Recycling mobile may be essential to join smartphone shopping revolution

1 December 2010 — 2:13 PM

An iPhone can be ideal for ordering goods online

Shopping-mad Brits may find they need to recycle their mobile and put the money gained towards a new smartphone if they are to keep up with a predicted retail trend.

Patricia Davidson, author of The Shopaholic's Top 1000 Websites, forecasts a significant growth in the amount of phone-based purchases being made over the coming years.

She believes people will increasingly log on to retail portals via their iPhone, BlackBerry or HTC model to pick up a bargain.

"We are going to see more and more apps and there is going to be more and more mobile shopping," Ms Davidson states.

While she admits the method will never compete with purchases made on the high street, she suggests the potential for growth is "phenomenal" – and the only way to keep up could be to invest in a new smartphone.

Her comments follow a survey by Tesco that concluded over a third of individuals will use their mobile this Christmas to buy gifts and other items.

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