A couple recently got engaged using a ring made from the smartphones they credit with bringing them together, in a world-first proposal!

The ring – created by O2 Recycle to celebrate its tenth anniversary – in partnership with bespoke sustainable jeweller Lylie’s – has been made from the couple’s recycled iPhone 5s smartphones.

A Match Made in Cyber Space

The ring is made from the handset speakers and microphones that James Lawrence and Hayley Orchard used for whispering sweet nothings to each other, the cameras they used for selfies and video chat when living apart, and a gold band created using the very circuit boards that kept those phones alive.

Newly engaged James Lawrence, from Melksham, said: “I met my fiancée Hayley on Tinder and quickly realised she was the one for me. The foundations of our relationship were built by spending hours sharing messages every day and having long telephone conversations before bed every night. Those foundations turned into a house that we now share with our 10-month-old daughter and I wanted to celebrate the phones that brought me together with the love of my life. Hayley thought the ring looked beautiful and jumped at the chance to show all of her friends, she couldn’t be happier with the sentiment.”

Soul Mates via Smartphones

Research by O2 Recycle, surveying 2,022 millennials from across the UK, discovered that as many as two out of five (42%) believe it would be impossible to find and maintain a relationship without their smartphone in the 21st Century. It is becoming increasingly likely millennials will depend on their mobiles to find love. Almost three quarters (73%) of millennials now actively use mobile dating apps to find a partner, meaning more now meet their soul mate via their smartphone.

Despite preconceptions, almost twice as many (30%) are looking for someone to marry on mobile dating apps. As a result, a fifth (19%) of millennials using mobile dating apps have gone on to get engaged to someone they matched with, while a third (31%) first raised the idea of a proposal via their phone rather than face-to-face for fear of awkward conversations in person.

Once in a relationship, mobile phones remain essential, with a quarter (27%) of millennials confessing they speak to their partner more often via the phone than they do face-to-face. This is particularly true during the early stages of a relationship when they’re getting to know each other, as the average millennial spends over three hours (183 minutes) per day communicating with their partner via call, text and social media during the first three months.

O2 Recycle

O2 Recycle offers cash payments for phones, tablets and wearables. Celebrating its tenth anniversary this month, the scheme is available to everyone, O2 customers and non-customers alike, and offers a price-match guarantee within seven days of placing your order.

Nicola Green, Director of Corporate Affairs at O2, says: “Since 2009, O2 Recycle has saved 450 tonnes of waste from landfill – that’s the equivalent of thirty-five London buses’ worth of phones being recycled, and over £225 million going back to environmentally conscious customers. We hope the story of James and Hayley will inspire even more people to see that recycling can mean a new life for your old mobile, once you’re finished with it.”

To find out more about the O2 Recycle scheme, head in-store to O2 in Pescod Square.

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