New Orange Care service offers mobile recycling

A major mobile telecoms group has announced the launch of a new scheme which offers to recycle consumers' old mobile phones. Orange revealed its Orange Care plan offers an "end-to-end" service, with customers given protection from when they first purchase the handset up until they no longer wish to use it. The firm begins by transferring contacts from an old mobile phone onto the new…

Sony Ericsson to launch Idou smartphone

A leading mobile phone firm has announced the launch of its latest device. Sony Ericsson revealed it is set to produce its Idou smartphone as one of several large-scale projects for 2009. The company claims it is fusing entertainment and communications with its latest batch of ventures, which come under the Entertainment Unlimited brand. At the forthcoming Mobile World Congress event, Sony Ericsson will show…

Mobile phone recycling plan unveiled by Sprint

Sprint, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the US, has announced it is to embark on a new mobile phone recycling initiative.The organisation has set a target of ensuring that 90 per cent of all the devices it sells per year by 2017 are either reused or recycled as part of its Zer0 e-Waste policy.During 2007, approximately 22 per cent of the number of…

Lego mobile phone details leaked

Details of a mobile phone being developed by toy manufacturer Lego have been leaked on the internet.The Danish company is looking to include an mp3 player and a digital camera inside the device, along with a walkie-talkie function.Alcatel has been designing the mobile, which has a casing made from Lego's trademark colourful bricks.Users of the slimline handset can modify it by removing the bricks and…

Businesses told that being green can save them money

Companies have been told that by following environmentally friendly strategies they can save themselves money. Erica Russell, an adviser at Business Link, stated that large savings can be made by firms taking the green route, regardless of their size. There is also lots of help available for companies seeking to embark on a more eco-conscious approach to business, she said. "As the Carbon Trust have…

Save money on mobile phones ‘by haggling’

One way that consumers can save money on their mobile phones is by haggling with vendors over the deal, it has been suggested.A writer for Fool.co.uk claimed this week that the free gifts which come with a lot of deals these days are often not as good a bargain as they may first appear and negotiation can yield better results."I negotiated a new handset, 600…

Facebook ‘in talks’ with mobile phone firms

Facebook is talking to a number of major mobile phone manufacturers about integrating its social network into their devices, it has been reported.According to the Wall Street Journal, an unconfirmed source has claimed that Facebook has spoken with Motorola in recent months, while the company is also thought to be in discussions with Palm and Nokia.Social networks have become increasingly popular in recent years, with…

Nokia raises the curtain on 5630 XpressMusic

Nokia has revealed the latest addition to its XPressMusic range - the Nokia 5630 XpressMusic.The model features a music player, a 3.5 mm AV jack and support for all main digital music formats, along with a 4 GB memory card - which can hold up to 3,000 tracks.Users of the phone can also make use of its Say and Play function, which will allow people…