In less than twenty years, mobile phones have gone from being rare and expensive pieces of equipment used primarily by the business elite to a pervasive low-cost personal device which is an important element of our everyday lives. The continued development of features like WAP, Java, MP3, Bluetooth, 4G, megapixel cameras, mobile TV, etc are increasing our dependency on them. As these features grow and as mobile phone fashion changes, owning the latest mobile becomes essential.

Over 20 million used phones are being replaced every year

It is reported that the UK currently has over 83 million mobile phone subscribers which equates to more phones than people. This has become possible due to users having multiple handsets.

UK Networks heavily subsidies the price of mobile phones to lure customers into committing to airtime contracts typically 12-18 months long. In this period Networks hope to recoup the cost of the handset via line rental, airtime, sms and content usage. It is common for UK Networks to subsidise handsets worth hundreds of pounds to the point that they are given away free when signing a contract.

On average, UK mobile phone users upgrade their handset every 18 months. That equates to over 20 million phones being replaced every year. A very small percent of those which have been upgraded are put into use. In general the large majority of them are discarded and forgotten about.

It is estimated that 50 million mobile phones are hoarded in cupboards and drawers around the UK. If each second hand phone is valued at an average price of £20, then the UK is hoarding £1 Billion pounds worth of old phones! Enough to pay every single person in the UK £17.85!

Selling your 2nd hand phone is easy

It couldn’t be simpler for you to register your used mobile phones with Mazuma Mobile. Simply place the second hand phone(s) you have to sell into the freepost bag together with the delivery note and post it back to us. On receipt of your handset(s), we will check the mobiles to ensure they meet our terms and conditions and make payment on the same day.

Written by Mazuma

Mazuma Mobile is the UK's most trusted mobile phone recycling service.

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