Like the majority of people nowadays I have an smart phone which I always upgrade at the end of my contact with whichever network provider that I am with. Recently I have again upgraded my handset at the end of my contract to get an new phone.
Myself and my wife realised that between us we had multiple old handsets just sitting in a cupboard. It was only when I was treading the Martin Lewis money saving expert who had a feature on his website about recycling mobile phones for cash.
On his website he has a list of companies who offer you payment for your old mobile phones and he has a facility which allows you to enter your mobile phone model which then provides the amount of money you can potentially receive for your phone.
I had a Sansung S4 and Envirofone were offering £140.06 for the phone which was the highest amount available from any of the companies.
The envirofone website is simple and straight forward to follow and it guides you through the process in selling your phone to them. They accept fully working phones and will offer you an amount specific to that handset. The company also accept damaged or broken phones but obviously pay significantly less for them. I can not comment on this aspect as I have not used it.
As soon as you accept the price offered it gives you options on how you wish to receive the payment in which I requested a cheque. They send you a pack with easy to follow instructions within a couple of days and them notify you as soon as they have received the phone any checked. If they find problems with it they will then offer you a lower amount than the original offer, saying that if you are not happy with that offer they will return your phone free of charge.
If like me you have old phones just sitting in your drawer/cupboards it's worth trading them in for some cash.
Everytime I got a new phone I never really knew what to do with my old phones. I dont like spending alot of money on phones so I always have whatevers cheap, and I tend to keep them for years - so no one would really ever want to buy a cheap old phone so I cant really sell them. Thats when i discovered envirofone.
I first heard about it through a television advert, and thought it would be a good idea. Envirofone offer to buy your old and unwanted mobile phones from you, and recycle them properly - which is a great idea. All you have to do is go onto the website and enter your phone make and model number. envirofone then offer you a price which they pay, if you are happy with his all you have to do is enter your address and choose the method in which you would like to be paid. You can choose from a cheque (which is what I always go for) or a bank transfer, or an argos voucher (bit random). I was concerned that I would have to pay for the postage of the phone, however envirofone send you a pre-paid jiffy bag envelope to send your phone back to them in which arrives within a few days of submitting your phone on the website.
I only expected to get a couple of pounds for my old phones at the very most, however I was delighed to find out that I was offered a lot more than this! I did a bit of shopping around and checked other similar websites such as mazuma mobile, but envirofone offered me more by quite a considerable amount!
I took roughly 2-3 weeks from me registering my phone on the website and me sending it back to them before receiving my cheque in the post, which I think is very reasonable considering they have to test it and do checks and so forth. Its worth mentioning here that mazuma mobile also buy your old broken phones from you, just at a lower price.
Overall I think this is a brilliant service as normally I would just either throw my old phones away or horde them in a draw somewhere not really knowing what to do with them. Its great to get that little bit of extra cash for something you dont really need, and its also great that such a service exists where you can recycle your old phones safely - helping the environment out and all that!
There's always a time when we could do with a little extra cash now and then, and whilst there are a plethora of ways to make small amounts of money on-line, one of the quickest ways to generate a nice lump sum is to sell your old mobile phone to one of several mobile phone recycling websites. One of the most high profile is Envirofone, which I have used several times when I bypassed the idea of giving my old mobile away. Here are my thought on my experiences with Envirofone.com
--If it Ain't Broke, Don't Bin It!--
Any of us who have owned a mobile phone for several years always gets to that time when when you want an upgrade for a newer model. Years ago the big four mobile networks would take your old handset back as part of an upgrade deal, but with the countless mobile phone shops offering upgrades and deals, and the return postage involved, this practice died out. So now, after you have your new handset, you are left with the old one to either give away, put away or throw away. This seemed wasteful, and since we live in an era of environmental awareness, mobile phone recycling websites have popped up in abundance. Envirofone is one of the most prominent.
The basic idea is that you send them your old handset to be recycled in a number of ways. If your handset is in fully working order and relatively modern, you will get a cash amount in return, the values ascertained by Envirofone on the website. If your phone is deemed as having no value, you can still send it to Envirofone to do your bit for recycling. The handset are then either refurbished for sale and charity in developing countries, broken down for spare parts or the metals and plastics melted down for regular material recycling. It all sounds good, so what kind of service to Envirofone provide to you as a consumer?
