Newest Review: ... I had an endless supply of old mobile phones, I would happily use them again. Website: http://www.fonebank.com/ © Copyright SWSt 2011... more
Easy money for your old mobiles!
Member Name: -becky-
Advantages: Money for mobiles you don't use, fast payment, reliable.
A few months ago now, I bought a Samsung Tocco Lite phone, and didn't have anything to do with my old phone. I looked on moneysavingexpert.com where they have a price comparing for old mobiles so just typed in what make I had and let the results show up. Fonebank were the highest payers for my Sony Ericsson W595 (bearing in mind this was a couple of months ago now so it could have changed) so decided to take a look at their website.
On Envirofone and Mazuma, I was offered around £30 but Fonebank offered me £40 for my W595. I also had a non working Samsung U600 that everywhere else was only paying £1 and Fonebank were paying £5! I later noticed that they paid more because they didn't send a pre-paid envelope as other mobile re-cycling companies did. I didn't mind this as you could send your phones free post but were only insured up to the value of £39. Anyway, even though mine totalled £45, I sent it by free post. If you have 15 mobile phones or more to send off, Fonebank will send a courier to collect them free of charge.
The website is easy to navigate, and on the menu bar there are options to show you how the website works, how to post your mobile, how to contact them and basically everything you would need to know! On the home page, you just have to type the make and model of your mobile into the search bar, and then select whether your mobile phone is working or not. It will give you a price for whichever you choose and if you want to sell it, click 'add to basket'. When you go to checkout they give you the details that you will have to put in the envelope that you send off with your mobiles, a free post address and an address to send your mobiles if you'd rather pay for the postage!
Before you can checkout for your order, you have to make an account with them, which I think is rather pointless but I did anyway or I wouldn't have been able to send my phones off!
After about 2 days of sending my phones off to the free post address, I got an email confirming that they had the phones and my cheque was going to be sent out It only took another 2/3 days for the cheque to get here and I was really surprised seen as though I was expecting it to take at least a week, even two weeks.
Just to make Fonebank that bit better, you can also claim on cash back sites:). So they pay you more for your mobile than other mobile re-cycling companies to start with anyway, and you can claim more back from Quid-co and probably other cash back sites as well.
Summary: If you have old mobiles laying around send them to Fonebank!