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...and 44% of us have no intention of doing anything about it!


New research from gadget insurance brand Row.co.uk found that 31% of UK households own at least one mobile phone worth an average of £75 which is never used. That’s over 8.3 million devices with an eye-watering collective value of £622.5 million.


A further 8% of British households admit to hoarding old mobile phones with an average second-hand value of £125, leaving at least £216 million to collect dust.


The top reason attributed to so many unwanted mobile phones being abandoned is technological advances making old gadgets redundant.


Just 15% of us claim to throw away or sell all unused gadgets, while 85% admit to unnecessarily hoarding at least one old item. A massive 44% of us don’t throw anything away, leaving old technology in the spare room or under the bed.


Mobile phones are not the only gadget left behind when new technology surfaces. 22% of Brits surveyed said they have a laptop worth an average of £125 lying around and never used - a total value of £742.5 million.  


Games Consoles are the third most-likely gadget to be forgotten about, with 21% of us putting £466 million worth under the stairs as people rush to get the latest version.


Counting up the unused mobile phones, laptops and games consoles in the United Kingdom, Row.co.uk believes the worth to be a minimum of £2.3 billion.





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