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5 things we miss in old mobiles… and 5 things we don’t

phonestack Mobile phones have come a long way since the humble Nokia 3310. They’re flatter, they’ve got HD screens, and you can do pretty much anything you could possibly want to do with them. In most ways, they’re infinitely better than the old bricks we used to stuff in our pockets – but you know what, there’s a few things we miss about the obsolete little gadgets.


We miss…


…how indestructible they were


Once, back in the noughties, I witnessed someone hurl his mobile across four lanes of traffic, walk to the other side to retrieve it, then use it to call a taxi.


In contrast, I couldn’t drop my last mobile onto my bed from more than 30cm in the air because the back would pop off. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.


…how long the battery lasted


Remember when your phone could go several days before it needed charging? Given that most of us now need to make a dash for the plug socket every evening, our old brick phones suddenly look at lot more appealing.




Candy Crush who? Flappy what? For those of us who owned a Nokia back in the day, nothing can beat the classic Snake games. Sure, you can download Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto to your phone these days, but there was something quite wonderful – not to mention addictive – about the four-buttoned charm of Snake. nokia-3310

…flipping and twisting and sliding


Mobile phones have kind of all settled on a single shape at this point: a flat and uninteresting slab form factor. But back when the tech was still young, we had all kinds of shapes to play around with – from flip phones, to twisty mobiles, to slideable ones like the LG Chocolate.


…getting to disconnect


It’s nice being able use your phone to get directions, look up train times, or read about Serbia’s raspberry export industry whenever and wherever you like, but every now and then it’s nice to just disconnect. And that can be difficult when the entire internet is in your pocket begging for attention.


In the 2G days, switching off for a bit was far easier. You were essentially separated from the internet, so it wasn’t there to distract you – and to disconnect from the world entirely, all you really had to do was step outside of a major city where there wasn’t any signal.


So our old phones were rather nice in a way – but then again there are some things about them that we’re glad to see the back of…


We don’t miss…


…every phone having a different charging port


Finding a spare charging cable used to be its own special kind of hell. The port was different on every single brand of phone, making buying a new cable or borrowing someone else’s charger far too complicated.


These days, it’s way, way easier to figure out – your phone will either have a USB or a lightning port. Boom, done.


…the measly storage space


My first phone could hold 16 text messages. Call records were limited to 10. When you look its specs up on GSMArena, under the memory section it just says “no”.


In a world where our phones can have up to 256GB of internal memory, and space for up to a 2TB microSD card… I don’t think any of us miss the teeny tiny storage space that mobiles used to have.

shocked woman looking at phone


…WAP browsers


Today, we do more web browsing on our smartphones than we do on our computers – which is easy to do, given how smoothly websites work on mobile browsers. On early mobiles, however, it was a different story.


WAP browsers could access the internet over 2G – 2G! – which meant it took about two minutes and half your pay-as-you-go credit just to load a page. Looking something up online was slower and more expensive than a Southern Rail train.


…polyphonic ringtones


I think we’re all very, very glad that phone speakers have got less tinny and horrific as time has gone on. And now our smartphones are more like little computers, we can copy across our favourite music files to use as ringtones – rather than spending £1.99 on a crummy MIDI file that sort of sounded like a song in the charts at the moment.


…trying to type with the numeric keyboard


Was there anything more frustrating than writing a text on a keyboard that only has nine keys? Even T9 – the software that worked out what word you wanted from just one press of each key – didn’t help a whole lot… though it was still probably more accurate than the iPhone’s autocorrect.


Need to make some fast cash? You don’t have to make it a loan

20 pound notes


Life is expensive. As you get older, your responsibilities and bills tend to inflate like an angry balloon – it’s no wonder so many of us are hurting for cash. And while there are options available for getting money quickly, not all of them are particularly desirable.


Payday loans, for example, offer immediate cash, but often come with more strings attached than the entire cast of Team America – like extortionate interest rates, and terms that strongly favour the lender to name but two.


