Old mobile phones could be traded-in to gain internet access

11 January 2010 — 4:00 PM

Smartphones are having an increasing influence on people's daily lives around the world, it has been suggested.

The handsets allow easier access to the internet and this may encourage consumers to trade in their old mobile phones to purchase one of the handsets.

Nokia has reported that among the 6.8 billion people on the planet there are currently around 4.6 billion mobile phone subscriptions.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, chief executive officer at Nokia, said: "The trend promises to accelerate in the coming decade, as the power and capabilities of smartphones spread across the globe."

He added that for many people around the world their mobile phone could provide them with their first and only access to the internet and that uptake of this technology is "spreading very, very fast".

Nokia is currently offering $1m (£618,000) to the organisation that designs the best mobile product or service for raising the standard of living in emerging economies.

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