Improved levels of sophistication in the mid-range smartphone market could encourage mobile recycling by consumers, if recent suggestions are anything to go by.
Futuresource Consulting’s end-of-year forecasts for 2009 revealed that smartphone sales represented 17 per cent of handsets shipped during the year.
The company predicts that by the year 2013, more than one billion people will own a smartphone.
Conrad Longmore, editor at Mobile Gazette, said: "Samsung’s Bada platform also looks to push smartphone capabilities to mid-range devices. So, it is likely that 2010 will see mid-market handsets becoming progressively smarter."
He added that at the top of the market, many consumers will be looking to upgrade their current smartphones with newer devices.
According to research from Gartner, smartphone sales in 2009 grew by 23.6 per cent in comparison to 2008 levels.
The company anticipates that globally average selling prices for smartphone handsets will decline by three per cent this year.
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Posted by Paul Whalley