US-based chaps Gazelle buy a variety of gadgets in exchange for cash, including laptops, games consoles, and – the one we’re really interested in here – mobile phones.
It recently reported a spike in BlackBerry trade-ins thanks to the outage thingy, which left users unable to do, well, pretty much anything involving data, and now Gazelle says they’ve peaked even higher.
No prizes for guessing why. Ask yourself which phone was just released a couple of weeks ago following a 15-month wait. Yeah, that’s the one. The iPhone 4S.
Anthony Scarsella, Chief Gadget Officer with Gazelle, says this is "easily the highest volume of BlackBerry trades ever seen period." Oh dear. "In the grand scheme of BlackBerry growth over the past month, it can be pretty much entirely attributed to the launch of the iPhone 4S."
Android owners too have been flocking to Gazelle in droves. Over the same period, Android trade-ins have leapt by 72%. However, Gazelle doesn’t reckon that’s necessarily because of the iPhone 4S.
Au contraire, Gazelle suggests that many Android owners are possibly flogging their handsets in anticipation of the Motorola RAZR and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That makes sense. Sort of.