IF you’re getting a brand new phone this Christmas, don’t put your old one away in a raffle.
You could make some money selling iPhones and Android phones — even if they’re broken.
According to experts from WEEE, around 5.3 billion smartphones will be thrown away this year.
They say most of them end up in drawers, closets, or just tossed in the trash, even though they contain many valuable components.
Smartphones contain pieces of gold, copper, silver and palladium, all of which are easily recyclable.
So if you have an old device lying around, think twice before throwing it away as there are several ways you can get some money back.
“As a nation of hoarders, millions of tech-savvy Brits will be contributing to the growing e-waste problem without realizing it,” said Ernest Doku, telecoms expert at Uswitch.com.
“To reduce e-waste, consider spring cleaning and making sure unused tech is either reused, resold, or disposed of sustainably.
“If you change your handset, you should choose a refurbished model.
This saves you money and at the same time reduces the e-waste that is generated when buying a new smartphone.”
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Trade in your smartphone
Many retailers and smartphone manufacturers encourage you to trade in your old smartphone and get some cash for your new device.
Apple is giving between £45 and £625 of credit towards a new iPhone purchase.
A basic iPhone 7 could get you £45 off.
Sell to recycling center
There are plenty of websites that will take your old phone off your hands for a few pounds.
It’s a good idea to shop around to see what they offer as it can vary greatly.
Here are a few worth checking out – they usually send you a case or box to ship away from your phone for free.
Read all terms and instructions carefully.
sell it yourself
If the phone still works, you can sell it yourself.
Facebook Marketplace is a good place to flog stuff for free.
Even phones that don’t work are sellable.
Some people buy them for their parts on Ebay.
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