These days mobile phones are seen as a necessity rather than a luxury. We don’t just use them to make calls or send texts anymore, but to update our Facebook, read the news, browse the web, send emails, edit documents, play games and keep track of our finances.
All these extra features have pushed the cost of a mobile phone through the roof. Take the iPhone 5 for example; it starts from $800 reaching up to almost $1,050 for the most expensive model. Research also suggests that the average cost of owning a mobile is topping $600 per year.
It’s easy to see that keeping up with the latest tech can be incredibly expensive, but did you know that by making money off your old mobile phone, you could keep those costs to a minimum?
With the modern smartphone now dominating the market, millions of people around the world have access to apps and use them on a daily basis. If you’re quick to learn, you might fancy developing your very own app and selling it on Google Play or the App Store. Although it’s quite unlikely that you’ll be the creator of the next Twitter or Instagram, you should be able to pocket a few pennies to put towards your next top of the mobile.
It’s not just developing apps that can make money, but using them can also earn you a bit of spare cash. In some cases you don’t even have to go out of your way as many of them offer rewards for stuff you already do, such as shop.
Quidco has a free app, which allows its users to earn money and rewards as they spend. However, the most interesting feature has to be its ‘check-in’, which means that you can start pocketing cash just by walking down the High Street – you won’t have to spend a penny.
Don’t think that it’s just fancy new smartphones that can earn you cash, your old mobile phones can too. It is thought that there are more unused mobile phones lying around in the UK than people – yes, 90 million mobiles are just waiting to be sold and make you money.
Websites such as Music Magpie allow people to send in their old mobile phone for cold, hard cash. It’s really simple to do and takes almost no time at all, so what are you waiting more?
You won’t even have to spend any money on getting your mobile recycled as most companies have freepost addresses.
If you want to sell Nokia C3 handsets or other outdated mobiles, get online and see how much they could be worth. Don’t forget that the mobile you’re sending in has to belong to you as companies will not accept stolen goods.
Although the cost of new technology may be emptying out your bank accounts, there are many different ways for you to make money from your mobile phone. Before you splash out on a new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy SIII, cash in on your old one.