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  • Which? calls for operators to unlock handsets FOR FREE!

    Unlocked?? Unlocked??

    "Mobile phones are an essential part of daily life for many people and consumers shouldn't be locked into contracts that do not suit their usage," said Which? executive director Richard Lloyd.

    Ever found it a bit frustrating when you come to the end of a phone contract and STILL have to pay out to get your handset unlocked? Which? are on the case for you! The consumer watchdog is calling for networks to automatically unlock handsets for free upon completion of a contract period.

    The systems at the moment mean your new contract smartphone is locked to the network automatically from the contract start date, meaning you can only use a SIM from that network in the device. If you want to change to a different provider at the end of your contract, you'll typically have to a) request that your current provider unlocks the device, and b) pay a fee for it.

    Which? argues consumers have paid for the handset fair and square during the duration of the contract, meaning it's unethical to retain network preference once the contract is over.

    Want to know more about a future where you can unlock handsets for free? Head to Telegraph Tech for more info.
  • Oh Hello, New Money4Machines Website!

    Goodbye, old friend! Goodbye, old friend!

    After mere months of planning, we're elated - elated, we tell you - to launch the new Money4Machines website! 

    Our clever web designers have done brilliantly in creating something that's super-easy for you to use, even on those sad, slow laptops and smart devices you want to trade in! 

    The new format means it's more straightforward than ever to look up your device, give us a few details about its condition and find out what we could offer as quickly as possible. The whole process has been streamlined to make Money4Machines services faster, simpler and more awesome than ever! 

    Don't forget to follow us on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and Instagram for tech news, updates and fun stuff!
  • CompareMyMobile Crown Stratford-upon-Avon as the UK Town Most Likely to Recycle Their Old Electronics

    Mobile phone and gadget recycling has seen a huge boost over the last few years. With advertising campaigns, and organisations, pushing for consumer attitudes to become more than environmentally-friendly - we all know we should be a bit greener, and that we have the means to do this.

    Old electronics in landfill can leak toxic chemicals into our land, which could even be harmful to our health. So it seems logical that these gadgets would be much better off being recycled – to go on and have a second life in the UK, or abroad offering a means of communication in a developing country.

    But, a new study from gadget recycling comparison engine, CompareMyMobile, shows Continue reading →

  • How to Make Sure You Get the Most Cash for an Old Gadget

    If you don’t know too much about mobile phone and gadget recycling, trading in your old tech can seem like an extremely complicated and frustrating task – but we’re here to assure you that it really doesn’t have to be.

    Making sure you get the most cash for your phone, tablet, games console or any other old electronic is actually really easy. That’s what this post is all about – breaking it down into simple steps and making sure you get the right price using sites offering phones for cash services.

    Make sure it’s in good condition

    This might sound like a simple one, but the condition of your phone will definitely affect the cash you receive for an old handset. This means that from the world ‘go’, getting some form of protective case for your latest pride and joy is always a good idea.

    Continue reading →

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite Announced

    Following months and months of little titbits sneaking out of the Samsung camp, the Korean firm finally announced the existence of a new budget 7-inch tablets - the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

    Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, the tablet is set to rival the deluge of cheap tablets that flooded the market in late 2013.

    So, what do you get for your budget price tag? Android Jelly Bean 4.2, NO front facing camera, 2MP rear camera, 1024 x 600 resolution, Wi-Fi and 3G variations and black or white colour options. Interested? We'll keep you posted so you can sell tablet devices to us and fund a delicious upgrade!

    Read more over at Digital Spy.

     

     

  • BlackBerry Loses Half of its Trade-in Volume in 2013, as Brand Resale Values Fall

    When you hear the words ‘BlackBerry’ and ‘2013’ in the same sentence, many probably wouldn’t blame you for also fitting the word ‘disaster’ in there somewhere.

    The manufacturer saw disappointing sales of its new flagship Z10 and Q10 smartphones - which eventually led to a huge slash in production - cut over 40 percent of its staff and was almost sold to its biggest shareholder Fairfax Financial Holdings for £3 million.

