The Home Office has published guidelines asking recyclers to check if phones are stolen, claiming that the business is worth £5m a year despite it being only worth £2.5m eight weeks ago. When the then-Labour government started on the guidelines telling companies to continue doing what most of them were doing already, we were …
you kill me ....
....but it's going to be down to the general public to stop selling old handsets to companies that refuse to stump up for the scheme...
It would make sense
Not that I expect it to happen.
The reason most people get rid a working phone is to buy a better, more desirable model. Presumably they don't want to have that phone stolen, and potentially suffer a violent assault in the process?
So it would kind of make sense to avoid actively supporting any company which is quite happy to buy stolen phones.
and if current trends continue...
"and if current trends continue it could be worth twice that by the end of this article."
how many are sold to recyclers?
Quoth the article
.. that 100,000 phones were being stolen and sold to the recyclers every year, ... with an average value of £50 per handset.
Is that 100,000 stolen phones per year being sold to the recyclers, or 100,000 phones stolen each year SOME of which are being sold to the recyclers?
Like ID cards?
"That fee is in addition to the £750 annual charge recycling companies will have to pay to sign up to the voluntary code (for a minimum of three years)."
So it's like ID cards then. They are "voluntary", but you have to sign up. Also once you do, no backing out...
I still use my old phones
What place'll stump fifty quid for a dead phone? Seriously?
Thought the most you'll get from a recycler is more in the fiver range. Nothing unusual about "someone with interest" to invent "damage" worth a bundle when the reality is far less rosy. But hey if they'd be honest they'd have to chop a digit off the price of admission to the goody two mobes club. I still think inflation is unwise in the long run, but hey, nobody said membership of the holier-than-thou brigade means you had to be smart. Anyway, I have a couple fully legit but unfortunately unfit for purpose handsets that I'll gladly part with for fifty. Any takers?
£50 per handset? That's what I paid for mine, new!
"the jump is down to all those stolen iPhones"
Wouldn't they reduce the figure? iPhone 3s that the fanbois don't want any more, and iPhone4s that have to be gripped in a special way.