Germans holding onto 124 mln old, unused smartphones - study

Tuesday 13 March 2018 | 15:04 CET | News

Consumers in Germany are holding onto roughly 124 million old, unused smartphones, a 25 percent increase from three years ago, found a representative study of 1,019 Germans from the digital association Bitkom. In contrast, Germans had only 100 million old devices at their disposal in 2015, and only 72 million in 2010. Some 80 percent of Germans from the age of 14, or 56 million people, have at least one unused mobile phone lying around at home, while 59 percent of survey respondents sad they have held onto two or more unused smartphones.

The high sales figures for mobile phones and smartphones in Germany over the past six years show that many consumers in Germany are interested in always owning the latest smartphone due to improvements in battery capacity, data storage or camera quality, said Bitkom. Old devices are switched out for newer models relatively often as a result, they said.

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