Mobile phone recycling scheme unveiled by Home Office

The Home Office has launched a new scheme to prevent stolen mobile phones from being sold to firms that recycle handsets.Alan Campbell, the Home Office minister, launched the initiative to prevent phones blocked in the UK being used abroad.The police, government and mobile phone industry have joined forces to establish a new code of practice, under which a range of safeguards will be put in…

Orange customers can get their hands on white Xperia X10

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in white and black will be available to Orange customers from early April.It is the first Android device to be revealed by the handset maker and the white version is exclusively available to Orange customers on certain pay-monthly plans.Features of the new handset could convince many people to trade in a used mobile phone so they can get their hands…

Mobile technology ‘helps firms be flexible’

Businesses will look to mobile phone technology in the coming years as a tool to help them become more flexible, according to a new report from O2.The mobile phone network published the research, compiled by The Future Laboratory, which indicated that mobiles, social networking and more sophisticated office technology will all become increasingly important to business users.A total of 65 per cent of UK firms…

Mobiles ‘may help new dads spend time with their baby’

Mobile phone technology may help new dads spend more time with their children, according to Orange.A new survey released by the network indicated that 79 per cent of working men would consider taking part in a flexible working scheme rather than taking a full paternity leave if this was encouraged by their employer.Orange's research noted that many new dads are also concerned about money, but…

New version of Google Maps launched

Google Maps has launched a new version, which could drive mobile recycling as consumers look to get their hands on a compatible phone. Users of phones making use of the Android operating system version 1.6 or later may wish to download Google Maps 4.1 from the Android Market now. Consumers who wish to find their way around more easily could sell an old mobile phone…

Mobile recycling could allow for use of mobile applications

An increasing demand for mobile phone applications - commonly used and a major selling point for handsets such as the Apple iPhone - could soon see them overtake CDs in popularity. By 2012 the value of mobile applications sold will be higher than that seen by CDs, according to a report from independent consulting firm Chetan Sharma Consulting.Mobile recycling could be one option that people…

Mobile recycling could allow for a handset upgrade

Consumers could soon be provided with several new options for upgrade when Virgin Mobile launches four new mobile phones.Mobile recycling could provide people with cash to put towards the LG InTouch Max, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, HTC Desire or Samsung Galaxy Portal - all part of the mobile network's expanding range of Android devices. A range of contracts are available to choose from for the…

Vodafone funds internet development in Africa

Vodafone has announced it will donate $1 million (£653,000) towards projects to train entrepreneurs in Africa to use the internet as a platform to empower local communities.People who are encouraged to hear examples of technology being used for good may also be impressed to know that Vodafone encourages its customers to recycle their old mobile phones.Under its most recently-announced funding, Vodafone said some of the…