The platform intends on creating a network of thousands of automated smartphone recycling machines that will be located in hypermarket, shopping malls, subway stations and other public places around France, Germany, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy and tthe scandinavian countries.
The refurbished market becomes the fastest growing smartphone segment in 2017.According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Refurbished Smartphone tracker, the global market for refurbished smartphones grew 13% y/y in 2017, reaching close to 140 million units. This was in contrast with the global new smartphone market that grew a scant 3% last year, thus being outpaced by refurbished “second life” smartphones.
Refurbished smartphones are pre-owned smartphones that are collected, rejuvenated or repaired to be sold again in the market. Only 25% of all pre-owned phones are sold back into the market. Of these, only some are refurbished. The result is that there are many grades of refurbished devices that attract different price points depending on available quantity and demand for a specific model or variant (color, memory storage, etc.).
Nearly five billion people worldwide will use a smartphone by 2020. Each device is made up of numerous precious metals and many of the key technological features wouldn’t be possible without them. Some, like gold, will be familiar. Others, such as terbium, are less well-known.
Mining these metals is a vital activity that underpins the modern global economy. But the environmental cost can be enormous and is probably far greater than you realise. Let’s walk through some of the key metals in smartphones, what they do, and the environmental cost of getting them out of the ground.
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Iron (20%), aluminium (14%) and copper (7%) are the three most common metals by weight in your average smartphone. Iron is used in speakers and microphones and in stainless steel frames. Aluminium is used as a lightweight alternative to stainless steel and also in the manufacture of the strong glass used in smartphone screens. Copper is used in electric wiring. The goal of Recykiosk machines is to have a positive impact on the environment through responsible recycling including the conservation of metals, plastic, and other non-renewable resources. Recykiosk is committed to accomplishing its business objectives while meeting the environmental
With technical progress, smartphones becomes a high added value, therefore they are highly coveted.
Recykiosk is equipped with a security system and implementation software to prevent any attempt of fraud.
RECYKIOSK machine scans the ID and takes picture of customers who wants to sell their devices.
Each smartphone redeemed is thoroughly inspected and its IMEI number is immediately verified on the GSMA data (Global System for Mobile Communications Association). If a device is referenced stolen or counterfeit, RECYKIOSK confiscates the device and automatically notifies the competent authorities who will take the necessary measures.
RECYKIOSK certifies the erasure of all the personal data of the purchased devices.