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Envirofone examines nature of UK's mobile obsession

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 11:19:25

Mobile phone recycling company, Envirofone, has provided analysis of the current mobile market in Britain, examining how people are spending their money and discovering that there are many areas in which savings could be made.

In particular, the company has pointed out that Brits are losing cash when it comes to mobile phone recycling, largely because of the speedy rate at which the value of a phone depreciates.

Envirofone's Fay Shannon, said that mobile phones can depreciate by around £5 a month, with some handsets losing money faster than others. That means when a phone is simply shoved in a drawer after an upgrade is received, it continues to haemorrhage value until it is worth almost nothing.

She pointed out that the annual cost of this could be around £3 billion, because each UK household has an average of 4 unused mobile phones on hand.

Shannon said that while many people hold onto their old phones because they want to have a backup device, should their new model break or go missing, in reality, people end up accumulating lots of old phones as they upgrade every 12 to 24 months. This means that unwanted models simply sit and shed their resale value, without being of any use to the owner.

The problem is that once a phone becomes a certain age, UK users will find it in a drawer and deem it to be so archaic that it needs to be chucked in the bin. At this point it will go to landfill, where it will not degrade like organic matter, leaving a nasty legacy beneath the earth's surface.

With mobile phone recycling you can stem the depreciation of old phones and do your bit for the environment, while getting some cash back for your trouble.




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