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…

New LG Cookie phones launched

Two new handsets from LG could encourage consumers to sell an old mobile phone for cash to put towards an upgrade. LG has already sold 13 million Cookie handsets worldwide and the LG Cookie Fresh and LG Cookie Plus will be looking to expand on those sales. The 3G Cookie Plus device focuses on social networking, meaning that people who would like to use the…

Children see mobile phones ‘as essential technology’

Parents who want to buy a new mobile phone for a child's birthday or as a special gift may decide to trade in their old handset for cash to ensure old devices are disposed of safely.A new study by YouGov, commissioned by HSBC and the Personal Finance Education Group, found that many children see their mobile phone as an essential possession.Indeed, mums and dads who…

Apple iPhone’s ‘user-friendly internet’ could attract new customers

More people in the UK could be trading in their old mobile phones in order to upgrade to smartphones.Orange UK said that the easily-accessible and user-friendly internet on such devices mean they are a popular choice with consumers.Antony Keyworth, director of product marketing for the network operator, commented on the adoption of smartphones, after a recent ABI Research report revealed that entry-level handsets and falling…

Samsung Jet Ultra available on O2

The new Samsung Jet Ultra handset could be a new handset worth considering for consumers looking to upgrade their mobile phone. Manufacturer Samsung has chosen the O2 network to make the phone available to customers and selling an old mobile may be an option worth considering for those that would like to get it. A £25 a month tariff will mean that the device is…

Smartphone sales ‘surge’

Smartphone sales surged in the last three months of 2009 with sales exceeding those seen in the previous quarter by 25 per cent. According to findings from ABI Research Apple, Nokia and BlackBerry lead the way to much improved numbers of smartphone shipments in comparison to the previous nine months. Those who have already upgraded to a new smartphone or would like to do so…