Ecologist’s plea for old mobile phones

Recycling mobile phones is essential to the future of some of Africa's most endangered creatures, it has been advised.Australian ecologist Guy Williams told ABC News this week it is vital you trade in your mobile rather than allow it to rot in a desk drawer or end up in a landfill site.Mr Williams has recently been appointed to act as an ambassador for the Africa…

Employers ‘reap the benefits of mobile-assisted staff’

Businesses are recognising the benefits of supplying their staff with access to mobile phones, it has been asserted.A new study conducted by Juniper research has highlighted the cost-efficiency and improvements in productivity being seen by employers who have given their staff wireless devices to work with.Entitled Future Mobile Enterprise: Forecasts, Markets & Devices 2009-2014, the report estimates revenues generated from such users could grow to…

City dwellers ‘greener than you think’

A new study has found that busy city folk may not be as environmentally-unfriendly as predicted.The survey, conducted by the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), looked at emissions levels across Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America.Published in the April issue of Environment and Urbanization, it was found the level of CO2 being put out in the cities covered was often significantly lower…

Vodafone streamlining ‘could make services greener’

Vodafone has entered a deal with one of its rivals that could see both companies offer cheaper, greener services, it has been advised.This week a partnership was announced between the company and Telefonica, the group behind O2 in the UK, which both groups claim will reinforce their commitment to sustainable business practices.Among the moves that make up the deal will be the sharing of a…

New headphones ‘could interest iPhone users’

Those looking to recycle a used mobile phone to upgrade to the Apple iPhone 3G may be interested in a new article for the Trusted Reviews website.In a piece by Stuart Andrews, the manufacturer behind the device is derided for notoriously supplying all of its handsets and music players with headphones that are below par.He notes the standard earbuds that come with the iPhone and…

New iPhone 3G contracts unveiled

Those thinking about recycling mobile phones to buy an iPhone may be tempted by the latest deals from O2.It was announced by the network this week that it would be extending its range of tariffs on Apple's multimedia device.The 24-month contracts allow buyers who have traded in their used mobiles to get their hands on either an 8GB or 16GB iPhone for £34.26 and £44.05…

Consumers advised on removing data from mobiles

Consumers looking to recycle mobilephones for cash have been advised it is alsways a good idea to make sure their handset is free from personal data.A new report from Credent Technologies says 35 per cent of people receive and send business emails with their device, while a further 77 per cent store various names and addresses.It was also noted 17 per cent download corporate information…

Could mobile recycling lead to energy production?

Mobile phone recycling could soon lead to an innovative new way to generate power, it has emerged.Waste2Tricity, a company investigating the possibilities of using waste to create energy, has this week suggested investment in such schemes could have "significant environmental and cost benefits" for many businesses.The organisation has proposed the creation of a £135 million plant that would be able to support the conversion of…