Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/04/orange_cash/

Orange coughs up cash for old kit

Any, any, any old iron

By Bill Ray

Posted in Mobile, 4th November 2009 11:34 GMT

Orange is offering to value any mobile tech you've got lying around, and will send a cheque within seven days if you leave it with them.

Orange's Recycle & Reward deal is supposed to underline its green credentials, but should be good for everyone with kit staying out of landfill and Orange getting you into its stores. While you're there you might pick up a new handset too, and Orange will even help you transfer your media off your old one for a mere six quid.

Apparently an old Nokia N95 could be worth 85 quid, while a Samsung SCH900 will net you £95 if it's in reasonable nick: Orange will value devices on the spot, and will take valueless kit off your hands too, but if the kit is worth anything you should get a cheque within seven days, even if you're not an Orange customer.

Orange will, of course, have your home address by that point, and information about your taste in phones, but that seems fair exchange for a cash payment.

The "Copy & Keep" service, also launched today, takes photographs, music and contacts off an old phone and (DRM permitting) puts them onto your shiny new handset. Orange reckons that 38 per cent of people don't know how to back up their handsets and 25 per cent don't remember to do so (statistics based on a sample size of 150, so should be taken with salt).

Six quid seems a small enough price to pay for transferring data. Reg readers might be happy to transfer media between handsets themselves, perhaps backing it up on the way, but there's a whole demographic out there who have no idea what the term 'back-up' actually means. ®