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2016: The year of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer?

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Though Apple and Samsung are widely considered to be the largest names in the UK smartphone market, more and more have started turning towards Chinese smartphone makers over the last year. Many of these manufacturers – Huawei, Xiaomi, and ZTE – are largely unknown to people here, but their impact is certainly being felt on the global stage. Of the top 12 smartphone manufacturers, nine are based in China – and these nine companies account for more than a third of the world’s total smartphone market. So why are we seeing this growth now, without high marketing budgets pushing sales? Who are the main manufacturers that are leading the expansion into the UK? And most crucially, what will be the impact of these companies in 2016 and beyond?



Who are the big players?


While there are a number of Chinese phone makers, three major players stand out as ones to watch in 2016.






  • Huawei – the world’s third biggest smartphone manufacturer – is a major contender in the market. The company recently released the Honor brand which boasts high performance for mid-tier pricing. This was a financial and expansionary success for Huawei: in the first half of 2015 the brand announced that it had sold 20 million units and generated $2.63 billion in revenue, stamping their feet as a key player in the market.






  • Xiaomi, sometimes known as the ‘Apple of China,’ is one of the most popular brands in the Chinese domestic market. Though the company is only five and a half years old, it has grown into a major contender in China by offering high end phones at mid-range prices – with a slim profit line, but fast expansion. They are not reliant on mass marketing to increase brand awareness either – instead they sell from a dedicated website online, cutting the costs of distribution and advertising themselves through social media.





  • ZTE is an influential company as well and is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in China. But though the company is a major distributor, it lacks the international presence of Huawei – although the company’s phones have been white labelled for carriers in the past, especially in the US. Its Axon range of products are flagship-level smartphones at a fraction of the price of the competitors. ZTE hopes that phones like this, which balance price and specs, will penetrate the consumer market even more.


Why now?


China represents 30% of the world’s smartphone sales, and the vast majority of these sales are domestic, while Samsung and Apple’s profits are largely derived from exports (source: IDC). However, the Chinese market is reaching its saturation point, and domestic manufacturers wish to expand their influence to continue their expansionary momentum.


The Chinese government is helping these manufacturers to flourish. The expansion abroad has been largely promoted through tax breaks, and relaxed labour and environmental standards to make sure that costs are kept low to compete in an incredibly competitive international market. Shenzhen, the manufacturing heart of China, is a central city devoted to the production of technological goods, driving down the costs of production. Some companies are also entering into partnerships companies like Google. Recently Huawei partnered with Google to produce the Nexus 6P, as an attempt to integrate the brand more widely in other markets.


But perhaps the greatest contributor to its rapid growth is its distribution method. Rather than adopting a mass marketing, expensive campaigns to drive brand awareness, companies have focused on delivering high-performance phones through online only stores. Consumers purchase the phones online and then go SIM-only, thereby giving them the freedom to buy new phones without tying themselves into long-term contracts.


Is 2016 the year of the Chinese phone manufacturer in the UK?


While these brands are tipped to grow in 2016, the impact is still to be seen – Huawei currently holds just 1.3% of the market share in the UK, far less than likes of Apple, Samsung, HTC, Microsoft and Sony. Services like don’t list any of the Chinese makers in their top ten list of best phones (December 2015), so these brands still have a long way to go here.


At the moment, trade-in figures of these phones observed through relatively low, although we have seen a 50% increase in Huawei trade-ins over the past year. But while a flagship Huawei device, like the Huawei P8, can be bought for new for around £300, its trade-in value is just £70. This is in contrast to Apple and Samsung devices which hold their values for much longer. A brand new iPhone 6S 16GB costs around £539 new, and resale value is currently £375. This shows that the Huawei device drops in value by about 76%, but a top end Apple only drops by 30%.
By engaging in online-only sales and marketing, and undercutting the competition with high-end mobiles for a good price, these Chinese manufacturers are likely to continue to become more popular with time. This will likely impact the consumer’s purchasing patterns for new hardware as shoppers are more likely to experiment with new brands, taking out SIM only contracts and buying cheaper high spec phones outright. However, if they do not ramp up marketing efforts on a par with Apple and Samsung, they still have a long way to go before becoming household names in the UK.



Only time will tell whether 2016 is set to be the year of the Chinese smartphone maker, but at we love the fact that consumers have more choice than ever before, and we’re excited to see what happens!

10 top tips on how to protect your phone from cyber attacks

cyber attacks


It’s one of the biggest times of the year for online shopping, and a lot of that browsing is done on mobile phones. But malicious attacks on shoppers increased by 40% on Cyber Monday (source: and unfortunately if recent trends are anything to go by, it’s likely we may see a similar increase this year.


