An announcement by a telecoms operator that it will offer free broadband services to those in rural areas could prompt mobile phone recycling in order to use 3G networks.
Individuals may wish to consider upgrading their handset as Three has revealed its plans to assist those living in the countryside to access 3G internet connections.
The firm is working on the project alongside the Countryside Alliance in order to improve access to broadband in more remote parts of the UK and identify those areas that are currently "not-spots" where coverage is patchy or non-existent.
Commenting on the move, which was unveiled yesterday (August 30th), Broadbandchoices.co.uk product director Michael Phillips said it is "a welcome gesture" and the technology is "great for getting you online", although it can struggle to provide the bandwidth needed for certain activities such as video streaming.
Three is proposing to donate around four million megabytes of free mobile internet connectivity in order to assist people in going online, with Gringley-on-the-Hill in North Nottinghamshire selected as the first location to receive free connectivity.