Mysterious giant mobile phone spotted running through Manchester city centre

UPDATE - mystery solved.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 9th August 2023

Mancs have been baffled this morning by the sight of a gigantic mobile phone running around town. 

Someone dressed as a phone was clocked moving at pace through Manchester city centre. 

The long-legged device travelled from St Peter’s Square down to Piccadilly Gardens before disappearing into the Northern Quarter. 

One eye witness said: “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I thought they might be filming a new series of Trigger Happy TV but with an even bigger phone.”

Another person said: “It was quite unnerving because I’m used to seeing my phones normal-sized.”


When The Manc caught up with the giant phone and asked what they were dressed up for, they refused to answer and just said we’d have to ‘call back at 3pm’. 

They also mumbled something about an exciting opportunity before they vanished. 


We caught something about Mobile Phones Direct too, which is a brand owned by AO that sells ‘as-new’ mobile phones for a fraction of the price.

AO is the first online retailer to stock these ‘as-new’ phones, with handsets including iPhones from the official Apple factory with 12-month warranties. 

Manchester has a bit of a habit for producing giant versions of everyday objects – who could forget the huge pigeon casually strolling past normal-sized ones a few years back. 


And now we’re all sitting waiting for the giant phone to reappear at 3pm today to see what all the fuss is about. 

You might want to keep an eye on The Manc’s Instagram and TikTok pages…

Update – 10 August

The mystery of the giant phone was solved on Wednesday afternoon, when it turned out the giant phone was giving away a free, brand-new, iPhone 14 Pro.

The big device went live on TikTok, Facebook and Instagram and began to run all over Manchester city centre again, prize in hand.

The first person to track him down – and he was fast – sing a ring tone, and shout Mobile Phones Direct, was declared the winner.


And Jake Whitehead was the lucky soul who scooped himself a brand new phone after sprinting all the way from the Northern Quarter to catch The Manc on Cooper Street.

Perfect timing, too – Jake had smashed his own phone the day before…

If you’re also in the market for a new phone, check out Mobile Phones Direct here.

Featured image: The Manc Group