Consumers recycle half a million pounds worth of old mobiles in New Year splurge

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Old Nokia handsets make for seven of the top ten most recycled devices since Boxing Day

Top 10 most recycled mobile handsets in the UK

An ideal way to make extra money after the expensive festive period is to cash in on those old phones that are just lying about the house., a mobile phone recycling price comparison website covering more phone recyclers than any other service in the UK, today revealed British consumers recycled more than £545,000 worth of old mobile phones in the weeks following Christmas. With new mobile phones being excitedly unwrapped across the country on the big day itself, and more consumers than ever seemingly keen to cash in on their old devices, the Nokia N95 was the most popular recycled handset for the period of 26 December 2009 to 15 January 2010.

In total, saw 22,078 phones recycled during the immediate weeks following Christmas, with an average value of £25 per phone paid out to consumers for their old handsets. Keir McConomy, MD for, commented, “An ideal way to make extra money after the expensive festive period is to cash in on those old phones that are just lying about the house. With more than 80 million old mobile phones said to be sitting around in drawers and cupboards across the country at an estimated value of £1.6 billion, there’s still a lot more consumers out there who could make themselves a bit of extra cash.“

Nokia devices were dominant in the top 10 most recycled handsets that saw through its site following Christmas, taking up seven of the 10 most popular recycled handsets. With the Nokia N95 8GB proving to be the most popular recycled handset as consumers adjusted to life with their new Christmas gift mobiles, the surprise entrant into the top 10 most recycled phones following Christmas was the Nokia N97, the only smartphone from 2009 to feature. With no other smartphones from last year featuring in the top 10, the figures from would suggest that Nokia’s N97 has failed to resonate with UK subscribers, with many already putting a new mobile on their Christmas letter to Santa as they looked to upgrade from their devices within a year of launch.

“As the largest mobile handset manufacturer on the planet, it’s no surprise to see that Nokia makes up so many of the top 10 most recycled handsets since Christmas,” continued McConomy. “Its N-series in particular has really held its value, and the fact that mobile phone buyers are still paying in excess of £100 for the N95 – a phone which is now more than two years old – shows it’s not only the latest handsets which will earn consumers good money from recycling.”


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