Mobile recycling 'helps developing nations'

2 February 2010 — 3:42 PM

Consumers may wish to consider mobile recycling in order to receive money to put towards a new handset, as developing nations could benefit from using a used phone.

According to a recent study by World Bank, adding ten more mobiles per 100 people in a typical developing nation will boost growth in gross domestic product per person by a whole percentage point.

Nokia has developed a new handset aimed at the developing world - the Nokia 1280.

The device costs approximately €20 (£17) and offers users five phone books, call trackers to encourage users to share the phone with their neighbours, an FM radio to pick up news and weather reports and even MP3 ringtones.

Another benefit of the handset is that it promises a reliable battery life - which could prove to be especially important in communities where access to a plug-in point is limited.

The phone also comes with Nokia Life Tools, a software package that aims to put valuable agricultural information, such as crop prices, into the hands of the community.

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