If you’ve got an old mobile phone squirreled away in a drawer, you’re not alone. Us Brits have £6.86 billion worth of unused mobile phones gathering dust in our homes, according to research from the tech buying and selling website, musicMagpie. As only around half of us will end up recycling them, there are a lot of old phones out there going to waste.
However, Gazelle is hoping to change all that with its automated kiosks, which pay out for old phones in a matter of minutes.
Make money from old tech
When you place your old phone inside one of the Gazelle kiosks, the machine uses Artificial Intelligence to examine it and work out how much it’s worth. If you’re happy with the price you’re offered, you’ll receive a bank transfer within an hour. The kiosks pay out anything from £1 to £450, depending on the age and condition of your phone. So whether you have a 15-year-old Nokia handset or a brand-new Sony mobile, this is a handy way to recycle your old phone and make some cash, too.
At time of writing, we were offered £146 for an iPhone 7 (32GB) in good condition and £191 for a Samsung Galaxy S8 (64GB). However, Mazuma Mobile offered us £198 and £228 respectively for the same handsets, so do bear in mind that you might be compromising on the price you get for your old tech, for the convenience of using the Gazelle kiosks.
Help reduce electronic waste
Gazelle says all the phones it buys through its kiosks are either reused or recycled. Even phones that are good for nothing will be broken down to recover parts and materials. So by trading in your old phone in this way, you’ll be helping to reduce the 50 million tonnes of e-waste that was created worldwide last year – much of which will have ended up in landfill.
There are currently 18 Gazelle kiosks in shopping centres across the UK and in some Morrison’s supermarkets. You can find your nearest one on the company’s website. However, Gazelle aims to have 1,000 kiosks nationwide by the end of 2020 so watch this space.