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Refurbished and Used Mobile Phones Market Size, Share Global Analysis Report, 2023 – 2030

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Refurbished and Used Mobile Phones Market Size, Share, Growth Analysis Report By Price Range (Premium, Mid-Priced, and Low-Priced), By Type (Used Phones and Refurbished Phones), By Sales Channel (Retails Stores and Online Sales), and By Region - Global and Regional Industry Insights, Overview, Comprehensive Analysis, Trends, Statistical Research, Market Intelligence, Historical Data and Forecast 2023 – 2030

Industry Insights

[228+ Pages Report] According to the report published by Facts Factors, the global refurbished and used mobile phones market size was worth around USD 64.15 billion in 2022 and is predicted to grow to around USD 152.86 billion by 2030 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of roughly 11.46% between 2023 and 2030. The report analyzes the global refurbished and used mobile phones market drivers, restraints/challenges, and the effect they have on the demands during the projection period. In addition, the report explores emerging opportunities in the refurbished and used mobile phones market.


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logoMarket Overview

The industry comprises interactions that deal with the buying and selling of mobile phones that have been previously owned by the customer and have been returned to the seller or the manufacturer due to a variety of reasons. These phones are resold only after undergoing thorough inspection for any defects or defects and in case there are concerns, it is the liability of the seller or the manufacturer to get it restored and repaired before being brought back to the commercial market for selling purposes. The main difference between refurbished phones and used phones is that the former is officially restored to new condition by the manufacturer and in most cases, is backed by a warranty just like the ones that come along with new phones.

logoKey Insights

  • As per the analysis shared by our research analyst, the global refurbished and used mobile phones market is estimated to grow annually at a CAGR of around 11.46% over the forecast period (2022-2030)
  • In terms of revenue, the global refurbished and used mobile phones market size was valued at around USD 64.15 billion in 2022 and is projected to reach USD 152.86 billion, by 2030.
  • The market is projected to grow at a significant rate due to the better affordability feature of the product
  • Based on price range segmentation, mid-priced was predicted to show maximum market share in the year 2022
  • Based on Sales channel segmentation, online sales were the leading type in 2022
  • On the basis of region, Asia-Pacific was the leading revenue generator in 2022


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logo Growth Drivers

  • Better affordability to drive market demand

The global refurbished and used mobile phones market is projected to grow owing to the higher affordability offered by the devices as compared to brand-new smartphones that are registering a constant increase in final selling prices. For instance, iPhone 13 Pro Max, which was launched in September 2021, was highly priced in the first year of its launch. The 128 GB version was initially sold at USD 1,099 in the US.

Although there is a large segment of existing consumers, the product remains out of reach for the majority of low or medium-income families who may desire to own one of the premium versions of the latest smartphones but may not have the necessary financial backing. In such cases, the used phones market is highly lucrative since these phones are priced at a lower cost thus leading to a better affordability index.

logo Restraints

  • Lack of consumer awareness to restrict market expansion

Refurbished or previously owned phones have several advantages over new mobile phones. However, there is an evident lack of knowledge amongst the consumer group about these benefits. Market adoption is further limited by the presence of inaccurate information related to the quality of used phones which is one of the major drawbacks that pull down global industry expansion. There is a general perception amongst many people that used phones lack the quality that new phones may provide or refurbished phones are pieces with defects. This could lead to a loss of revenue in the coming years.

logo Opportunities

  • Emerging markets to provide excellent growth opportunities

The global industry can expect higher growth opportunities in emerging markets that are opening up to the adoption of newer technologies due to the influence of western culture. Furthermore, increasing disposable income and growing access to used or refurbished phones can further lead to higher growth in developing countries where the demand for the high and latest technology is rising rapidly.

logo Challenges

  • Quality control poses a challenge during further expansion

One of the key challenges that consumers and providers in the industry face are the absence of regulatory measures that can ensure the quality of refurbished and used phones. There are several sellers in the commercial market that sell products that are of poor quality and since there are no laws in place against such events, these sellers cannot be held accountable. This is especially applicable in countries that do not have proper law and order.

logoSegmentation Analysis

The global refurbished and used mobiles phone market is segmented based on price range, type, sales channel, and region

Based on price range, the global market is segmented into premium, mid-priced, and low-priced.

