Ever Played Snake on a Nokia?
If you’ve never played snake on a Nokia, you are probably in an extremely small minority. At some point, most of us have purchased our own or had a Nokia mobile issued at work, resulting in an unavoidable addiction to playing snake. At one point in time, Nokia was responsible for one out of every three mobile phone sales in the world. As a result most of us have at least one (maybe more) Nokia handset loafing around the house. If you have any, now is the time to cash them in and earn a little money for something you’ll never use again.
What’s Your Favourite Classic Phone?
My favourite phone, and one which I still have, is the Nokia in the image above, although it doesn’t get used anymore for calls or texting. I don’t keep it for any practical purpose, but, then again, I am like so many people who hang on to their old phones. I now have one of the latest all-singing, all-dancing Smartphone to play with. The thing is, though the old SIM card is still in there, and every now and then I have a Snake session – Forget all these shoot-em-up games on the Play station, give me Snake any day. And it isn’t the only old Nokia handset I have loafing around, as I found out when I went searching.
Anyway, I digress. The reason I am writing this is that I have just gotten around to sell Nokia C3 and other handsets I have kept over the years, and although I haven’t made enough to pay off the mortgage, I have made a few quid, all of which comes in handy. Apparently, because of recent legislation which came into fruition in 2007, there is an entire industry which has rapidly sprung up in its wake.
WEEE, the Waste Electronic & Electric Equipment, has placed a duty of care on retailers and manufacturers of electrical and electronic equipment to recycle. Every item of electronic equipment without exception has toxic substances and heavy metals in varying amounts as elements of the manufacturing process. Bromine, cadmium, arsenic, lead, and mercury are just a few of these toxic substances, and because of this all electronic equipment is now classified as industrial hazardous waste.
Also present is trace and varying amounts of gold, silver, and platinum, precious metals which are becoming increasingly scarce and increasingly valuable. Without all these elements, mobile phones and other electronic equipment wouldn’t operate, or, if they did, it would be at a severely reduced level of efficiency. Because of this legislation, recyclers will pay for redundant electronic equipment; with mobile phones becoming more of a must-have fashion statement and our insatiability to remain in touch with the world, your old handsets now have a ‘price on their heads.’
So, if you can drag yourself away from your addiction to Snake, round up all your old handsets, and corral them in a package to be shipped off, your bank balance in a few days after having them collected by courier could be a little (or a lot) healthier.
Graham Green is a freelance writer and gadget groupie and has recently been investigating how consumers can sell Nokia C3 handsets and others to make a little money on redundant technology.