What to do with your old phone?

So, you have just upgraded your phone. You have a nice shiny new device and renewed your contract for 18 or 24 months. What are you going to do with your old phone now? Well, one thing you could do with it is keep it safe in case anything happens with your new phone. If your new phone starts playing up or you drop it, you don't want to have to be without a handset for weeks on end. If, on the other hand you are not that cautious in life, chances are you are going to want to get rid of it.

With the advent of mobile phone recycling companies and sites such as ours that compare the prices for these companies against the make and model of your old phone, getting money for your old device has never been easier or quite as lucrative. But, what if your old device isn't worth any money? Well, as we try to explain in our articles here about what chemicals and compounds are in your mobile, even if it isn't worth anything, it is best advised to dispose of your phone correctly.

You could send it a mobile phone recycler as they will often send you a freepost bag to return your old device in, so that wouldn't cost you any money and you are also helping to protect our fragile planet and helping to protect the prices of future electronics.

If you don't want to do that, you could always give it or sell it to a friend. They may have just lost their phone or their one doesn't work so well. It may be that your old phone is better than the current phone they have. Either way, I'm sure we all know someone who could do with a newer phone.

If your old phone is broken, you could have it repaired. There are many companies up and down the country in every town and city that will give you a price to have your phone repaired. Alternatively, you could fix it yourself. E-Bay sellers will quite often sell parts for mobile phones which you could use to repair the phone and there are quite often video tutorials on Youtube that show you how to disassemble and reassemble various devices. For instance, we were quoted recently £50 to change a broken screen on a Nokia N8, but found a new screen and screwdrivers on E-Bay for £20 and a tutorial on Youtube that we adapted for our needs. This saved us £30 and essentially restored the phone to its former glory.

If you're phone is beyond repair or just simply to old and you don't fancy recycling it, you could always just try and sell it on an auction site such as E-Bay. They say that one man's junk is another man's treasure and nowhere can this ring more true than this popular auction site. Even if you only get a fiver for your phone, its still better in your pocket than someone else's.

If none of these options grab you, then how about donating your phone to your favourite charity's phone collection system. Many charities will now accept old and broken mobile phones that they can then either repair themselves or try to sell on. They will have much more selling power as they can sell in bulk.

However, the best thing in the long run though is to hang onto your phone as long as possible. This is not always desirable as we all want the latest and greatest things (ourselves included), but there will come a point in the future where we will all be forced to reuse everything we've got. After all, there are only a finite amount of resources here on this planet, and once we've consumed everything, we'll be forced to try to reclaim all the metals and compounds we can from our old devices.

One of the things we should all try to do is to increase the life span of phones and this means looking after them and not taking them for granted. We should all try and look after the battery for instance and extend its lifespan by following the manufacturer's instructions for charging it etc. Accessories such as cases will help to keep your phone looking as new as possible for longer. If your phone is scratched too, you can always buy new housing cases on E-Bay and replace your current one quite cheaply.

Basically, the current rate of consumption of new electronic devices such as mobile phones is unsustainable and we either need to start recycling more or keeping our devices for longer than we do.