Gift your old smartphone to Community Calling and you could provide a lifeline Do you have an old phone lying in a drawer somewhere that could transform the life of someone in need? We've partnered with O2 to bring you Community Calling, a donation project that sees old smartphones be data-wiped, cleaned and gifted with free credit to owners who otherwise wouldn't have internet access. If you'd like to gift your old phone today, please sign up here. Follow the 4 easy steps for more information. SIGN UP TO GIFT YOUR PHONE 1) Does your old phone qualify? We are grateful for all working smartphones that: Have an intact screen Charge properly (if you can donate your charger too, that would be great) (If your phone doesn’t qualify you can still put it to good use by recycling it through O2 recycle.) 2) How to deliver your phone? Sign up below to get a Freepost envelope – then pop the phone in a post box, no need to go to the post office. 3) The techy stuff... Remove any accounts e.g. iCloud or Gmail accounts. If your phone is connected to an account, we won’t be able to regift it, so this is important! Unlock from networks – please check with your network to see if you need to unlock your phone — EE, Vodafone, Three, O2, Virgin, GiffGaff. If you have trouble doing this, please still send your phone and we can unlock it. Data-wipe – our tech partner, Reconome, will professionally wipe the data from your phone, but you can wipe it yourself if you’d prefer. Please see here for guidance on the above. 4) Say goodbye…. Goodbyes are hard, unless you know you are potentially changing someone’s life for the better! So, hold your phone for the last time, slip it into an envelope and wave goodbye at your nearest post box. Thank you! SIGN UP TO GIFT YOUR PHONE If you’re a business wanting to get involved: Email us at [email protected] for help engaging your employees or find out how to bulk donate phones as a business Work at a café, gym, retailer or similar? Find out more about hosting a Community Calling drop-off point at your workplace Are you a teacher or a parent? Check out our schools learning guide or get in touch with us at [email protected] to find out how to engage your school If you don't have a spare phone, you could gift someone data instead. Find out how to here. What is Community Calling? Covid-19 has seen us all change the way we interact with each other. With 77% of us using our phones and the internet as a coping strategy, lockdown for those without a device hasn’t been easy. At the start of lockdown, Hubbub, together with O2, trialled a campaign that re-homed a whopping 538 smartphones with vulnerable, and otherwise digitally excluded, owners. With 28 to 125 million smartphones lying unused in people’s homes in the UK, we’re expanding our brilliant initiative with the hope of redistributing another 2000 smartphones across three London boroughs with support from the public and businesses. Along with the phone, each beneficiary will receive 12 months of free credit provided by O2. Following the London expansion, we will be taking Community Calling to five locations nationwide: Manchester; Bristol; Leeds; South Wales and Glasgow with the aim of supporting a total of 10,000 digitally excluded households. This is part of our wider aim of encouraging the government to invest in and improve digital access across the UK. We want the government to create much needed community connection hubs to create employment opportunities and support people who are currently disconnected. Read more about the wider aims of our Greenprint here.