HIDDEN COSTS WHEN YOU GET A NEW MOBILE PHONE

So you’ve saved up your money, broken into your piggy bank, and put together the cash to buy a brand new mobile phone. But it’s not just the handset itself you might need to buy – there are a few other costs that you might not have thought about when you get a new phone or take out a new contract. Here are eight expenses you’ll want to save some budget for.

 

And psst… Why not sell or recycle your old phone, and use the cash you get to help swallow the costs?

 

1. UPFRONT COSTS ON PLANS

 

Most pay-monthly contract plans ask for an upfront payment on your new phone. It’s far, far less than buying the whole phone outright – usually somewhere between £10 and £100 – but still something to bear in mind. Look out for plans with a ‘free’ handset if your budget can’t stretch right now.

 

2. MORE DATA

 

Getting a better phone means you’ll use it more, which means you’ll use more data. And a higher res screen means higher quality video, which means it’ll use more data. Oh, and a better camera means higher quality photos, which means you’ll use more data to upload them… you get the idea.

 

Yes, getting a new phone generally means you’ll end up using more data than before, especially if you’re upgrading. Remember that when you’re picking out a plan – it’s better to choose one with a slightly higher allowance and pay a little more, than it is to get a lower allowance and pay a lot more for add-ons when you go over.

 

3. INSURANCE

 

Don’t risk breaking or losing a brand new phone without an insurance plan. This is an expense you won’t want to skip – and the more new, expensive, or high-end your phone is, the more you’ll have to pay for even the most basic insurance.

 

4. CONTRACT CROSSOVERS

 

Switching networks? Watch out – there may be a period when your old and new contracts cross over and you end up paying for them both. Awkward.

 

It’s easy to avoid that though, or at least reduce the cost a lot. Cancel your current plan, get an end date, then arrange your new one to begin a day or two before then. Do make sure you’re out of your contract’s minimum terms before cancelling, though, or you’ll have even more fees to pay.

 

5. NEW PHONE CASE

 

Don’t forget about those funky mobile accessories! When you get a new phone, there’s a high chance it’ll be a different shape from your old one, and that means you’ll need a new case for it. These can cost anything from a fiver for a basic one, right up to £20+ for a really top-quality, super-protective one.

 

6. NEW CHARGING CABLES

 

While we’re at it, a new phone may also mean a new charging cable. Androids and iPhones both use different types of cable, and some fancy new Androids even come sporting the USB Type-C connection.

 

Sure, you’ll always get a fresh cable in the box – but it’s good to have a spare.

 

7. NEW HEADPHONES

 

The latest trend in smartphones, at least high-end ones, is kind of an annoying one: the abolition of the headphone jack. We’ve seen it in the iPhone 7, and you can bet we’ll see it even more in the coming months.

 

If you don’t want to be fiddling around with adaptors, you’ll need to splash out on new, compatible headphones. Thankfully you can get Bluetooth ones for less than £20 these days.

 

8. RE-BUYING YOUR APPS

 

This’ll apply to you if you’re switching between iOS and Android phones.

 

An app that you paid for in Apple’s App Store can be downloaded again on another iPhone – you won’t need to pay for it again. The same goes for Androids and apps from the Google Play Store. However… an app you bought for your Android will need to be re-bought if you want it on your iPhone, and vice versa.

 

That’s only a couple of quid per paid app, but add it to the cost of your new headphones, your new case, your insurance… If you’re not careful, you could be out of pocket more than you expect.

 

Nokia announces major relaunch of iconic 3310

HMD Global – the company behind the Finnish Nokia brand of mobile phones – has finally confirmed heavily rumoured and eagerly anticipated news – the iconic Nokia 3310 is back.

The device shares the name of its illustrious forbear, which is one of the most popular mobile phones of all time, with more than 126 million units sold worldwide.

It retains many of the design features that led to the original Nokia 3310 of the early 2000s becoming such a popular device, being thin, light and highly durable. Beyond this it is essentially an updated remake of the 3310 – a modern twist on the bestselling feature phone.

Beyond its nostalgic appeal, the handset is aimed at those who do not want the many features of a contemporary high-end smartphone. For instance, it offers 2.5G connectivity for calling and texting and has an all-new user interface with several nodes to the original.

The rise of smartphones has seen one-day battery life become the norm, with many holding fond memories of the days of weeks-long battery life that was possible thanks to reduced functionality. As such, the new Nokia 3310 can last for up to 22 hours of talk time between charges – and can even be left on standby for up to a month. This makes it possible to leave the house without a charger – and it can be powered by a Micro-USB port when it does need a boost.

