The survey, carried out by SellMyMobile, reveals that 41,009 mobiles were recycled over the festive period, worth an eye-popping £2,627,912. This figure was up a staggering 30 percent from January the previous year, the recycling site added.
Topping the list, unsurprisingly, is Apple’s iPhone 3GS – which can be recycled for up to £106.00 - followed by the 16GB iPhone 4. The best-selling BlackBerry Curve 8520 filled the number three spot, ahead of its BlackBerry Bold 9700 sibling and the original Samsung Galaxy S, which can be traded in for a cheque worth £124.00.
SellMyMobile managing director Keir McConomy said: “After an over-indulgent Christmas, it seems that the reality of January credit card bills has kicked in this year as consumers are recycling phones more than ever before in a bid to quickly get some cash when they need it most.”
“As smartphones become increasingly more popular, we’re seeing the average value of mobiles recycled go up and up – and this is only set to increase as handset innovation continues.”