  • The market generated significant revenue in the mid-priced segment in 2020 since these devices are most popular in terms of used phones
  • They are generally priced between USD 100 to USD 400 and since it offers an accurate balance between performance and affordability, the segment generates the highest revenue for the industry
  • In addition to this, low-priced products that range below USD 100 are also significant contributors since they are the best options for people looking for a smartphone with basic features
  • Premium products are priced over USD 400 and although it has a significant growth rate, it is relatively less than the other two segments

Based on type, the global market divisions are used phones and refurbished phones.

Based on the sales channel, the global market is divided into retail stores and online sales.

  • Although both segments are important for overall market growth, in recent years, online sales have increased rapidly
  • This is due to the convenience and ease of operations provided by online channels
  • Furthermore, consumers can choose services from a range pool of options available online whereas retail stores have limited flexibility in terms of price and product
  • However, they are still popular in emerging economies where consumers generally tend to not have more confidence in online portals
  •  For instance, in 2020, Amazon spent more than USD 1.6 billion on fraud prevention

logoRecent Developments:

  • In February 2023, MODMOBILE, part of Modish Group, announced its entry into the Indian market. The company will soon open around 100 stores within 1 year in which they will sell a range of refurbished car accessories, laptops, mobile phones, and other devices. The country is registering high growth in the refurbished segment thus attracting international companies for expansion
  • In March 2021, Cashify, a growing company in the global market, raided around USD 15 million in funds. The new investment will be directed toward further expansion in India for the second-hand smartphone business. The investment was made by New York-based Olympus Capital Asia
  • In March 2022, Smartphone giant Apple began the sale of the refurbished iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro range in the US. This was the first sale in this segment since the launch of the product in 2020

logoReport Scope

Report Attribute


Market Size in 2022

USD 64.15 Billion

Projected Market Size in 2030

USD 152.86 Billion

CAGR Growth Rate

11.46% CAGR

Base Year


Forecast Years


Key Market Players

Alegre Compra, Apple Inc., Techmartlive Solutions Pvt. Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., eBay Inc., Brightstar Corporation,, Gazelle Inc., Sprint Corporation,, Reebelo Pte Ltd., Verizon Communications Inc., Inc.,, AT&T Inc., and others.

Key Segment

By Price Range, Type, Sales Channel, and Region

Major Regions Covered

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and the Middle East &, Africa

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logo Regional Analysis

  • Asia-Pacific to witness the highest growth

The global refurbished and used mobile phones market is dominated by Asia-Pacific and it is projected to continue with its dominance during the projection period. The high CAGR is a result of growing consumers of used and refurbished phones. Emerging economies like India and China along with other nations like Japan and South Korea are registering a growing number of younger generations that are inclined toward the use of smart gadgets that are generally trending in western countries.

However, since the products are highly-priced, it leads to higher opportunities for the resale sector. Furthermore, the regional market is also witnessing increasing entry for foreign players trying to tap into the emerging market while also exploring the previously unexplored segment which may work in the favor of higher growth. North America may act as a significant contributor over the coming years due to the presence of a large number of users.

logo Competitive Analysis

  • Alegre Compra 
  • Apple Inc. 
  • Techmartlive Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 
  • Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 
  • eBay Inc. 
  • Brightstar Corporation 
  • Gazelle Inc. 
  • Sprint Corporation 
  • Reebelo Pte Ltd. 
  • Verizon Communications Inc. 
  • Inc. 
  • AT&T Inc.

The global refurbished and used mobiles phone market is segmented as follows:

logoBy Price Range Segment Analysis

  • Premium
  • Mid-Priced
  • Low-Priced

logoBy Type Segment Analysis

  • Used Phones
  • Refurbished Phones

logoBy Sales Channel Segment Analysis

  • Retails Stores
  • Online Sales

logoBy Regional Segment Analysis

  • North America
    • The U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • France
    • The UK
    • Spain
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • Nordic Countries
      • Denmark
      • Sweden
      • Norway
    • Benelux Union
      • Belgium
      • The Netherlands
      • Luxembourg
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Southeast Asia
      • Indonesia
      • Thailand
      • Malaysia
      • Singapore
      • Rest of Southeast Asia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • The Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • Egypt
    • South Africa
    • Rest of the Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Rest of Latin America

Industry Major Market Players

  • Alegre Compra 
  • Apple Inc. 
  • Techmartlive Solutions Pvt. Ltd. 
  • Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. 
  • eBay Inc. 
  • Brightstar Corporation 
  • Gazelle Inc. 
  • Sprint Corporation 
  • Reebelo Pte Ltd. 
  • Verizon Communications Inc. 
  • Inc. 
  • AT&T Inc.