About Us

Welcome to the blog at BoomerangBuyBack. Here we will do our best to keep you informed off all things gadget and gadget recycling related. We hope you will find our posts either interesting, helpful or both.

Head over to our main page to find out how much your old gadgets are worth. We buy all sorts of electronics like smart phones, tablets, digital cameras and game consoles. It doesn’t matter if it is new, used or broken. If it is worth anything, we will buy it from you! Our goal is to keep those gadgets moving as much as possible and make it as easy as possible for you to do so.
Blog 
March 23, 2015 11:20 by blog@BoomerangBuyBack

How many of you got a chance to see Boomerang Buyback on the Morning Show the other week? We managed to find a clip so check it out! Remember - we buy more than just phones! Anything from laptops, cameras, game consoles to tablets and camera lenses - Boomerang Buyback has you covered!

http://www.9jumpin.com.au/show/mornings/videos/4075364556001/



It looks like we won’t necessarily have to wait until September to find out what Samsung has up its sleeve regarding the Galaxy Note III. A Samsung insider has officially confirmed what the upcoming specs will be to “Business Daily” – here’s what we know so far.

 photo Samsung-sees-smartphone-average-selling-price-down-in-Q3-due-to-cheaper-models_zps2b1c8f0f.jpg

The Galaxy Note III will have a 5.7” display, it will contain 3GB of RAM and will run Android 4.3 – Jelly Bean. According to the unnamed insider, the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset and will support the latest 4G standard – 4G LTE-A.

We should expect to find out the availability dates and pricing come September when Samsung holds its press event in Berlin.

Remember, most carriers in Australia are now 4G ready, so if you’re still holding on to an older Samsung model, perhaps now is the time to trade up – and there’s no better place to sell that galaxy note II than right here at Boomerang Buyback!



Vodafone has definitely stepped up this time. Turned on in mid-June, this has been years in the making and boy does it perform! In certain areas, speeds have been clocked as high as 100mbps down and 34mbps up – making it a fair amount faster than the competition in Australia.

You probably all remember the issues Vodafone had with coverage last year – it looks like the storm is over and Vodafone is definitely back on track to rebuilding a hugely successful brand. Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Newcastle and Wollongong are currently set for 4G with more coming very soon.

Remember, if you’re looking to upgrade to a new 4G compatible handset, sell your old iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S to Boomerang Buyback and get yourself prepared for a lightning-fast data experience.

 

 photo Vodafone-4G-Ready_zpsdfe93342.jpg



Sometimes in life, we forget things – we forget to stay in touch with friends or family, we forget to lock the front door when we leave, we even forget about the valuable electronic devices stashed away in our drawers.

Here at Boomerang Buyback, we care about the forgotten devices. We want to make sure that your devices are going to a place that will make the most of them, to make sure a new home is found and to make sure the world is a cleaner and greener place because of it; to Boomerang Buyback. We understand the rapid changes that are taking place in the technology industry and we understand the need to upgrade to the latest and greatest model. We make sure to give you the best possible value for your old devices so you’re one step closer to your next purchase while also maintaining a positive, green outcome.

Boomerang Buyback also supports the Heart Kids charity. We have recently introduced a section on our website which will allow you to donate 100% of your trade-in value directly to Heart Kids.

Join us and help make the world a cleaner and brighter place, and help to give children the second chance they deserve.

 photo HeartKids_LOGO_High_Quality_zps7656cf71.jpg

 



Have you ever wondered what happens to your old cellphone when you're trading up for a brand new one? It turns out, they often end up on the streets of developing nations such as India and rural China, where the residents lack the necessary skills and knowledge to recycle them properly. Instead, they burn the components to extract the precious metals and in doing so, release toxic smoke into the atmosphere and heavier metals into the environment.

A Harvard undergraduate saw this as a serious issue and decided she was going to create something called a Bicyclean - it's basically a pedal-powered grindstone that destroys complete circuit boards within a polycarbonate enclosure. This captures the dust, separates the precious metals from the non-precious and keeps the air clean and toxin free - incredibly useful in a country where recycling is still an almost unheard of concept.

