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Wait, the cell phone accessory market is worth how much?
by Jeremy Kessel on August 26, 2009

accessories$63 BILLION. That’s how much we’re spending each year to keep our devices primped and powered. In the U.S. alone, the average mobile phone owner spends roughly $60 on accessories over the life of their phone.

I mean, we all go through chargers fairly regularly, but $63 BILLION-worth? According to ABI Research (which conducted the, well, research), it’s not just chargers, but all the other usual suspects as well:

“Chargers - car chargers, standard chargers and additional chargers - led the field in terms of numbers purchased.”

“Carrying or protective cases were the next most popular, followed by batteries and memory cards. Other accessory types include hands-free kits, headsets, and cosmetic enhancements.”

But when you really think about it, $63 billion isn’t really all that outrageous when you consider how many cellphones are floating around the world. Not to mention the increasing worldwide trend towards hands-free operation while driving and the thousands upon thousands of cellphone accessory mall kiosks out there.

As much of a help as mobile accessories appear to be for the worldwide economy, this research makes it even more clear that it is time to switch to a universal mobile charger to cut down on waste. The less we have to spend on chargers, the more we have to spend on amazing cellphone charms and sequins-encrusted holsters!

via WebProNews

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  • Absolutely agree about the universal charger. Standard 3.5mm jack is a close second but unfortunately both will probably take an act of congress to occur. Obviously why would the manufacturers do away with making a new charger for each phone. Maybe someone should suggest that to Samsung for their next green initiative since they apparently want to be the mobile leader for green initiatives.

  • The universal cell charger is already in the works, so i know i dont have to worry about that too much. What i would REALLY like, is a way to stop losing my bluetooth headsets.

  • Kessel ur hilarious! You produced quite the entertaining narrative about these accessories that have got everybody reaching for their wallets.

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