[Hidden-tech] Recycling iPhones

Mark Kurber mkurber22 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 4 07:51:11 EDT 2012

Thanks, Gerri,

Sell iPhones (and other smart phones) @ www.gazelle.com - decent reviews.

Best regards, *Mark H. Kurber*, CLTC
Financial Advisor, MML Investor Services, Inc.
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On Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 8:26 PM, Geraldine Mortell <gerrihc at hotmail.com>wrote:

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>    ** If you did, we all thank you.
>  With the interest in the group about recycling technological items, I
> thought that at least parts of the article below might be of interest to
> some people in the group.
> Gerri
> *Recycle With iPhone 5 due, some suggestions on what to do with your old
> iPhone*
> *Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 8:02 PM     Updated: Tuesday,
> September 11, 2012, 8:03 PM*
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> *By BARBARA ORTUTAY | AP Technology Writer*
> [image: Description: iphones.jpg]File photo | Associated Press06.24.2010
> | Piotr Kubiak of Oakland, Ill., shows off his new iPhone 4, right, next to
> his old iPhone outside of an Apple store, in Chicago. Millions of people
> will likely buy new iPhones after Apple's expected announcement of a new
> model on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. The new phones would join some 244
> million iPhones already sold since the first one launched in 2007. Some
> have been lost, some stolen and some are still in use. But it's fair to say
> that millions of iPhones are languishing in desk drawers or gathering dust.
> (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
> NEW YORK — In case you haven't heard by now, Apple<http://topics.masslive.com/tag/apple/index.html>is unveiling its latest
> iPhone <http://topics.masslive.com/tag/iphone/index.html> on Wednesday.
> That leaves the question: What should you do with your old one?
> The new phones will join some 244 million iPhones<http://www.apple.com/iphone/>sold since the first one launched in 2007. Some have been lost or stolen.
> Some of us are still hanging on to our old gadgets in some futile attempt
> to resist the constant upgrade cycle that technology companies are forcing
> on us.
> But it's fair to say that millions of iPhones are languishing in desk
> drawers or gathering dust. Here are a few things to do with yours to keep
> it from meeting that fate once you buy the iPhone 5.
> * *
> * *
> *1. Give it to your kids so they stop taking yours ...*
> Every parent, aunt and uncle knows that no toy in the history of toys has
> ever been as appealing to a kid as an iPhone. They are shiny, they have
> games and grown-ups use them for important things. More importantly, they
> are either off-limits or doled out in limited quantities as a reward for,
> say, sitting still for a minute. Load up your old iPhone with games and
> give it to a deserving child in your life.
> *2. ... or to your mom so she can finally see the light*
> Alternately, if a Luddite adult has been thinking of taking the plunge
> into the world of smartphones, your old iPhone may help him or her get over
> the hump. If you have an iPhone 4 or 4S, you might also find someone who's
> still hanging on to an earlier model and give them the gift of an upgrade.
> You may just buy a friend for life (or at least until iPhone 6 comes out).
> *3. Use it as a teeny-tiny iPad*
> You'll be able to watch videos, send email and search Wikipedia for random
> facts to end cocktail-party disagreements with your decommissioned iPhone —
> as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection. There's even a camera, which means
> you can avoid being that guy (or gal) at the concert who's turning heads
> for taking photos with an iPad.
> *4. Donate to charity*
> Several charities accept old phones for donation, though it's worth
> remembering that these groups likely won't physically give your old phones
> to people in need. Rather, they work with phone recyclers and sell your
> donated phones to them.
> A nonprofit group called Cell Phones for Soldiers will take your "gently
> used" phone and sell it to recycling company ReCellular. It will then use
> the proceeds to buy calling cards for soldiers.
> The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence works with another
> recycling group in a similar manner. About 60 percent of the phones it
> collects are refurbished and resold. The money goes toward supporting the
> coalition. The remaining 40 percent of the phones are recycled, according
> to the group's website. It pays for shipping if you are mailing three or
> more phones.
> There are a few more suggestions from New York's Department of
> Environmental Conservation at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8818.html.
> *5. Alarm Clock*
> Do you still use that old radio alarm you bought for your college dorm
> room in the 20th century? Join the 21st century by turning your old iPhone
> into an alarm clock. Hide it in a different spot in your bed each night for
> an added challenge.
> * *
> *6. Sell, sell, sell!*
> Join the eBay hordes and sell your phone for a few hundred bucks if you
> can. There will likely be a flood of the gadgets soon after people start
> getting their new phones, so it might make sense to wait a little.
> A company called Gazelle, meanwhile, will make an offer for your old phone
> based on its condition, your phone carrier and other information. A 32
> gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon Wireless, for example, was recently going for
> $237 if it's in good condition and $90 if it's broken.
> Glyde.com also offers to help you resell your old phone. A recent check
> showed the above 4S getting roughly $325 to $350 after fees are deducted —
> provided there is a buyer. A "speed sale" that guarantees to sell it in
> seven days will get the seller slightly less money.
> *7. Trade in at GameSto*p
> The video game retailer offers cash or store credit for old iPhones (along
> with iPods and iPads). The service is only available in stores and not
> online. A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S on Verizon will get you up to $335 in store
> credit or up to $268 in cash.
> *8. Stream music*
> Stick that baby in a speaker dock, spring for a Pandora subscription ($36
> per year) or Spotify ($10 per month) and bam, you have a stereo.
> Or try SoundCloud. Although it's meant to let you create and share music
> with people, it's also a good place to listen to DJs you like or discover
> new ones. TuneIn, meanwhile, will let you listen to online radio stations
> playing music, sports, news or talk shows.
> *9. Keep as a backup in case you lose your fancy new one*
> Nearly one-third of cellphone owners have had their gadgets lost or
> stolen, according to a recent survey from Pew Internet & Pew Internet &
> American Life Project.
> *10. Use as a camera*
> At its core, a decommissioned iPhone is a hard drive with a camera. Snap
> photos with it. No Canon needed. You can also use the iPhone to move photos
> and other files from one computer to another.
> *11. Recycle with Apple*
> Apple Inc.'s own recycling program will give you an Apple gift card if it
> is determined to have a "monetary value." A 32 gigabyte iPhone 4S with some
> light scratches but in good working condition was recently estimated at
> $280. That's higher than Gazelle, but you'll have to spend the money at
> Apple. The company also accepts broken phones for recycling but you won't
> get any money for them.
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> iphone <http://topics.masslive.com/tag/iphone/index.html>, technology<http://topics.masslive.com/tag/technology/index.html>
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