Smartphones could be an option for those trading in used phones

3 February 2010 — 11:40 AM

Consumers could be tempted to trade in their used phones for a new smartphone in the coming year, if recent suggestions are anything to go by.

Strategy Analytics reports that global smartphone shipments increased 30 per cent year-over-year during the fourth quarter of 2009.

This was the market's fastest rate of growth since the third quarter of 2008.

Jonathan Morris, editor of What Mobile magazine, said: "The iPhone has probably helped educate people that they can now expect to do much more than make calls or text. Many people simply won't want a dumb phone ever again."

He added that the industry needs to be careful to avoid switching over exclusively to smartphones, as it would alienate a large number of users who still want a phone to be just a phone.

ABI Research predicts that smartphone shipments across the world will expand by up to 1.2 billion handsets in 2010.

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