Growing trend for mobile payments could fuel mobile phone recycling

Payments using mobile handsets are expected to climb sharply between now and 2015, a new report states.According to the study by Juniper Research, the market for such purchases is expected to almost triple over the period in question, to be worth $670 billion (£420 billion) in four years' time.Mobile payments are expected to total $240 billion in 2011, with rising take-up of contactless near field…

Top-up mobile phone with Three for on-the-go internet

People who prefer pay-as-you-go (PAYG) mobile phone deals may be wise to sell their used phones and invest in a new device with Three.The network is offering new terms on all its top-up schemes from September 3rd, including a £10 deal that gives users 3,000 texts, 100 minutes and 500MB of internet allowance.It is also marketing £15 and £25 top-ups for those who wish to…

Trade-in of mobile may be required to listen to music

In order to listen to music on the go for little or no cost, users may find they have to trade-in their used mobile phone and upgrade to a newer model.Tim Green, executive editor at Mobile Entertainment magazine, suggests streaming is now the primary way to access tracks.Indeed, he says the music market is "dominated" by the technology, which offers consumers the chance to listen…

Mobile users to sell old mobile to buy LG Town GT350?

Mobile fans who want to buy a new handset may like to consider selling their old mobile to raise cash to purchase an LG Town GT350.Luke Westaway reviewed the handset for CNET UK and said the Town has plenty of shortcuts that enable users to keep in touch with people.He claimed writing a text message is a "comfortable" experience, as there is a large on-screen…

Three makes smartphone offer to mobile users

People plotting the purchase of their next mobile phone can put their wallet away, should they fancy one of a trio of handsets being offered by one network.Three has made the Sony Ericsson Zylo, Nokia E63 and Nokia 5230 available for no charge to customers who sign up to The One Plan.Its popular tariff is designed to allow people regular access to talk, text and…

Alcatel OT-708 ‘is cheap option for mobile users on budget’

People currently without a mobile phone or significant funds to splash out on the latest iPhone 4 or Nokia device could turn to an Alcatel model as an affordable choice.Charles Kloet, reviewing the Alcatel OT-708 for CNET UK, says it is a cheap and reliable handset that "isn't bad for the price".That price is said to be roughly £80, which consumers could raise by selling…

Selling old mobile may be answer to tariff confusion

Almost half (42 per cent) of people find mobile phone tariffs confusing, possibly contributing to the £800 million being wasted by Britons each year because they are on an inefficient charging scheme.Research by Top10.com also reveals some 46 per cent of users are currently concerned they are paying out too much for their handset as a result of signing up to the wrong tariff.One way…

PAYG mobile phone customers ‘can lose credit’

Mobile phone customers with pay as you go (PAYG) sim cards could find they are disconnected and their remaining credit taken, it has been revealed.A new study by Which? showed most mobile network providers - including Vodafone, O2 and Orange - deem six months of no activity as a reasonable time to assume a PAYG mobile phone is no longer in use.Any unused credit on…