The number of people trading in mobile phones in favour of newer devices could be on the rise, if one set of figures is to be believed.

Gartner has revealed that some 427.8 million handsets were sold around the world in the first quarter of 2011 – up 19 per cent on the same period in 2010.

A significant amount of consumers snapping up new models might have chosen to trade in their used phones in order to fund the purchase.

The strength of the market may also be an indication that customers are impressed by the range of devices currently available.

Nokia was responsible for more than 100 million of the sales, although its share of the market decreased by 5.5 per cent and the organisation believes it now faces serious competition.

Jason, writing for Nokia Conversations, recently said the brand's mobiles are particularly ideal for fans of US sports, with a number of apps dedicated to the country's favourite games.

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