    Then again it wasn’t all doom and gloom. The launch of BBM for Android and iOS was hugely successful (when they finally launched it) – seeing over 10 million downloads within 24 hours of being released. And the company isn’t selling now after all, although we’re still not sure whether that’s a good or a bad thing just yet.

    Despite a few last minute 2013 highs, BlackBerry’s tough year is still hugely obvious in the trade-in market according to a new report from gadget recycling comparison site CompareMyMobile.

    The Mobile Phone and Tablet Market Report (2013-2014 Edition) shows that BlackBerry lost over half of its mobile trade-in volume in 2013 – going from making up an average of 18.9 percent of all trade-ins on the site in Q1 to just 9.93 percent in Q4.The only other mobile phone brand to lose trade-in value this year was Nokia, which only dropped by 0.51 percent.

    Two BlackBerry devices – the Curve 8520 and the Curve 9300 - are still in the list of the top ten most traded-in phones on CompareMyMobile, but even these have seen a loss in the percentage of trade-ins, losing 4.35 percent and 2.48 percent of their trade-in share respectively between January and December this year.

    Experts from the site say this report could reflect BlackBerry’s hard year, with recycling companies even reducing re-sale values – potentially because it is harder to sell the devices through exit routes.

    BlackBerry’s Z10, one of its flagship smartphone devices of 2013, actually lost £215/68.25 percent of its resale value throughout the year – going from £315 to £100 – the biggest loss out of all smartphones on CompareMyMobile in 2013.

     CompareMyMobile’s report does show that the Z10 wasn’t the only device released this year to lose value though. Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is second in the list of depreciating devices, having lost £161 from Q1 to Q4 2013.

    BlackBerry is higher in the list of top mobile phone brands losing the most value though – having lost 44.66 percent over the year, seeing a particularly big loss of 40.62 percent in Q4 alone, which the site say is unusual. However this could be due to lack of significant releases from the manufacturer in the later part of the year.

    Interestingly the report does also show that a BlackBerry device is the number one most valuable smartphone on CompareMyMobile – due to its luxury brand connections. The BlackBerry Porsche Design P9981 saw a high resale value of £500, the highest on the site, to even beat Apple’s new flagship iPhone 5S which saw a top value of £480.

    This technically makes BlackBerry the most valuable mobile phone brand on the site, although experts do point out that this is due to the Porsche Design P9981 handset only, as oppose to the second and third most valuable brands, Apple and Samsung, who’s top values are supporting by the brand’s flagship devices from 2013.

     From the numbers here it seems fairly certain that BlackBerry’s tough year has had an impact on the mobile phone trade-in market, suggesting that there is not so much demand for BlackBerry devices in the second hand market.

    But does this forecast the end of success for BlackBerry smartphones? If the manufacturer doesn’t release impressive, high-end devices this year - then it could well do. 

     

    Sami Colenutt writes for CompareMyMobile and is a gadget lover from the South Coast of the UK - usually seen with an Android phone in one hand and a notebook in the other.

  • Rare Materials Could Push Up the Cost of Gadgets

    broken_phoneOne of the reasons we do what we do is that we hate waste. Why not help you sell used mobile phones and gadgets to a) make you a bit of cash to upgrade, and b) prolong the life of your unwanted but fully working electronics.

    And it seems we're not alone. According to scientists at University College London, the global tech market is too reliant on freshly unearthed rare materials like the precious metals inside every smartphone. There may only be trace amounts needed, but those small measures add up!

    A recent article from BBC Tech warned the cost of new gadgets could creep up as rare material supplies run low. But that's pretty good news for you because it means your used iPhone could be worth even more in the future!

  • Sony PSP and Xbox 360 lose over half of their trade-in value in 2013 as next-gen games consoles hit the UK market

    The last two weeks has seen both Microsoft and Sony release hugely impressive next-gen consoles – with the PlayStation 4 taking the title as the fastest-selling games console of all time in the UK. It’s an exciting time for gamers, but just spare a thought for all those old, unused consoles which are now bound to be left behind - in drawers, under desks and potentially losing value.