But it’s not all doom and gloom. The number of cyber attacks on mobile devices is still a lot lower than on traditional PCs, and developers have learnt lots from the early internet days. Smartphone operating systems have been designed with more rigorous security measures in mind, and we’re all aware of mobile security threats.


But as we’re using our phones more, and as we’re storing more on those phones, there are still lots of things you can do to safeguard your device to ensure you don’t put your personal information at risk.


cyber hackers



Here are’s top ten tips on how to protect your phone from cyber attacks:


1. Set a password…and make it a good one: It sounds obvious, but a poll by McAffee revealed that 30% of people still don’t password protect their phones! If you don’t have a password, you risk putting all of your information at risk by handing it over to anyone who has control of your device – and if you’re using your phone to pay for things, you’re basically handing over your wallet too. As well as traditional text and numerical passwords, it’s also possible to set passwords based on pattern recognition. These are more secure as there are lots of pattern variants to choose from, making the password harder to crack. Modern smartphones also include biometrics so you can set passwords based on things like fingerprint recognition, too.


2. Always update your software: Always update your phone so that it is running the latest version of the operating system. Not only will this make your phone run better, but most importantly each update closes known security vulnerabilities. On a similar note, never jail-break or root your phone – i.e. don’t remove software restrictions put in place. If you do, you’re more vulnerable to cyber attacks because you won’t be able to update to the latest version of the operating system when it comes out.


3. Keep Bluetooth turned off unless you need it: If you’re not using your Bluetooth, make sure you turn it off. This is another way that unknown apps or viruses can be sent to your phone, so it’s best to keep it off. Turning your Bluetooth off will also help your battery life, too!


4. Avoid unknown Wi-Fi networks: Hackers sometimes set up fake wifi hotspots to do ‘man-in-the-middle’ attacks. So while you’re running on that wifi network, they will see everything that goes through it – including all of your passwords


5. Check your bill: With online billing and unlimited call plans, it can be easy to not think about your phone bill. But do take a look at it as you’ll be able to quickly spot any suspicious charges as soon as they happen. The same goes for checking bills which are linked to your phone, like bills from apps and music service providers. Have a look and make sure that only things you have paid for are being bought from those accounts.


6.Don’t download apps from outside approved stores: Make sure you only download apps from approved stores like the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store, to ensure that you’re downloading and paying for those apps from approved marketplaces. This reduces the risk of downloading something that could be dangerous for your phone. Watch out for pirated apps, too – especially those that say they will install or download other apps for you.


7.Read the Ts & Cs: When downloading apps, you’re often presented with a huge list of terms and conditions. Don’t ignore them! Sometimes clicking ‘accept’ gives those apps permission to access all sorts of information that you may not want it to. If you’re not in control of your privacy you have no idea where your data could be going, so take charge and ensure you know who you are giving access to your data, and why.


8. Be careful what you click: If you’re reading things on your phone, it can be easy to click links on social media and emails. But if they are from someone you don’t know, or if they look suspicious (like a friend advertising something on Facebook that they wouldn’t normally), make sure you don’t click on them, because they may not be safe.


9.Look out for the SSL certified stamp of approval when paying: If you’re paying for something on your phone, just like you would on your PC, make sure you’re only purchasing from sites that are SSL certified. This ensures that you have a secure connection when making that payment, reducing the risk of fraud.


10. Don’t forget to wipe your phone when recycling it… but back up your data first! Finally, if you’re looking at recycling your phone through a service like, make sure you wipe it before sending it off! But before you wipe it, also make sure you’ve backed up all of your contacts, documents, photos and everything else – either on a hard drive, or using a secure cloud service. As well as wiping it of all apps, reset the phone to its initial factory settings. This ensures that your phone doesn’t contain any data on it when it is sent away, so you can relax and wait for the money to arrive in return for reselling it!


Remember you have no data security issues when trading in your phone or device through us.  To be guaranteed the best price for trading in your old device visit


Last minute tips on how to make money over the festive season

Make Money over Christmas


Have you already blown all of your money on Christmas shopping for the family this year? Or perhaps you’ve already had an indulgent few weeks and are starting to feel the strain? Well, has put together last minute top tips on how to make money ahead of the festive season.


1. Clear out your children’s wardrobe: Are your children’s wardrobes packed to the rim but they can’t find the time to clear them out? Sites like Preloved help you sell clothing and jewellery, and they don’t charge any listing or selling fees. So why don’t you declutter and make some cash to spend on your children in 2016?

