Smartphone handsets 'will increase in popularity this year'

25 January 2010 — 11:56 AM

Mid-range smartphone handsets will improve throughout this year, it has been suggested.

Improvements in technology may encourage consumers to recycle their old mobile phones for cash to put towards a new handset.

A report by Futuresource Consulting suggests that by 2013, more than one billion people will own a smartphone and sales of the handsets are rising quickly despite only currently occupying 17 per cent of mobile phone shipments.

Conrad Longmore, editor at Mobile Gazette, said: "At the top of the market, many consumers will be looking to replace their existing smartphones with newer devices. It is likely that 2010 will see mid-market handsets becoming progressively smarter."

He added that a fourth generation iPhone is expected to be released sometime during 2010 and this could encourage existing customers to upgrade their used phones.

Research from Gartner anticipates that global average selling prices for enhanced phones and smartphones will decline by three per cent this year.

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