SAN DIEGO, CA–(Feb. 12, 2015, PRNewswire) – The average American upgrades their mobile phone every 18 months, and, with top device manufacturers putting more devices in the hands of consumers through record smartphone sales in 2014, the buyback industry continues to grow. Today, ecoATM®, the nationwide network of automated electronics recycling kiosks, announced that it has collected more than four million cell phones, tablets and MP3 players – nearly double the amount that online buyback competitors, such as Gazelle and uSell, have each reported. ecoATM kiosks can now be found in 1,890 locations in 42 states nationwide (as of December 2014).
“ecoATM was founded with a mission to reduce electronic waste at a time when only three percent of phones were recycled. That environmental commitment and the instant cash rewarded are why consumers choose our kiosks to recycle their devices,” said Maria Stipp, president of ecoATM. “The four-million milestone is a true sign of growth, as we have collected more than one million devices in the past six months alone, outpacing our previous collection rate by more than two months.”
ecoATM also announced today that co-founder Mark Bowles will take on a new role as senior vice president of innovation. In this new role, Bowles will focus on developing new technology to make device buyback even easier and more rewarding for consumers, ensuring ecoATM maintains its leadership position in the category.
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