Out of the millions of cell phones, smart phones and other consumer devices that leave active service each year, replaced by newer and fancier models, many make it back to market as "refurbished" devices...but many more either end up in landfills or are tossed into desk drawers and forgotten.
Now, in a mission to create a "gold standard" for refurbishing, testing and certifying renewed devices, the newly chartered Device Renewal Forum has made it their mandate to assure that only the highest quality of properly functioning devices will return to market. ReCellular Inc, the parent company of Secure Trade-In, is a new member of the DRF executive team.
Along with founding members Brightstar, eRecyclingCorps, ModusLink Global Solutions, Sprint Nextel and the CDG (CDMA Development Group), ReCellular will be at the forefront of developing the technical standards necessary to inspire confidence in re-furbished wireless devices.
According to CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association) estimates, there are currently 205 million cell phone users in the US. Studies also show that over 50 percent of children in the US own their own cell phones. The number of cell phone users has also rapidly increased throughout the world. With an estimated total 4+ billion cell phones now in use, the planet expects to see as many as 650 million retired phones annually.
It's clear that by any estimation, these numbers will continue to grow. BusinessWeek research reveals that 20 countries worldwide have 100% cell phone penetration, meaning there is at least one device for every single resident. And, some countries like the United Arab Emirates have penetration of over 200%, or two devices per person.
Added to the phenomenon of retired devices' sheer volume is the astonishing fact that even as new, cutting edge smart phones enter the market, they too are sold back to companies like Secure Trade-In in order that their owners can switch to a different device or upgrade to yet newer model from another manufacturer. The industry rule of thumb that the average consumer upgrades or replaces every 18 to 20 months is a stat that is obviously affected by these out-lying early adopters and brand switchers.
With such mind boggling numbers, its clear that better standards across the board are vital to the growth and maturity of the industry. It's also good to know that with enhanced and rigorous grading, testing and certification, you will be well served when you choose to buy a re-furbished cell phone. Mobile Karma, another brand in the ReCellular family of companies, is a great place to find quailty used cell phones and mobile electronics.