Bamboo Mobile Estimates the U.S. Used Device Trade-in Market Reached Over $900 Million in 2012

Feb 07, 2013, 08:00 ET from Compass Intelligence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new report from Bamboo Mobile, a division of Compass Intelligence, there is over 324 million idle or deactivated mobile phones in the United States.  Of those devices, about 15% were actually recycled or traded back in during the year.  The new market study shows that customers are interested in recycling their devices (particularly when they sell them back to the provider) – and in some cases—are becoming more aware of the recycling options, but there is considerable room to grow.

"New programs have really brought much-needed attention to this issue.  In 2012, all of the major network operators had in-store trade-in programs; online options continued to grow and so did the availability of automated recycling kiosks in the US," says Kate Pearce, Strategist and Sr. Consultant at Compass Intelligence. 

Bamboo Mobile estimates that the buy back or trade-in market (i.e., the monetary amount that customers receive for their used devices) was valued at around $900 million in 2012 and is expected to grow to a several billion dollar market over the next few years.

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