CompareMyMobile is an independent company that does mobile phone "recycling" studies to determine which brands, models within brands, operating systems, etc., are traded-in the most and which devices retain or lose their market value. They study over 40 recycling vendors in the UK and compare over 82,129 prices for over 4,000 products. This allows their viewers to get the most money for their trade-in devices, as well as read reviews left by former traders so new users are able to make an informed decision about where they might sell or buy their device from a trusted source.
This study is comprised from thousands of users that visit CompareMyMobile's site every day to either figure out what their device is currently worth or to simply trade-in their device. Which devices, brands, and operating systems are the most traded and which devices achieved the highest trade-in value - that is what we will map out for you in this article, but stay mostly with the Android branded devices when possible. Please note that under each of the four categories, there is a numeric chart showing their findings, directly followed by the SAME information in a bar graph chart - some readers like the bar graphs better than the "spreadsheet" look.
Top Traded-In Mobile Phones 2013
Above is a listing of the most traded in smartphones by MODEL, during 2013, and as no surprise, the Apple iPhone 4 16GB was the most traded in device. With the new iPhone 5S arriving on the scene, the iPhone 4 customers were due for an upgrade...after all, the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 were already out - even the iPhone 4s 16GB and iPhone 5 16GB were fourth and fifth on the list.
The Samsung Galaxy S3 took second place and the Galaxy S2 took third place - again, no surprises since the new, Galaxy S4 made its debut early in 2013, followed by the Galaxy Note 3 in the late Fall. The other top ten places were older iPhones and older BlackBerry models that were tremendously obsolete in 2013.
Top Traded-In Mobile Brands 2013
The list above shows the most traded in smartphones by BRAND during 2013. No surprises here really - Apple was the most traded in brand, and increased during the last two quarters as the newer iPhone 5S was released during that time. Some of these iPhones traded in were as a direct result of users upgrading to the newer model, while others would have sold their iPhone to move platforms - although those statistics were not available to CompareMyMobile.
Samsung came in second and, like Apple, trade-ins were higher in the fourth quarter as Samsung came out with their new Galaxy Note 3 and many original Note owners were ready for an upgrade. Samsung continues to eat into Apple's trade-in market, seeing an 11.48-percent gain in market share from the beginning to the end of the year, while Apple only gained 6.62-percent from beginning to end.
BlackBerry was third and along with Nokia, saw a drop in mobile trade-in market share this year.
Most Valuable Mobile Phones 2013
This chart shows the highest trade-in price given by brands, as well as a breakdown by quarter. It was a real surprise to see that a Blackberry actually had the highest valued trade-in device over the other brands - ONLY because they offered the BlackBerry Porsche Design P9981 in 2011-2012 at about $2,300 and by 2013 people are trading them in, helping BlackBerry reached number one with a selling price approximately $825. Apple came in second at approximately $790 and Samsung hit a high of approximately $670, and surprisingly, Nokia hit a high of $554. HTC rounded out the top five with a high trade-in price of about $470. These higher trade-in values seem to indicate that more users are upgrading early and selling off newer models.
Top Traded-In Android Phones 2013
Android devices made up a little over 34-percent of all trade-ins during 2013 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 made the top of the list - not surprising, considering the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 were introduced during that year and many were ready to upgrade. The Galaxy S2 was a close second as the most traded-in device; Again, no surprises as users were ready for the two-year upgrade. In fact, the top five models traded-in during 2013 were Samsung devices. The bottom five were from a high of 1.53-percent to 1.1-percent and were the Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S4, and Galaxy S. Again, all of these figures are from the U.K. and I hope that we can get a similar list for the U.S. devices and see how they differ. Please let us know on our Google+ Page if you have ever used a trade-in company/website to sell one of your previous devices - I used Gazelle.com to sell my Note 2 and Swappa.com to sell my Droid Bionic - and had an excellent experience with both sites.