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Mobile Phone Recycling with Fonebank

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Clubs can make quick and easy money from recycling mobile phones.

Think about how many phones you or your club’s members have lying around that are no longer used.

Clubs can raise anywhere from $500 to $1500 with little or no effort.

It is as simple as collecting phones from members and shipping them off in return for cash.

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Financial Considerations

Quick, Easy Money for Your Club

  • and you’ll be helping the Environment
  • and helping people in Third World Countries
  • How?

    By collecting pre-used mobile phones, tablets and/or ipods and selling them to Fonebank

  • No cost to your organisation
  • No requirement for members to sell anything
  • Minimal time and effort required for potentially significant cash results
  • Four Easy Steps

    1. Appoint
    2. Collect
    3. Send
    4. Bank the cheque!

    Is it Worth it?

    Absolutely. The value of each mobile phone depends on the age and make of the model.
    The newer and smarter the phone – the more money you’ll get for it.

    Values can vary from a few dollars to hundreds.

  • Newer smart phones and tablets iPhones, more than $300.
  • Even non-working phones that can be repaired have value (around half)
  • Mobiles that are a few years old and have limited functionality could still bring your cause between $10 – 20.
  • Old, obsolete and broken phones have no value.

  • A box of 25 working phones could bring your cause from $100 to several thousand dollars. So yes – Definitely worth it.

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    4 Easy Steps to Success

    1. Appoint a coordinator for this fundraiser
    2. The coordinator enthuses your members and supporters. They enthuse their networks and collect phones.
    3. The coordinator boxes the phones and sends them to Fonebank (free courier for 15 or more).
    4. Fonebank checks the phones you sent, enters them in our system and sends you a cheque or online payment for their value. Usually within 48 hours (if you send a lot it might take a bit longer).

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    Right People, Right Phones = Right Result

    For best Results – Ask the Right People

  • Approach businesses and organisations, ask them to donate their surplus phones and/or tablets when they upgrade. Most organisations LIKE to be seen to be supporting their community.

  • Note that where required, Fonebank provides secure erasure of all sensitive company data on the mobile phones.

  • Approach people who like to keep up with the latest technology. Their ‘old’ phones will probably be worth quite a lot.
  • Promote on your website and Facebook page. Twitter etc. Encourage club members to ‘share’ on their Facebook page.
  • For best Results – Collect the ‘right’ sort of Mobile Devices

    The newer and smarter the device – the more money you’ll get for it.

    Values can vary from a few dollars to hundreds.

  • Newer smart phones and tablets, e.g. iPhones, recent Galaxys, more than $300.
  • Even non-working phones that can be repaired have value (around half)
  • Mobiles that are a few years old and have limited functionality could still bring your cause between $10 – 20.
  • Old, obsolete and broken phones have no value.
  • The ‘wrong’ sort?

  • Nothing’s ‘wrong’. But we don’t want you to be disappointed if we have to send a cheque for only a few dollars because the phones you sent were of little or no value. Broken = no value.
  • Phones with aerials or aerial-like knobs are too old to have value.
  • No camera? It might be worth a dollar or two.
  • How much are pre-used phones worth?

    Values are constantly changing due to international exchange rates and demand.

    The value shown on http://www.fonebank.com.au on the date Fonebank receives the mobiles will be what your club gets to help fund your cause.

    Go to http://www.fonebank.com.au to see the value of various makes and models.

    How do I define Working, Non-working, Broken?

    A Working phone must:

  • Switch on and off (Flat battery? We’ll check with a charged battery).
  • Be complete with battery and back cover
  • Have no missing parts
  • Not have cracks in the body part or lens

    A Non-working phone must:

  • Not be crushed
  • Not be broken in half
  • Not be bent
  • Not have liquid damage
  • Have no integral parts missing or detached.

  • Broken? If a phone is broken it has no value.
    However we will ensure it is recycled according to Australian recycling guidelines standard.

    Lets do This! How to get Started

    Either:

  • Just go ahead. Collect 15 or more devices, box them up, phone (1 80067 20 50) or email Fonebank sales@fonebank.com.au with club name, contact details, courier pick-up address, package weight and dimensions and we’ll arrange a courier.
  • or
  • Give Fonebank a call (1 80067 20 50) or email. (Ask for Sam or Joan). They have a range of promotional collateral and ideas that can be emailed to you to be customised to help you promote your club and this Fonebank fundraising project.
  • Packing them Up

    Send the handset with the battery still inside the phone. Don’t send chargers or accessories.

    Select a sturdy box or carton of a suitable size. Line it with bubble-wrap.

    Layer the phones with a layer of bubble wrap, protective foam or several layers of newspaper between each layer. Repeat layers until the box is full – but DON’T overfill.

    If the box includes a tablet, pieces of strong card above and below will protect it from damage.

    If the box isn’t full, please put in additional packing (bubble wrap or scrunched up paper) to ensure the phones don’t rattle around.

    Then just call us on 1-800 67 20 50 and we’ll arrange the courier.

    Environmental Considerations

    Re-Used

    Working mobile phones are refurbished and re-used in developing countries.
    In many of these countries fixed landlines can be expensive or simply not available. Second hand mobiles are an affordable means of communication that help businesses to run more efficiently and families to stay in touch more easily.

    Most phones that come to Fonebank are working or non-working but able to be repaired, so are re-used.

    Recycled

    We ensure that any broken and obsolete mobiles we receive are safely recycled according to Australian recycling guidelines.

    Environment - Aiming for zero landfill

    Protecting our environment is important to us.

    Most of the mobile devices we receive are destined to be re-used. However we ensure that any broken and obsolete mobiles we receive are safely recycled according to Australian recycling guidelines.

    Recycling minimises solid and hazardous waste going to landfill and leeching toxins into our waterways. It enables components such as precious metals to be extracted and re-used. It reduces the need to use raw materials for the manufacture of new products, thus saving natural resources.

    Data Removal

    There are two levels of data removal.

    1. Restore the phone to its original factory settings.

    Go to www.fonebank.com.au and select ‘Data Removal’ for instructions relevant to the make and model of your mobile phone. Remove and destroy the SIM card and any memory card.
    Restoring factory settings does not guarantee that critical data contained can never be recovered by other parties. This means that, for some organisations and individuals, mobile phones and tablets are being physically destroyed, resulting in lost opportunities for recovery of the often substantial value of second hand phones, product life extension (great for carbon savings) and a chance to do good.

    2. Secure erasure of sensitive data option.

    When approaching businesses and some organisations it’s important that you can let them know that Fonebank offers an option for certified erasure of:

  • Commercially
  • Legally
  • Politically
  • Ethically and
  • Financially sensitive data
  • About Fonebank

    Fonebank is one of the world’s leading recyclers of mobile phones, established in the UK in 2003, expanding into Croatia, France, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Spain and Sweden and now here in Australia.

    As part of the Corporate Mobile Recycling Ltd (UK, 2003) Fonebank brand stable we purchase and recycle surplus and redundant mobile phones, tablet and ipods.

    The phones are sold offshore, refurbished, then on-sold at affordable rates to people in Third World countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    Fonebank Australia's offices are in Malvern, Melbourne.

    Disclaimer

    This procedure should be treated as a guide only. Your club should seek advice specific to the needs of your club and event. Seek further details from authorities and service providers; especially in regards to insurance, licences, permits, spectator and participant safety.

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