Used smartphone market prospers as new sales wane - Mobile World Live

Used smartphone market prospers as new sales wane

14 JAN 2020

Analyst company IDC predicted global shipments of second-hand smartphones in 2019 would total 206.7 million units, up from 175.8 million in 2018, as sales of new devices stagnate.

Research manager Anthony Scarsella noted the used smartphone market continues to rise and “shows no signs of slowing down across all parts of the globe”.

The growth was attributed to an increased demand for smartphones with affordable price points. The company noted manufacturers struggled “to produce new models that strike a balance between desirable new features and a price that is seen as reasonable”.

IDC’s figures show shipments of new smartphones in Q3 2019 stagnated, growing 0.8 per cent year-on-year to 358.3 million units, albeit this is still far in excess of the company’s full-year expectation for second-hand devices.

The company predicted the used market will grow to 332.9 million units by 2023, with a CAGR of 13.6 per cent.

Recently IDC tipped demand for 5G devices to spur a recovery in new smartphone shipments in 2020. In its latest statement, it noted this should boost the used market as customers’ trade in their 4G devices for 5G models.



Manny Pham

Manny joined Mobile World Live in September 2019 as a reporter based in London. He has previous experience in telecoms having worked for B2B publication Mobile News for three years where he climbed up to the position of Features Editor....

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