Cash for mobile phones could lead people to Google Buzz

1 June 2010 — 10:06 AM

Cash for mobile phones could lead people to Google Buzz

Consumers could use money for an old mobile phone to splash out on a new device that allows them to access Google Buzz.

The search engine launched the instant messaging service in February, but it was only available to people with either an Apple iPhone or a handset running at least Android 2.0.

However, now those with a Nokia S60, BlackBerry, or a mobile phone operating a pre-2.0 version of Android will be able to connect to the feature, Alex Kennberg, software engineer at Google Mobile, explains.

Writing for the Google Mobile Blog, the expert says: "We have worked hard to make Google Buzz for mobile accessible on more devices in more locations."

The wider availability of the service may tempt a number of mobile phone users to trade in an existing device and using the cash to put towards a new handset that supports it.

Dave Clarke, online marketing manager at Envirofone, says: "As mobile web browsing becomes more advanced and accessible, smartphones will continue to soar in popularity. One of the easiest ways to get your hands on a new model is by trading in your old handset for cash."

One smartphone consumers may wish to consider is Google's Nexus One, which was recently made available by Vodafone.

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