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australians hoarding 23 million unused mobile phones

by:Merryshine     2019-11-26
Today, there are 16 million smartphones in Australia\'s pockets and handbags.
These phones are replaced every two to three years, meaning about 5 million new phones are purchased each year.
In addition, there are more than 23 million unused mobile phones in desk drawers and cabinets across the country.
Among them, 5 million were broken, an increase of nearly 1 million since last year.
These are the results of a recent Ipsos consumer survey commissioned by the industry
Led mobile recycling plan MobileMuster.
\"Most of us know that we shouldn\'t throw our phones into the trash can, which is very good.
But we still stick to them in case we need them, \"said Spyro Kalos, recycling manager at mobile muster.
\"Many precious metals in mobile phones are limited and have the opportunity to put them back into the supply chain.
\"More than the mobile phone can be recycled.
In fact, three.
People in Australia know for several quarters, but in fact only people recycle their old equipment.
The study found that women over 45 years old are the most likely to recover, while men under 45 are the least likely to recover.
Since its establishment in 1998, the government-
Mobile Muster has collected and recycled more than 1244 tons of mobile phone parts, or 10 tons.
86 million phones and batteries.
Mr Kalos says consumers can still send \"a lot\" even if the phone is broken\"
Materials required to manufacture new electronic products \".
Plastic, precious metals, copper, cadmium and nickel can all be extracted from broken and retired mobile phones and can be used to make everything from plastic bottles to stainless steel household appliances and batteries.
Only 50,000 mobile phones eliminate the need to mine 330 tons of precious metal ore.
After collection, MobileMuster removes the phone, sends batteries, circuit boards and accessories to Singapore for reuse, while chopping the plastic case and producing composite products such as pallets.
Last year, Deloitte\'s annual Mobile Consumer Survey showed that smartphone penetration in Australia was close to a peak and that figure is expected to slow from the end of this year.
Apple\'s device ownership grew to 43, Samsung\'s device ownership reached 33, and Nokia, Sony, Huawei and HTC accounted for 12 of the market share.
Kalos says the evolving mobile technology has changed the way consumers buy and use mobile devices.
\"Consumers spend a lot of time on devices.
Historically, it is consistent with the 18-24-month contract period.
But now we see consumers using them for a lot longer before they upgrade every two to three years . \"
\"Part of the reason is that you can upgrade the software without changing the device.
He added that even when Australians use their phones, they rarely extend their life by selling them, as in the US and European markets.
According to Ipsos, only Australians have done so in the past year. The Deloitte 2016 survey also reflected the finding that \"only one of Australia\'s 10 mobile phone consumers chose to participate in the second-hand mobile phone market, the survey found that, the data is 15 age points behind the global average, less than half of the 22 age points for UK mobile consumers.
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