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Designing Bots for Faster Customer Service

Posted by Chintan Shah on Jan 12, 2021 1:32:20 PM

Here at HYLA Mobile, an Assurant company, we offer a white-labeled customer service function for our trade-in services. In other words, if a customer contacts one of our customers (carrier, retailer, OEM) with a question about the phone they just traded in, that question gets seamlessly shunted in our direction.

Our support is offered via phone, chat, and email, and many if not most of our support requests are received online. In fact, the number of support queries we receive via the internet is very large and continues to grow, which could lead to a problem with scale.

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

Retail for Trade-in Across Carriers, Retailers and OEMs

Posted by Paul Catalano on Dec 28, 2020 1:57:06 PM

When consumers embark on the quest to trade-in their mobile phone, they face a multitude of options regarding where and how to conduct their trade.  All trade-in programs strive to create a very simple experience for this consumer, and they all have many points in common – the customer hands over their old device, the cosmetic & functional condition is verified, and the customer receives payment in return, either in the form of store credit, gift card, or bill credits.  

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

Driving Mobile Trade-ins Beyond Black Friday and the Holiday Season

Posted by Scott Bruce on Nov 19, 2020 2:49:00 PM

Specific dates in the calendar are imperative for the sale of new devices. Christmas has been a staple for years now and Black Friday has become another opportunity to encourage consumers to upgrade to the latest and greatest smartphone.

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

The Importance of Trade-ins to the Apple 12 Launch

Posted by Rebekah Griffiths on Nov 5, 2020 8:05:00 AM

Apple’s recent iPhone 12 event was significant for the smartphone and secondary device market—and not just because Apple launched its first set of 5G devices—but because of the focus Apple placed on trade-ins. In fact, it was the only ancillary offering that was mentioned at any point during the event. 

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

Q3 2020 Mobile Trade-In Data

Posted by Linda Serges on Nov 5, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Each quarter, we analyze the millions of data points we’ve acquired and filtered regarding the mobile device trade-in market. We examine the most-traded devices, total amount of money returned to U.S. consumers, average value of traded devices and more. This quarter we have added trade-in value of wearables to the mix of data we share.

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

Adding Automated Diagnostics to the Smartphone Grading Process

Posted by Karl Medina on Oct 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Assessing pre-owned smartphones manually is not easy nor efficient. First, there’s a problem of scale—massive amounts of trade-ins are conducted every year. Here at HYLA, we processed 3 million pre-owned phones in 2019, which amounts to over 10,000 phones per day. Hiring the number of workers needed to assess these phones purely by hand would be cost-prohibitive, especially since some of these phones aren’t able to return much value other than the cost of their recycled raw materials.

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

Q2 2020 Mobile Trade-In Data: Holding Strong in the Secondary Market

Posted by Linda Serges on Aug 4, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Each quarter, we analyze millions of data points about the mobile device trade-in market. Our research uncovers insights into the most-traded devices, the devices with the highest trade-in values, the total amount of money returned to consumers in the United States, the average value of traded devices, and more.

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

Will Apple delay the launch of its 5G iPhones?

Posted by Biju Nair on Jul 24, 2020 7:29:39 AM

The effort to manufacture and sell smartphones is a truly global effort. From design to sale, one can expect a smartphone to have already traveled halfway around the world, which in recent months, has been an impossibility for people, let alone smartphones. 

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions, 5G

3 Ways Carriers Can Convince Customers to Trade Their Phones

Posted by Scott Bruce on Jun 30, 2020 9:00:00 AM

The secondary market for mobile devices continues to grow, giving you a significant opportunity to strengthen your revenue streams. By 2023, IDC predicts that the market for used smartphones will be worth $67 billion.

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

How do You Sell Device Upgrades During an Economic Downturn

Posted by Scott Bruce on Jun 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

The data is clear. Millions of people have lost their jobs, businesses have been closed, and it’s not clear whether jobs will return. Amidst all of this, carriers, retailers, and OEMs need to keep selling phones in order to keep their own workforce employed. How do companies drive the consumption of new devices during a recession?

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Topics: Device Trade-in Solutions

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