Those planning to recycle mobile phones in the near future may realise that a smartphone is an increasingly popular option when it comes to replacing a device.

According to the latest figures from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the smartphone market is likely to grow by 55 per cent this year.

This means some 472 million such handsets will be snapped up by consumers, compared with the 305 million that were shipped in 2010.

Kevin Restivo, senior research analyst at IDC, said the smartphone floodgates are now open and users in all four corner of the globe are flocking to the models.

"Mobile phone users around the world are turning in their talk-and-text devices for smartphones as these devices allow users to perform daily tasks like shopping and banking from anywhere," he stated.

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech recently concluded that Android-based phones are now the most popular among people in six out of eight countries.

Posted by Samantha Green

Written by Mazuma

Mazuma Mobile is the UK's most trusted mobile phone recycling service.

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