Are we moving towards a world full of disposable Mobile Phones?

In 2015 there were more mobile phone subscribers in the world than people living in the world this has raised many eyebrows since because the pundits of global warming have had a keen eye on the impacts of mobile phone recycling on our environment. According to a report by UN in 2016 44.7 million metric tons of e-waste was produced and with the pace, it has been increasing it is expected that it will reach more than 5.2 million metric tons which if calculated would be 6.8 kilograms per user. The estimated value of Raw material used in 44.7 metric tons would be more than 55 billion Euros so you can imagine the quantity of just the raw materials used to produce all of that electronics. All sorts of electronic products are added in the total figures. We can divide the electronic waste into six different categories.

1.       Temperature exchange equipment, more commonly referred to as cooling and freezing equipment.

2.       Screens, monitors including TVs and LCD screens.

3.       Lamps. Typical equipment includes fluorescent lights,

4.       Large equipment. Typically known as white goods including washing machines

5.       Small equipment. Typical equipment includes vacuum cleaners, microwaves and other kitchen appliances.

6.       Small IT and telecommunication equipment, including mobile phones and tablets.


Despite all of the following under one big umbrella of electronic waste, it is essential to note that every item in these categories have a different lifecycle and are recycled differently just as the consumer's attitude is different towards upgrading these products. Out of all these products, mobile phones have the shortest life cycle, and people are more reluctant to recycle them well in time. The reason for this is purely based on manufacturers introducing more models every year to gain maximum market share, and just after the launch, the newer improved version is announced. People are reluctant to sell mobile for cash because they are scared of their data getting into wrong hands. Despite thousands of mobile selling sites offering free data removal and making sure the phone is set back to factory settings, a considerable amount of these mobile phones end up in draws. Recycled mobile phones if recycled before it reached the end of its life cycle can be reused, and it will reduce the demand of newer models and eventually will force manufacturers to produce less mobile phones. There is an urgent need to let people know how important it is to trade phones before they become absolute because someone might be able to use the old phones. To gain maximum market share, most of the manufacturers have been fighting and developing all sorts of mobile phones, especially low-end economical smartphones, which are hard to get repaired.  There is no doubt in the fact that governments have taken steps to push manufacturers to introduce mobile phones trade-in programs, but still, there is a lot which needs to be done especially to limit manufacturers producing so many models every year and educating masses about the importance of electronic waste. The life cycle of a typical mobile phone was almost two years back in 2013 to 2015, but now the picture has changed altogether as most of the devices now have a life span of nearly a year. This claim can be witnessed in last one year or so when Apple launched iPhone 8, iPhone x and iPhone XS. There is an urgent need to educate masses to recycle phones as soon as they upgrade so that their old device can be reused. 


You can trade your phone with Rapid Phone buyer without any hesitation as we have been shortlisted as best phone selling site by what mobile based on the quality of service we provide. Due to competition among mobile phone recyclers in the UK, the money for mobile phones is attractive as recyclers fight to get hold of maximum devices. Another way to help the environment would be part exchange phone, like that you will not only be able to get a new mobile phone but also will save money on your original purchase. By reusing old mobile phones, there would be less need for more unique models and will defiantly drop the demand for disposable and cheap more modern smartphones.

If you are looking for the best place to sell old phones and help the environment, you have come to the right place. But if you have a question like “how much is my old mobile phone worth?” please enter your device, and we will provide you with an instant quote.  We are not only experts in old phone recycling but also promise to recycle your mobile ethically. If you have any older models to sell, please check out by clicking the links below to see how much we can offer for them.


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Manufacturers have made it difficult for unauthorised repair shops to repair mobile phones. And due to unavailability of genuine parts its hard to get most of the issues repaired but at the same time, consumers can get their mobile phones repaired from manufacturers authorised repair centres although it was much costly.