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Recyclers, Consumers Blind to Fortunes in Old Phones

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Wale Bakare
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Re: Recyclers and consumers
Wale Bakare   10/3/2012 7:16:53 AM
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A recent article reported that " average price of a recylcle mobile phone broke the 100 pounds barrier, a rise of 68% in a year". Full research study could be found at www.comparemymobile.com

Wale Bakare
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Re: what about swapping?
Wale Bakare   9/20/2012 6:07:37 PM
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Today, software is becoming a pivotal and driver for innovation that constantly instigates competition amongst the major players in OEM industry. Even though some hardware parts might look very recycleable and reusable however, the aggressive search for emerging materials for new devices for memory and other functional parts of the devices big concern. As you outrightly written --- it's economically viable getting a new design as well as new materials, which could give brith to presentable, consumable, eye catching and very efficient smart device.

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Re: what about swapping?
Cryptoman   9/20/2012 2:39:10 PM
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The trouble is although functionally much of the RF functionality including the phone module and the antenna, SIM card module etc. can be reused in new phones, this often does not make sense due to the high number of changes needed in the peripheral functions. As a product a new mobile phone needs to evolve constantly to keep up with the fierce competition. Therefore, rather than reusing the existing parts of a design, most of the time it is much more economical and easier to redesign using the existing IPR.

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Re: Recyclers and consumers
Ariella   9/20/2012 12:58:56 PM
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@Wale I'm sure the recycling figures are much lower in the US

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Re: what about swapping?
Wale Bakare   9/20/2012 8:46:15 AM
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Which components or parts of  your old phones useful for any redesigning of new device? Do you think these old phones' RF basebands and backends, schematic boards, memory, LCD parts still relevant? If not why are they for recycling?

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Re: Recyclers and consumers
Wale Bakare   9/20/2012 8:18:26 AM
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I agree with you ---recycling scheme works fine in UK at least 70% for papers and other materials. In UK i know of 2 different organizations currently into mobile phones, video games, and other mobile gadgets recycling.  They offer cash payments to buy these gadgets from consumers at least 20% valuation of their original prices, and other factor is condition of the device determines price offer. This is most often publicised in newspapers to inform consumers cash-in on old phones and mobile devices

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Re: what about swapping?
Adeniji Kayode   9/19/2012 7:36:10 PM
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@Crytoman,

You made a point on that which I feel manufacturers should count on"Consumers change their phone often"

Except for the fact that Phones don,t sell at the same rate.

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Re: Recyclers and consumers
Adeniji Kayode   9/19/2012 7:26:13 PM
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@t.alex,


And at what rate do you think they will buy back from you?

Except if you don,t mind getting rid of them at all cost.

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Re: what about swapping?
Cryptoman   9/18/2012 7:28:39 PM
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Adeniji, that is a good incentive to improve the rate of mobile recycling. At the end of the day, as long as consumers receive a kind of financial gain for bringing their old phones back, that is a good basis for recycling. Since people change their phones often, they will be willing to take the old one back for a discount.

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t.alex   9/18/2012 10:44:28 AM
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I realised I still have a very old Nokia e63 and a Htc legend, completely unused. Maybe Nokia and Htc should have some buy back program.

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