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Why Choose Us

We offer a Fair price

Unlike other recycling companies, we give you the price you're quoted and we won't reduce your value if your device meets our condition criteria.

It's 100% Free!

Shipping back to us is 100% FREE, whether you're taking your device to the post office or arranging a home collection, it's still Free!

We pay Fast

So fast that If we receive and test your device before 2pm then we'll pay you on the same day.

Follow these simple steps...


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SEARCH
Choose your category or use our handy search to find your device. Provide some details about the storage, network and condition to get your no-obligation quote..

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SELL
Complete your trade-in and package your device carefully. We suggest using bubble wrap to add that extra layer of protection during transit.

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SEND
Send your device back to us. Either take your package to the local Post Office or arrange a Royal Mail home collection.

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SPEND
Once we've received and tested your device, we'll process your payment and it should be with you the same day.

Customer Reviews Our latest Reviews from customers

Very pleased

Very pleased with my cash. Got my quote from the site for £125. Sent the phone with the free label. A Read More

Bobby (Capernwray, Carnforth)

Fast and easy

Couldn’t fault them. Told me what I needed to do and was so easy to get paid. Thumbs up

Kyle greaseman

Would use again

I used musicMagpie in the past but thought I’d try TechOctipus this time. Quick to test my mobile and paid Read More

Jennifer long (Cannock)

Better than expected

I sold my mobile a week ago and I’ve already received the money. Kept me updated along the way and Read More

Harry McCarthy (Swansea)

Did what it said on the tin

Got what I expected and payment into my account. Could have been faster if I’d have sent my phone back Read More

George S (London)

Very quick *****

Excellent company - any queries dealt with quickly and professionally.

Annette Bloom (Stoke)

Very easy process

Will use again - thank you.

Liam Huffy (Manchester)

Fabulous!

Amazing customer service! Very helpful :)

Joanna Smyth (Glasgow)

Excellent experience

From start to end, great experience of dealing with this company. No issues, money arrived fast. Will definitely use again.

David Wilkes (Leeds)

Excellent!! :)

Got quoted a price, posted back a few days later. Tested a day after that, then money in my account Read More

Pamela Green (Priors Halton, Ludlow)

Fast & Reliable

Looked at a few other recycling places but had poor experiences with a few before. Thought I'd try techoctopus and Read More

Paul H (Bolton)

So easy and a good price

Got the price I expected and didn't cost me a penny. Was going to sell on eBay but couldnt be Read More

Shell Mather (Walton-le-Dale, Preston)

No problems

Postage label and instructions were easy. Sent my mobile off and got paid in a few days.

Russell G (Calcutt, Knaresborough)

So quick and easy

Got paid nearly £200 for my old iPhone by these guys. fast payment into my account. would recommend

Charlie Blakemore (Coddington, Newark)

Popular Questions

When you complete your sale with us, we'll send you an email with instructions on how to send your device back. Please ensure that you check your SPAM/Junk folder in case the email ends up there.

We provide two options for returning your item. You can either take this to the Post Office or arrange a Royal Mail home collection.

If you're not sure on what to do or don't receive an email from us, please get in touch with us at info@thetechoctopus.com and we'll be happy to help.

Selling a phone to us is 100% FREE!

That means you won't pay for the postage to send back to us. whether you're taking your device to the post office or arranging a home collection, it's still Free!.

It's totally risk-free!

If you wish to further protect your device on its way back to us, you can pay an additional fee for insurance such as Royal Mail Special Delivery where your package is insured up to £500. We recommend using this service for items valued over £100 but it's your choice.

Once we receive your device then this will go through our assessment process where it's condition and functionality is tested.

  • If everything is ok and it meets all of the criteria set out in the condition description and our terms, then this will be paid on the very same day.
  • If we find any issues with the device or it does not meet the condition description or our terms, you will be notified by email and SMS that you need to accept or reject a revised offer.

Once payment is ready to be made, this will be sent to your account on the very same day (if processed or accepted before 2pm)

It usually takes 24-48 hours to clear in your account, but this may differ based on who you bank with.

Yes, when we receive and test your device all of the data/information will be deleted.

We use industry leading data-wipe software from PhoneCheck and this cannot be recovered once deleted.

Please ensure that you backup your data or transfer to another device or the cloud before sending your device to us.

Yes, we buy devices in various conditions. See below our condition types:

Pristine

  • The device powers on and is fully functional.
  • No damage such as smashed screen, chips, cracks, dents, scuffs, LCD damage, camera lens or missing parts.
  • No issues with the software or hardware.
  • All buttons, touch ID, face ID, NFC, Wi-fi, Bluetooth work correctly.
  • Standard UK model with original software and not been modified or jail broken.
  • Battery health of the device is above 80%.
  • No water/liquid damage.
  • No marks or scratches - Looks like a new device

Good

  • The device powers on and is fully functional.
  • No major damage such as smashed screen, chips, cracks, dents, scuffs, LCD damage, camera lens or missing parts.
  • No issues with the software or hardware.
  • All buttons, touch ID, face ID, NFC, Wi-fi, Bluetooth work correctly.
  • Standard UK model with original software and not been modified or jail broken.
  • Battery health of the device is above 80%.
  • No water/liquid damage.
  • A few minor scratches is acceptable.

