Old Cell Phones
We all want the latest and greatest technology in our hands and impatiently wait for that moment when we can upgrade. Phew! I love getting rid of that “relic” and showing off my new, shiny device. Well, that leads to the question: what can I do with my old phone? Many of us put our phones in a drawer to gather dust (yes, I’ve been known to have four in my desk at one time!), and that is just a waste. The next time you are due for a phone upgrade, or just simply get a new gadget, consider all the options. Options can include trading in your cell phone or mobile device, selling it, donating it, or recycling it. The best option depends on the situation and cell phone. Here are some general guidelines to help with the decision.
The Trade In
The trade in option is a good choice when upgrading within the same carrier. Almost all cell phone companies will offer you a credit from your old device towards an upgraded product. You may even get a good deal with a new carrier that offers a trade in value. It is important before making any commitments to ensure your phone is compatible with the new company’s network. Trade in values for phones between carriers can vary. Make sure to research, and get the best deal.
Don’t let that old phone just gather dust in a drawer, get something for it. There are many options available for selling used cell phones. There are major retailers, such as Amazon. And, there are also niche sites that specialize in used devices which typically will offer you more value for your device. A great example would be Unlimited Cellular. You may be offered cash or store credit for your phone.
Another great option is to donate your used device. There are many great charities that can benefit from old phones. One terrific example is A Cell Phone for Soldiers. This organization provides phones to active duty military. This allows them to connect with their families. Imagine how good it would feel for a child to talk to their parent who has been away for a long time. Your donation could make that happen.
If you don’t want to trade, sell, or donate your phone, recycling it is a must. Cell phones contain arsenic, lead, and other toxins. These chemicals are hazardous to the Earth. The battery of all cell phones contains heavy metals and these are absolutely lethal to the land. When burned, these chemicals are released in the air. This practice contributes to major air pollution. Recycling your phone will also make you a part of the much-needed energy solution. According to Second Wave Recycling, if 13 million cell phones were recycled, it would create enough energy to fully power 24,000 homes for a year! Imagine the possibilities if every old phone was recycled.
All of these options have some great benefits. No matter which you choose when ditching that old phone, it makes a difference more than just sitting in a drawer. The difference made might be to yourself in the form of cash in your pocket, a charity via a donation, or the environment by recycling.