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Could tablet devices help encourage mobile phone recycling?
(01/03/2011 16:51:38)

The burgeoning popularity of a relatively new product could lead to more people looking for mobile phone recycling options in order to engage in the latest trend.

However, perhaps surprisingly this is not in reference to smartphone devices - but tablets.

According to Research In Motion's (RIM) UK managing director Stephen Bates, tablet devices can overhaul the currently popular smartphones in the next few years.

Speaking at a mobile phone seminar in London, Mr Bates claimed that smartphone gadgets, which have become renowned for offering more than just phone calls and text messages, will revert back to their basic fundamentals.

This, he said, is because consumers will be able to satisfy their needs for playing music, watching videos and using other media facilities through tablets.

"We're going to see a change in behaviour, the tablet is going to come in as a media device and we're going to see the smartphone drifting back to pure communications," he commented.

However, Mr Bates did concede that mobile devices such as the BlackBerry will still be popular among those who use social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter.

"We have more users of Twitter on BlackBerry than any other platform, and Facebook has told us that BlackBerry users are three times more interactive on Facebook than any other device users," he added.

A number of mobile phone manufacturers have already made the transition from solely producing communications gadgets into developing tablet devices.

ABI Research recently noted that 4.5 million tablets were shipped in the third quarter of 2010, showing that the gadgets are indeed becoming more popular.

Interest in tablets is expected to take on even more significance soon, as Apple is scheduled to launch its iPad 2 device.

The Wall Street Journal reports that e-books and other publications, such as newspapers and magazines, would benefit from the expected clamour for the Apple tablet.

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