With new phones being released every year, it can be difficult to keep up with the trends. It seems like Apple, Samsung and Huawei are releasing new models every single month. After a lot of waiting and saving, people are able to finally buy that new phone of their dreams. Nothing can quite beat the feeling of unwrapping a new phone and peeling away that layer of film from the screen. Everything is pristine and in perfect working condition. At this point, your old phone is now essentially useless. Nobody needs to have two phones. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you recycle an old phone.
- Check for Aesthetic Wear
One of the first questions you’ll be asked when recycling a phone is how the phone looks. Companies and organizations recycling phones want to know if there are any scratches, blemishes, dents or other cosmetic wear and tear. This information helps recyclers to gauge how much the phone is worth and whether or not it can be resold for usage. It is important to be honest when answering these questions as any lie can be held against you in the future. Make sure to check the front, back and inside of a phone to accurately detail all cosmetic wear.
- Test How the Phone Functions
Another important component when recycling a phone is understanding how it functions. If you’re recycling a phone recently used, than this information will be very easy to articulate. If you’re trying to get rid of an older phone, you’ll have to turn it on and test different applications and functions to see how it operates. Understanding how a phone operates can help determine the best places to recycle. For example, a phone that doesn’t even turn on will most likely be taken apart to be used for parts. A phone that operates perfectly could be resold to another person.
- Ask Friends
One of the easiest ways to get rid of a phone is by asking friends and family. Instead of reaching out to a company or organization, post on Facebook or send a message to all of your contacts. Someone is bound to want the phone, especially if it is a newer model. If you’re comfortable, you can even charge them a price. Unlike recycling through a company, this method doesn’t require any official exchange of information. You can even increase the chances of having a buyer by asking friends to ask their friends if anyone is interested in the phone. These personal networks can go a long way when hoping to recycle a phone.
- Using Websites
There are several websites based in the United Kingdom that recycle old smartphones. The best part of these websites is that they even pay cash for some models. There are countless websites such as these and they’re all very easy to use. Start by searching “smartphone recycle UK” on Google. Browse through the results and click on a website that seems appealing. All websites tend to follow the same process for smartphone recycling. There will be a search bar on the website asking for the model of a phone. Enter the model of the phone you wish to recycle and any other relevant information. For example, typing in “iphone 7 32GB” will provide more accurate results.
The website will then list a series of results related to that phone model. Find the result that exactly matches the phone your recycling and click on it. The website will then require some additional information such as any damage and functionality of the device. Upon completion of the questionnaire, users will be prompted with an offer for that particular phone. Many websites offer same-day payment for recycled phones. However, this is usually restricted to newer phones such as an iPhone 7 32GB. It is important to remember that older or damaged phones may not be offered any payment. These websites should still be able to recycle the phone for free however.