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ReCellular's 2009 Top 10 Recycled Cell Phones List

Economic Conditions Lead Consumers to Delay Purchase of New Phones, Recycling of Older Devices

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, ReCellular announced the top 10 most recycled phones for 2009. The second annual list illustrates how rapidly wireless technology becomes outdated, and how consumers upgrade to new devices to attain new technology rather than due to functional problems with their existing phone.

ReCellular is on track to collect five million used cell phones for reuse or recycling in 2009. Of the total phones ReCellular has processed to date:

  • For the second straight year, Motorola has four of the top 10 models. The popular RAZR model now occupies the two top spots on the list.
  • None of the top 10 phone models are younger than three years old, reflecting the slower turnover of phones due to the recession.
  • Overall phone recycling rates have not improved in the last year.



          Top 10          Cell Phone Model    Release Date    2008 Ranking
          ------          ----------------    ------------    ------------
             1            Motorola RAZR V3        2004             2
             2            Motorola RAZR V3M       2006             4
             3               Nokia 6010           2004             1
             4                LG VX5200           2005             9
             5              Motorola C139         2006             5
             6              Motorola E815         2005             -
             7                LG VX3200           2004             6
             8                LG VX8300           2006             -
             9              Samsung A650          2003             -
            10                LG VX6100           2004             -

"Consumers continue to migrate towards smart phones and multimedia-enabled phones," says Steve Manning, CEO of ReCellular. "But people are clearly waiting longer before making that new purchase due to the economy."

ReCellular is seeing an increase in the number of Blackberrys, iPhones and other smart phones being recycled, and anticipates those models entering the Top 10 list within the next two years.

"The average American replaces their cell phone every 18 months," says Manning. "Unfortunately, most people throw them in their desk drawer, or worse their trash, rather than recycling them. Recycling your phone helps the environment and people in need around the world, something we should all consider during this season of giving."

About ReCellular

With offices in the United States and Hong Kong, ReCellular Inc. is the world's leading electronics-sustainability firm. We provide solutions for the collection, reuse and recycling of used personal electronics that generate financial return for our partners, quality products for our customers, funding for charity organizations, and protection of the environment. Corporate, charitable, consumer and wholesale information is available at www.ReCellular.com.

SOURCE ReCellular Inc.

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