There has to be a better use for that old iPhone 4 than sitting in your sock drawer...

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 newer model, but what do you do with the old one? Trade it in and feel damn good about it, of course, you can even trade in through reconnected. Here’s why…



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 phone you want, and could even leave you with some leftover 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.



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?



It’s the charitable thing to do

Recycling specialists like Scottish-based 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.



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?



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.



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.



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.



It’s the thrifty thing to do

We now offer the ability to transfer the value of your old phone onto a sort of gift card that can go towards your new device, saving you a substantial amount of money! If you’re upgrading with a minimum 12-month contract, then spend the value of your phone on whatever you like – upfront costs, accessories, credit, tablets. You name it.

Convinced? Of 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.


* See what your phone may be worth and send it off for a cash sum at


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