What do you do with your old mobile phones?

Do they get thrown in the back of a drawer and forgotten about?

It is estimated that there are over 3 Billion phones in the world, of these 90 million are sat in peoples drawers and cupboards collecting dust, even worse some of these are being put in the bin and eventually end up at landfill sites which can cause big problems to the environment.

90 million mobiles have a cash value that is estimated to be as much as £1.6Billion, that's enough to buy a Royal Navy aircraft carrier or 800 million pints of beer!

We recommended that you dig out all your old phones and recycle or sell them so they can be re-used. This can help make a big difference to our futures and also in these gloomy economic times help you earn you earn some extra money.

Every year over 15 million phones are upgraded but only 20% of these are actually recycled or re-used. That leaves over 3 million phones every year that could be causing big problems to the environment. Although they are only small, they contain some of the most toxic materials known to human beings.

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Toxic materials found in mobiles and how they harm

Cadmium - This is being phased out of new mobile phone batteries but was included in most older phones. One mobile containing cadmium would be enough to pollute 600,000 litres of water.

Lead - This is used to solder components onto the circuit board inside your mobile phone. Lead can cause serious damage to children's brains, in adults it can affects the immune, endocrine and central nervous systems.

Brominated flame retardants - In the past these have been associated with cancer.

Beryllium - This is used in the springs and contacts inside every phone. In humans beryllium can cause major lung damage if they are burnt in waste plants.

Mobile Phone Recycling Companies will Dispose of your Phone Correctly

The best way of disposing of your phone correctly is by selling it to a specialized Internet company. These companies will either sell your old phone abroad or dispose of it correctly and sell the usable parts if it is faulty.

Online recycling companies pay between £5 - £400 per mobile phone you send in. The amount you are sent depends on the condition of the phone and how new the model is. Some companies may buy your faulty phone which will fetch between 10% to 80% of the full value.

People Recycling Mobile Phones Should Wipe All Data Before Sending Them Off

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Tips

One of the UK’s most popular recycling sites has recently sent out a warning to anyone that is recycling their old mobile phones to make sure they wipe any data before sending them in.

According to a recent study when phones are either sent in to be recycled or discarded incorrectly there is enough data in them to easily identify the owner. An average smartphone may hold online passwords, other passwords, PIN numbers, cached credit card numbers and banking information so it is vital that all information is wiped to stop it from getting into the wrong hands. Read the rest of this entry »

O2 Recycle Smashes World Mobile Recycling Record

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged O2

Popular UK mobile recycler O2 Recycle has recently announced that they smashed the Guinness world record for the amount of mobile phones recycled in a week.

The online recycler attempted to break the record between the 7th – 13th October this year and beat the previous amount of 6,130 by recycling 10,310 old mobile phones in a single week. Read the rest of this entry »

RPC Recycle Raises Over £600 for Prostate Cancer Charities

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged RPC Recycle

Popular mobile recycling company, RPC Recycle has recently announced that they have raised £614.38 for Prostate and Testicular Cancer charities.

The money was raised through a firework night display which was attended by staff from RPC Recycle, Comm-Tech and Juice Telecoms. The fireworks were hosted by the managing director of the three companies, Justin Millar and over 200 people turned up to view the fireworks and donate money. Read the rest of this entry »

Where to Recycle Your Old iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS for Cash

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Recycling

Apple have recently announced that over 4 million iPhone 4S units have been sold worldwide since it was released last Friday. With so many iPhone fans upgrading to the latest model this has made mobile recycling sites in the UK see a massive survey in the amount of old iPhone 4s and iPhone 3GS be sold for cash. Read the rest of this entry »

Become a Guinness Record Breaker with O2 Recycle

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged O2

O2 Recycle is giving everyone with an old mobile phone to sell the chance to be become a Guinness World Record Breaker by recycling as many old phones as possible over the course of one single week. Read the rest of this entry »

World’s First Bendy Smartphone Expected to be Released Next Year

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged New Technology

A new smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy Skin with a bendy and flexible display is expected to be released next year.

The new Samsung Galaxy skin will have a flexible screen which means that it can be bent into almost any shape. To do this it will feature a 4” WVGA Super AMOLED screen which will be much brighter and energy efficient than previous displays, bend into different shapes without affecting the image quality and even withstand a blow by a hammer! Read the rest of this entry »

Mazuma Voted Best Mobile Recycling Company

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Mazuma

Mazuma Mobile has been voted the best recycling company in a recent research carried out by customer service auditors, Service Science.

Service Science hired a group of mystery shoppers between July and August this year in order to evaluate 9 of the UK’s leading mobile recycling sites. The mobile recycling sites were evaluated on price, speed of service and customer service standards. Read the rest of this entry »

O2 Offering Price Match Guarantee

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged O2

With millions of handsets still to be recycled in the UK, O2 Recycle have recently started a special promotion where they will match any prices offered by competing recycling sites including Mazuma and Envirofone.

Prices will be matched if any handset prices are higher on Mazuma Mobile or the Envirofone site within 7 days of the recycling order being submitted on O2 Recycle. Read the rest of this entry »

Many People in the UK Missing Out on the Best Mobile Phone Deal

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Tips

An new survey carried out by Which the online consumer advice site has found that as many as 20 million people living in the UK have never changed their mobile phone deal and therefore could be missing out on massive savings.

The survey discovered that a massive 5.3 million people who have changed their mobile provider at least once said they have since spent much less. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazuma Advert Banned by the Advertising Standards Association

Published by Stephen Roper on Tagged Advertisments

Popular recycling company Mazuma Mobile have had an advert banned by the Advertising Standards Association (ASA) as they say it was targeting teenagers to recycle their mobile phones.

The advert showed a teenage girl and boy dancing to a song about recycling mobile phones for up to £150 cash. Read the rest of this entry »