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Androids lose resale value faster than iPhones, study shows

09 February, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
Androids lose resale value faster than iPhones, study shows - read the full textAn interesting new startup called Priceonomics tackles a question that we all face eventually - how much can I sell my old phone for? According to their research, iPhones have the best resale value, while Android is almost tied with BlackBerrys in this respect. If you try to sell your 18-month...


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I am not sure how data was collected. Marked for second hand is 'all over' with negotiable pricing. Robert Lichota

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  • 2012-02-10 10:52
  • puG8

This study is so stupid and the results are so obvious. There has been only 5 types of iPhones for the past 5 years compared to the hundreds of Androids. People seem to be too jobless these days and they come up with crazy comparisons. Do a study on the technology upgrades the Androids and iPhones get, it would be more interesting.

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  • 2012-02-10 10:46
  • IWUM

No criticism of GSMA to publish, but it is one of those bits of research that are proving the obvious and would be completed within five minutes by looking at any recycling website or ebay.

A bit like an article on research we see almost every day on the BBC (again, no criticism of them). Today's was conducted with 50,000 people through 9 different studies. The conclusion? Well, here's the headline:
"Cannabis drivers 'twice as likely to cause car crash'"
Really?! You don't say?!

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  • 2012-02-10 10:27
  • S35r

Its true . iPhones have have very good resale value in India...

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  • 2012-02-10 07:52
  • 2Tdq

this is not iphone vs android but how many people owned those device instead, more android owners will compete each other on how cheap their already used phone to make it sell faster :)

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  • 2012-02-10 07:13
  • 9FMc

You people know you can get a clear case for iPhones and it still cover your drop?

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  • 2012-02-10 07:08
  • kg3T

I upgrade my Android phones every 3 months but yearly on iPhones.

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  • 2012-02-10 07:05
  • kg3T

This is bcoz of android have most cheapest handset in d market dat's why u cannot show a android smartphone as that's own features but iphone and bb both much costly but we all know android is far far better then bb or ios everyoe knows why any one want to sell in second hand if u have a sgs2 u may never back down. sorry for bad english......

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  • 2012-02-10 05:35
  • utBy

the money u put in for a used iphone one can buy an high end droid fone...jus coz it has a good resale value it doesn make fone worth ur money

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  • 2012-02-10 05:17
  • wMHH

one main reason is that mostly android phones are not supporting newer versions

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  • 2012-02-10 05:10
  • rAVL

That was a no brainer. All you needed to do was take a squizz on eBay. What a useless article.

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  • 2012-02-10 04:38
  • vCPf

Owning an iPhone pretty much guaranty to cover if not more for a new upgrade every year. The resale value here is so ridicolous even the last generation iPhone 4 is worth more than any latest android phones out there. After trying a few android phones(SG2&Atrix2)and owning all the iPhones I can see why such a difference. Let alone the software(personal preference)but the hardware and the design is so unmatched. Have you guys ever hold the SG2 and the iphone 4s side by side? Every curves, lines and material used is made so precise on the iPhone 4s really make any other phone feel like a toy. I really have to give it to Apple. People want their stuff. Their price is a premium because their product is a premium therefore their resale value remain at a premium price.

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  • 2012-02-10 04:32
  • N80u

The proliferation of Android mobiles particularly from Samsung has saturated the market with little of no difference with an upgraded product. Why buy a new Samsung when it is out of date within weeks when they release yet another mobile. This is what Nokia did. All Samsung is doing is devaluing their brand by buying market share with existing technology. People who have Android upgrade mobiles quicker than Apple or BB. Why because of the perception it is out of date quicker than other brands / operating systems, and that is true. Some 12-18 month old Android mobiles do not have enough memory etc for recent operating system upgrades, and it is still struggling with malware. The other issue is over promoting a product when real world delivery is far less than expectation. I have a Note, and while good, it is clearly over rated in what it can actually do. Android does not deliver a superior mobile call, sms, or email experience, which are the basics of a mobile.

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  • 2012-02-10 03:27
  • sS{e

LoL too many haters here but the truth is for the price of an iPhone 4 (used) I can afford 2 SG2 hehehehe....very devaluated phones those from Samsung among many others....

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  • 2012-02-10 02:52
  • Pr@1

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-02-10 02:04 from pf3s - click to readi was just saying based on price, sorry for that and tnx anywys.

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  • 2012-02-10 02:47
  • PB48

A major factor in this is that new Android phones come out so often.
Whenever a "new" model comes out, the previous one will see a price drop.
If you notice, you will see an interesting trend in the graph...after a period of time, the difference in resale value becomes insignificant...they have all lost equal value.
This again supports what I soon as a new iPhone comes out, the older ones see a drop in (resale) value...just like Android phones.
Eventually, they all become the same...pretty worthless.

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  • 2012-02-10 02:23
  • j}6J

> In reply to shacer @ 2012-02-10 02:02 from PB48 - click to readYour economics is all per the place. Resale value is calculated as a percentage, so price is not the factor here. The fact of the matter is, the iPhone carries more value forward, leading to a better sales price as a percentage over its original price.

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  • 2012-02-10 02:04
  • pf3s

of course android loses resale value becoz iphone is much expensive than android phones, and there are many phones that operate adnroid thats y it's much cheaper when it resales... and bb is second bcoz its nxt to iphone... and that doent mean that android is not a good os. btw, i dont ndrstand y bb is very xpnsive than android... android is universal..

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  • 2012-02-10 02:02
  • PB48

I agree with this research. The same thing over here. iPhone even loses much less price in my country. This means we spend more money on Android than iPhone if we keep changing phone. Anyway i dont wanna waste money anymore so keep going for iPhone.

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  • 2012-02-10 01:42
  • trfE

so people with more money who buy higher end phones also change phones more frequently. Duh

The iPhone which is apple so also a status/image technology device has a higher resale. Duh

People keep IPhones longer. Wow and their are do many new IPhones coming out all the time

Did they really need to survey people to come up with this stuff. Hope no one paid for that info

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  • 2012-02-10 01:14
  • TSBs

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