A rounded form recalling the candybar-shaped silhouette of the original has been retained, with a raft of modern features added. The 2.4-inch polarised and curved screen window makes for better readability in sunlight.

Four fresh, colourful and distinctive hues are available to choose from, comprised of two gloss finishes in red and yellow and dark blue and grey constituting the matte finish options – and the push buttons of the original are also back. The colour runs through the material, so scratches and knocks will have less of an impact.

Entertainment features new to the 2017 version of the 3310 include a 2MP camera with LED flash for simple snaps. Music lovers can plug in 3.5mm headphones and tune into their favourite FM radio stations and the handset acts as a comparatively small mp3 player with 16MB storage, plus a MicroSD card slot that supports up to 32GB.

But for many users, the best news will be the return of the legendary Snake game, which is back with an update to take advantage of the new colour screen. This has been made available via Messenger as part of Facebook’s Instant Games cross platform experience. It is free to play and has been designed to be played with groups of friends, making it more competitively playable than the original.

The Nokia 3310 will retail at an average global retail price of €49 (£42) and draws on the simplicity and reliability of the original at the same time as being created with new fans in mind.

Chief product officer of HMD Global Juho Sarvikas said: “Nokia phones stir real emotions – people know them for their beautiful design and craftsmanship, together with a built-to-last quality that you can rely on.

“For the Nokia 3310 we just couldn’t resist. We wanted to reward loyal Nokia phone fans and make a statement that rich heritage, innovation and modern design can go hand-in-hand. Fundamentally, it is about making sure that right across our portfolio we are delivering this pure Nokia experience,” he commented.

Pekka Rantala, chief marketing officer of HMD Global, said: “Consumers today are seeking relationships with brands that they can trust. The Nokia brand has over 150 years of heritage giving it an authentic, differentiating experience which we are proud to introduce to a new generation of fans.

“The return of the iconic Nokia 3310 is a real statement of our ambition and commitment to honouring the hallmarks of a true Nokia phone experience.”

5 THINGS WE MISS IN OLD MOBILES… AND 5 THINGS WE DON’T

Mobile phones have come a long way since the humble Nokia 3310. They’re flatter, they’ve got HD screens, and you can do pretty much anything you could possibly want to do with them. In most ways, they’re infinitely better than the old bricks we used to stuff in our pockets – but you know what, there’s a few things we miss about the obsolete little gadgets.

 

WE MISS…

 

…how indestructible they were

 

Once, back in the noughties, I witnessed someone hurl his mobile across four lanes of traffic, walk to the other side to retrieve it, then use it to call a taxi.

 

In contrast, I couldn’t drop my last mobile onto my bed from more than 30cm in the air because the back would pop off. They just don’t make ‘em like they used to.

 

…how long the battery lasted

 

Remember when your phone could go several days before it needed charging? Given that most of us now need to make a dash for the plug socket every evening, our old brick phones suddenly look at lot more appealing.

 

…Snake

 

Candy Crush who? Flappy what? For those of us who owned a Nokia back in the day, nothing can beat the classic Snake games. Sure, you can download Minecraft and Grand Theft Auto to your phone these days, but there was something quite wonderful – not to mention addictive – about the four-buttoned charm of Snake.

…flipping and twisting and sliding

 

Mobile phones have kind of all settled on a single shape at this point: a flat and uninteresting slab form factor. But back when the tech was still young, we had all kinds of shapes to play around with – from flip phones, to twisty mobiles, to slideable ones like the LG Chocolate.

 

…getting to disconnect

 

It’s nice being able use your phone to get directions, look up train times, or read about Serbia’s raspberry export industry whenever and wherever you like, but every now and then it’s nice to just disconnect. And that can be difficult when the entire internet is in your pocket begging for attention.

 

In the 2G days, switching off for a bit was far easier. You were essentially separated from the internet, so it wasn’t there to distract you – and to disconnect from the world entirely, all you really had to do was step outside of a major city where there wasn’t any signal.

 

So our old phones were rather nice in a way – but then again there are some things about them that we’re glad to see the back of…

 

WE DON’T MISS…

 

…every phone having a different charging port

 

Finding a spare charging cable used to be its own special kind of hell. The port was different on every single brand of phone, making buying a new cable or borrowing someone else’s charger far too complicated.

 

These days, it’s way, way easier to figure out – your phone will either have a USB or a lightning port. Boom, done.

 

…the measly storage space

 

My first phone could hold 16 text messages. Call records were limited to 10. When you look its specs up on GSMArena, under the memory section it just says “no”.

