Motorola Razr. From top of the world to top of the heap in 3 years

by Jeff Wiener on December 24, 2009

RAZR-V3-BLACK-2 Man – the Motorola Razr was a fantastic phone. Well, actually it was a pretty good phone, with FANTASTIC commercials. Hard to believe that a mere 3 years ago the Motorola Razr V3M was THE phone to have – cutting edge, top of the line, premium priced.

This year, it’s almost #1 again – but on a slightly different list. Recellular has released its list of the most recycled phones in 2009. #1 is the 2004 sweetheart, the Motorola Razr V3, while the #2 spot goes to 2006’s belle of the ball, the Motorola Razr V3M.

Recellular recycled or reused over 5.5 million cell phones in 2008, up 35% over the previous year. Apparently when we’re in a recession we recycle our phones more often? Does this mean more people were handing their phones back, or trading up for a new one?

Here’s the list of the top 10 most recycled phone in 2009 – did you have any of these handsets? Is it sitting in a drawer somewhere, waiting for the cell phone fairy to come?


LG and Motorola aren’t looking great according this this table, but in the next three years, how many Droid or iPhones will make it on the list?

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ashok December 24, 2009 at 8:22 am

Motv3 is the nuber 1 stylish phone still today in flip-type model

Michael McNamara December 24, 2009 at 11:35 am

It only makes sense that the best selling phone(s) a few years ago would be the leading the pack at the recycling bin today. Almost every carrier today has 2 year contacts so a large majority of customers are replacing/refreshing their cell phones every 2 years.

I know when I signed up with AT&T (2 years ago) I got the Motorola Razr v3 free with a 2 year contract. If you picked up the Motorola Razr v3 earlier than that you most likely had to chip in some $$$ for the phone.

I’m looking at potentially making the switch to Verizon with either the Droid or Eris. Although all the talk about the Google Nexus One might make me hold off for a while so I can make an educated purchase.

Merry Christmas!

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