For some people, they’re a valid option, but they’re not the sort of thing that should be entered into lightly. And certainly not without thinking about your other options first – like turning some of your unused technology into real money.


Science, innit


We’d wager that a lot of people still have old mobiles knocking around in a drawer or cupboard somewhere in the house. That’s not a gamble that comes from gut instinct – it’s based on research.


Earlier this year, we conducted a study that revealed the average Brit has more than two phones lying around unused at home. Drilling down, we can see that a quarter of 45-55 year olds are holding onto four or more mobiles.


Pretty shocking stuff, right? Here’s something even more eye-opening: we found that Brits were collectively holding onto a massive £13.27 billions-worth of old handsets. £13.27 billion!


They may not be the sprightly, super-phones they once were, but those handsets are still worth money. In fact, they may well be worth much more than you think.


Let’s say you have an old iPhone 6 lying around, for example. That could be worth as much as £265. Or an aging Samsung Galaxy S5 could get you £105.




Money in a hurry


In short, many of us are currently sitting on technology that’s worth real money, and selling it is considerably less risky than resorting to a loan. There’s no interest or hidden terms to worry about – the only thing to lose is a battered old phone you’re not even using.


It’s pretty quick and easy too.  Most companies will walk you through what you need to do to send your phone to them, or send you a pre-addressed envelope so all you have to do is take it to the post office. What’s more, many companies that buy your phone, such as envirofone or RPC Recycle, will pay the money into your bank account on the same day that they receive the handset.




Why stop there?


Although we tend to focus on selling your mobile – I mean, it’s right there in our name – there’s probably more detritus round the home that might be worth selling. Some services like Music Magpie don’t just take your handset – they’ll also take old electronics like games consoles, your DVDs, music CDs, games and even books.


Individually, none of these items will bring in the big bucks like a phone can, but cumulatively, you can make quite a lot by selling the stuff you don’t want anymore. Plus you get to clear out a few years’ worth of accumulated clutter – and that can be intensely satisfying.


When they go loan, we go iPhone


All of us could use a few extra quid – as we said right at the start, life is expensive. But mobile phones are expensive too, and they retain value longer than you might think. Leaving your old ones abandoned – even if they’re creaky and clapped out – is leaving money on the table.


That’s money with nothing to repay. Money that you can get in mere days, and money many of us could really use.



Top 8 Tips to Protect Your Phone in Summer


Top 8 Tips to Protect Your Phone in Summer


It’s Summer and that means time to pack our suitcases ready for our holiday in search for some sun, sea and sand. Summer also marks the start of outdoor adventure and activity such as musical festivals, biking and running. One thing for sure is we we can’t be without our phones and tablets during the summer as we use these devices to capture our memories, as a means of staying connected and as a tool to read or watch a film around the pool. Unfortunately as the weather heats up so do our devices and the summer marks the time for an increase in mishaps and issues with our phones and tablets if we don’t protect them or use them correctly. SellMyMobile always want you to get the best value for your devices and avoid unnecessary damage and costs, so read our Tips to look after your devices in the summer months.


Keep your Phone & Tablet Cool!

As the weather heats up so do our phones & tablets.  As the sangria kicks in we have all been guilty of leaving our devices lying on an outside table in the sun while we enter our air-conditioned villa.  As we cool down our devices run the serious risk of overheating and causing some big issues both inside and outside of the device. One of the biggest issues is that if the LCD layer underneath the glass heats up, the liquid crystal can expand causing pressure on the glass in your device, causing it to pop and crack and your LCD to bleed. The only way to rectify this will then be with a screen replacement. 




