Archive for April, 2018



Designer Of The Sinclair Spectrum Dies

It’s with great sadness we write this blog about the designer of the Sinclair Spectrum, Rick Dickinson who died today.

Who Was Rick Dickinson?

He was a British designer who worked for Sinclair Research and oversaw the development of the famous home computers in the 1980’s. Yep, they were called ‘home computers’ back then, not just computers.

Over his career, he was also responsible for developing technology for the UK company’s touch-sensitive and rubber keyboards.

Rubber keyboards were said to have been a design created to cut costs. Touch sensitive mats were used as they were much cheaper than traditional keyboards with multiple components.

An Inspiration For The Tech Comunity

The machines developed by the company had a reputation amongst gamers, creatives and game makers. Rick Dickinson joined Sinclair in 1979 as a graduate of industrial design from Newcastle Polytechnic.

Although he left the company, he set up his own industrial design consultancy in Cambridgeshire; here he was asked to be  involved in the design of the first Amstrad portable computers.

When we consider early mobiles and games consoles look how they do, thanks to the to the designs of Richard Dickinson; it’s a shame that very few people know his name.

Vintage Technology

When you consider 7.32 million iPhones were sold worldwide in the first quarter of 2018, and how far phones have come since Mr Dickinson designs first hit the market, it’s no surprise he’s an inspiration for designers in 2018.

Although we don’t accept computers for recycling as far back as 1979, the science museum actually has the Spectrum on display. They have not only become an icon of how far technology has come; but also a symbol of design innovation.

Recycling gadgets

If you have any old computers, mobiles or games consoles you’d like to recycle; you can visit our website for an instant quote.



Don’t Miss Out On The Gold Mine

We’ve said it before but it’s amazing how many consumers miss out on the gold mine which is mobile phone recycling.

What Gold Mine?

Have you ever wondered why we pay you so much for your old gadgets? They are packed full of precious metals and components which can be re-used.

Have you ever seen a gold mine, panning for gold it’s like finding a needle in a haystack, which is why gold is so valuable. So, when you consider how much gold there is in gadgets like mobile phones, you begin to understand why we offer cash for your old gadgets.

You Won’t Get Rich From It

Before everybody goes crazy trying to buy up old mobile phones in a bid to make a fortune, or a necklace. You can get around 1 gram of gold out of 41 mobiles. Depending on the carat (ranging from 9-24) you’d earn between £10.60 and £28.23 for all 41 mobiles.

It’s not just gold that can be found, but it is one of the most valuable metals stored in products like mobile phones. In recent months there has been growth in recycling gadgets; companies are beginning to push to reuse existing resources over mining for new ones.

Urban Mining

This isn’t a new trend, we’ve been doing it for years; however, the world is waking up to recycling realities. It’s vital we consider the importance of recycling gadgets. With the production of mobile phones growing year on year, it’s no surprise as resources run out, producers are beginning to look at reusing the resources held within our previous gadgets.

Why Arent More Companies Doing It?

As you can see by the volume of gold which is in 41 mobile phones, it’s not going to cause a gold rush; but what it really comes down to is the complexity of recycling the gadgets and harnessing the resources.

At the moment, in Europe, there are companies attempting to automate the recycling of LCD screens. Like with mobiles, it’s a highly labour intensive process which provides little monetary benefits.

You’d Like To Cash In And Recycle?

Great news! To get started, all you have to do is visit our main website; enter the details of which gadget you have and we’ll display the price we’d like to pay for it. Not only will you be saving the world’s resources, you could make a little cash out of it too!



We’re Spending More And More Time On Our Mobiles..

It’s a crazy thought that TV usage could come second to mobiles in the future; eMarketer research predicts that we will spend an average of 2 hours and 7 minutes on our phones in 2018.

Will We Stop Watching TV Any Time Soon?

Probably not; while we’re spending less time watching live TV every year and more time on our mobile devices, they haven’t overtaken them yet.

When you see how passionate people get about a TV series or even a show in the UK (The Great British Bake Off)  it’s easy to see it’s not going anywhere just yet.

It’s An Age Thing

Age plays a huge part in how you watch TV; data shows that the older generation of 65+-year-olds watch on average 6 hours and 12 minutes of TV every day. While the younger generation of 16-24-year-olds only watch an average of 1 hour & 7 minutes, no doubt spending their spare time on a mobile phone.

How We Spend Our Time

The data shows that in 2017 adults in the UK spent an average of 9 hours and 31 minutes per day on a major media source; with mobile accounting for almost half of that time.

Although TV viewing dropped in 2016 by 2.3%  it still accounts for 31.7% of our daily media time. In China, TV viewing time has now been totally eclipsed by the amount of time spent on mobile phones.

Number Of 4G Mobiles In The UK

In 2017 Ofcom reported that there were 52.4 million mobile phone subscriptions to the 4G network. This is up from 39.4 million in 2016. This figure highlights how vast the growth has been in the mobile phone market since the introduction of 4G and the services that compliment it like Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

In 2017 it was reported that 76% of adults own a smartphone, up from 71%; the figures also show a growth in mobile-only homes up to 18% from 14%.

It is thought by 2022 there will be over 53 million individuals using smartphones; this is an increase of over 12 million users.

Mobile Recycling

With over 12 million new mobile users by 2022 and a whole host of new technology; it’s no surprise there will be millions of mobile phones that require recycling.

If you’d like to recycle your phone today and find out how much we’ll pay for it visit