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The reclaiming of used components isn’t the only notable activity in Shenzhen’s electronics district. Throughout the busy halls and corridors of several huge buildings I observed an entire process culminating in the (re)birth of phones.
In a somewhat hidden corner of Hua Qiang Bei there’s two large buildings that are mainly dedicated to the recycling of cellphones. These though aren’t the same as the cellphone malls found in the districts’ main street. Here cellphones are traded as a commodity or even as a raw material. Hundreds of small companies work with (and against) each other to squeeze every bit of value out of yesterdays mobile phones.
In Bangkok I was fortunate to find the Iron Bridge market, probably the most cyberpunk place I’ve ever been. Build over a canal, stretching a city block this metal structure is cramped with small toy and game stores and tiny electronics workshops. Many of them cramped with the tools and parts needed for game console hacking and repair.