Feeds

T-Mobile wants our phones

Hippies to turn them in to traffic cones and buckets

High performance access to file storage

Pile 'em high.

A new survey from T-Mobile suggests that the UK population is sitting on 52.3 million old phones, with a combined value of £1.1bn, and they've kindly offered to take them off our hands too.

They go on to suggest that these phones could be used to pay for 39,000 nurses, or to buy the entire Chelsea football squad nearly four times over, though how nurses would feel about being paid in old phones isn't clear.

T-Mobile would like us to give the money to charity, any charity, but they'll hand over cash if asked. Just drop into a T-Mobile shop and ask for a free, post-paid, envelope, then fill in your address and/or chosen charity. Fonebak (the organisation running the scheme) will send on the dough (averaging £22.40, apparently) once they've checked the phone's in working order, otherwise they'll dismantle and recycle.

Most of the phones will go to the developing world; only the most useless are broken down into their component parts or materials. But wherever they end up it's got to be better than taking up space in landfill, unless it's more cones for the M4. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month
... but don't worry, charter members, you're still in 'for life'
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app
Jibber-jabbering addicts turfed out just as Zuck warned
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.