There is an increasing amount of bad publicity pointed at the new mobile phone recycling companies over the last month or so. It seems lots of you have tried to trade in their phones for cash , but people found the money landed into their account or the cheque arrived people noticed they have been paid the broken rate as opposed to the higher working rate. This is something that you need to avoid in order to milk the cash in value of your mobile the following few paragraphs should aid you in doing this:
Never try to pass off a damaged handset as working
Recycling companies test your phone , a broken screen or a phone that wont turn on is easy to spot and only takes a few seconds, however, underlying issues are much less obvious. There are some heard stories of people getting paid at the premium working rate even though they have sent in a mobile with a damaged mic or speaker, however, these are likely to be the exception not the rule. Testing these faculties is becoming more and more efficient, quick and automated. Even if the mobile handset has a less than obvious fault then it will most likely be picked up on. If your handset is not working you are better off been honest in advance to make sure the transaction is completed quickly and effectively. Minor software/hardware faults can slip through the net but if you choose to go down this road then you will need to be prepared for the consequences which could mean you have to shell out for the return of the handset if you are unable to come to some agreement.
Wear and tear from use is expected
When you are offered a price it has wear and tear factored in and the handset is expect to have been put to substantial use. Lots of people keep their phone for 5-6 years, some people are heavy users whereas others only use their phones in emergencies. Worn down keys, chips, scratches and small dents are all acceptable (and really expected). The best way to decide if a phone is subject to wear and tear or actually classed as damaged is to ask yourself if the handset is mealy damaged cosmetically or if there is any functional damage.
Some companies insist that you return the charger with the phone, even if this too is broken. You'll need to check with the company you go with .