Is mobile recycling in order to pick up cheap smartphone increasingly popular?

27 September 2010 — 12:02 PM

BlackBerry models are popular with smartphone users

Many people could be recycling used mobiles in order to splash out on an affordable smartphone as its replacement.

According to Conrad Longmore, editor of Mobile Gazzette, there is currently a surge in demand for the latest devices, especially those with WiFi capabilities.

"Touchscreen smartphones are certainly a very fashionable and strongly selling item in the contract market and many prepay customers are also interested in having something similar," he says.

Mr Longmore's suggestion is backed up by recent figures from research organisation GfK, which noted a seven per cent expansion of the prepay smartphone market between August 2009 and the same month in 2010.

Using a smartphone on a pay-as-you-go basis may be one way for mobile customers to enjoy the benefits of modern technology while keeping a lid on how much they spend.

Reports earlier this month suggest Everything Everywhere is to cater for such demand by building a next-generation long-term evolution mobile network that will cope with increased data use.

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