Apple iPhones Make Up 50.6% of the Devices in the Phone Recycling Market in Q1 2013 According to Data

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Are two of the most popular selling phones of 2012 iPhone 4S and 5 being traded in? Are UK consumers switching to Android devices due to disappointment in the latest Apple devices?

Apple leads in 2013 online trade ins

The iPhone 5 is already the 8th most traded in handset of 2013 (months after release)

- The iPhone 5 is already the 8th most traded in handset of 2013 (months after release)

  • Are people switching to Android as the specification of the iPhone 4S and 5 hasn’t met their expectations following the unfortunate demise of Steve Jobs?
  • Data provided is from the first 58 days of 2013 from 150,000 consumers. data from the first 58 days of 2013 show that Apple iPhones make up over 50% of online trade ins through gadget recycling sites. has serviced over £42 Million worth of gadgets and compares prices from over 40 UK recycle stores.

Nearly half of the gadgets traded in over the last 12 months have been Apple devices. The first months of 2013 have seen Apple overtake the 50% mark, now commanding over half of the online trade ins in the UK.

CompareMyMobile Data shows that 6 out of the 10 most popular recycled devices belong to Apple, formally BlackBerry in January 2012.

Apple iPhone 4 16GB ---- 13.6%
Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB ---- 8.2%
BlackBerry Curve 8520 ---- 5.9%
Apple iPhone 4S 16GB ---- 4.6%
Apple iPhone 3GS 8GB ---- 3.8%
Samsung Galaxy S2 i9100 ---- 3.2%
BlackBerry Curve 9300 ---- 2.9%
Apple iPhone 5 16GB ---- 2.2%
BlackBerry Torch 9800 ---- 2.1%
Apple iPhone 4 32GB ---- 2.0%

The latest Apple devices (iPhone 5 and 4S) make up an astonishing 10.3% of the devices recycled online in 2013.

Ashley Turner, Marketing Director from CompareMyMobile, said “From this data it’s possible to suggest that the consumers who rushed to purchase the latest iPhone 4S and 5 over the last 18 months have been disappointed in the innovations of the company.”

The innovations of popular Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy series or the HTC one have seen a giant shift in market share over the last 18 months seeing Android sat firmly at the top of the pile.

Ashley Turner, Marketing Director from, went on to say “There was some controversy with the release of the iPhone 4S thinking it would be the iPhone 5. When the iPhone 5 was finally released, the voice online was generally that the device should of come out a year ago.”

With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4 coming up, the percentage could shift again and see more Android devices entering the top traded in list. Over the last 90 days all Apple devices held their value well, only depreciating 12.83% when compared to manufacturers like Motorola who lost a shocking 32.26% of their online trade in value

Ashley Turner – Marketing Director from also mentioned “Regardless of this data, Apple is undeniably a key player in the handset market and their new device releases cause huge spikes in trade ins. They will also be pleased to know that the iPad is on of the strongest devices for holding it’s value from over 4,500 featured on the website.”

About CompareMyMobile

Founded in 2009, Compare My Mobile is the UK's #1 source for independent mobile phone, tablet, sat nav, laptop, iPad, iPod and games console recycling price comparison. It delivers customers confidence in making the difficult decision of where to recycle their old phone safely and for the most money. is 100% impartial, comparing prices from more than 40 recycling stores.

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