Elaine Huang, Khai Truong
Worldwide sales of mobile phones are expected to exceed one billion by the year 2009 . In 2006, 143 million mobile phones were sold in the United States alone , and a 2007 study showed that American consumers use their phones for only an average of 17.5 months before replacing them . Despite the global proliferation of phones, only 5 percent of phones are ever recycled , thus leading to a massive potential problem of e-waste. Phones as Disposable Technology? There is an increasingly common trend of acquiring technologies, most notably consumer electronics, with the expectation that they…
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