Ed Sheeran buys mobile after going without one for over four years

ED Sheeran has finally bought a mobile after four years without one.

The songwriter, 30, famously did not own a mobile after ditching them in 2017.


The songwriter, 30, famously did not own a mobile after ditching them in 2017Credit: AP

He got a basic £59.99 Nokia 3310 so he could assure NHS Test and Trace he was in quarantine after foreign trips.

Ed told a podcast: “I’ve been doing promotion overseas and quarantine afterwards.

“The Government call you but I didn’t have a phone for them to call me on.

“They were really on me. I think they were trying to catch me out.”

Ed followed the five day test release scheme which allows international travellers to finish quarantine on their fifth day if a private PCR test comes back negative.

But NHS staff rang him half an hour after he left the house – leaving him to question whether his movements were being tracked through the location on his phone.

He told pal Jessie Ware on her Table Manners podcast: “I don’t know if they have GPRS tracking but we did a five day test to release thing and on the fifth day I left and then they rung and were like ‘you’ve left your house’.

“So I don’t know whether my neighbours are just ringing up. But I basically got the all-clear on an email just saying ‘you’re ready to go’ so I left and within half an hour they were like ‘why have you left?’.

His new phone is unable to download social media applications – and Ed revealed he doesn’t even know the password for his own TikTok account.

Ed said: “I don’t know the login for my TikTok. People tell me to do this video and then I guess it goes up.”

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