Brits have around £ 800 of old tech lying around unused


Vodafone UK encourages Britons to donate their unused devices – to give them back to millions of people living in digital poverty

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Roman Kemp on the use of old technologies to fight against “digital exclusion”

UK households contain more than £ 20bn of unused tech, including old smartphones, laptops and tablets, research shows.

One study found that the average home has £ 813.90 worth of tech lying around in drawers, cupboards and shelves.

This equates to £ 20 billion worth of unused devices in the 26.3 million homes across the country with access to connectivity.

And the average adult hasn’t completely gotten rid of old technology in over three and a half years, according to a survey of 2,000 adults.

Meanwhile, 81% have a cell phone that is collecting dust in a drawer and has not been used for over a year.

Max Taylor, Director of Consumer Affairs, Vodafone UK, who commissioned the study, said: “It’s shocking how much old technology we have lying around in our homes.

“It’s easy to keep an old tech device in case something goes wrong with a new one, but when that ‘just in case’ moment hasn’t come in a year, maybe it’s time to sort it out.” . “

The average Briton hasn’t thrown away old or unused technology for three and a half years


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Research also found a lack of motivation, not enough time, and having to erase documents are among the main reasons why it takes so long to clean.

And rather than throwing away old tech, adults keep it handy “just in case” something happens to their upgraded phone, while two in ten just can’t bother to bother. get rid of it.

Almost a fifth of those surveyed (17%) also admitted that they see themselves as an accumulator when it comes to technology.

An extra quarter would be more likely to sell an old car when buying a new one, than to sell tech items when buying a replacement car.

It’s also found that more than one in ten people feel the need to stay on top of the latest technology, with a third believing that the best time to buy new technology is on release day or some time after.

And one in three hope to receive at least one tech giveaway this Christmas, and thousands of people are expected to hit Boxing Day sales to buy new gadgets.

But despite an Ofcom report showing that 1.5 million households live in ‘digital exclusion’ – meaning they lack the connectivity, devices or digital skills to participate in society – two in ten adults did not know that it was possible to donate an old device to charity.

Currently, only six percent would consider donating their old technology to charity.

Vodafone UK encourages Brits to donate their old devices to those living in digital poverty


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Plus, up to 48% don’t know how to responsibly recycle or dispose of old technology.

And four in ten don’t know what digital poverty means – although 57% consider internet access and connectivity a basic right.

The study, carried out by OnePoll, also found that more than a third would donate their old device if they knew it would make a difference to someone.

To encourage people to donate their unused technology, Vodafone has teamed up with Roman Kemp to launch “ReBoxing day”.

Max Taylor added, “With so much modern tech-centric life, those without access risk being left behind.

“Most people have old appliances at home that they know they will never use again.

“That’s why this Christmas we are calling on the UK public to help us fight digital poverty by donating their old devices – anyone can donate an old device, you don’t need to be a Vodafone customer to participate.

“Then we’ll add six more months of free data, calls and texts, and give your old device to those who need it most. “

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