8 reasons why a trade-in solves all your old phone problems

August 12, 2016

The option to trade-in your phone or tablet isn’t available right now. Following government guidance, our trade-in partners have decided to temporarily suspend their services to protect their staff. We’re working hard to bring trade-in back to you as soon as possible.

Your old phone is your best friend. It goes everywhere with you. You’d never part with it. But wait, 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 good about it, of course you can even trade in with reconnected.

How does trade in work?

It’s simple, we pay you to send us phones you don’t want anymore.

Find your device online

Head over to Three Recycle then search or browse for your old phone or tablet. You can find out how much your device is worth there too.

Send us your device – it’s free

We’ll send you a postage pack with steps on what to do next. You just need to pack your device – remember to take out any SIM or memory cards – and take it to your local Post Office.

We’d recommend sending high value devices by Special Delivery.

Get confirmation

Once we’ve received and checked over your device, we’ll email you to confirm or amend your quote.

With our price promise, you’ll get the price quoted or the option to have your device returned to you, for free.

And relax

We’ll send your payment automatically – the same day if we receive your device by 1pm.

So, that’s how it works but why should you trade in your old phone?

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It’s the economical thing to do

A used smartphone can net you a wad of cash when traded in if it’s still in reasonable shape. 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 case.

Want to find out how much your old phone’s worth? Head on over to our trade-in page to find out. 

This is much better, financially speaking, than shoving your old phone in that junk drawer. You know, the one everyone has, where all the stuff you don’t know what to do with goes.

Your phone will lose value as it ages, so trade it in sooner rather than later to get the best price.

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, even a couple of ugly selfies.

If you give your phone away, sell it privately, or maybe worst of all – throw it away, your info could be at risk. And that important data could potentially be retrieved by an unscrupulous person. You don’t want that. Outfits like Redeem zap the data off devices before they repurpose them. They even shred SIMs and memory cards, to look after your security and privacy.

You can do it yourself, of course, but what if you miss something? Those guys do it all day every day, so why not leave it to the experts?

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It’s the charitable thing to do

Recycling specialists like Scottish-based Redeem, channel some of their profits to causes like Water Aid. So, by trading-in, you’re doing some good in the world, as well as getting a lovely new phone.

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It’s 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?

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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 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.

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It’s the thrifty thing to do

Want to save some cash? We can transfer the value of your old phone onto a sort of gift card that can go towards your new phone. If you’re upgrading with a minimum 12-month plan, then spend the value of your phone on whatever you like. Use it to cover the upfront cost, for some new accessories, tablets or even just as credit. You name it.

Convinced? It’s all win, all the time. Not only have you got a sweet new phone, you’re a charitable, eco-warrior with excellent data security and an uncluttered home.


Main pic credit: Via Pixabay/terimakashi0