Customers getting rid of handsets in follow up to Apple and Samsung suit

Following the Apple versus Samsung court battle for patent legislation and its ruling in favour of the iGiant, South Korea's Samsung is losing out on customers. This is according to market watchers at mobile trade-in company Gazelle.

Anthony Scarsella, Gazelle's “chief gadget officer”, reported that his company, which specialises in buying used mobile phones, has seen a 50 per cent rise in the number of consumers looking to get rid of Samsung mobile phones since Monday alone. The heightened supply has resulted in Gazelle lowering the price it pays for Samsung handsets by 10 per cent.

Some expected Samsung to report a surge in sales as customers flocked to stock up on any remaining devices.

Apple has requesed injunctions prohibiting the sale of eight of the rival's phones stated in its lawsuit. If approved, these will only affect US sales. Judge Lucy Koh is to announce the verdict on December 6th.

Samsung remains the market leader in China with a 19 per cent share.

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