Probably the most common issue when your phone or tablet is left in the sun is the battery inside your device actually swells up and enlarges.  Not only will this mean that a new battery will need to be replaced the enlargement of the battery can force the front and back of the phone to crack and lift, which again can mean a repair is required or the device will be classed as broken when it is sold. 





iPhone and iPads have developed a very useful alert when the device overheats, which gives you an indication to leave it to cool down. The advice from the SellMyMobile Team is just keep your devices out of the sun and in the shade. 


iPhone needs to cool down before use


There are other very common circumstances where people leave their devices unwittingly causing issues.  A common occasion is where a device is left in a car glovebox or on a leather seat and it starts to overheat.  Typically a user then gets into the car and ramps up the air-conditioning. If the device is cooled down too quickly a layer of condensation can form behind the screen, potentially leading to some water damage.  Our advice is simple, don’t subject your device to excesses in temperature.


Do not take your Device to the Beach!

Every device has openings such as charging ports, jacks and speakers.  If you take your device to the beach tiny grains of sand can enter these gaps and cause havoc on the inside of your phone.  The team here have seen sand inside charging ports and inevitably a repair is needed and in extreme situations if sand is left too long it can cause a bubbling or blistering effect to the battery, stoping it from working effectively.  Our advise is take an old phone to the beach to avoid scuffs, scratches and internal trapping of sand.  If however you can’t live without your device whilst on the beach pop it in a good closed case that prevents the ingression of sand. 



Keep Your Device Away From the Sea

It’s common sense that dropping your phone in the sea is going to be problematic. This common sense doesn’t seem to prevail with reporting that tens of thousands of holiday makers return from holiday with a pool or sea drenched device.  The pool selfie may seem a good idea at the time but even the smallest amount of water in your phone can be very destructive.  Sea water contains salt and this is a highly corrosive element inside your devices and causes the phone to be damaged at a very quick rate.  Chlorine in beach pools also contains chemicals which can also be very problematic and speed up the corrosion process. In non technical terms a liquid damaged device can mean damage on screens, batteries, ports and in the worst case scenarios the motherboard of the phone.  When you come to sell your phone this will significantly devalue the device.


The advice is simple don’t take your phones or tablets anywhere near the sea or pool.  If you can’t leave it behind then buy a completely waterproof case.




Is Your Phone Really 100% Waterproof?

We love all the recent developments and launches of waterproof phones however for the holiday goer it is sensible to check how waterproof these devices really are before you jump into the sea or pool? It’s clear actually that some devices are just splash proof rather than waterproof and would not withstand a swim in the sea.  Many phone manufacturers also quote that the device is waterproof for 30 minutes at a 1.5m water depth, although the bottom of most deep swimming pools are a bit deeper.  We just ask that you check your manufacturer’s specifications before you are disappointed.




Enjoy the Great Outdoors With Caution

It’s summer, time to shape up and enjoy some outdoor activities. At the peak of summer there is an increase in the number of hikers, bikers, runners and campers. Just be careful when running or biking that you strap your phone on to you so that it doesn’t meet the pavement.  Also dry your hands before handling your phone as sweaty hands can cause liquid to ingress via the home button and behind the screen causing some corrosion and liquid damage.  Secure your phone with a running band and simply dry your hands before responding to the WhatsApp message. 



Take Safety Precautions with Your Device at a Festival

We all love a hearing our favourite band at a festival but there are a number of potential hazards that you should be aware of before your £500 phone is lost or broken. There are a high number of reported thefts and lost phones at festivals and there are simple measures that can be taken to avoid this.  The first being make sure that no one can access your phone by ensuring you have a passcode activated.  Also make sure that if you have an iPhone that you switch on the Find my Phone Feature, which enables you to track your phone if stolen.  Why take the risk of losing your phone? Instead why not take a spare phone or a cheap phone you can buy to use at a festival for about £15. 



