Money-saving advice could see more mobile phones recycled

11 March 2010 — 6:10 PM

Switching to new mobile phones could save cash

People who decide to upgrade their mobile phone and switch to a better deal may want to ensure their old handset is disposed of with as little harm to the environment as possible.

A new guide published by the Office of Communications, the Communications Consumer Panel and Consumer Focus has advised mobile phone customers that there are large amounts of money to be saved by switching to a new offer.

If a whole family decides to upgrade their handsets in light of the advice given, they may decide to sell their old mobile phones to a recycling firm such as Envirofone, which will ensure the devices are properly broken down.

"With more than nine million mobile phone deals available, it's hardly surprising that only one in five of us find it easy to navigate this market," said Consumer Focus chief executive Mike O'Connor.

Once a new deal and mobile phone has been chosen, the next step people may take is to recycle their old handsets.

Many individuals may decide to purchase a smartphone such as the Apple iPhone.

Gartner recently revealed that last year sales of smartphones increased by 23.8 per cent from the previous year to reach 172.4 million units.

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