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I must admit, that like most people, I tend to have lots of things around the house that has now either been replaced by a 'newer' model or simply not used for months on end. However, being a hobbit, I cannot bear to throw things away, knowing that in theory, they might become useful at some stage.
However, space becomes limited in the house, and therefore, over recent months, have got used to the idea of killing three birds with one stone.
Namely, firstly, to get rid of things I no longer use round the house and generally have a good declutter. Secondly, to recycle as much as possible, rather than simply throw things away and add to the landfill fact and figures. Thirdly, by making some pocket money whilst doing it.
As you will see from some of my previous reviews, I am already doing this through 'recycling' things like books, and have recently found another way of meeting the above three criteria.
I was recently in my local bank, waiting to cash a cheque, when a couple in front of me were paying in a cheque from Envirofone.Com and as one does, one hears them speaking. They were talking about how they had received a cheque from the company simply by sending off their old mobile phone for it to be recycled.
On getting home, I knew that I had a couple of old mobile phones in a drawer which have not been used for lots of months, having upgraded them to the existing model that I had. So I dug them out, and went onto Envirofone.Com to find out a bit more about the service.
SO, WHAT IS ENVIROFONE.COM?
According to their website, they are a mobile phone recycling site, and they say that they have paid out over £4,000,000 to people who send them their old mobile phones, and they have made more than £3000,000 in donations to charities. Apparently they can 'trade' in more than 1200 mobile phone models.
They have also come up with an interested statistic that there are over 80,000,000 old mobile phones lying around in drawers which are no longer used, with an estimated value of £1.6 billion, which could buy 1 Aircraft carrier, 800,000,000 pints of beer, or 3 new NHS hospital developments. HOW DOES IT WORK?
Their website, www.envirofone.com is user friendly and easy to understand and follow.
The first thing that most people will do, if they do the same as me, when they log into the website, is to see how much they can get for their mobile phone.
When you go into the website, you simply click on the manufacturer option of your phone, and then your actual phone model. If you are unsure of the model number, you can simply click on the manufacturer name, and then it will come up with pictures of the phones in which the company trades in. Simplicity itself, just look for the picture of your phone.
Once you have found your phone, you can then click on it, to find out how much it is worth. It will come up with two prices. A cash price, for which you will receive a cheque, or a slightly higher valued Argos credit which you will receive as an Argos ecard.
If you are willing to 'sell' your phone, it could not be easier. Simply register your details with the site, together with the phone details. Once registered, they will send you a 'pack' for you to send off your mobile phone. Communication is excellent at all stages. On registering, say day 1, I received an e mail to advise me that I had registered and confirmed the details of the phone that I was going to send off. On Day 2, I received their pack, which was basically a sturdy envelope for me to send off the phone, which was freepost and had a bar code on the front so that it could be identified as being mine. They do recommend sending this back to them by recorded delivery in case it goes missing in transit. In my case, I must admit that I did not send it recorded delivery, as it would have cost more than the amount I was going to get for my phone (my old phone was very old indeed). I simply put it in the post and sent it.
On day 4, I received an e mail to advise me that the phone had been received and that it was in thee process of being tested to ensure that it worked. Later on that same day, I received an e mail to say the phone had been tested and that the cheque was in the process of being written out and then sent off.
On day 7, I received the cheque in the post.
Overall, a very simple and easy to follow process to be green, to declutter, and to make some pocket money out of something that I had not used for some time.
When you look up the price that you will receive for your phone, the prices quoted are valid for 20 days only, as apparently prices can change daily. They are also quoted for phones that work properly. They say that they are unable to give you an up front price for a faulty phone, but you can send it to them, and once they have received it, they will make you an offer by email. If you think it is not enough, you can then ask them to return the phone back to you. For faulty phones, they say that they can offer anything from 0% to 90% of the price for a properly working phone.
SENDING OFF YOUR PHONE
When you send off your phone, they do ask that you include with your phone any accessories you may have, which I assume it means things like manuals, chargers etc. They do not pay anything more for such accessories but they can recycle or re use them. When I sent my old phone off, I sent the phone off only, with no manuals or chargers etc, and I received the price that was offered to me originally. In addition, when you send off your phone, please ensure you remove the SIM card, as they contain personal details - however, they do indicate that any SIM cards that they receive are destroyed by them straight away.
RECOMMEND A FRIEND AND MAKE MONEY
Once you have registered with envirofone.com, you can even make money from recommending friends. Simply send them your friend's names and e mail addresses and if they sign up and use envirofone.com to trade in their old mobile phones, they will pay the introducer £5 for every friend that does so, with no limits to the number of friends you recommend.
WHAT MUST YOU DO TO ENSURE YOU GET THE QUOTED AMOUNT FOR YOUR OLD PHONE
The following is required to ensure that you get the full quoted amount for your old mobile phone.
You must ensure that there is some charge in it to power up or turn on so that they can check it is in working condition. It must not have significant damage although can have general wear and tear damage. You must include the phone battery with it, and it must not be barred or water damaged, and be part of UK / European specification.
If when registering a certain phone, you actually send a different phone, they will email you with the amended details and the amended amount to see if you are happy to accept the revised price.
WHAT PHONE MAKES CAN YOU RECYCLE?
I am not going to list every type of phone that can be 'traded' with them, as there are simply hundreds of them, but they do trade in the following makes:-
Nokia, LG, O2, Siemens, Sagem, Sony Ericsson, Benq, Orange SPV, HTC, Sharp, Motorola, Blackberry, T Mobile, Palm, Samsung, NEC, Vodafone and Panasonic.
Postal address: - Envirofone.com, Guildford House, Heather Close, Lyme Green Business Park, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0LR, United Kingdom