Overuse of your Device Can Lead to Overheating

As we are relaxing by the pool we tend to have a bit more time on our hands so increase the number of films we watch, apps we are using and photos we take. This ordinarily would be fine but the more your device is doing the hotter it is getting. Combine this with a high external temperature the device is hot on the inside and the outside which again can lead the device to crack and the battery to swell.  Our advice is to turn off unused apps and to give the device every hour or so time to cool down in the shade. 

summer, holidays, vacation and happiness concept - group of friends taking picture with smartphone



Add Protection to your Device

Before you go on holiday is a good time to look at some extra protection for your devices.  We would advise that to reduce scratches on your screen and potential smashes from outdoor sports that you invest in a tempered glass screen protector that acts as an extra layer of protection.  It is also advisable to get a good quality case for your device.  We suggest buying a white case is a good idea as this does not attract the heat from the sun like a darker case would and thus does not mean your device will overheat as much and potentially keep it cooler.


White iPhone 5 Case


Keeping your device in the best condition possible is important when you look to trade it in.  Phones and tablets that are not broken with cracked screens and faulty batteries will be worth more on SellMyMobile than devices that have been damaged.  Liquid damaged phones can also be worth considerably less on our site so it is important to ensure that you look after your device during these summer months.


Click here to get a valuation for your device.


The Rise of Second Hand Phone Buyers



We’re only a few months in to the year, and already 2016 has seen a raft of new smartphones hit the market. Is the new iPhone SE going to be a big hit or has Apple reached its peak? Are the high spec Samsung and LG devices going to do as well as the hype?


While all of these new devices are grabbing the headlines, something which no one is talking about is the rise of the second hand phone market – an area of colossal growth and expansion which, due to its magnitude, may eat in to new device market share this year. According to Technavio, in 2013 about 5.4 million phones were recycled in the UK. By 2018, it is predicted that this figure will have exploded to over 16 million. The mobile phone recycling industry is booming. If you go to buy a new phone from a high street chain, they will all offer money off a new handset if you exchange your old one. This is something we identified at a long time ago, which is why we wanted to offer people a quick and easy was to see where they could get the most cash for their old phone.



So why the sudden boom in mobile phone recycling and second hand buyers? Firstly, it’s important to look at what is happening to these phones. A few years ago, if you traded in your old phone, it’s likely that it will have been sent off to another country like Hong Kong or China to be refurbished and reused. But now the majority are being resold in the domestic UK market. Why is this? We’re seeing a shift in market patterns. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a huge uplift in the number of consumers taking out SIM only plans. Whereas before you had no option but to be tied in to a lengthy mobile phone contract, now you can buy a phone outright and take out a SIM only deal. These SIM only deals are much cheaper because they don’t include the cost of the handset. People don’t want to be tied in to 24 month contracts anymore. Paying £15 per month for a SIM only contract with plenty of minutes and data is a lot more appealing than paying £45 per month for a contract which includes a new phone. As a result, we’re seeing an increase in the number of people who are choosing to buy second hand, or refurbished, phones – especially at the top end of the market. A brand new iPhone 6 64GB costs £539, whereas you can buy a refurbished iPhone 6 64GB in top condition for £100 cheaper at £436.50, or a lower grade version for £382.50, which is a huge saving.


As more people are happy to buy second hand or refurbished phones, the demand for them increases. So much like in any market, the resale value of those phones also remains high because they are still in demand. For example, in the past when a new iPhone device was launched, we would see a steady drop in the resale price of older models. But now we’re seeing Apple devices retain their value for longer. You can currently get up to £431.05 for an old iPhone 6S 64GB if you recycle it through If you were to buy top condition second hand iPhone 6S it would cost a similar amount – so there isn’t much profit being made by the resellers as the demand for older phones is still high. keeps track of changes in values, allowing consumers to find the best place to sell their handsets. This ease of access has made it easier for people to step into the second hand market, which in turn means more second hand phones are available for others to buy.


In many ways, it’s the current state of the high end mobile phone market which has led to a boom in the second hand phone market. The inflated prices of handsets and contracts has added barriers to entry for consumers, particularly millennials who are keen to change devices often rather than have to wait for two years before they can get a new phone. As demand for phones continues to increase, we’re sure that we will continue to see the second hand recycling and resale market continue to boom. So if you’ve bought a new handset, make sure you recycle your old one and shop around to ensure you’re getting the best deal with your new handset.

