Vodafone has partnered with the charity Barnardo’s to launch “The Great British Tech Appeal” – and it needs your help.
The Great British Tech Appeal aims to collect smartphones and tablets for underprivileged families, children and charity workers, and calls on the public to donate their unwanted devices.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown that followed highlighted the importance of communication, with many people isolating themselves and cut off from face-to-face contact with family and friends.
However, a large number of people across the country still do not have access to smartphones and tablets, making it more difficult for them to stay in touch. According to one study, ‘digital poverty’ affects around 700,000 children and young people across the UK, meaning they don’t have access to mobile devices or the internet at home.
In contrast, it is estimated that there are 40 million unused mobile devices in UK homes. A recent study found that up to half of all UK households have a mobile device that is not in use, and around 45% may even have up to 5 devices that are not in use. So it’s time to put that old phone you haven’t touched in years to put it to better use.
How to make a donation
The Great British Tech Appeal wants working smartphones and tablets, and it’s easy for you to get involved and help a good cause. Donating your unwanted devices is easy and completely free. All you have to do is head to The great call of British technology, fill out a short form and then you will receive a donation kit with everything you need in the mail.
Before sending your device, your device, you must reset it to its factory settings to make sure that it is no longer protected with a password or PIN, remove the SIM card and make sure to turn off all ‘find my device’ settings (such as like Find My iPhone), if these settings are not turned off, The Great British Tech Appeal may not be able to donate your device.
Then, after you’ve sorted the devices you’re sending, place them in the prepaid return envelope provided and send them to a mailbox or post office.
When The Great British Tech Appeal receives your devices, they will be completely erased of all personal data, repackaged with essential accessories like a cable and charger, and then distributed to those in need. People who receive tablets or smartphones will also get three months of free unlimited connection. After this time, they can choose to stay with Vodafone or are free to join another network with their device unlocked.
In the event that your donated device cannot be distributed, it will be responsibly recycled for the rare items that are used to make smartphones, so it will always go to a good cause.
Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery said: “Our focus throughout this crisis has been to keep the UK connected. We have provided technical support to our charitable partners and the vulnerable people they care for; and across the UK, our teams have worked hard to give NHS hospitals, frontline staff and emergency services the connectivity they need to do their amazing jobs. “
“However, we know that thousands of children and families still cannot access essential learning or support because they don’t have the devices or connectivity they need. The Great British Tech Appeal relies on the generosity of the public and we call to support this call. Your old phone or tablet could truly change a life. “
For more information, visit The great call of British technology.