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Significantly fewer Swiss consumers are planning to buy a smartphone

In view of rising rents, higher health insurance premiums and the continuing presence of inflation, Mr. and Mrs. Swiss are increasingly having to turn over every franc twice. More and more Swiss consumers therefore want to use their smartphone for longer and are putting off buying a new device, as a survey published on Tuesday shows.

Only around 38% of Swiss people surveyed by the comparison portal Comparis in the "Smartphone Study 2023" intend to buy a new smartphone in the next twelve months. This is a significant decline compared to the surveys in the two previous years, when 45% and 44% respectively still wanted to buy a new device.

In addition to the rising cost of living, the comparatively low level of technical progress also plays a role in people putting off buying a smartphone. "The latest models from well-known smartphone manufacturers often barely differ from their predecessors," summarizes Jean-Claude Frick from Comparis. As a result, demand for new devices is likely to remain comparatively low this year.

At the same time, the intended useful life of smartphones has clearly increased. Just over half of those surveyed intend to use the device for four years or longer. In previous years, only around 40% wanted to use the device for this long. However, the average period of use has remained roughly stable in recent years at around 2 years.

Meanwhile, Switzerland remains an Apple country: the Californian smartphone manufacturer's market share remains stable at 46.7%. The younger target group in particular is firmly in the hands of the Americans and Android devices are failing to gain popularity, it is said. However, Samsung (Android) was able to maintain its high market share of just under 36%.

As part of the survey, the market research institute Innofact interviewed over 2000 people in all regions of Switzerland on behalf of Comparis in November 2023.

©Keystone/SDA

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