    By losing value we’re referring to re-sale value in the console trade-in market – how much money people can get for their old pride and joys! The fact is that the longer those consoles are left in cupboards, the more value they can lose – in fact a survey of recycle stores shows that some devices are depreciating extremely quickly.

    For example the PSP, PSP Go and PlayStation 3 are the Sony consoles losing value most quickly – depreciating by 72 percent, 45 percent and 44 percent respectively. While the Xbox 360, 360 Slim and 360 Elite have lost 51 percent, 40 percent and 33 percent in value respectively since January this year.

     This is all according to research by leading gadget trade-in comparison site CompareMyMobile – however experts from the site still say you can make plenty of money from selling old consoles if you research the right way to do it.

    The site did a mystery shop of three online options for trading in an old console in the UK, comparing prices of the most traded-in Microsoft and Sony devices. 

    Results found that consumers can still get a good amount of money for old consoles, despite the obvious value drops this year. Experts suggest that you may be able to get more money for an old device by listing consoles on a site like eBay or Gumtree, where you can decide how much you want people to pay for it – however, this isn’t a guaranteed sale as it is when you decide to use a trade-in site, so it’s best to have a think about what works best for you.

    According to prices on CompareMyMobile in late November (it should be noted that live prices are updated on the site every 15 minutes) consumers were still able to get as much as 85 GBP for an old Sony Vita WiFi + 3G or up to 65 GBP from an Xbox 360 Slim 250GB.

    So, seeing as consumers can still make a healthy pocketful of cash, the site say it’s even more important for people to investigate how to properly dispose of old electronics.

    Research conducted by Asda and Omnibus Polling suggested that there are as many as 12 million unused, old games consoles in the UK, which is concerning when you consider that as little as 10 percent of electronics are actually recycled. UK gamers are potentially just sitting on millions of pounds worth of consoles. 

    From an environmental point of view this isn’t great either. The parts that make up electronics are often made of materials which can be incredible toxic – and, if simply thrown away into landfill, can leak into an environment that we really need to keep clean. Research has shown that toxic chemicals in electronics such as Lead, Cadmium and Bromine can be hugely dangerous to human health – so it’s important to keep them out of our environment, to keep them out of our bloodstream.

    It really seems like a no-brainer, when you think about it – by selling old games consoles you can walk away with a heavier wallet and the knowledge that you’ve kept some dangerous elements out of landfill. But the evidence is clear, you’ll get more money if you trade-in as soon as possible, however you choose to sell your old tech. Keep an eye on those prices!

    Sami Colenutt is a gadget lover from the South Coast of the UK - usually seen with an Android phone in one hand and a notebook in the other.

  • Is the Google Nexus 5 the Ultimate Android Smartphone?

    Image c/o Tech Radar

    Here at Money4Machines HQ, we're pretty divided on the whole OS thing. There's the iOS corner, the Android overlords and the weirdo Windows Phone fans!

    If you're an Android fanatic, it might be worth taking a look at the new Google Nexus 5. Lock up your daughters, sell your mobile, it's time to upgrade!

    The Nexus 4 was a pretty neat little thing. We even saw some of you crazy folks switching camps from Apple to Android for it! And the new Nexus 5 (built by LG) is something of a development based on the popularity of the Nexus 4.

    According to the delightful folks over at Tech Radar, the Nexus 5 is similar (in good ways!) to the LG G2. Both have superhero strength processors - 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 - alongside full HD displays and 4G technology.

    Want to see what else the newest poster device for Android has? Head over to Tech Radar for the full story.
  • Blackberry is Making a Big Handset

    Some folks love a brick in their hands (we're talking to you, Samsung Note fans!) The phablet market is big business and it looks like Blackberry want in on the action.

    According to BBC Tech, the Blackberry z30 will be the firm's biggest smartphone, to date, with a 5inch screen and battery with a 48 hour life.

    Would you sell your Samsung Note for a Blackberry Z30?

    There are plenty of folks out there who want to sell mobile handsets to move up the ladder to something like and iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S4, so will anyone want to buy the Blackberry Z30?

    Read more on the discussion about whether Blackberry is in decline on BBC Tech.

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