Everybody Loves Facts!

Little titbits of information can be fantastically useful! Just in case you don’t have time to actually study the history and culture of modern mobile phones, here are a few fascinating little facts for you to whip out at dinner parties… or at the pub… or when you see our advert on TV!

•    More than 20 million old mobile phones are upgraded annually in the UK (that’s 20 million opportunities to sell mobile phones for cash!)
•    The average UK household secrets away four or more unused mobile phones, equating to more than 50 million potential devices for mobile phone recycling!
•    Current figures estimate mobile phone ringtones account for around 15% of total music downloads.
•    The very first SMS text message was sent via the Vodaphone network in December 1992 between test engineers Neil Papworth and Richard Jarvis. It read “Merry Christmas”
•    The Chinese mobile phone market is the fastest growing globally, with many poorer Chinese investing in refurbished mobile phones like ours.
•    Japan and China suffer the highest rates of spam text messaging in the world (up to 70% of total message in some cases)
•    Nobody can be sure how long a mobile phone takes to fully degrade in a landfill, as we simply haven’t been around long enough! Research estimates the period as being anything from 500 years to a millennia.
•    The first mobile phone call was made by Dr Martin Cooper (then Director of Research and Development at Motorola) in April 1973.

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