Recycle Compare

Compare prices across most major mobile phone recycling sites in seconds!

Peoples Phone Recycle is a comparison tool which specialises in providing you with the best price for your mobile phone, tablet or gadget. Simply type the make and model into the search below. We’ll show you the top prices being paid by the UK’s leading recyclers. When you are ready to sell or trade in your mobile, tablet or gadget, click on the company you wish to sell it to. Recycling your gagdets could not be easier!

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Search For Your Mobile Phone

Use the search box at the top of the page to search for the mobile phone that you want to sell.

Select The Best Deal And Sell

We compare prices from ALL the top trade-in companies for the mobile phone you want to sell. Choose which company you want to sell your mobile phone to and click to go through to their site.

Post Your Phone For FREE

After you have clicked through to your chosen mobile phone trade-in company fill in your details and follow the instructions to post your device to them.

Get Your Cash In Days!

Once the mobile phone or tablet trade-in company has received and checked your device they will send you payment. Sit back and wait for your cash!


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Working condition means the item must switch on. It should have no more than mild cosmetic damage (ie, no missing, damaged, or cracked parts), and its original battery. Make sure there are no PIN numbers or security locks on the phone. If possible, restore the factory settings.

As a rule, you don’t usually need to provide accessories that come with your items, such as chargers or cases, but most companies will recycle these properly for you (though you could keep them as a spare or sell them on eBay).

Wipe off any private data and send your gadget fully charged, switched off, without extras like Sim or memory cards.



If the item is broken, it should still be intact and include its battery if it has one.

Most providers will all recycle non-working items, offering a reduced price for these. Expect to get around 50-90% less. If they can’t offer you any money for the broken item, they will recycle them for you (unless you ask for it back).

It’s important to note that if you do decline the offer, you may have to pay to get your item back. Most recycling sites will return it for free, though do check.

Typical damage which might mean you’ll get less cash includes badly damaged casing, a phone locked with a PIN number or an item that won’t turn on. Water-damaged and broken phones with unresponsive or cracked screens will probably get zero cash.


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IMEI stands for International Mobile Equipment Identity and is a serial number unique to every phone. You will usually find it printed on the back of your phone under the battery. It should be 15 digits long. You can find your phones IMEI number on the backplate of the phone, which is usually under the battery, or, on some phones, you can type *# 06 # into your keypad and your phone will display it’s IMEI number.

The IMEI number could also be referred to as the MEID or ESN number.



1. Tap Settings from the Home screen.

2. Scroll toward the bottom and tap About phone.

3. Tap Status.

4. Scroll down and the IMEI number is listed there.



Getting the information using your device

If you have access to your iOS device, here are some quick ways to obtain your serial number, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI), Integrated Circuit Card ID (ICCID), or Mobile Equipment Identifier (MEID).

About screen

Tap Settings > General > About to view your serial number, IMEI/MEID and ICCID.

The screen shown is from an iPhone, but the information is also available on iPad and iPod touch.

If you are unable to access the About screen on your device, please use one of the following options to access the serial number and IMEI/MEID on your iOS device. If you are not able to access the information using the About screen, please see the additional information section, below, to get the information from your computer.

iPhone 5

Your IMEI is engraved on the back case, near the bottom. The MEID number uses the first 14 digits, disregarding the last digit.

iPad and iPod touch

Your iPad and iPod touch serial numbers are engraved on the back case toward the bottom, as shown on an iPad below. The MEID and IMEI number (when applicable) are also engraved on the back of the iPad (Wi-Fi + 3G), the iPad 2 (Wi-Fi + 3G), and the iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular).

iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 (GSM model), and iPhone 4S

Remove the SIM tray. The serial number and IMEI will be printed on the SIM tray.

When an iPhone 4S is activated on a CDMA carrier, the SIM tray displays both the MEID and the IMEI number as 15 digits. The MEID number uses the first 14 digits, disregarding the last digit, and the IMEI number uses all 15 digits.


