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nokia_n95_vodafone_musicsationExpensive Christmas? Perhaps that old mobile phone could help you claw back some wonga? That certainly seems to have been the attitude of a lot of people, with SellMyMobile.com confirming that consumers recycled £0.5m worth of old mobiles in a New Year splurge.

Figures from SellMyMobile.com revealed that old Nokia handsets make up seven of the top 10 most recycled devices since Boxing Day.

Overall, British consumers recycled more than £545,000 worth of old mobile phones in the weeks following Christmas, having excitedly unwrapped new models on the big day itself.

The Nokia N95 was the most popular recycled handset for the period of 26 December 2009 to 15 January 2010.

“In total, SellMyMobile.com saw 22,078 phones recycled during the immediate weeks following Christmas, with an average value of £25 per phone paid out to consumers for their old handsets,” a statement from the company said.

Despite the bumper trade ins, Keir McConomy, MD at SellMyMobile.com, estimated that there were more than 80 million old mobile phones sitting around in drawers and cupboards across the country at an estimated value of £1.6bn.

The top 10 most recycled mobile handsets in the UK during that period were:

1) Nokia N95 8GB
Recycled Value: £118.70

2) Nokia 6500 Slide
Recycled Value: £45

3) Nokia N95
Recycled Value: £87.50

4) Nokia 6300
Recycled Value: £37.50

5) Samsung U900 Soul
Recycled Value: £35.50

6) Nokia 5800 Xpress Music
Recycled Value: £86

7) Sony Ericsson K800i
Recycled Value: £25.50

8) Nokia N97
Recycled Value: £210

9) Samsung U600
Recycled Value: £17.50

10) Nokia N96
£125