I remember back to my first mobile phone, it was given to me as a Christmas present by my then husband, it must have been about 1998 but I can’t be sure. It was made by Phillips and had a small antenna which I pulled out of the top of the phone every time someone rang me to be sure of a good connection. This fact alone brings a smile to my face – an extendable antenna!
I was totally bowled over by the magnificence of his gift and my brand new gadget made me feel quite ‘in’, I would place it on the bar next to my Marlborough Lights (yes I smoked too back in those days) for the world to see and acknowledge just how lucky I was to be owner of a mobile phone. It was bright yellow as well – you really couldn’t miss it.
Of course hardly anyone rang me as it was one of the first phones amongst our group of friends, my husband had one and so did my best friend, she had a Nokia which to this day is synonymous with vintage mobile phones but even still, handsets were something of a novelty.
Back then text speak didn’t even exist and gaining a new telephone number on your contact list was really rather fortunate as you had someone else to share your brand new toy with.
Since then I’ve probably owned about ten phones and ashamedly I couldn’t name them all here for you, they seem to blur into one another as the latest model appeared on the shelves. The worst was a terribly chunky contraption that flipped open and weighed a ton but at the time I thought I was so cool.
How times change eh? Now owner of a slim new Motorola RAZRi with side to side face and touch screen functions. I check my emails, my Facebook, my Twitter stream and read blogs on it too, no boundaries with unlimited internet.
I imagine lots of people received phones for Christmas and are wondering what to do with their old handsets. Mobile phone recycling could be the option you are looking for?
These days just because you have moved to a brand new funkier handset doesn’t mean to say your old contraption is ready for the bin, you now have the option of donating your old mobile phone to a charity or earning a few pounds by recycling it.
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