How Much Is My Old Mobile Phone Worth?

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As technology swiftly advances, our mobile phones are often left in the shadows as newer models emerge. From advancing features and new technologies to larger screens and high-tech cameras, the speed at which we upgrade and demote our mobile phones is faster than ever before. So if you’re like anyone else, you’re likely to have an old mobile phone hanging around at home. Ever wondered how much your old mobile phone could be worth? In this article, we’ll unravel the secrets to determining the true value of your ageing mobile phone and how best you can make some easy money reselling it. 

What to do with Your Old Mobile Phone? 

If you’ve recently upgraded your mobile phone or are having a declutter of your home, you may be at loose ends of what to do with your old mobile phone. There are several things you can do with an old mobile device, and we encourage you to choose options that are friendly to the planet and avoid going into landfill, where they’ll take thousands of years to decompose. Each year, 5.3 billion phones are thrown away every year, and by 2023, e-waste will have increased to 73 million tonnes a year! Here are some eco-friendly things you can do with your old mobile phone:

Sell or trade-in

If you’ve got an old mobile phone, consider selling it or trading it in. At Zapper, we buy old mobile phones, whatever their condition, good or bad. By doing this, you can get some value back whilst contributing to the reuse of electronic devices.


Recycling is a great way to dispose of your old mobile phone, whilst giving it a new lease of life. Recycling helps prevent hazardous materials from ending up in landfills and allows valuable materials to be reused. At Zapper, we will pay you to trade in your old mobile phone, so that we can recycle it on your behalf. Find out more here

The Worth of Old Mobile Phones

Several factors will influence the worth of an old mobile phone. 

Mobile Model & Features

The model of your old mobile phone will have a significant impact on its worth. More recent models will be in higher demand and therefore prove to be worth more when it comes to reselling. Different specifications and features will also evoke a higher market value, such as innovative display technology and cutting-edge camera quality. 

Condition is Key

Although some resellers and trade-in programs will still accept old mobile phones in non-pristine conditions, your device is likely to be worth the most when it is still in good condition. Inspect your phone for scratches, signs of wear and tear and any technical issues, to give yourself an idea of how much you’re likely to receive for your old phone.

Unlocked Status

The unlocked status of your old mobile phone will also impact its worth and its resale value. Unlocked phones offer greater flexibility to potential buyers, allowing them to use the device with any carrier of their choice and therefore they tend to be worth more. 

Accessories & Original Packaging

The inclusion of original accessories, such as chargers and earphones, can sweeten the deal for potential buyers when it comes to reselling and evaluating an old mobile phone’s worth. Original packaging and documentation can add credibility to a resale package, however not all resell platforms require these. At Zapper, we don’t take into account accessories or original packaging when it comes to determining the worth of a mobile phone. However, we can recycle your old chargers and accessories if you want to dispose of them responsibly! 


Beyond the physical aspects, your mobile phone’s software can also influence its overall worth. Ensuring that your mobile phone is running the latest software updates before you sell it could ensure a better price if you are thinking of reselling it to a new owner.

How to Sell Your Old Mobile Phone with Zapper

If you are looking to get rid of your old mobile phone fast and looking to see how much it is worth, you can use our instant valuation tool. Simply give some basic information about your device such as its model and the condition it’s in, and we’ll give you a free quote in a matter of seconds. If you’re happy with the price we offer, you can confirm the sale and we’ll send you a free pack that has all you need to send your device back to us, free of charge. Click here for more details.

Declutter your home, help reduce e-waste and put some pennies in your pocket by selling your old mobile with Zapper. We accept all types of old mobile phones, including iPhones, Samsung Galaxys, Blackberrys and Nokias

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