More than 28 million old mobiles are unused in the UK today

This Christmas, thousands of us will unwrap brand new smartphones.

But what happens to our old phones when we no longer need them? Well, according to a survey by mobile security company Lookout, a huge number just languish in drawers – as many as 28 million of them, in fact.

Despite an ever-increasing list of ways to dispose of old phones, a quarter of people still say they just don’t know what to do with their old phones, with a further 16 per cent saying that the old handsets still contain personal information.


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Mobile recycling graphic



Mobile recycling graphic


Jenny Roy, mobile safety advocate at Lookout, said: "We were surprised to learn how many people hold on to old phones.

"People are concerned about the personal information living on the device, and we suspect it contributes to why people are still holding on to it. Before you donate, resell or recycle your phone, it’s important to take steps to remove the data so if your phone gets a new owner, your information doesn’t get exposed."

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