The continuing increase in the number of mobiles connected around the world may result in many people from a variety of countries opting to recycle their used phones.
New figures from ABI Research show the total number of subscriptions to handsets on the planet is likely to pass the six billion mark by the end of the year.
Areas of particularly strong activity include the Asia-Pacific region, which is set to account for more than half of all mobile ownerships in 2011.
Currently, just 18 per cent of mobiles around the world are 3G or 4G-enabled, but this is expected to increase rapidly in the near future, perhaps paving the way for people to recycle old devices.
China is leading the way on this topic, as it has already passed the 100 million mark in terms of 3G subscriptions.
One desirable model is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which was named as the fastest mobile of all in a recent study by Anandtech.
Posted by Samantha Green