5 Examples of Damaged Phones Still Worth Trading In

Smartphones are our best pals and are often quite pricey. If you get the heebie-jeebies when your phone drops and you find its screen shattered, we hear you. It can feel like the end of the world, both for us and our beloved gadgets. But fear not–it’s not all bad news! As much as your phone is damaged, it might still be worth something, which means you can resell it, get money, and buy a new one.

At Mazuma Mobile, we’re specialists in this! We’ve seen every kind of phone mishap under the sun, and you might be surprised to learn that even with some bumps and bruises, your device can be traded in. So, join us as we explore the five most common types of damage we’ve seen, and that could still fetch you some cash!

A person in yellow sneakers next to a broken phone

Shattered and cracked screens: still shiny on the inside!

Oh, the dreaded cracked screen – the sudden pain of every smartphone owner. And it’s even worse when the crack quickly turns into a properly shattered screen. Despite your care, the most stylish case you bought and the latest tempered glass protection you stuck on the screen, it looks like it’s written in these devices’ destiny that one day they’ll slip out of your hands, take a bad fall and break. But before you start crying over the loss of your pristine display, let us reassure you that all is not lost. As they say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover”; on the inside, your phone could still be good!

When it comes to trading in a phone with a cracked screen, the key is honesty. Believe us, here at Mazuma, we’ve seen our fair share of shattered screens, and it’s not the end of the world: you can still sell your phone! All you have to do is be upfront about the damage; that’s it. And with the money you get from trading in your old phone, you get to immediately buy a shiny new device with a screen that’s mint… until the next inevitable drop, of course!

Screen burn: when your phone’s display is stuck in the past

Ever noticed some faint, ghostly images that linger on your screen even after you’ve switched apps? That, sadly, is the dreaded screen burn. It happens when static images, like app icons, are displayed for too long, causing a sort of “burnt-in” effect on your screen. It can be super annoying and make your phone look like past apps’ ghosts forever haunt it. But don’t let that spooky screen burn scare you away from trading in your phone!

Screen burn is more common than you might think. In fact, we’ve seen it all, and we’re happy to take that screen-burnt phone off your hands. Even with such a cosmetic flaw, your phone still has value. So, if you want to sell your iPhone 11, even with those ghostly remnants lurking on the screen, leave it with us. Sure, it might not fetch as high a price as a phone with a perfect display, but at the end of the day, every bit counts, right? Give it a second chance and trade in your phone for cash with us; it’ll help you put some cash towards a new device!

A close up of a cracked mobile phone

Damaged housing: battered but not beaten

We bet your phone’s housing has seen better days: after a few accidental drops, it’s now scratched, dented, or maybe even cracked in a few places. Life happens, and our smartphones often bear the brunt of our daily adventures. Whether it’s from a drop on hard cement, a clumsy sit-down, or just the wear and tear over time, damaged housing can make your phone look like it’s been through a war zone. But don’t despair – there’s still hope for your battle-scarred device!

Even if your phone’s housing looks like it’s been through a tornado—no, we don’t think we’re exaggerating— its internal components, like the processor, memory, and other essential parts, might still be in perfect working order. So, why not trade it in and get cash for it? Your phone can still have a chance at life through our mobile phone recycling service. Selling your phone with damaged housing not only gets you some extra money but also helps the environment. So, go ahead and upgrade to a mint model!

A hand holding a mobile phone

Broken buttons: pressing on despite the odds

Despite being now entirely touch screen, modern phones still have buttons (even when you can’t see them!). And they eventually become faulty, just like everything else. Do you want to trade in your iPhone 6 because the home button is stuck? Or maybe your volume buttons have decided to call it quits? Whatever the case may be, broken buttons can be a real pain in the neck. But even in this case, just because your phone’s buttons have stopped working, it doesn’t mean it’s time to throw the whole device away! Sure, you might look into fixing the issue, but wouldn’t it be better to sell the entire phone, get some money, and buy a new one?

Phones with broken buttons are still worth trading in, especially if they’re still functional in other ways. At Mazuma, we understand that accidents happen, and we’re here to help you make the most of a less-than-ideal situation. Just send us your old phone, for example, you can trade in your Galaxy S21, and we’ll send you the money right away! Easy peasy!

A broken mobile phone with a camera

Camera damage: say cheese, even with a cracked lens!

Last but not least, there is the infamous camera damage. Let’s not pretend that the main reason many of us buy a smartphone nowadays is its powerful, often AI-powered camera. From food pictures to family memories, it almost feels like we can’t live without the clicking sound of a camera snapping joyful photos. But we’ve all been there: you’re out and about, ready to capture the perfect shot, when suddenly disaster strikes. A sudden mishap or wrong handling, and your camera can get cracked or scratched beyond repair. Dang, your photography career is over. However, phones with damaged cameras are one of the most common cases we come across.


At Mazuma, we know the importance of a good camera, and we’re here to help you! We can take in your old phone so you can get a new one and be ready to say “cheese” again in less than a blink of an eye!

Now that you’ve seen just how much your damaged phone could still be worth, do you still want to throw it away? We’re sure you don’t! And please rest assured; once we receive your phone, we wipe it clean of any personal data, so it’s totally safe. So, head on over to our website to learn more, check our reviews, and contact us to see how easy it is to trade in your old device today. Trust us, your wallet will thank you!