Consumers who are considering recycling their mobile phone might wish to upgrade to a high-end smartphone, as the devices are becoming more and more popular.
According to figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC), people around the world are becoming increasingly "eager" to replace old-fashioned phones with more modern handsets.
The organisation noted that consumers want devices that can now handle data as well as make traditional voice calls.
IDC said this shift in attitudes is helping to fuel growth in the international mobile phone market, as people are replacing their handsets with newer and more sophisticated alternatives.
Figures from the organisation showed that between October and December 2010, the sector enjoyed year-on-year growth of 17.9 per cent.
This is the highest rate of annual growth since an increase of 22.6 per cent was recorded in 2006.
Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst at IDC, commented: "The mobile phone market has the wind in its sails.
"Feature phone users looking to do more with their devices will flock to smartphones in the years to come."
Estimates from IDC suggest that the smartphone sub-market will expand by 43.7 per cent this year.
Statistics from the research group also revealed that during the final quarter of 2010, Nokia smartphones enjoyed a significant surge in popularity.
Figures showed that in the last quarter of the year, the volume of smartphone shipments was 38 per cent up on the amount recorded 12 months earlier.
IDC credited the Nokia C7 and C6-01 devices with helping to fuel this trend.
The Samsung Galaxy S was also named as a popular smartphone during this period, along with the Apple iPhone.
This comes after research by Canalys revealed that handsets with the Google Android operating system made up 25 per cent of the global smartphone market between July and September last year.