For something so important, mobile phones can be remarkably fragile. Dents, chips and cracked screens are sadly all too common, and problems with the battery or buttons are even worse. Fortunately, you can usually still sell a broken phone.

There's no official industry-wide classification for the condition of a phone, but by and large, a handset falls into four brackets:

  • New - brand new, still in its original packaging and hasn't even been turned on
  • Used or working - has been used, but works fine and is largely undamaged
  • Broken - is damaged but recyclers will still buy it
  • Beyond economic repair - so damaged that it can't be sold

The condition of the phone will determine the payment you'll get from a recycler, and it's important to be honest when you send them your device - otherwise they may downgrade your quote later. With that in mind, it's a good idea to have an idea what exactly constitutes a broken phone.

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How to sell your broken phone

Selling your phone is easy at SellMyMobile - just follow these steps:

  1. Find your phone model by typing it into the search bar. Click or tap your model to start comparing offers.
  2. On the comparison table, select 'broken' from the condition options. This will filter results to only show valuations for damaged handsets.
  3. When you find a deal you like, click it to get more information, or head over to the recycler's website to sell your phone.

Make sure you're honest about the condition of your phone when getting your quotes. With damaged phones, there's a greater chance that recyclers will revise their initial quote once they receive your phone and check it over.

Be prepared for that possibility, and remember that you're free to reject it. Many recyclers offer free returns if their quote is changed so if your nervous pick one of these companies.

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