--Site Design and Navigation--
Designed mostly in a light blues and white scheme, the web page layout of Envirofone is surprisingly basic. It's clear, bold and rather straightforward too. The usual links are at the top in an active menu bar, which automatically drops down the sub-menus with a hover of the mouse. Particularly useful and most inportant is the 'Sell My Mobile' menu, which lists all the common popular brands, makes and models for quick reference. There's an FAQ and a section for blogs and additional material, plus information about the company and what they do. At the end of this menu bar is the account login button. Highlighted in the main part of the page is a large search bar, which you can either enter your phone model or IMEI number. Under this is a selection of the most popular phones and highest valued phones. These are typically smartphones like the iPhone, Blackberry and HTC handsets, which is graphically displayed and quick to select. It's all user friendly, all the information you wish to know is at hand without any trouble, and is a nice, uncomplicated site design.
As everything is very clear, as too being aimed at the widest possible market, navigation is equally as simple. Click on or search for your handset, examine the valuation and possible conditions for that phone, and choose whether to proceed with selling it to Envirofone. That's really it! If you do, you will have to set up an account, which will require all the regular personal details like name, address, create a password etc etc... Again, this is a quick process, not long winded and not wanting to take details not necessary for the transaction. Email notification confirms your account and requests to sell a handset. Terms and conditions are laid down while you do this, and there is a guide section that explains the process in detail. The site loads quickly on a average connection speed, and I have never had it freeze on me or require reloading, despite the bits of Flash and other interactive programming used.
--Service and Value--
If you are aware of sites that offer to buy your wears off you quickly and easily, it's normally a given that any money paid will be rather low. Examples would include Music Magpie and Webuyanycar.com. If you were to individually sell an item, via car-boot, ebay, gumtree etc etc, you would get more value. Convenience, it seems, has a price. Envirofone actually gives fair valuations for the handsets out there. Anything older than 2 years will only score you around £10-£30 as a rule of thumb, rare phones get a little more, but I think should get a little more extra for their uniquness. Smartphones or specialist phones (mp3 player type, camera type) that are no older than 2 years are the big winners. Twice I have used Envirofone. Two years ago I got £76 For a Molorola Rkr E8, (an mp3 player phone), and recently sold my old Blackberry Bold 9700 to them for a quite impressive £115. This is better than it sounds too in my case. Both of these phones were free upgrades directly from Orange, so I never spent a penny on them, got over 14 months use out of each, and then sold them for a profit. As Del-boy would say, Luvly Jubbly!
It all works fluidly too, and myself and friends who have used Envirofone have never had problems with them. After you open a free account, choose the phone you have to send them, they send you an addressed postal bag, and you simply post the phone to them. Within 2 or 3 weeks, you will receive a check for the valuation stated, even if the value changes on the site. You can choose to have the money paid directly into your bank account too, I have never done this, but have had reports that this is secure, fine and instant once the phone has been checked. The amount your paid freezes the moment you request a free-post bag. Both times I have done this have been completely trouble free, and I even received the check for my Blackberry within a week! As a service, I cannot fault them, and while your paying in that check into your bank, you can pat yourself on the back too knowing that the phone will be reused or recycled, and not festering in a landfill. It's a case of everyone's a winner. (Well, maybe not to mobile phone manufactures I suppose.)
Of course, you have to do you bit to make sure things go without a hitch. Get the make and model correct, you can check this using the IMEI number. If you send them a handset that doesn't match what you have told them, you will not receive a payout. Make sure the phone is in fully working order and the memory is reset. The latter purely for you own security and piece of mind, the former because they test all phones they receive to make sure they are operational. They do accept damaged handsets too, but you have to tell them beforehand and the payout amount will drop substantially. Post it off quickly is also a good practice. If you do this, everything should run as it should. As a final note, Envirofone will send you email updates to say the phone has been received, tested and the check posted.
