Do you have an old phone/tablet lying around your house? Here's what you can do
FrugalFamily
Guest blogger

I’m not one of those people that has to have the latest gadgets and the newest phones that come on to the market.  Unfortunately, my teenagers don’t agree with my philosophy on this and are always tempted by the latest model of whatever phone it is that’s in fashion at the time.

 

 

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But this need to have the latest phones does create a question as to what to do with old mobile phones or tablets that you’re replacing, doesn’t it?

 

My preferred option is to trade in the old phone or tablet and get some money back to offset the cost of the new phone.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to sell your phone online using a service like EE’s Recycle and Reward scheme.

 

You don’t even have to be an EE customer to use the Recycle and Reward scheme, anyone can take advantage of it!  It’s super simple to use too, I just entered in my phone make and model and the IMEI number (which you can find by typing *#06# into your handset) and within a second I was told how much my phone was worth.  If you’re happy with the price then you’ll be sent a free pack with everything you need to send your phone to EE without having to pay any postage.  You do however, have the option to speed things up by printing off your own postage labels and packaging it up yourself. The only thing I’d say to remember is that you need to remove iCloud from your phone if you have it.

 

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You then send your phone back to EE and once they’ve confirmed it‘s in working order and in the condition you have specified, they’ll arrange a credit of the agreed amount by cheque or straight into your bank account!  How easy is that?

 

An alternative to selling your mobile phone would be to consider re-gifting it to someone if it’s in good condition and not too old.  Re-gifting your old phone or tablet is definitely something worth thinking about – especially at this time of year. 

 

 

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You might have an older relative who would appreciate the chance to embrace modern technology or an older child in your family who wants a mobile phone but isn’t quite old enough to need one.  Your old phone or tablet could be a great gift for someone.

 

I donated my last mobile phone to my Dad after filling it with some pictures of the kids and some music I knew he’d like.  I even downloaded a film I knew he loved to it and set him up an email address.  He didn’t want to buy himself a phone as he thought he was too old to learn how to use it but now he loves it.  

 

 

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Whatever you choose to do, just don’t leave it lying around in a drawer gathering dust until it’s too old to be of use to anyone!

 

Do you have an unused phone or tablet in a drawer somewhere that you could do something with?

6 Comments
Grand Master
Grand Master

All my old devices after being passed down to my daughter then get a  refurb treatment new case if needed, new battery, new screen if needed I then pass it on to somebody else usually my mum. This was the iPhone 6 I fully repaired as my daughter totally destroyed it. 

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New case and parts charged overNew case and parts charged over

 

 

 

 

 

Brilliant Contributor
Brilliant Contributor

Nice one @Chris_B

Grand Master
Grand Master

@Damienw1  My mum thinks that also.   To be honest I don’t know why I repair phones that have been totally destroyed because it costs me to do it and then I’m giving it away.  I must be mad.  

Brilliant Contributor
Brilliant Contributor

@Chris_B sometimes it’s just for the love of knowing you’ve done it and getting stuck in I’m the same with pc’s 

Legend
Legend

Hi, 

 

Its not just Apple devices which need credentials removing android phones also need this under google settings.

 

It's also good practice to ensure you have wiped the phone at least twice preferably with a factory reset or software install to ensure no personal details are present.

 

Also don't forget to remove the memory card.

 

Lastly some android phones make good TV/media remotes or Kodi/media streaming boxes.  

 

Thanks,

FrugalFamily
Guest blogger

Thanks for all the great tips everyone and well done on all your efforts – this is fab!