailers allow you to trade in your mobile and get a more modern version as a free upgrade. Equally, if they are broken, it is generally more cost-effective to buy a new one, rather than to pay for costly repairs.
The problem comes when these units end up in a landfill site. There are toxic substances in these units which can pollute the ground for many years.
The answer is, of course, to recycle Blackberry phones responsibly.
Not only is this the right thing to do for the environment, but can also be kind to your pocket as well! Why not make some cash from your old Blackberry rather than having it gather dust in a drawer somewhere?
That’s especially important if you are a corporate buyer, with a high turnover of phones as staff join and leave your organisation or get their company devices upgraded.
If you decide I want to ’Sell My Blackberry’, check out Mazuma mobile before you do anything else. We’ll always give you the full quoted price, and can pay you by cheque or bank transfer or in shopping vouchers. We also have a same day payment promise.
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What Happens to Your Handset When You Recycle Mobile Phones?

When you decide ‘It’s time to sell my mobile’, it’s about more than just decluttering your home. Old phones contain potentially toxic substances, and cadmium batteries can pollute the water system and lead, brominated lame retardants and beryllium could all cause harm to the environment if you don’t recycle mobile phones responsibly. So don’t throw your old model out with the garbage!
What generally happens is that, once they’re tested, most used mobiles are shipped overseas to be sold. Examples of countries where his happens include the Middle and Far East, South America and Africa.
Especially for phones of a lower value, it will probably be broken down and sold as component parts. But even if it’s totally worthless, recycling companies will at least give you peace of mind that your mobile is being disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.
At Mazuma Mobile, we recycle mobile phones for cash, and we take our responsibilities towards the planet and our customers very seriously. We believe reuse is a hugely important part of recycling, and so make what we offer as attractive as possible.
We process redundant mobiles, allowing them to be reused in developing markets such as Africa, China, India and Pakistan. So we help these emerging economies at the same time.
You’ll find our free online process very straightforward and user-friendly. We even pay for postage, only need your handset and battery, and take an extensive range of models. There’s more online.
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Get Cash for Phones: Damaged Mobiles

When it comes to getting cash for phones, most phone recycling companies will look at non-functioning models, or at least recycle them.
Examples of damage, for which you might have to accept smaller payment, include damaged casing, a pin locked phone or a unit which doesn’t power up properly. If yours has been damaged by water, has a badly cracked or unresponsive screen or is physically broken, expect less cash.
Make sure that you tick the ‘damaged’ box when you search online for the best quote.
You could also try trading in your phone with the company you’re buying the new one from, if it’s low value. However, you are generally better off going through a mobile phone recycling company.
At Mazuma Mobile, we’re a leading mobile phone recycler – in fact we’ve been named Britain’s number one! Our upfront approach means we always pay you what we say we will pay, unlike our competitors who often quote attractive prices then reduce after receiving your mobile.
For working phones, we expect to be able to turn the unit on and off, and for it to be fully functional – cosmetic wear and tear is perfectly fine. It should also have a working screen and not be water-damaged. Make sure you include the battery.
We also accept non-working phones as long as you include the battery – you can keep the memory card and charger. The model should also be intact and not crushed in half. Learn more online.
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How to Sell Your Mobile

Every year, networks routinely provide mobile telephone upgrades, which means an estimated 800 million used models are gathering dust in British homes, even though if you sell your mobile, you could convert it into up to £150.
Some people try to sell mobile phones for cash via auction websites, or they sell old mobile phones to a friend. But, especially with the former, there is no guarantee of a sale.
By far the most profitable thing to do with a handset you no longer need is to sell it for cash. This will pay a lot more than any ‘trade-in’ discount you might get from handing in your phone to a High Street retailer.
You can do this quickly and without any hassle. Just go to a phone recycling website, tell the company what model you have, and you’ll be told how much they’re prepared to pay for it. Then they send you a jiffy bag for the phone, with postage pre-paid. .
Although you can return your mobile freepost, consider sending it Recorded Signed for a small extra fee, to insure it.
Send the phone charged and switched off and without the SIM or memory card. Take off any pin or security codes. (Just select the ‘reset factory settings’ option on the menu.) Also remember to take off any private data.
At Mazuma Mobile, we’re rated as the UK’s number one phone recycling website. We’ll now pay for your used tablet, too. We promise to pay the full quoted price or return your phone for free. Learn more from our website.
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The Family That Recycles Together, Gets Paid Together

The festive season is all about getting together with our nearest and dearest for lots of eating, drinking, fighting, napping, arguing over the telly, laughing and making general merriment right through to the end of Boxing Day, when all but the cheeriest finally run out of energy and give-in to Last of the Summer Wine re-runs! Well, that’s what our Christmases tend to be like anyway!
Christmas is a time when we do lots of things together, and one of our favourite recommendations here in the Mazuma studio is to indulge in a little seasonal de-cluttering.

•    Go through the cupboards and see what food can be donated to homeless shelters and so on. The winter is incredibly hard for the homeless and vulnerable folks, so do your bit to make sure your family helps out.
•    Go through those draws and trade in your mobiles for some cash! Phone recycling is a great way to make a little extra, so if you were lucky enough to get an iPhone 5 pre-Christmas, be sure to boost the festive fund and recycle phones with Mazuma.

•    When the kids are home from university or wherever they settled (listen up, offspring!) for adult life, the time’s right for a little clear-out of the parental nest. Make a day of it, use all those old present boxes and finally get your adult children to part with their 90s club gear that’s been in the loft for the last decade!

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Boost Festive Funds with Mazuma Mobile

Ok, so there’s an ulterior motive to today’s blog entry – we want you to trade in your mobile phones so we can fund our campaign for world domination. That’s not really true, although we are the No.1 tablet and mobile phone recycling company in the U.K. We’re not after world domination in the scary totalitarian sense; we just want to carry on providing an ethical, sterling service to all our clients. In that spirit, here are a couple of our favourite money-making ideas for the Yuletide season!
•    Recycle – don’t just sell Blackberry Storms or elderly Nokias to us – but recycle everything you can. We know it sounds like a huge chore, but by approaching one thing at a time you can really make a difference. Recycling usually tends to mean you get little financial gain, but by using our service, spending the afternoon at a car boot sale (selling, not buying!) or getting online to recycle those old CDs (somebody will want the entire back catalogue of Savage Garden…) you could make enough money to treat yourself or cover a few troublesome festive costs.
•    Get crafty. Homemade crafts are big business around the Christmas period. If you’ve ever been to a Christmas market like Stuttgart etc, you’ll know what we mean. Spend some time gathering cheap materials – holly, pine cones, berries etc – and put together a little assortment of decorations to either use yourself or sell at a fair (scout around for local farmers markets too)

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