Christmas could trigger surge in mobile phone recycling

29 November 2010 — 11:58 AM

More people than ever could be set to ask for a smartphone this Christmas

Smartphones and tablets are expected to be at the top of many people's Christmas lists this year, perhaps inspiring many to recycle their mobile phone once they have received a new model.

However, Three's sales and marketing director Marc Allera has warned consumers to consider certain factors before rushing in to buy a new device.

His first tip is to assess exactly what specifications are required, not only for the handset itself but also from a potential network.

The expert went on to note people should be shrewd when it comes to choosing a contract, with plenty of internet use ideal.

"A healthy data allowance is vital to support the flurry of excited app downloading, internet surfing, Facebook updating, email sharing of festive pictures and music streaming that will follow the opening of Smartphone gifts," Mr Allera stated.

This will be the first Christmas with models such as the iPhone 4, Nokia N8 and HTC Desire HD on the market.

Julie Snape, head of marketing at Envirofone, says: "The lesson here is to shop around and do your research. That way you’ll end up with a mobile that you'll use to its full potential. Why not trade-in your old handset for cash?"

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