Consumers want fewer new phone models and gadgets made to last

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More than half of people around the world reckon they'd be happy if smartphone manufacturers released new models less often, while four out of five people believe it is important for a new smartphone to be easily repaired if it gets damaged.

The new figures come from a survey commissioned by Greenpeace and carried out in the USA, Germany, Russia, Mexico, South Korea and China. The organisation says the results show people are tired of phones being treated as disposable items and, for the benefit of users and the environment, aims to convince manufacturers to make phones that last.

In fact, over 90 per cent of respondents (dropping a smidgen to 86 per cent in Germany) said that 'designed to last' is an important feature of a new smartphone and a further nine out of ten add a long-lasting battery to their wishlist – perhaps unsurprisingly.

Phone users in China (66 per cent) and Korea (64 per cent) are the most likely to have had their phones repaired out of the six countries surveyed. The figure drops to 28 per cent in the USA and 23 per cent in Germany.

Almost half of consumers think that mobile phone manufacturers should be most responsible for making recycling accessible, rising to 61 per cent in Germany 53 per cent and China. Four out of five people also think it's important for a new phone to be made without toxic chemicals like benzene and n-hexane that affect workers' health, but the number is highest in China (96 per cent) and Mexico (92 per cent).

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