It's not often I write about a buyback website with very few negatives. Like I said before, many of these sites where you sell items on can give you poor valuations, and sometimes even have a 'admin' fee. This is not the case with Envirofone. The valuations are pretty much on the button considering how technology depreciates so quickly nowadays, and on a quick comparison with a rival mobile phone recycling site, the values are on average slightly higher too. So ignore the terrible TV advert and just try the site out if your iPhone 4 has been replaced by a 4S. A handy way of combining a constructive way of recycling and getting a bit of cash in the process. Wonga??? Cooooooollll!
Envirofone URL - http://www.envirofone.com
Mr Wongaman Youtube Channel (Envirofone comic TV ads) - http://www.youtube.com/user/MrWongaman
Thanks for Reading. © Novabug
Sent them 2 phones, one less than 8 month old and barely used, and both in perfect working condition. They emailed me a few days later saying that they were now offering me half the money they originally quoted. I rejected the offer and they sent me the phones back with vital missing parts. I could understand if the outside of the phones had of been damaged in the post but it was the inside they had broken
ok so like everyone else, this is probably the first port of call, i sent my phone off, was offered £47. Oh they received it very quickly I will say that, but they offered me £16 claiming that it was water damaged.!! my phone has never been water damaged, So i guess that is what they do, come up with some BS, but having read the other reviews I guess I have no alternative but to accept it since I dont want my phone tampered with and coming back scratched, and who knows..dipped in water to prove it was water damaged.. not happy and will NOT be using them again!!
I recently upgraded my phone and wanted to get rid of my iPhone 3. I looked around and Envirofone were offering the best price. I was sent a free special delivery envelope and sent my phone off to them straight away. The process was fast, free and easy. Got my money and was able to enjoy my holiday that much more!
I was kept informed about the process via email at every step of the process and can't fault the level of customer service I have received. It's not often you get this level of service these days from a company.
There are other companies out there so make sure you shop around a little but also take in to consideration a companies reputation as £140 is a lot of money to send in the post to anyone!
I would definitely recommend Envirophone to my friend and family, even if their advert is a little annoying!
I've used Envirofone for the last 4 years now so I could say I was an early adopter. I've managed to make over £400 for my 3 mobile phones in that time and have always found the service to be first class. The website is easy to use and the customer service team stay in touch with you via email at every step of the process making the selling process easy and hassle free. I would definitely recommend using Envirofone, some of the other companies have had some bad press. I do hear Mazuma are very good too!
I did a quote online and was informed my phones was worth over £40. I posted my phone in the sealed envelope provided over one month ago and Envirofone are claiming my phone hasn't arrived. Like others, I have been told there is a delay due to Royal Mail but this is ridiculous. I will never use this service again as they can not be trusted - DO NOT USE!! It has taken a week for them to even reply to an email I sent them. This is the worse customer service experienced I have faced. You have been warned!
It has been close to two weeks since I mailed my fone in the pre stamped envelope sent and I have still not received payment. Envirofone say that there is a back log from the Royal Mail, while the Royal Mail say that there is no back log. I should have used a different provider and will definitely not recommend Envirofone to anyone in my group of friends. I have contact them may times and they just say that they have not received it blah blah blah.... Think Twice before you post off your phone to them.........you have been warned
in my opinion do not use this company. They offered a quarter of the original price offered once they had the phone and when i declined they eventually returned it less a vital piece of the handset and with the screen very badly scratched , neither of which were there when we sent it to them. AVOID, AVOID, AVOID
Terrible service. Offered 50% of original price due to a tiny fracture on the BACK of the (18-month old) phone. Offered 95% by O2 Recycle, who only care about damage to the screen. When I rejected Envirofone's offer, they took a week to process the return and tell me that I'll probably get the phone back within 14 days. Shop around, there are plenty of better alternatives out there!
The idea is pretty simple. You upgrade your phone to a new device but your old phone still works. You could sell it to a friend or on something like ebay. These take time and effort so there is a new market and one of the biggest players is envirofone.
There site is nicely designed and explains the whole process nicely. The site runs quickly and has a number of tools to help to select which phones you want to sell. Once you have found your phone it will automatically quote you a price. It is worth noting I am not saying they will give you the best price so it is always worth shopping around. Assuming you like the price you can set up an account and they will post you a package with a prepaid bag to send them your phone and charger. Once they receive and check your phone you get your money.
