PhoneKick’s founder, Billy Gibbs, is a UK-born millennial enthused by technical trends. He’s noticed an emerging gap in the mobile marketplace and aims to solve it by introducing an online platform that thoroughly checks pre-owned mobile phones, and connects buyers with sellers to make pre-owned safer and more available.
New generations of our favourite phones are constantly being released, and if you’re anything like us, then you’re always keen for the upgrade, but what if your current phone is still in good working order? Should you hold back? That’s a common situation nowadays and the exact dilemma that prompted the inspiration of PhoneKick. Sure, there are existing sites that allow you to profit as you pass your second-hand belongings along, although they’re not exclusively tailored to phones. From our experience, the people on these websites are shopping for all types of goods, hoping to find the best deal possible, so the seller is often bombarded with tons of offers that fall well below their asking price.
The PhoneKick team has also faced issues buying mobile phones from these “quick” buy and sell sites. We’ve had packages arrive where the product doesn’t match the listing’s pictures or description. And when it has, there have been other security concerns, like the phone is bound to outstanding finance or subject to an insurance claim. We’ve even bought a phone that was reported stolen and needed to be handed over to UK police.
Another option is to trade your phone back to the network, but this significantly reduces seller’s profitability. Based on all of the above, we’ve come to the realisation a better place is needed for buying and selling secondhand phones.
Who does Phonekick suit?
Buying a mobile phone involves tons of choices. First, there’s the famous Apple vs. Samsung debate and then there’s all the specs to consider, like how much memory do you need? What size screen is sufficient? What’s the battery life or camera quality like for each model? The list goes on. But before all of that, budget tends to come into play and has a way of dictating the rest. That’s why re-homing pre-owned phones is becoming increasingly popular and is prompting more people to consider the buying new vs. old question.
If you can answer yes to any of the questions below, then you’re in the right place to buy pre-owned.
Do you want a fully functional phone for less money?
Are you buying this mobile for a child or young relative?
Do you keep breaking your phone?
Have you lost your phone?
Are you hoping to avoid paying your phone off monthly with a contract?
Will this be your first mobile?
Do you need a second mobile for traveling, work or personal reasons?
Do you collect phones?
Are looking to prevent electronic waste?
Do you love a certain model that you can’t find anymore?
Do you develop mobile apps, websites or software and need a testing device?
Are you wanting a quality phone, but aren’t too fussed about the newest releases?
Are you currently locked out of your phone?
If you’re visiting our website as a seller, visit the seller’s portal to find out if PhoneKick is the best option for you.