MP joins mobile phone campaign to help Africa

PUBLISHED: 16:09 02 November 2006 | UPDATED: 12:05 04 May 2010

SOUTH East Cambridgeshire MP Jim Paice has donated his old mobile phone to the Phones 4 Africa campaign

SOUTH East Cambridgeshire MP Jim Paice has donated his old mobile phone to the Phones 4 Africa campaign

SOUTH East Cambridgeshire MP Jim Paice has donated his old mobile phone to the Phones 4 Africa campaign - launched this week - and urged his constituents to follow suit. Donated phones will be reconditioned and reused in African nations - improving mobile

SOUTH East Cambridgeshire MP Jim Paice has donated his old mobile phone to the Phones 4 Africa campaign - launched this week - and urged his constituents to follow suit.

Donated phones will be reconditioned and reused in African nations - improving mobile communications in the developing world and helping to protect the environment.

Mr Paice said: "Every hour 1,712 mobile phones are upgraded in the UK alone and despite having a lifespan of 10 years, we usually keep them for 18 months on average. People living in Africa do not have the same luxury.

"Donating unwanted mobile phones will not only improve mobile communications in Africa but will help to protect the environment. That is why I am getting involved in the Phones 4 Africa campaign."

INFO: Anyone wishing to donate their old handsets to this campaign should send them to FREEPOST Fonebak Vodafone Africa.

n If all mobile-users in the UK threw their old phones in the bin we'd be land-filling £650,000- worth of silver a year, not to mention the toxic chemicals that would leak into the environment.

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