PhoneKick, a New Marketplace for Pre-owned Smartphones
Posted by Valerie Lalonde on 11 Jan 2017
Manchester, January, 2017- PhoneKick, recently launched in Manchester, provides Britons with a safer way to buy and sell pre-owned smartphones. In the UK, prior to the release of PhoneKick, there wasn’t a user-driven marketplace completely focused on rehoming mobile phones. PhoneKick was inspired by founder, Billy Gibbs, in a response to this emerging gap and developed by Manchester’s award-winning digital agency, e3creative. The company’s offerings are clear and consist of instantly checking devices to ensure they’re ready to re-home and directly connecting users to make transactions safer and simpler. Gibbs, a UK born millennial enthused by technical trends, explains, from his experience, this service is non-existent and evidently needed.
"If you’re looking to purchase a pre-owned phone, you’re most likely browse on a general marketplace or auction site, since that’s what I’ve done, but there is no assurance with these types of websites. I’ve had parcels arrive and they don’t match the listing’s descriptions or pictures. And when it has, there have been other security concerns, like the phone is bound to outstanding finance, subject to an insurance claim or counterfeit. We’ve even bought a phone that was found to be reported stolen and needed to be handed over to the police. It just becomes a big hassle."
PhoneKick prevents these issues through their advanced background check, shielding people from buying a reported stolen, blocked or compromised device. This intelligent 13-point data check gives complete confidence to buyers resulting in a faster and genuine sale.
PhoneKick, the new web-based marketplace for pre-owned smartphones, equally benefits those looking to sell their mobile, as Gibbs adds:
“PhoneKick, unlike other “quick” buy and sell sites, solely focuses on rehoming phones to prevent sellers from being bombarded with enquiries that fall well below the asking price. This targeted approach is more likely to attract serious buyers, specifically looking to purchase a phone, rather than people just looking for the best deal possible on all types of goods. Another option is to trade your phone in, but this significantly reduces the seller’s cash return."
With PhoneKick, sellers determine what their mobile is worth and have full control over the price. All transactions go through PayPal protecting both buyer and seller. As part of the new website’s launch, the first 200 listings are completely free, thereafter only £1.99 per listing. Plus, PhoneKick does not charge any sales commissions or additional fees.
PhoneKick has been released at the peak of an industry trend, as the market is expected to rise over 50 percent from the year prior.
According to Deloitte Global’s 2016 predictions, consumers will sell outright or trade-in approximately 120 million used smartphones, around the world in 2016, which will generate a market of more than $17 billion USD (£13.8 billion), at an average value of $140 (£114) per device. That’s projected to increase from the 80 million smartphones traded in 2015 with a value of $11billion USD (£9bn). The report further states:
“ We predict at least 10 percent of premium smartphones ($500 or higher) purchased new in 2016 will end up having three or more owners before being retired, and will still be used actively in 2020 or beyond."
To properly launch the platform, PhoneKick is giving away a brand new iPhone 7 Jet-Black limited edition model. There are 6 ways to win, so visit the PhoneKick website to find out more: https://www.phonekick.com/