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.
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.
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.