Boomerang Buyback are a green company too - so make sure you stand with us and help to keep the world clean, green and sustainable!


 photo bicyclean_zpsb634545a.jpg

 



It seems like every few weeks, we hear some new rumor coming from the Apple rumor mill. Low-cost iPhones have definitely been on the cards for sometime now, but recently a couple of images have surfaced showing what is supposedly the back cover of one of the iPhones. They seem to come in a range of colors - green, red, yellow, pink and black. 

 photo gsmarena_001_zps45d82ac3.jpg

Apple has done some amazing things in the past with their phone range and as long as they can keep the quality consistent across the board, this will be a fantastic idea. They'll be able to tap into the overseas markets such as India and South-East Asia on a massive scale. What kind of price do you think they will need to look at to stay competitive with the incredibly popular Samsung Galaxy Range? What do you think they'll need to miss out on in order to keep the cost down? A 2.0mp camera perhaps? Lower resolution screen? We'll have to leave the ball in Apple's court with this one - but it will be really interesting to see.



 photo dps_banner_zpsff0c5e9e.gif

It's an exciting time for all of us here - Boomerang Buyback and Derinya Primary School have partnered up for a brand new Technology Fundraising Program. The aim is to teach students about the importance of recycling while reducing the amount of eWaste that ends up in our landfills every year.

This program will run from Friday the 21st of June until Friday the 26th of July 2013 and is completely open to students, parents, families and friends.

http://www.derinya.vic.edu.au/?page_id=3651 

You can help too - recycle your old gadgets at http://www.boomerangbuyback.com.au and turn your trash into cash!

 photo Boomerang_Logo1_zps1d892a9e.png



As the WWDC is wrapping up, a few of us are left a little bit disheartened. Don't get me wrong - there were some pretty awesome things announced by Apple, but overall I was expecting a little more, as I'm sure plenty of other people were.

If you haven't had the chance to see what was revealed, here's what we've got -

An iTunes Radio Service, which is set to compete with the likes of Pandora and Spotify. A new version of Mac OSX, which takes a step away from the "cats" theme and now features a "California" theme...meet OSX Mavericks. It introduces a few new things, including iBooks and Apple Maps for the desktop. We have a new Mac Pro (which is a pretty awesome looking piece of equipment). It's only 1/8th the size of the previous Mac Pro and features an interesting tubular design - it basically looks like a small time capsule with ports. We have new MacBook Airs which have had a pretty big upgrade - now featuring the famed "Haswell" processors which assist the OS in battery management, adding an extra couple of hours to the life of each model.

Then, my personal favourite highlight of the conference was the much-anticipated iOS 7. A LOT of changes here guys - the whole interface has been revamped (the unlock screen now resembles an Android interface), the icons have moved away from the 3D look that they once had, Siri now checks Google, Facebook, Twitter and Bing - I could go on for a while. In short, EVERYTHING has changed. I have to admit, it does look pretty cool (even for someone who is somewhat less than a fan of Android).

What we missed? We heard nothing of a low-cost iPhone, nothing of the 5S, no talk of an iWatch or updated Apple TV - but hey, just like the iOS 6 & iPhone 5, Apple might meet us there with the 5S. Who knows; they are still a mystery to me.

When the (potentially) impending release of the iPhone 5S, make sure you're getting ready to send your old iPhone 4S/iPhone 5 in to Boomerang Buyback so we can give help you on your way to the new phone you couldn't possibly live without.

http://www.boomerangbuyback.com.au



It looks like Sony has some really serious competition this year - on November 21st, 2013 - the Xbox One will be released in the USA, UK and European markets (and hopefully Australia very shortly after). But not only is it quick to market - it's priced at $499 for the entire bundle!! That includes the console with a 500GB HDD, Wireless Controller, Kinect and 2 weeks of Xbox Live Gold membership. Okay, $499 might sound a bit hefty on the surface - but remember that when the PS3 and Xbox 360 came out, they were priced in the $700 range, so this is massive!

Microsoft has really stepped up this time - Sony has yet to announce pricing, a release date - we have yet to see the console itself! At this stage, lagging behind is really not a good idea - especially since MS had the 360 out nearly a year before the PS3 last time.

Who do you think is going to win this generations console war? Will Sony catch up or will Microsoft dominate? Make sure you catch the E3 conference this year to see how much potential these new plaforms have.

Remember, in early November make sure you're sending your old console into Boomerang Buyback so we can make sure you're first in line!



A 3am start is early for a guy like me. Around 3 weeks ago, there was an interesting ad on my Xbox dashboard - "May 22, The Next Generation Revealed". I had a fair idea as to what that would be so I waited patiently. This morning at 3am, Microsoft announced the Xbox One - and I'll be first in line when the time comes.

It's pretty similar spec-wise to the PS4. It features a Blu-Ray player, a 500GB internal HDD, 8GB RAM, 8 x the processing power of the previous Xbox (using an x86 architecture) and a pretty spectacular array of exclusive titles. All of the units will come bundled with the new Kinect - 1080p @ 60FPS recording which is pretty outstanding. The recognition software also helps to increase your usable game-space on the Kinect by 60% - so no more clearing out the living room just to get some exercise!