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How much is my phone worth?

To find out how much your phone is worth just enter the make and model of your phone into the search box and click Search.  Then you’ll see a list off the top mobile phone recycling companies and the prices that they will pay you for your phone. Finally – the most important part of all – there is a link to each mobile phone recycling company site so that you can get straight on and sell your phone to them! Just choose which recycler to sell your phone to and Click their logo or name.


Will I still be able to get cash for my phone if it’s broken or non-working?

Yes! Most all of the phone buyers featured on our site will still pay you for a phone that’s not working. To find out how much your phone is worth just enter the make and model of your phone into the search box.


Is my phone classed as ‘working’ if it works but has a broken screen?
Unfortunately not. Broken screens are expensive to replace. Therefore, the phone will be classed as ‘faulty’.

Is my phone ‘working’ if the battery is flat?
Yes, provided you know that the phone otherwise works then it’s fine to sell as ‘working’. Our recyclers use their own batteries to test phones.

Can I still sell my phone if it has been barred?

No! Phones that have been barred have been reported as stolen to the police: all phones received by the phone recyclers are checked against a national database of stolen phones and if they are found to be stolen they are reported to the police and destroyed.


Do you accept stolen phones?
We don’t like thieves and definitely do not accept stolen phones. Our recyclers check all received phones via CheckMEND, a crime protection database, to ensure that phones are not barred or registered stolen.

Do you accept fake/counterfeit phones?
There is a growing number of counterfeit phones in the UK market. These handsets look very similar to genuine products but are illegally produced and may prove to be dangerous to use. We do not accept any non-genuine products. Popular counterfeit models include the Nokia N95, Nokia Arte, Apple iPhone and Samsung F480 Tocco.

Will I have to pay for postage?

Generally No. Many of the phone buyers we feature on our site offer a Free Postage service. Many will even send you a free postage bag so you don’t even have to package the phone yourself. 

You should also be very careful when you package your item to make sure it is not damaged during transit. If you still have your device’s original packaging, sending it this way is a fantastic way to send it. If you do not have the original packaging, make sure that you cushion your item well so that the device will not move during transit, preferably in a rigid carboard packaging.

You can use bubble wrap, or cardboard wrapped around your phone to cushion it. You should also not send more than two devices containing batteries in the same package.


How will I be paid?

The mobile phone buyers we compare on our site use many different methods of payment. The most common are cheque, bank transfer, PayPal, Postal Order, same day payment and shopping vouchers. Choose the best method to suit you. 

You can either take the cash price or you might prefer shopping vouchers for places like Argos and Marks and Spencer. As you can see several of the phone buyers offer a higher value in vouchers than the cash price.


I sent my mobile to you and I’ve not had my money!

We are mobile phone recycling price comparison site. We do not actually buy the phones ourselves so you would not have sent the phone to us.

The way it works is that you go on to our site and search for your phone then our site compares the prices for that phone from all the different phone buyers so you get the best deal when selling your old mobile. You choose which phone buyer you want to sell your mobile to and then you click through from our site to the phone buyer site to place your order. This means your order is not actually placed with us but direct with the phone buyer and so if you have any query about your order you will need to speak direct to the company you placed the order with.

When you placed your order with the phone buyer you should have received an email confirmation from them with their details and how to contact them. Please get in contact with the customer service department at the company you placed your order with and they will be able to help you.


What happens to my phone after I send it in?

Most of the phones are either sent for reuse in markets such as China, Africa, and India or they are refurbished and sold in the UK. It is environmentally friendly to provide a phone for reuse by someone else. If your phone cannot be resold and reused by someone else because it is broken or badly damaged and is therefore deemed by the phone buyer to be ‘Beyond Economical Repair’ then it is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way so it doesn’t end up in a landfill site.


My phone isn’t in the search engine on the site?

Sorry this means that if a phone is not showing up in the search results then none of the companies are currently offering to buy that model. We recommend that you contact your local council to dispose of any mobile phones of no reuse value.