The latest Technology Disposability Survey conducted by ICR has found that two out of three mobile phone owners intend to replace their devices within the next two years.
This US-based survey found that younger people were more likely to upgrade; 77% of people aged 18-34 planned to replace their phone or PDA within the next two years, compared with 46% of those over 65.
However, it's not a desire for the latest technology that's driving this change; 78% of owners say they'll need to replace their mobile because the item will get broken or will be lost. Just 19% are after a newer version.
And when it comes to making the change, most people made sure their old handset went to a good home. 35% of respondents donated or gave away their used product, with 26% recycling it and 14% selling it. Another 24% kept their old phone as a spare; only 9% said they'd throw it away. [Press release]