How Many Cell Phones in the US Are Decomissioned Every Day?

Illustration for article titled How Many Cell Phones in the US Are Decomissioned Every Day?



No, it's not a magic eye. It's actually 426,000 cell phones, the same amount that are given the ol' pink slip every day in the United States alone.

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Artist Chris Jordan thought that this number was just too big to imagine, so he decided to put it into perspective for you. To get an idea of the magnitude of this image, the full size shot measures in at 5' x 8'4". He also tries to portray less gadgety things like the amount of gun-related murders or SUV sales.

Check out the uncropped versions after the jump.

All 426,000 cell phones:

Illustration for article titled How Many Cell Phones in the US Are Decomissioned Every Day?
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Illustration for article titled How Many Cell Phones in the US Are Decomissioned Every Day?

Running the Numbers [Artist Page via Core77]

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I'm calling bullshit on this one. 426,000 per day would be 155,490,000 a year... 155 BILLION!?!

What's the world's population now, something like 6.6 billion? The US is only 300 million, so I guess each person is going through 518 phones a year.