The second-hand smartphone market in the country is expected to double in three years to USD 4.6 billion by 2025, according to a joint report by mobile devices industry body ICEA and research firm IDC.
Consumers traded 25 million smartphones in the second-hand market generating a revenue of over USD 2.3 billion, at an average price of USD 94 or Rs 6,900 per device, according to the report.
"India should be the global hub of re-manufacturing and re-commerce by leveraging its delta of labour cost. Re-commerce's profound growth will effectively reduce the digital divide by enabling migration from feature phones to smartphones.
"The growth of this market will also ensure that there will be a significant drop in e-waste as recycling will become the new norm," India Cellular and Electronics Association (ICEA) Chairman Pankaj Mohindroo said during the launch of the report.
"Among the consumer electronics devices, smartphones are the largest volume driver (over 90 per cent) in the second-hand market currently, and others such as laptops, smartwatches, gaming consoles, and cameras are picking up gradually," the report said.
The report estimates that 78 per cent of the users buying a second-hand smartphone have a monthly income of less than Rs 30,000 and 18 per cent have a monthly income of Rs 30,000-Rs 50,000. It makes the affordable price range a key factor in driving the demand for second-hand smartphones.
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