The founding team here used to run a phone recycler - now, as a completely independent and impartial expert site, we are here to make sure your process runs smoothly. Our aim is to show you all of the best recycling prices available from top companies. We review all leading brands such as Mazuma and Envirofone as well as UK phone networks such as O2, Orange and T-Mobile. Trusted reviews ensure that we only show the best of the best, so if the recyclers don't step up to the mark, we don't show them.
Yes, we (and the recycling companies) accept that a phone which you may well have had for 18 months won't be without its scratches. A large percentage of the recycle stores will still pay cash for 'non-working', 'broken' or 'damaged' phones.
...You can still get some cash for them! Put your phone model into the search engine above and we will investigate the best prices for you.
Be warned: some recyclers could offer larger sums of money but then alter the quote depending on the damage - even after you have sent off your phone.
However: If you are not happy with the altered quote you will be able to get your phone back, but this won't always be free of charge, it depends on the company. Always check the terms and conditions of the individual recycler before sending anything off. All companies will have different policies on sending phones back.
We do appreciate there seems to be a thin line between 'damaged' and 'too damaged'. But the long and short of it is that there are several generic states your phone can be in where they will never be accepted and you will never get money for them...
...you are most certainly not going to get any money for them. These are counted as beyond economic repair or illegal phone sales.
It should also be noted that every phone has a unique code (IMEI) number which acts as a tag. If the owner reports it as stolen, it will come up on the system and the phone will be given to the police.
You can perform a check on CheckMEND to see if your phone has any dirty history.
So, you have a broken mobile you want to recycle. All you need to do is use our search engine above to find the brand and model to get some initial quotes following these steps:
If a store does not offer an upfront price they will make an offer to you once they've checked the device over. Once a recycler has made an offer for the damaged phone or gadget you've sent, you'll have a few days to choose if you accept the offer or not before the payment is automatically made.
If you don't want to accept the offer, depending on the store, you'll get the phone back FREE or have to pay a small postage fee for it to be returned.
All recyclers featured on this site will offer you a fair price for the condition of the phone, this price is calculated on how much it will cost them to repair of salvage parts from the device.
If your phone is too damaged to recycle, one option is to get the phone repaired, to either keep it as a spare or sell it for money when it is fixed. Technical problems are covered by the phones 12-24 month warranty in most cases. Here's some information on how to go about it:
Or, if you are a bit of a DIY addict, you can get some screen repair kits from Amazon.
Whatever you do though, do not throw them away - one mobile phone battery is still enough to pollute 60,000 litres of water, which isn't good for the environment or us, so it needs to be disposed of properly. Make sure you take the battery to a battery bin - these can be found in most local supermarkets, so it can't be of any harm. Or, donate the whole phone to a company that promises to recycle your phones in the right way.