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So I went and checked out new phones today. It seems it was actually quite a good idea, as when (eventually) the phone shop guy took the back off my old phone to swap contact numbers and stuff, we found that the battery was at least 50% fatter than it should be. In that "OMG!! It's going to explode!!" kind of way. Possibly, since it's the same model AFAIR, the same thing that happened to M's phone.

So first question - anyone know how to dispose of a mobile phone battery *safely*? I've already taken it out of the phone and don't have any intention of putting it back inside.

Actually that's the only question. Just cos I know people will be curious, I've gone for the HTC Desire in the end. Surprisingly, it wasn't on the list of free upgrades I could get online, but was available in the store. Meh. It is pretty shiny and light, but not that much different to a Blackberry from first impressions. Just have to wait for the SIM to wake up and then I can start (not) receiving phonecalls.


Most councils have some sort of battery disposal facility. Check your website
Does you work have one of these boxs for recycling of waste not to go into a landfill. I have one for batteries, emptry spray cans, etc.
The hardest thing to get used will be the touch screen keyboard (if you got the basic Desire, not the Z). My thumbs are too fat so I waited until the Z with the slide out keyboard was available. The only problem is that it's almost twice as heavy as the regular Desire.

Yeah, your local recyling center should take the battery, if they take old electronic gubbins.

The touchscreen isn't an issue - I've had many months of practice using various Blackberrys cos of work. Plus the "i think you typed this" error correction seems to work pretty good IMO.

Ah right, most blackberries I've seen have physical keyboards.

There are a few models with touchscreens out there now, plus one that has a slide out keyboard similar to the HTC Desire Z you mentioned.