O2 is teaming up with environmental charity Hubbub to encourage Londoners to donate old and unused smartphones to neighbours that need them.
The trial – named ‘Community Calling’ – aims to tackle loneliness and enable contact tracing for those living in unconnected households.
O2 will kickstart the trial by gifting 800 refurbished smartphones and O2 Pay as you Go SIM cards to ‘digitally excluded’ people in the Southwark area.
Related: Best phoneO2 is inviting members of the Southwark community and surrounding areas with old or unused phones lying around to donate to the project.
O2 will share learnings from the Southwark trial to help inform recycling and re-use initiatives across the UK.

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