Poor

  • The device powers on and is fully functional.
  • No major damage such as smashed screen, chips, cracks, dents, scuffs, LCD damage, camera lens or missing parts.
  • No issues with the software or hardware.
  • All buttons, touch ID, face ID, NFC, Wi-fi, Bluetooth work correctly.
  • Standard UK model with original software and not been modified or jail broken.
  • Battery health of the device is above 80%.
  • No water/liquid damage.
  • Multiple light scratches and normal wear and tear is acceptable.

Faulty

  • The device must Power on.
  • Any major damage such as smashed screen, chips, cracks, dents, scuffs, LCD damage, deep scratches, camera lens or missing parts.
  • There are issues with the software or hardware.
  • Any buttons, touch ID, face ID, NFC, Wi-fi, Bluetooth do not work correctly.
  • We only accept Standard UK models with original software that has not been modified or jail broken.
  • Any signs of water/liquid damage.
  • Heavy scratches and signs of moderate wear and tear.

We DO NOT accept devices that do not meet the criteria above.

Find out more about our testing process.

Our 14-Day price guarantee ensures that the price you're quoted on the website is 'Locked' for 14 days, meaning if prices drop (which they sometimes do) you will still receive the original value. Please ensure that your device reaches us before the 14 days expire or we can't guarantee that this price wont drop.

All of our devices go through certified diagnostics using PhoneCheck, an industry leading software provider that ensures any issues and defects are identified as part of the testing process.

If you want to see how we test, please find out more.

Trade in your mobile phone using a Fast, Free and Fair recycling service

The Tech Octopus are the Fast, Free and Fair way to sell or recycle your second-hand used mobile phone. Our mission is to reduce the global e-waste problem that technology contributes towards, and provide a simple process for customers to get extra cash for old smartphones and other devices.


We take the hassle out of recycling your iPhone or Samsung mobile by offering a quote in less than 30 seconds, a Free pre-paid label, Insured and protected delivery, and a same-day payment service into a bank or PayPal account.


Mobiles and other technology depreciate in value each month, so we aim to provide a competitive price for your unwanted devices that we'll guarantee for 14 days. If you want to get the best price for your mobile, make sure you trade-in today to ensure you get the most value.


Our team are passionate about providing 5-star service and a great customer experience. If you want to see how our process works or want to know more about the Tech Octopus and our values, please read more.


Thinking "how much is my old phone worth"?

Selling a smartphone can be quite scary for some people. There's lots of reasons why there's still more than 50 million devices still sitting in peoples drawers that could potentially be traded in for cash. The more recent phones like the iPhone 12 or iPhone 13 still hold a lot of value as they're popular devices tat can be used for years to come. But even older and mobiles like Galaxy S20 or the iPhone X can generate some extra cash that can be used to upgrade to a new or more recent device.


Whether you're looking to sell the Latest iPhone 14 series or have a mobile that's a few generations old such as the iPhone 11 range, we can offer you a great price.


We'll even buy Damaged or faulty phones. Read our damaged phones guide to find out more.


Why should I sell my iPhone or Samsung with The Tech Octopus?

Giving customers a world class service that can be trusted is important to us. We have plenty of reasons why selling with us today can benefit your pocket but also help to fuel the re-sale market by putting affordable mobiles back into circulation.


Here's some of the reasons why customers choose to sell their old mobile with us:


  • It's 100% free - Shipping back to us is FREE!
  • We pay fast - So fast that If we receive and test your device before 2pm then we'll pay you on the same day.
  • We'll lock your price - When you sell your device to us today we'll guarantee your price for 14 days.
  • No hidden fees or costs - When you sell with us, it won't cost you a penny. Unlike online marketplaces, we don't charge you a fee when you sell.
  • We care about the environment - By recycling your tech with us, you're stopping technology from ending up in landfill. We'll plant a tree for every mobile we purchase.

Want to see more reasons to sell with us.

See our customer reviews and find out what people have to say about recycling their used devices with us.


Recycle and help the environment

We truly care about sustainability and the re-use of mobile devices, helping to promote a circular economy. Every device that is sold, refurbished and put back into circulation, means it's one less device that could make its way to landfill. Customers are becoming a lot more aware of the global e-waste concerns, and at The Tech Octopus, we're very committed to pushing the environmental agenda.


We're working with 'More Tress' who align with our values by helping us to offset the carbon footprint that technology has on our planet. We're pledging to plant a tree for every mobile device that we purchase. Want to know more about how you can sell your phone, plant a tree, and save the planet.


It's so easy to get cash for your mobile phone

Providing an easy and hassle-free experience for selling your phone is important to us. That's why we've simplified our process into 4 steps:


  1. Search - Find your device by selecting your category or use our handy search
  2. Sell - Complete your sale and package your phone carefully
  3. Send - Ship your device back to us for FREE
  4. Spend - Wait for your money to land in your account

Do you have more questions about the process or what happens once you've sold? See our FAQs for further information.