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$13 billion worth of old iPhones are sitting in our closets and drawers

Updated Feb 14th, 2014 10:17AM EST
iPhone Upgrades $13 Billion

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When you upgraded to your most recent phone, what did you do with the old one? Based on market research group OnePoll’s latest “Mobile Mountain Study,” it’s very likely that you stored it away for a rainy day. In fact, almost 40% of the participants in the study said that keep their old phones for themselves, while just 20% gave them to family members or friends and 9% actually dumped them in the garbage. Whether or not you fall into any of these categories, if you’re holding on to an old iPhone, you’re contributing to a $13 billion hole in the resale economy, reports MarketWatch.

That’s right, all of the dormant iPhones combined are worth approximately $13.4 billion, or about 35% of the total resale value of every old gadget that a site like SellCell or Gazelle would be willing to take off of your hands. As the number of first-time smartphone owners shrinks and upgrades become more common, consumers might become more inclined to trade in their old devices. Of course, considering how saturated the market will be by then, there’s no telling if your iPhone 5 will still be worth the shipping and handling fees.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.