The average time someone has their cell phone, be it a smart phone or feature phone, is about 18 months. Which is surprising as most cell phone plans end at 24 months, giving you the usual discounts that come with renewing your plans. More and more people are buying used and refurbished phones that others trade in to receive cutting edge smart phones as soon as they are released. For example, we saw a big increase of Droid Razr cell phones for trade in’s. And when I say “increase”, I mean from zero trade in’s to actually getting that phone in trade in’s. I mention that because that phone was only two months old when we started getting trade in requests, which is typically unheard of for any cell phone so early in it’s life. This was mostly blamed on the recent release of the Droid Razr MAXX which made many folks immediately trade in their two month old smart phone.
The results are in, some later than others and to some surprised gasps Apple is not number 1 this 3rd quarter. Although that shouldn’t be that big of a surprise since their Apple 4 was beginning to age compared to how quickly they released newer editions in the past, which will change this 4th quarter. Anyway, it seems two companies have sprung ahead of the fruit logo giant, HTC and Samsung. HTC, though late to the survey party, has beaten both Samsung and Apple pretty badly, shipping upwards of 5.7 Million smart phones this quarter. Which is pretty impressive when you take a look at the second placer, Samsung, with 4.9 million and Apple trailing in third at 4.6 million. Engadget has some more interesting information on this very subject.
Does this mean anything significant? Yes and no. Yes, because HTC phones are of great quality, especially their incredible line and samsung’s phones are well known for their clear and crisp screens on their Galaxy lines. The numbers speak for themselves in what the customer wants. No, because the iPhone 4s will change up that number right quick, and now that Nokia has some major Windows phones coming out, they may come running up to one the top spots. Not to mention the holiday season is obviously a busy time for any and all electronics.
Have you been feeling under the weather recently? Maybe it’s your allergies, maybe its flu season, or maybe it is something in your pocket. A recent study out of Stanford has provided some unnerving details about the cleanliness of your cell phone.
The study suggests that used cellular phones or any cell phone being used for that matter can contain up to 18 times as many germs as the handle of a toilet. Further, it suggests that iPhones, iPads, certain types of Androids Blackberrys, and SmartPhones, or anything with a touch screen can be even worse. Up to 30% of the germs on a touchscreen can be transmitted to your fingers each time you touch. Proceeding to touch your mouth, face, or food can then allow these germs to enter your system. Continue reading »
Looking to buy a new phone? Eligible for a new contract? Hate the phone you just purchased? Looking to switch service providers? If you answered yes to any of these questions – The BlueDot is here to help. The BlueDot now will buy used cell phones and other consumer electronics. In comparison to others paying cash for phones we are paying double or more in some cases. If you find a better price elsewhere online we will most likely meet the price or even beat it. We want your used cell phones!
If you used phone does not have any trade-in value we will recycle the phone for you free of charge.
Let your friends and family know about us. Do not let your used phone gather dust in your drawer. The longer you wait the less your phone will be worth over time.
Fill out a trade in form for your used cell phone here – http://www.thebluedot.net/tradein