When you think of a used smartphone, you probably picture a mobile collecting dust in the back of a drawer. Something that is only brought back to life to tide you over when your current device is broken or lost, or as a hand-me-down to a friend or relative in need. But used smartphones shouldn’t just be destined for the drawer.
With India recently overtaking the United States as the second largest mobile market and well on its way to 1 billion unique subscribers by 2020, it’s no surprise that the GSMA is emphasizing its focus on this market.
This past September I attended Mobile Future Forward for the 5th time. Every year, Chetan Sharma puts on a great show that brings together some of the greatest leaders in the mobile communications business.
Since the beginning of Mobile Future Forward, 7 years ago, Chetan has been building up the fourth wave theory—the idea that mobile telecom revenue has moved from voice technology to messaging services to data connectivity, as each generation becomes commoditized.
Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions
Smartphones are just about everywhere. They have become the indispensable electronic device, and the numbers back it up: More than 1.4 billion smartphones were sold worldwide in 2015.
But there’s a flip side to this incredible purchasing trend: electronic waste. In the U.S. alone, more than 150 million smartphones are discarded annually. Consumers who are thrilled to dispose of the old to enjoy the new device and move on to a new one, may not realize how many devices end up in landfills, polluting anywhere between 1,200 to almost 5,000 gallons of ground water per device.