I was a little disappointed to hear about the introduction of the "Pre-Owned Fee". When you buy a game, you must install it and it's linked to your Xbox Live account. If a friend wants to install it on his console too, sorry - not happening...unless you pay the fee which is still to be announced...but knowing Microsoft, I wouldn't imagine it's much less than the cost of a brand new game. I can see the positives and negatives here - on one hand, the game is installed on your HDD and becomes available in the cloud, so it no longer matters if you lose the disc or scratch it beyond recognition. I do wonder how the pre-owned resellers are going to fare though - I guess it will be a wait and see situation.

All up, it looks like a pretty impressive piece of equipment. Microsoft definitely needs something to set it apart. Windows 8 isn't holding up well, then Surface has sold less than 2 million units and the Windows Phone has a very small market share. You can all judge for yourselves when the time comes. When the time comes, send your old Xbox 360's or PS3's in to Boomerang Buyback and we'll get you one step closer to owning this beast!



I’m sure the gamers among you are waiting impatiently for the announcement from Microsoft on the 21st of May – I’ll be up for the 3am keynote, no doubt. In February, we heard about the PS4 and it does look pretty awesome (although I still haven’t seen a picture of the actual console…). Spec wise, the new Xbox is a mystery, but keeping in mind the Xbox vs. PS2 and Xbox 360 vs. PS3 were both pretty close races, here’s what we SHOULD be expecting –

·         A semi-custom “accelerated processing unit” combining the CPU and GPU – consisting of 8 x86-64 cores. The GPU utilizes 18 “compute units” to achieve a peak of up to 1.84 TFLOPS

·         8GB DDR5 RAM (16 x more than PS3)

·         6X Blu Ray Drive (3 x faster than PS3)

·         USB 3.0 ports

MS will need to match most (if not all) of the above to stay in the race, so here’s hoping the 21st reveals something worth waiting for!

Although we’ve still got a fair while to wait, just remember that when the time comes, you can trade in your old consoles with Boomerang Buyback so you can get yourself in line for the next-gen consoles!



April 26, 2013 01:40 by blog@BoomerangBuyBack

 

It’s been a while, but we’re back! Our biggest push was the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 which I’m sure many of you have been eagerly awaiting – mind you, there have been a few other MASSIVE announcements since our last post. Announcement of the PS4, launch of the iPad Mini and iPhone 5, the great Apple Maps fiasco – oh yes, lots has been happening. But today the Galaxy S4 is in the spotlight, so for those of you who don’t know a huge amount about it, here’s what we know so far -

Galaxy S4

The S4 hits Australian shelves this Saturday (27th of April) and it’s sure to be a massive day for all telco retailers Australia wide. Why all the hype? Well, what’s not to like! It follows on from the massively successful Galaxy S3, retaining the same form factor – but this one is a powerhouse! 2GB of RAM, Quad Core 1.6GHz Cortex A15 processor, 13MP Camera and up to 128GB internal storage (with a 64GB MicroSD card of course). Battery life? Up to 370 hours talk time.

So, if you’re waiting in line for the new Galaxy S4 tomorrow, don’t leave your old phone to gather dust in – Boomerang Buyback can recycle all your old gadgets and turn them into cash! So keep them coming and we’ll look after you Smile

 



 

We are sure that by now you have heard about the iPod nano replacement program.  If you have not, well...recently, Apple has announced a safety issue with its 5 year old generation 1 iPod nano.  Apparently, there is a risk that these devices will heat up and burst into flames due to a defective battery issue.

We are certianly glad to hear that Apple is doing the right this by the recall and getting the old ones out of circulation and I am sure that its not only firemen who are giddy.  What a nice surprise for all those 1st gen iPod nano owners who are now going to enjoy one of the new 'One Tap Wonders' for free.    It would be interseting to see what percentage of people holding 1st gen nanos are actually current users as opposed to the likely majority of people who have read the story or heard about the recall and immediatly dug through the closet to find that old nano that had been sitting idle for the past X number of years.  

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mp3s/fiery-ipods-apple-recalls-fiveyearold-music-player-20111114-1neeg.html


Sadly for us this is one of those times that recycling your electronics doesn't have a bigger payout than hanging on to it.  Although, that being said we are pretty confident that all of those users who cash in on their gadgets as soon as they started gathering dust are still way ahead of the junk drawer lottery winners.  

Either way, we encourage everyone to have a look for that old 1st Gen nano.  One of our staff had one in his boat and were getting him to send it off straight away to see how smoothly the process goes.  We will get him to give a shout out on twitter as he gets his new toy.

Start the trade in process here 

While you are already digging through that junk drawer...keep cashing in and sell us all your other old gadgets!



Motorola just announced the Droid RAZR on October 18th, 2011!  So what does this mean for the smartphone world? More...



November 10, 2011 19:43 by blog@bmt

Apple released the all new iPhone 4S to Australia on October 14th, so what's the big deal? More...



Sign in