More Americans are delaying the purchase of a new cell phone because of the current economic slump, a new survey of recycled phones suggests.
ReCellular, one of the world's largest cell phone recyclers, collected about 5 million cell phones from consumers in the United States and Canada in 2009.
That is about 1 million fewer than last year, said ReCellular spokesperson Michael Newman.
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"We've still got a week left, but it looks like the number of cell phones recycled is going to be less than last year," Newman said. "That's probably due to the economic condition. People just aren't turning over their cell phones as quickly."