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Obsolescence of Electronics - the Example of Smartphones

Marina Proske, Janis Winzer, Max Marwede, Nils F. Nissen, Klaus-Dieter Lang (2016) Erschienen in: Proceedings of international Congress Electronic Goes Green 2016

Planned obsolescence has recently been a common allegation to manufacturers, but proof apart from isolated cases is missing. This paper analyses the situation for smartphones, looks at use- and lifetime of smartphones and the underlying reasons for their obsolescence. Surveys show that a majority of consumers believes in “planned obsolescence” as a fact on the market and would like to have more durable products.


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