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Mobile Phone Recycling Companies
There are several reliable and professional mobile phone recycling companies around these days. We have searched to find the companies who offer the best deals and service, and listed them below, with some examples of their offers and the prices they pay for old mobile phones. They are happy to buy your old mobile phone from you (compare all deals above) because they aim to either refurbish the handset and sell it on, or strip the phone for parts and raw materials.
Envirofone offer some great prices, especially for newer, higher spec models. Plus they send you a pre-paid padded envelope to make sending your phone to them a lot easier.
Fonebank specialise in the reuse and recycling of mobile phones and offer a fully inclusive service, including free collection, quick payment and safe disposal of any faulty mobile phones. Fonebank currently reuse and recycle more than 90,000 mobile phones per month from across Europe.
Earth Mobile are have been running for around 4 years, and have quickly become well known in the collection of unwanted mobile phones for recycling. In that time they have raised thousands of pounds for charities, schools and provided a service to many UK companies looking to maximize the value of their unused and end of life mobile assets. Earth Mobile now offer their experience to the general public through their trade-in website here.
Money 4 Ur Mobile
Money 4 Ur Mobile recycle mobile phones, and as the name suggest, will pay to buy the phones from users such as you. They also offer to buy used iPods and inkjet cartridges. One nice touch from Money 4 Ur Mobile is that, if your phone or iPod has no value, they can still ensure this is recycled in the correct manner and will also plant a tree as part of our carbon offset initiative. You do not have to pay anything to send your items to them, but instead, place your mobile phone or iPod in the freepost envelope that is provided.
Mobile Phone Xchange
Mobile Phone Xchange offer very quick payment. Once they have received and checked your phone, they will send you your payment within 72 hours.
Boots Recycle has a slightly different approach to payment. Rather than sending you a cheque in the post, they will offer to give you points to go on your Boots Advantage Card. You can get points for recycling mobile phones and inkjet cartridges. Please note that the prices given below are actually in "Boots Points" and not in pounds.
What the Recycling Companies Do
Many of the used phones that they buy are reconditioned and prepared for reselling. MoPay, for example, claim that around 97% of the phones they receive can be reconditioned and sold again. These phones are mostly sold to developing countries, or countries where the vast choice of new and technically advanced phones isn't available as it is here in UK. By sending these phones to places such as Africa, the recycling companies are providing a much needed service to many communities in those countries. Landline telephone networks are either limited or non-existent, and very often an recycled mobile phone from Europe is the only convenient way to communicate over distances.
Where a phone can't be reconditioned and prepared for resale, it is usually stripped down for parts and materials. Many mobile phones contain precious metals and raw materials (in very small amounts), for example in the circuit board. Some of the phone recyclers strip the phones to get these materials, in order to sell them on.
As for phones and parts that can't be re-used, the a professional and responsible recycling company will dispose of these parts in the correct manner, under Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) Directive. You can read more about the WEEE Directive here.
Mobile Phone Recycle Companies in UK
Envirofone | Fone Bank | Debenhams Mobile Recycle | Money 4 Ur Mobile | Mobile Phone Xchange | Royal Mail Simply Drop | Phone Recycle Bank | RPC Recycle | Mobile Cash Monster | Boots Recycle | Mazuma | Money For Your Phone | Fone Hub | Mobile Cash Mate | Eco Ur Mobile | 8 Mobile