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Smartphone boom could lead to more mobile phone recycling
(17/02/2011 15:43:39)

More people may be looking to recycle mobile phones to replace them with increasingly popular smartphones.

A new study conducted by Gartner showed that people in the US are now far more likely to buy a smartphone than a standard handset.

The devices were heralded as the most sought after gadgets in the country, surpassing the demand for PCs, laptops and tablets.

Gartner had asked mobile phone owners from countries ranging from the US, Italy, India and the UK what technology they were planning to buy this year.

Having analysed the results, the firm has predicted that the number of smartphone shipments in 2011 is likely to rise to 95 million in the US alone.

This is a huge leap from the 67 million devices sold in the country throughout 2010.

According to Gartner principal research analyst Hugues de la Vergne, the facility to allow smartphone users to access email and social networking sites has been crucial to the rise of the technology.

"Continued low retail pricing and widespread adoption of applications like web browsing, email, Twitter, Facebook, GPS and games will continue to stimulate consumer demand," he remarked.

Mr de la Vergne noted that affordable monthly contracts were also appealing to people looking to snap up the latest smartphones.

Despite this, he suggested that a further reduction in tariffs could lead to an even greater influx of consumers looking for smartphone handsets.

"In many cases, consumers will upgrade to higher-priced data plans over time once they get hooked on these services," he added.

A recent study by comScore also reiterated the growth of smartphone devices, suggesting that Apple, Palm, Google, RIM and Microsoft devices were proving the most popular in the US.

It indicated that these five manufacturers accounted for 31.6 per cent of the US market in December 2010, as devices such as RIM's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone become more mainstream.

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