Make Money Selling Childrens Clothes

2. Sell your family’s old phones: Have you ever wondered what happened to all of the old phones your family has used? Our guess is they’re currently sitting in the drawers at home, gathering dust. Or have you recently bought a new phone in the Black Friday sales, like 11% of Brits have done in the past, and don’t know what to do with your old one? One of the fastest ways to make money is to recycle your old phones. The average consumer gets £126 for an old device – that’s pretty good! Money can be redeemed as cash, cheque, same day bank transfer or vouchers depending on which site you recycle with. Check out sites like to compare the deals and make sure you get the most for your old phones, so you get the money in time for Christmas.

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3. Rent out your spare room: Do you have a spare room now that the children are living away? Pop it on sites like AirB&B and you can start making money straight away, with lodgers staying for just a night or weeks. If you’re going to be away this Christmas with the family, why not rent out your own home during that time? If you’re worried about leaving someone else in your home, all guests receive reviews so you can ensure that the person who stays has a good track record of things like cleanliness and reliability.

4. Earn money shopping: If you love shopping but don’t have any money to spend, you can now combine a trip to the shops while getting paid to do some mystery shopping. Sites like MarketChecker and GrassRoots enrol you as a mystery shopper and you can start testing things – from shops to hotels to restaurants. So if you love shopping and eating, this could be the perfect job!

Make money whilst you are shopping

5. Appy money: There are plenty of new apps out there which help you make money on the go. Some of these set you location based tasks (from checking if a business is still in operation, to checking street signs, stock levels and much more) and then send that insight back to businesses. If you like keeping tabs on your local area, it’s worth checking out apps like Streetspotr, BeMyEye and Roamler to see if they are available near you.

If you would like to make some extra cash by selling you old mobile phone we guarantee you the best price when trading in your old devices by visiting

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Can I Sell My Broken Phone?

The simple answer is yes!

Don’t worry if your phone is broken, you can still sell broken mobile phones on You are also not alone as lots of people break their phones. A recent survey of 2000 people by, the mobile phone phone repair company, showed that as many as 40% of people are walking around with a broken phone with as many as 21% of people using a phone with a cracked screen.

It very easy to sell a broken phone or tablet on SellMyMobile. All our mobile phone buyers buy broken phones and tablets. The reason they do this is because they will generally repair and refurbish phones before selling them on. So for instance if a phone comes in with a smashed screen this is not a problem because they will replace the screen and refurbish the device before re-selling it.

Obviously if your phone is broken or damaged you won’t get full value for it but depending on the model it can still be worth a lot of money. For every phone SellMyMobile gives you the working and broken prices for each device so you can clearly see how much your broken phone is worth. This is what you need to do to sell broken phones:

Want to sell a broken phone? Here’s how:

  1. Search for your device by entering the make and model into the Search Box above or on the homepage

  2. Our price comparison engine compares prices from all the leading mobile phone buyers to get you the most cash

  3. Under ‘Condition’ select ‘Broken’ – the prices will update to show the best trade in prices for a broken device

  4. Choose the best deal and click ‘Sell Now’. Follow the instructions to send your device to your chosen buyer. Then all you need to do is sit back and wait to get paid!


How do i know if my phone is classed as ‘Working’ or ‘Broken’?

Good question. SellMyMobile is a price comparison site that compares prices from lots of different mobile phone buyers. Some have slight differences in their criteria for the classification between ‘Working’ and ‘Broken’ but generally speaking here is a summary of how they break down:

Working Phone
100% fully functional
No cracks on screen or body
No water damage
Normal wear & tear is fine but no major cosmetic damage

Not 100% fully functional
Cracks on screen or body
Missing parts
Severe cosmetic damage

Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which category it falls under. If in doubt we would advise selling it as ‘Working’ as the buyer will contact you if there is a problem, that way you can always be assured of getting the maximum value. When the buyer receives your device they will test and assess it and if the condition is different to what you stated then they will contact you and may give you a revised offer based on the condition.

How much can i get for a broken phone?

It depends on the level of damage. If your phone is damaged you are never going to get full value but you could generally get up to a maximum of 80%. This is for minor damage, if the damage is really severe you will likely get a lot less. Once the buyer has assessed the device they might contact you to give you a revised offer if the level of damage is worse than the condition stated.

Using SellMyMobile we compare prices from all the buyers in the market to get you the best deal when selling a broken phone. At SellMyMobile we have made it easy for you to sell broken phones for cash at the best possible price. So if you want to sell a broken phone SellMyMobile can help you get the guaranteed most cash. Go to and sell your broken phone today! Bonfire Night Competition

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