October 16, 2013
Mobile recycling has become quite popular in the UK, due to which the UK mobile users get a great opportunity to earn good amount of cash every year by selling their old and outdated phones to recycling companies. So, whenever I find a mobile handset at home, which doesn’t serve my purpose any more, I decide to sell my phone to an online recycling company to earn good cash in return. Plus, I can get fair amount of money for my unused and damaged phone as well.
Every mobile phone will have a standard value based on its wear and tear, make and model. However, mobile phones in working condition will earn you more income than non- working types when sold for recycling. Price offered for non-functioning mobile phones are mainly based on the present condition of the device and also the extent of damage, if any. In addition, all major mobile recycling organisations in the UK accept broken and no-operating mobile phones. So, even if your mobile phone struggles to be switched on and off, have small scratches, also the battery is not active, the phones can still be sold for recycling purpose, earning decent cash for them.
So is there any conditions based on which recycling businesses identify a mobile phone as working or non-working? A phone that is in the same working condition as it used to be when acquired from the manufacturer is regarded as a working mobile. The first thing a recycling company checks in the mobile phone is whether it can be switched on and off or not. Each component like the keypad, camera and the other components should operate normally.
The display screen of the phone shouldn’t have scratches and for touchscreen phones it must respond on touch. The mobile battery should be able to be recharged and also hold the charge for a reasonable time. Yet, common wear and tear like scratches that don’t hinder the functioning of the mobile phone are acceptable.
The recycling firms views a mobile as non-working when the mobile phone is not able to be switched on or off properly. Phones with a damaged display screen and a broken and non-functioning speaker or microphone will also be considered as non-working. Value of non-working mobiles are estimated based on the extent of damage. But what do the recycle web sites do with no-working phones.
The reality is, even if the handsets are not operating correctly, they still incorporate a lot of useful and valuable substances for instance, copper, precious metals like gold and platinum etc. The companies dig out these ingredients from old mobile phones and use them in other industries as raw materials. But before extracting the materials by means of chemical processing, they will examine whether the phone can be repaired and put for reuse or not.