Sell iPod Touch or Old MP3 Players and Upgrade to an iPhone, Says Gadget Panda

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Recent figures show UK consumers are increasingly reliant on smartphones, and a market analyst has predicted Apple could launch a new version of the iPhone by June. In light of the news, Gadget Panda is urging customers to sell iPod models via its website and upgrade to a smartphone.

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According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, Apple will launch a high-speed version of the iPhone 5 by June, along with a low-cost version, featuring a plastic and fibreglass case.

With the latest figures showing 60% of UK consumers now have a smartphone, Gadget Panda is urging people to sell iPod Touch or old, standalone MP3 players via its website, and upgrade to the latest mobile devices.

An Ofcom report from December last year revealed three out of five UK consumers have an Internet-enabled smartphone, and mobile Internet usage in the UK has overtaken Japan.*

Stats from IAB also show 62% of UK consumers struggle to imagine life without their mobile.**

Gadget Panda spokesman Leonard Stumke said: “It’s clear we’re a nation of smartphone addicts.

“But this isn’t a bad thing – for many of us it’s essential to be able to stay connected wherever we go.

“Nowadays, we don’t need to clutter our pockets with an array of music players, mobiles and gaming devices. The latest smartphones do it all – and they’re starting to make dedicated MP3 players look a little old-fashioned.

“Even Apple’s latest iPod Touch is no match for the iPhone 5, which boasts a more powerful processor, twice the RAM, and a better camera. Not to mention the ability to make phone calls and access the Internet from anywhere.”

Although the iPhone 5 was launched in the UK just six months ago, a well-placed market analyst has predicted a new version of Apple’s flagship smartphone could be available within three months.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo from KGI Securities, Apple will launch a high-speed version of the iPhone 5 by June, along with a low-cost version, featuring a plastic and fibreglass case.***

Kuo has a track record for accurate market predictions. In June 2012, he successfully foresaw key features of the iPhone 5’s display.

“With a trusted analyst predicting the launch of an even more powerful iPhone, it’s the perfect time for iPod owners to start thinking of upgrading,” said Leonard Stumke.

“The rumoured iPhone upgrade would likely make getting online even faster – leaving the iPod Touch very clearly in second place, and encouraging many iPod owners to make the move to the iPhone.

“But we don’t want thousands of unused iPods to end up lying around in drawers or contributing to the growing e-waste problem.

“Instead, you can sell iPod models like the Touch, Nano, Shuffle and Classic to us, and we’ll recycle them so they don’t end up gathering dust or filling up landfill sites.

“In return, you’ll get a quick cash payment.”

As well as letting users sell iPod models, Gadget Panda accepts iPads and iPhones, as well as smartphones from Samsung, Blackberry and HTC.

It also recycles Amazon Kindles, Nintendo DS consoles and a range of other gadgets for cash.
For more information about Gadget Panda, visit gadgetpanda.co.uk

** http://www.iabuk.net/about/press/archive/consumer-mobile-usage-to-increase-dramatically-by-2015

*** http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/03/04/apple-to-debut-iphone-5s-in-june-alongside-low-cost-fiberglass-and-plastic-handset

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For more information, please contact: Leonard Stumke at Gadget Panda on 0208 916 2130, or email lstumke(at)gadgetpanda(dot)co(dot)uk

About Gadget Panda

Gadget Panda lets customers sell iPod, iPhone and iPad models, as well as smartphones, e-readers, tablets and handheld consoles from all the big brands. Once a gadget is received, Gadget Panda sets to work recycling the gizmo by reintroducing it to the market – so the devices don’t end up as e-waste on landfill sites. Users typically receive a cash payment within 48 hours of the gadget being received. For more information, visit gadgetpanda.co.uk

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