7 reasons why a trade-in solves all your old mobile phone problems.

Last updated: 21 January 2016


7 reasons why a trade-in solves all your old mobile phone problems.

Your old phone is your best friend. It goes everywhere with you. You’d never part with it. But oh, oh, oh… here comes a new one that’s sleeker, shinier and all round sexier.

So you upgrade your trusty old mobile to the new Samsung or iPhone, but what do you do with the old one? Trade it in and feel damn good about it, of course. Here’s why…


  1. It’s the economical thing to do.

    A used smartphone, if it’s still in reasonable shape, can net you a wad of cash when traded in. In fact, on average Three customers got £120* for their old device. That’s a serious dent in the price of that new one you want, and could even leave you with some left over cash to protect the new one with a snazzy case.

    This is a whole lot better, financially speaking, than dumping your old phone in that drawer (where all the stuff you don’t know what to do with goes). Remember, your phone will lose value as it ages, so trading in sooner rather than later will get you the best price for it. So if you're looking to upgrade your Samsung S5 for example, there's no better time (especially as the Samsung Galaxy S7 has just arrived).
  2. It’s the safest thing to do.

    Over its working life your phone has collected all sorts of interesting information about you. Passwords, bank details, special photos you’d rather your local vicar didn’t see.

    If you give your phone away to someone, or sell it privately, or (maybe worst of all) throw it in the bin, then that data could potentially be retrieved by an unscrupulous person (or a curious vicar). You don’t want that. Outfits like Redeem zap all the data off the handsets before they repurpose them. They even shred SIM cards and memory cards, and look after your security and privacy.

    You can do it yourself, of course, but you’re bound to miss something. Those guys do it all day every day, so why not leave it to the experts.
  3. It’s the charitable thing to do.

    Recycling specialists like Scottish-based outfit Redeem channel a proportion of their profits to worthwhile causes such as Water Aid, so you’re doing some good in the world, as well as getting a swanky new handset such as the new iPhone 7.
  4. Phone trade-ins are the eco-friendly thing to do.

    Trade it in, get some cash for it and sleep easy knowing that’s one less piece of landfill out there.
    All of a sudden you’re not a fickle phone addict obsessed with must-have tech, you’re an eco-warrior. Feels good, doesn’t it?
  5. It’s the patriotic thing to do.

    A good proportion of the trade-in mobile phones recycled by Redeem are exported to the developing world. This contributes to the UK’s international balance of payments. Which is terrifically grown up, and probably counts towards you getting an OBE or something.
  6. It’s the easiest thing to do.

    Redeem offers Three customers a dedicated call centre and trade in support system as well as a recycling web hub. Definitely a whole lot less faff than messing around with online auction sites. Or finding space in that drawer (where all the stuff you don’t know what to do with goes).
  7. It’s the tidy thing to do.

    You’re eliminating household clutter at a stroke. Imagine what that’s doing for your Feng-Shui or whatever.

Convinced? Or course you are. It’s all win, all the time. Not only have you got a sweet new phone, you’re a charitably-minded eco-warrior with excellent data security and an uncluttered home straight out of the interiors magazines. No wonder we hang out with you.

Missing out on the latest devices sucks, so find out more about trading in your old phone with Redeem, and see how much cash you could get back.



* See what your phone may be worth and send it off for a cash sum at three.co.uk/trade-in.