In my experience from the time it takes from originally receiving a quote to getting the money in the bank does seem to take an awful long time but it is stated at the start how long the whole process will take. I used the service for 3 phones and assuming the quotes are still worth my while I will use them again
I needed a new phone recently and didn't want to waste the old one and unfortunately it was quite an old model Samsung so I knew no-one would want to buy it. My thoughts immediately turned to the recycling websites I had seen advertised on the television, with the catchy jingles and the people constantly telling you it was a good idea, so I thought why not?
I searched online for the best deal I could find and went through a few websites such as Mazuma Mobile etc and eventually found that Envirofone offered the best deal. Though it was only approximately £13, I thought it was a helpful bit of money to put towards bills and it meant that the phone could be recycled, helping the environment and reducing waste.
All you have to do is go to Environfone.com and enter your make and model of the mobile phone you want to recycle on the homepage. After the search is completed it brings up the phone you have entered and tells you the price they will offer for it. You click add to the Sales Basket and then enter all the relevant details (such as name, address etc) so they can send you the freepost padded envelope for you to send them the mobile phone. When they have received the phone they will email you with the address you provided and give you all the relevant information for when they validate the phone and see if it meets their terms and conditions as well as when they will send your cheque in the post once the tests have been confirmed. This part of the process didn't take longer than two weeks and I had my cheque in the post extremely fast.
Though I wasn't offered much money for the phone (it is an old model so I expected this), I was happy to send it off to Envirofone and help out the environment in some way instead of creating waste. The steps were easy to follow and they are prompt when you contact them with regards to your order. I would definitely recommend them to anyone and several of my friends have used them after me and they agreed with me that they really are the best. As it is freepost it also doesn't cost you a penny and couldn't be easier!
When you have a phone that you no longer need or a phone that is broken, a tempting solution to this issue has been ebay. Why not make a few £s from it if you can. When you factor in the ebay and paypal fees the actual amount you receive may not have been worth the effort especially when your time and potential hassles you may face are factored in.
Envirofone along with a number of other mobile cashback recyclers provide an alternate solution. I found this method to be easier and free from hassle. You simply enter the mobile phone model on to their website (www.envirofone.com) and they will tell you how much they will pay for it. This is on the condition that it is fully working although they will take phones that do not work but pay a lower amount.
The payouts vary but can be fairly substantial, a current Iphone 16gb 3GS would get £256.03. Obviously as new models get released this amount will reduce over time.
If you like the amount they will offer then the registration process is straight forward and they then forward you a stamped addressed and padded packet which you can return for free. If the phone is expensive, it maybe worth getting this sent recorded or by special delivery. This is also something they suggest.
A couple of days later after they have received and inspected the phone, they will send you an email with the price they will pay to which you can agree or disagree. You will then receive a cheque in the post to the amount specified earlier.
I have used them and found the process to be easy and smooth. Being one of the longer established companies that offer such service they built a reputation for being reliable. However, they do not always offer the best rate amongst their peers.
Make sure you go via envirofone to get some extra cashback!
This website has been going for a while now and seems to have a decent amount of adverts on the television. A while ago my girlfriends phone broke and she was about to chuck it away, I noticed that on Envirofone there is a section that says if your phone is broke you will still receive an offer, so I thought why not.
I registered my girlfriends phone on envirofone and the value that they stated it was worth was £60.00, we knew we wouldn't get this considering that the screen was cracked and bearing in mind she couldn't do anything with it we thought that even £10.00 would be good. Envirofone then emailed us stating that the phone was broken, explained the fault and offered to purchase the phone for £17.00. We were more than glad to accept for a phone that was just going to be binned.
I was really pleased that envirofone actually come back to you with the offer to agree it, it gives you the choice if you would like to have it back or sell it for a lower deal. Although the offer was still really good so we didn't really need to do anything else apart from say ok.
Registering with Envirofone is very easy and quick, they then forward you a stamped addressed and padded packet which you can return for free. They do encourage you however to send the packet back via recorded delivery if the amount of the phone is expensive for your own security.
Following this I received the email back regarding the final offer for the phone in a few days and once agreed payment was made to my paypal account within about a week.
Overall I rate this 5/5 for a great service which you get exactly as described. My contract phone is due for renewal so I will definately be using this service again shortly.