 

In a world where our phones can have up to 256GB of internal memory, and space for up to a 2TB microSD card… I don’t think any of us miss the teeny tiny storage space that mobiles used to have.

 

…WAP browsers

 

Today, we do more web browsing on our smartphones than we do on our computers – which is easy to do, given how smoothly websites work on mobile browsers. On early mobiles, however, it was a different story.

 

WAP browsers could access the internet over 2G – 2G! – which meant it took about two minutes and half your pay-as-you-go credit just to load a page. Looking something up online was slower and more expensive than a Southern Rail train.

 

…polyphonic ringtones

 

I think we’re all very, very glad that phone speakers have got less tinny and horrific as time has gone on. And now our smartphones are more like little computers, we can copy across our favourite music files to use as ringtones – rather than spending £1.99 on a crummy MIDI file that sort of sounded like a song in the charts at the moment.

 

…trying to type with the numeric keyboard

 

Was there anything more frustrating than writing a text on a keyboard that only has nine keys? Even T9 – the software that worked out what word you wanted from just one press of each key – didn’t help a whole lot… though it was still probably more accurate than the iPhone’s autocorrect.

HOW TO TELL IF YOUR PHONE IS FAULTY OR FUNCTIONAL

If you have a mobile phone for a long time, the chances are that it will develop a problem. The screen may crack, or the battery life may drop to minutes instead of hours. Perhaps the buttons stop working or the speakers no longer… speak.

If your phone’s going kaput, it’s not the end of the world though – you can still sell it. You’ll get less that you would for a fully functional phone, but it can still work out as a big chunk of change.

That said, it’s not always clear to people what constitutes a damaged or faulty phone, versus a phone in working order. So with that in mind, here are some things to check before you send your handset away, based on the tests that will perform.

CAN YOU TURN IT ON AND OFF AGAIN?

It may go without saying (and sound like a line from the IT Crowd), but your phone needs to actually turn on for it to be considered ‘working’. If it won’t turn on at all, try plugging it in to make sure it hasn’t run out of charge.

IS THE SCREEN BROKEN OR BLEEDING?

Obviously, if the screen has a noticeable crack in it, you can’t sell it on as a fully-functional phone. You also need to make sure the screen isn’t bleeding. This is when you have coloured lines or sections of the screen that don’t go away, and is usually a sign that the phone has suffered some physical damage.

IS THERE ANY MAJOR DAMAGE?

Small scratches and other blemishes are inevitable when you have a phone. As long as they don’t interfere with any functionality, they won’t reduce the value of your phone when you sell it. Major damage, on the other hand, will drop what it’s worth. Examples of that include cracks in the casing or water damage.

DO THE SPEAKERS AND THE MICROPHONE WORK?

Problems with the speaker and microphone can be subtle, but you should check they both function properly – they will be tested when you sell your handset.  Make sure you check that your phone can register your voice through the microphone and that you can hear sound at the correct volume through the speakers.

IS THE BATTERY WORKING PROPERLY?

Your phone’s battery life will inevitably decline the older it is, but it should still provide a good few hours’ charge. If you’re getting less than a day out of your phone though (with light to moderate use), then it’s probably past it. In that case, your phone is faulty and should be sold as such.

IS THE AERIAL WORKING?

A phone needs a functioning aerial in order to work. If you can’t make a reliable call on your handset, you can’t call it ‘working’. You can still sell it, of course, but you’ll get significantly less than a fully operational device.

Trade in – The Process

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Use the search box and categories to find your model of iPhone/iPad/iPod/Apple Watch.

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Choose your the device condition & network & then simply add it to your basket.

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Place your order using your Username & Password, or register for an account with us.

Please ensure that:

A – Your name and address is correctly spelt (otherwise your payment will go to the wrong person/place!)

B – You’ve added the correct mobile phone details. So that we can keep you updated on your order.

C – Please make sure you enter the correct bank details.

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Once your order has been placed, then we will send you a FREEPOST JIFFY bag and an information leaflet within 24 hours with information on how to safely post your item and all the methods that you can use to insure and track your device back to us. Please note, we are not responsible for device that go missing in the post!

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Post your jiffy bag back using the postage method that suits your needs.

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Once we receive that we’ll let you know via email and text. We’ll then proceed to test your handset . If your handset meets the requirements for the condition you chose for that handset then we’ll proceed with your payment the same day. If the handset arrives in a different condition than specified on the order form then we will email you with our amended offer. You have 7 days to accept or decline the offer. If you’re not happy with our offer you can request for the handset to be returned to you free of charge.