Spring Clean Your Life

Ten Ways to Spring Clean Your Life





It’s official. We’re a nation of hoarders. The latest reports claim that the average Brit owns over 58 items of clothing but only wears a third of their wardrobe regularly. As well as clothes cluttering up space around the home, we’ve also got all sorts of other items lying around, from old school books that haven’t been opened in years, to CDs and DVDs which are quickly being replaced by phones and TV services like Netflix. We recently did some research at which shows that we’re also hoarding old tech, as the average Brit has more than two unused phones at home, and 1 in 10 (9.9%) are holding on to five or more old devices!


Now that the weather is brightening up, why don’t you use it as a chance to turn your annual spring clean into a home declutter too? If you haven’t used something in over a year, the chances are you’re not going to need it this year either, so why not get rid of things you’re no longer using? As well as being a good way to clear the house, it can also be rather good for cleaning the mind too.


If you’re worried that throwing things away just creates more rubbish in landfill sites, there are many recycling services and people who will happily take your old items so they go to good use. Many will even pay for your old junk, so why not start spring cleaning and you could make quite a bit of extra cash in the process? To help you get started, here are our top ten tips on how to spring clean your life this year.



1. Recycle your phone with Your old phone could be worth around £120 so why don’t you quickly check how much it’s worth on compares resale prices from across the best phone recyclers so you know you’re getting the best deal. Then just post off your phone for free and wait for the money – either via cash, check, direct bank transfer or shopping vouchers depending on what you would prefer!



2. Get rid of old glasses: Do you have any old prescription glasses which you can no longer use and they are just gathering dust in old drawers? 13 million children worldwide are visually impaired because they don’t have glasses. So don’t let your old specs go to waste. Donate them to Vision Aid Oversees by dropping them off at a local collection point and they will go to someone who needs them





3. Sell your old clothes online: If you have clothes which you no longer wear but they are still in good condition, why not sell them online? Sites like Vinted and Preloved are good ways to sell, swap and buy second hand clothes. Or if you’re feeling charitable, take them to a charity shop and give them away for free



4. Say goodbye to winter… We know that you may not want to throw out all of your old clothes. But if you’re not likely to wear your winter clothes for a few months, pack them away and fold them up so they are flat and take up as little space as possible. Vacuum Pack stage bags are a great way to save space and protect clothes from dust while they are not being used.



5. … and hello to summer. But be organised. After you’ve packed away your winter clothes, take a good look at your summer wardrobe. Do your clothes still fit you? Did you wear them last year? If not you’re unlikely to wear them again this year, so be ruthless and add them to the recycling pile



6. Sell your old CDs and DVDs: Do you have a pile of DVDs and CDs lying around gathering dust that need to be decluttered? Sites like Music Magpie and Zapper will give you an instant price for old CDs/DVDs so you can send them off for free and the money will appear in your account in a few days.



7. Spring clean old makeup: You would never eat food which has gone past its sell by date, so why do so many people hang on to old makeup and moisturisers which haven’t been used in years? Check the use by date and spring clean your makeup bag if you haven’t used items in a few months. Give and Make Up will even accept old toiletries, with the exception of mascara and lip glosses which need to be new




8. Carboot sale: If you have a random assortment of items that you no longer need, but feel that they may still be worth something to someone, have a look at local car boot sales where you may be able to sell things on. Websites like Car Boot Junction help you find car boot sales that are happening in your area



9. Give it away: If you’re just looking for a quick way to pass things like furniture on for free, try listing your old stuff on sites like Freegle. It’s great for giving away old furniture in need of a new home



10. Tidy up your bills: Too many people are over paying on their gas and electricity energy bills. Sites like USwitch can help you save up to £567 per year on energy bills so make sure you’re getting the best deal


Even if you only manage to throw out a few things whilst decluttering your house, you’ll be in a good shape for the year ahead – and may have even made a few pounds when doing so! Let us know how you got on in the comments section here. Blog