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Global Refurbished Handset Market Set to Grow by 8% in 2014

by Neil Mawston | 5月 02, 2014

The latest research from Strategy Analytics’ Wireless Device Strategies (WDS) service forecasts global refurbished handset and second-hand handset sales are set to increase by 8% in 2014.

We define refurbished handsets as handsets manufactured by legitimate vendors with a valid IMEI number that was previously owned and which has been professionally refurbished by either a third-party refurbishing company or factory-refurbished. Companies that refurbish handsets typically buy them directly from individuals and mobile operators or from retailers who have taken devices in trade towards new handsets.

A key driver in refurbished handset sales is the continuing growth of legitimate new handset sales worldwide, combined with shortening replacement cycles for these handsets in certain markets, which is creating huge volumes of no-longer-used handsets. Another driver is early-upgrade programs, such as Next from AT&T (in the US), which allow customers to purchase a new device as often as every 12 months.  Moreover, operators' desire in many countries to use refurbs as indirect subsidies for brand-new device purchases is an additional driving factor of the growth in this sector.

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