Gazelle: BlackBerry trade-ins at all-time high

Gazelle: BlackBerry trade-ins at all-time highUS-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.

via: CNET

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CTPAHHIK  Oct. 27, 2011 at 12:36

Beginning of an end for RIP, err RIM? (_;)

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 27, 2011 at 12:53

Pinch of salt anyone? A) no exact figures. B ) Same period of time, the new BlackBerries were launched ;)

Not saying it ain't bad for RIM, but some perspective...

drspa44  Oct. 27, 2011 at 13:39

"Gazelle suggests that many Android owners are possibly flogging their handsets in anticipation of the Motorola RAZR and Samsung Galaxy Nexus."

LOL. 1-Nobody knows or cares about the release of new Android phones. 2-Nobody sells their existing handset in *anticipation* of a new release.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 27, 2011 at 13:51

well spotted! ;)

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 27, 2011 at 14:43

It would be nice to know what kind of handsets are being traded-in. If it's one year old phones it would simply mean that that US is getting ready for Black Friday.

JanSt / MOD  Oct. 27, 2011 at 15:06

CTPAHHIK,
another good point.

Stelph  Oct. 27, 2011 at 17:31

@drspa44 - Incorrect, a large number of people were trading in their iPhone 4 before the announcement of the next iphone in anticipation of that phone, but thats the apple reality distortion field kicking in i guess

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