How much unused technology do British households contain?

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British households have more than £20 billion worth of untapped technology – including used smartphones, laptops and tablets – according to a survey.

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One survey found that the average home carries £813.90 worth of technology on drawers, cupboards and shelves.

This equates to £20 billion worth of unused devices in the country’s 26.3 million households with access to connectivity.


And according to a survey of 2,000 adults, the average adult hasn’t steered clear of technology more than three-and-a-half years old.

While 81 per cent have a mobile phone which is collecting dust in a drawer which has not been used for more than a year.

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Max Taylor, Consumer Director, Vodafone UK, which commissioned the research, said: “It is shocking to see how old technology is lying around our homes.

“It’s easy to keep an old tech tool in case something goes wrong with a new one, but when that ‘just in case’ moment hasn’t come for a year, it’s probably time to sort it out.”

Lack of motivation in surveys, not having enough time and keeping it tidy is one of the top reasons to clean documents.

And instead of throwing out old technology, adults call them ‘just in case’ something happens to their upgraded phones, and two out of 10 can’t be bothered to get rid of them.

Nearly a fifth of those polled also admitted that they consider themselves hoarders when it comes to technology.

Another a quarter will be more likely to sell an old car when buying a new one than to sell technical items when buying a replacement.

It also emerged that more than one in 10 feel the need to keep up with the latest technology, with one-third thinking the best time to buy new technology is either on release day or shortly after.

While one in three expect to get at least one tech gift this Christmas, thousands of people buy themselves new gadgets hoping to hit Boxing Day sales.

But despite a report from Ofcom that 1.5 million households live in a ‘digital exclusion’ – meaning they lack the connectivity, devices or digital skills needed to participate in society – two in 10 adults do not. Knew it was possible to donate an old device. Charity.

Currently, only six percent would consider donating their old technology.

In addition, at least 48 percent do not know how to responsibly recycle or get rid of old technology.

While four in 10 do not know what digital poverty means, 57 per cent consider internet access and connectivity an essential right.

According to the OnePoll study, it also found that more than a third would give away the old device if they knew it would make a difference to someone.

To encourage people to donate their unused technology, Vodafone in association with Roman Kemp has launched ‘Reboxing Day’.

Max Taylor said: “With so much of modern life centered around technology, those who do not have access to it run the risk of being left behind.

“Most people have old appliances at home that they know they’ll never use again.

“That’s why this Christmas we’re calling on the British public to help combat digital poverty by donating their old devices, anyone can donate an old device – you don’t need to be a Vodafone customer to participate .

“Then we’ll add six months of free data, calls and texts and gift your old devices to the people who need them most.”



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