e-Cycle to Offer iPhone Recycling at Macworld

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e-Cycle, which handles the recycling of consumer electronics and other forms of e-waste, on Wednesday announced that it will for the first time offer iPhone recycling, with immediate payment, during Macworld. Company representatives will assess sellers’ iPhones’ value and a security expert will wipe all data.

Chris Irion, e-Cycle CEO, said in a press release: “With the upcoming release of the iPhone 4 from Verizon on February 10th, we anticipate an exorbitant number of AT&T iPhone users converting to the iPhone 4 by Verizon. It is estimated that millions of AT&T iPhone users will convert to the iPhone from Verizon in the next two years, and e-Cycle is prepared to provide fast and secure iPhone buyback services to help offset the cost of purchasing the iPhone 4 from Verizon.”

He went on to note that his company estimates about nine million iPhones are retired for newer ones each year.




Hmmm… not sure millions will switch to an iPhone where you can’t do data and voice at the same time. I assume AT&T will just offer somewhat better service to those it wishes to hold onto.

I think that the bulk of new iPhone users will come from those who have been waiting for the iPhone to come to Verizon and to those who want to try something different than what they currently have.

I saw that someone was estimating 10 million in iPhone sales from the current 80 million customer base. I suspect that this could be somewhat closer to 14-16 million. We shall see since it is just my gut feeling.

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