Ed Sheeran gets a mobile phone after four years without one

Ed Sheeran reveals he has bought a £59 Nokia phone after FOUR YEARS without one so he can use NHS track and trace after travelling overseas

Ed Sheeran has finally bought a mobile phone after boycotting them in 2017 so that NHS track and trace could get hold of him when he was travelling. 

The 30-year-old singer bought a very basic £59.99 Nokia 3310 to reassure the government scheme he was still quarantining when returning from overseas. 

Ed told Jessie Ware on her Table Manners podcast that the NHS were really trying to ‘catch him out’ but he didn’t have a phone for them to contact him on, so he was forced to buy one. 

Technology: Ed Sheeran, 30,  has finally bought a mobile phone after boycotting them in 2017 so that NHS track and trace could get hold of him amid travelling.

The Shape of You hitmaker had been following the five day test release scheme which enables international travellers to finish quarantine on the fifth day if a private PCR test comes back negative. 

He said on the 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.

Stripped back: The singer has bought a very basic £59.99 Nokia 3310 to reassure the government scheme he was still quarantining when he had to

‘They were really on me. I think they were trying to catch me out.’ 

He was left wondering whether the phone was tracking his location and reporting it back to the NHS as they called him within half an hour of leaving the house on the fifth day. 

‘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”‘.

Ed revealed he didn’t know how they would have known and was left speculating whether his neighbours had said something. 

‘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?”‘

Necessity: He told Jessie Ware on her Table Manners podcast the NHS were really trying to ‘catch him out’ but he didn’t have a phone for them to contact him on

The phone is so basic that Ed can’t even download social media apps, and revealed in the interview with his singer pal he doesn’t even know the password to his TikTok account, and just makes the videos while someone else uploads them. 

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

The purchase of the device comes after he has announced the release of his new album = (pronounced equals).   

The songwriter unveiled his 14-song track list on Thursday, which includes his emotionally charged track Visiting Hours.

The Thinking Out Loud hitmaker detailed how the album is ‘really personal’ and confirmed he sees the piece as his ‘coming-of-age record’, having become a father and tied the knot since he last released an album.

Off grid: The phone is so basic Ed can’t even download social media apps, and revealed in the interview with his singer pal that he doesn’t even know the password to his TikTok account

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