Recycling mobiles / cell phones

Posted on November 17, 2010 at 8:49 AM

I've been having an interesting time with cell phones recently and have gone back to using a land line. One reason was that I kept forgetting to take the silly thing with me when I went out. Or I wouldn't hear the ring tone because I didn't like a loud sound and kept the ring low. Or worse, I kept getting calls trying to sell me something. 

The other thing was I've been getting kind of upset about was how many electronic gadgets I had that needed constant recharging - camera, laptop, cell phone (okay, only three but still it can add up!!). What does all this do to the energy grid? It can't be good. Treehugger has an article about how you can save energy through careful selection of your electronic gizmos. It also refers to an article by the International Energy Agency about how energy use is going up as our love for all things electronics rises. 

The thing that really got my knickers in a twist was that in Canada you pay for sending and RECEIVING a call! Now that can add up, especially when you start getting calls from advertisers (how did they get my cell phone number anyway??). So, I thought, time to go back to my semi-luddite lifestyle and at least get rid of the cell. If people love me, they'll call back on my land line.

The problem now was how to resell my cell phone. Resellers do exist, I found such as Recycle Mobile Phones in the UK and Cell For Cash in the U.S. Both sites tell you how to go about recycling your cell phone.

But first I had to figure out what precautions to take beforehand. There's lots of sites that offer tips but I found the following had good, clear information.

Important Tips for Reselling Your Cell Phone

Steps for Reselling a Cell Phone (video)

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