iPhone 3G is the most recycled phone

The Apple iPhone 3G is the most-recycled handset in the UK, according to a price comparison site, as people seek to cut the cost of upgrading to iPhone 4.

Thousands of people have been trading in their old mobile phones for cash in order to help pay for an upgrade to Apple’s latest handset, the iPhone 4.

Sell My Mobile, a mobile phone recycling price comparison site, reports that the iPhone 3G, Apple’s second-generation handset, is the most popular phone to be recycled in the UK this month, with owners getting up to £170 in exchange for their unwanted iPhone.

According to the site, the 8GB and 16GB models of the iPhone 3G, as well as the 16GB iPhone 3GS, the third-generation iPhone, were the most-recycled handsets last month. The Nokia 5800 Xpress Music was also one of the most-recycled, as was the BlackBerry Curve 8900.

Sell My Mobile said the average price offered to phone users for their unwanted handset was £77.75, but warned that there were big differences in the prices offered by different mobile phone recycling sites. Users looking to offload the 16GB model of the iPhone 4, for instance, could lose out on an extra £132 if they didn’t shop around for the best recycling price deal.

Apple said that it had sold more than 1.7 million iPhone 4s in the three days after the device went on sale on June 24, making it one of the most successful launches in Apple’s history.

However, scores of users have complained about poor reception on the new phone, caused whenever the left hand covers the antenna points that run around the side of the device. Apple has since admitted a problem with the phones, but said it was a software issue, whereby an incorrect number of bars were displayed to indicate signal strength.

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