Please note, if you do not reply to us within 7 days then we will process the order for the amount specified on the revised offer.

Contacts Us Page:
If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch with us and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Email: info@tradein.co.uk

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We will then send you your money via bank transfer or we will post you your cheque!

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You can spend your money!

How To Sell Apple iPhone,iPad or iPod

What happens when you sell your phone to Trade in?

So you’re looking to sell your mobile for cash? Once you’ve chosen which phone to sell, we’ll start a recycling process that means none of your phone goes to waste. Here’s what happens:

Step one

After you’ve registered your details, we’ll send you one of our absolutely FREE Trade in Pack, making it really easy to sell a phone to us. Our team of experts will run it through our testing process and give you a price offer depending on the condition. Remember, you can sell new phones or damaged phones to Trade in, but it might affect the mobile trade in value if it’s heavily damaged.

Step two

After you sell your phone to us, we’ll prepare it for onward sale as part of the recycle process. We give devices another life and where we can we’ll give a device some TLC and repair or refurbish it if possible.

Step three

As part of our recycling programme, selling your mobile to Trade in means it’s either fully recycled or completely reused by a new owner. Often, your phone will go on to start a new life in developing countries. How good is that? It’s all about recovery, reuse and recycle here at Trade in – so sell used mobile phones to us today and do your bit for the Environment!

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Get Cash for Damaged Mobile Phones

When it comes to getting cash for phones, most phone recycling companies will look at non-functioning models, or at least recycle them.
Examples of damage, for which you might have to accept smaller payment, include damaged casing, a pin locked phone or a unit which doesn’t power up properly. If yours has been damaged by water, has a badly cracked or unresponsive screen or is physically broken, expect less cash.
Make sure that you tick the ‘damaged’ box when you search online for the best quote.
You could also try trading in your phone with the company you’re buying the new one from, if it’s low value. However, you are generally better off going through a mobile phone recycling company.
At Trade in, we’re a leading mobile phone recycler! Our upfront approach means we always pay you what we say we will pay, unlike our competitors who often quote attractive prices then reduce after receiving your mobile.
For working phones, we expect to be able to turn the unit on and off, and for it to be fully functional – cosmetic wear and tear is perfectly fine. It should also have a working screen and not be water-damaged. Make sure you include the battery.
We also accept non-working phones as long as you include the battery – you can keep the memory card and charger. The model should also be intact and not crushed in half. Learn more online.

Sell your Mobile Phone even if it is broken

Normally, when possessions are broken, you stand very little chance of selling them on. For example, if you car ceases to operate, you will not be able to flog it to fellow consumers and the vast majority of dealers will not take it on either. The same applies to virtually all products, including televisions, MP3 players and so on.

So, if your mobile phone is broken, you might automatically assume that you will not be able to get any money for it. With this in mind, you might simply place the item away to gather dust, or even throw it away.

But you may be making a mistake. Here at Trade in we are committed to mobile phone recycling and may well be prepared to hand over cash for your handset even if it is no longer operating. We buy both working and non-working devices.

When you are going through the process of trying to sell your mobile to us via our website, all you have to do is select the non-working option.

This is great as it means that what you might have thought was completely worthless a few moments ago could in fact bring you in welcome cash.

Whatever you do, don’t disregard the potential of broken phones to earn you money. Instead, come here to see whether or not you could recycle mobile phones for cash.

And, as well as potentially boosting your finances, you can rest assured you are also doing your bit for the planet as well.

How we do Mobile Phone Recycling?

Have you ever heard of mobile phone recycling? Do not worry if you have not, until not too long ago, neither did we. Mobile phone recycling is not a new concept, but it is something that very few people are aware of and even fewer people are practicing it.

A mobile phone should not just be discarded with the normal trash. It contains certain electrical parts that can be harmful to the environment when not disposed of in the correct way. What very few people know is that recycling is not necessarily just the correct way of disposing of a mobile phone. Recycling can also mean that it is used again, or even that parts of it is used again,

At Trade in we aim to sell as many of the old phones that we buy to communities where they can not afford to buy a new phone, or are not in a position where they can afford to take out a contract for a phone.

The phones that we cannot use will be discarded in the correct mobile phone recycling way.

By practicing correct mobile phone recycling and enabling people to use your phone again, you will be doing a great deed for the environment. And probably more importantly, you will be able to get some cash in your wallet. And would not want to get money for something that would have just been tucked away in a drawer or thrown out with the regular garbage?