Selling an old mobile could provide cash for easier eBay access

4 January 2010 — 4:00 PM

Easier access online shopping website eBay could prove to be a decisive factor in encouraging consumers to recycle their mobile phone, if a recent report is anything to go by.

The website reports that nearly six million people from 165 countries have an eBay application on their mobile and there are 750,000 unique visits per day to the eBay site from handsets.

Lorrie Norrington, president of eBay Marketplaces, said: "Ebay buyers and sellers have rapidly embraced mobile commerce this year and this holiday season has been a mobile commerce tipping point."

She added that with access to eBay via an iPhone, "great deals are available anytime, anywhere".

It is reported that an item is purchased via Ebay mobile every two seconds, with 1.5 million purchases taking place over the Christmas period - triple the level seen in 2008 - including a $75,000 (£46,215) 1966 Chevrolet Corvette.

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