Vodaphone is partnering with Barnardo’s, the British Red Cross and SafeLives to hand out thousands of donated mobile phones to those most in needs, and are appealing for donations.

They have launched the Great British Tech Appeal, and are asking the public to donate smartphones and tablets that can be given to disadvantaged children, families and the charity workers who support them.

Vodafone will cover all postage and packaging costs and will provide three months’ free connectivity for every device distributed. Every device will be data wiped, re-boxed with a cable and charger and redistributed.

The Great British Tech Appeal will run for six weeks. It will also provide devices to the British Red Cross and to services for victims of domestic abuse via the charity SafeLives.

It is estimated that UK homes contain up to 40 million unused electronic gadgets, including mobile phones and tablets. A recent study carried out by The Royal Society of Chemistry concluded that half of UK homes have at least one unused electronic device and 45% have up to five.  The appeal is looking for any smartphone or tablet in working condition. Donating tech is free of charge.

You can fill in an online form to be sent an envelope in which to donate a device, and find out more about the scheme on the Vodaphone website.


Phones will be delivered to those who need them via Vodaphone’s charity partners across the UK. It is not explained on the website how people will be chosen to receive these donated items, nor who the partners is in this area.  We will keep you posted as details become clear.