Selling old mobile to join smartphone revolution may be popular

21 July 2010 — 3:57 PM

Selling old mobile to join smartphone revolution may be popular

An increased number of people could be set to sell their old mobile phone and upgrade to a smartphone in the coming years.

New findings by Juniper Research show the number of downloads from app stores - such as Apple's iTunes and Nokia's Ovi Store - will rise from 2.6 billion in 2009 to more than 25 billion in 2015.

However, it could be that the majority of these are through the few leading brands, with report author Dr Windsor Holden noting it will be tough for others to break into the market.

He says: "Apple has been able to achieve several billion downloads from a comparatively small handset base because customers are buying the iPhone for the apps."

This is not the case for many other providers, so growth in the app market remains a challenge.

Apple's iTunes Store offers music, video and apps to users of its handsets, such as the iPad and iPhone range.

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