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How Many iPhones Are Being Discarded?

How Many iPhones Are Being Discarded?

Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:19pm by iClarified · 16849 views
Horace Dediu at Asymco takes a look at number of iPhones being discarded in a new report.

"Since we have installed base change data and we have activation data we should be thus able to derive the number of iPhones being "discarded" or put out of use every quarter as the difference between activations and change in installed base."

Dediu generated the chart below to determine the discard rate. The green, dark blue and orange areas are given inputs and the light blue area representing discarded phones is derived.

This is an interesting (new) piece of information. What it suggests is that at least in the US the discard rate, i.e. number of phones being discarded over number of new phones is about 50% (56% on average over seven quarters.)

Hit the link below to continue reading Dediu's analysis.

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gelatine - November 9, 2011 at 5:44am
I have 'discarded' my 2G, 3G and 3GS. They are all still in active use however as my kids are happily using these. Looking in my drawers there are a few Nokias that are truly discarded. After putting them down there was never an urging to juice them up for a second coming. Friends using Android phones are into their second or third phone. Their used phones are truly discarded and do not appeal for re-use. Re-use is better than recycling.
Someone - November 9, 2011 at 4:39am
BS! Define "discarded" first..
Your uncle bob
Your uncle bob - November 9, 2011 at 5:19am
Please read full story it's says "“discarded” iPhone, where “discarded” are both iPhones put aside in favor of a new iPhone or put aside in favor of another phone."
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