A puppy may be for life, but it appears we're less attached to our handsets in this country once they've been unwrapped. In fact, a study just out reckons that Brits recycled around £2.4m worth of mobiles last month to pay off their credit card bills. That's an increase of 30% on last year.
Makes sense if looking for a bit of extra cash - especially with the likes of Envirofone and Mazuma constantly reminding us that any old handsets we have could easily be translated into cold, hard cash.
41,009 smartphones were recycled last month, according to another of those services, Sellmymobile.com, with the iPhone managing to take the top two spots. The 3GS (16GB) was the most unloved unit, generating around £104 per phone, followed by the 16GB version of the iPhone 4, which brought in £243. BlackBerrys took four more of the leading spots, with HTC devices featuring pretty prominently too.
"After an over-indulgent Christmas, it seems that the reality of January credit card bills has kicked in this year as consumers are recycling phones more than ever before in a bid to quickly get some cash when they need it most," says Sellmymobile MD Keir McConomy.
"As smartphones become increasingly more popular, we’re seeing the average value of mobiles recycled go up and up – and this is only set to increase as handset innovation continues."
And with the arrival of the iPad 3, the iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S III all set for this year, there'll probably be even more on sale.
Via The Sun