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Old cellphones, in my household ...

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Get tossed; I only replace if broken.
  1215 votes / 7%
Stick around as useful adjunct devices
  1914 votes / 12%
Stick around, but don't actually get used
  7677 votes / 50%
Get handed off to friends or family
  1827 votes / 11%
Get lost, mostly
  597 votes / 3%
I don't have any "old cellphones."
  940 votes / 6%
Some outcome not reflected by choices above.
  1128 votes / 7%
15298 total votes.
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Old cellphones, in my household ...

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  • by confused one (671304) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @05:14PM (#46205093)
    We donate our old phones to a local women's shelter. Some groups will reactivate them with pre-paid accounts before handing them out. Others just give them to the people needing aid. The phones will still put through a 911 call if they're not activated...
  • Re:Properly Recycled (Score:5, Informative)

    by sootman (158191) on Sunday February 09, 2014 @10:21PM (#46207029) Homepage Journal

    You can recycle old cell phones with Apple. [apple.com] And that's *any* cell phone, not just iPhones. (It says so right there on the page: "All models and types of cell phones".) You can bring them to an Apple store or fill out the form on that page and they'll send you a free box with prepaid return shipping. They also have links to free recycling programs in 18 states and programs in other parts of the world. They promise "responsible" and "environmentally friendly" disposal.

    You can also bring in an old iPod and you'll get 10% off a new one.

    Click the link that says "Apple recycles responsibly" to see this:

    When you recycle with Apple, your used equipment is disassembled, and key components that can be reused are removed. Glass and metal can be reprocessed for use in new products. A majority of the plastics can be pelletized into a raw secondary material. With materials reprocessing and component reuse, Apple often achieves a 90 percent recovery rate by weight of the original product.

    Apple meets the requirements of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal. All e-waste collected by Apple-controlled voluntary and regulatory programs worldwide is processed in the region in which it was collected. Our recyclers must comply with all health and safety laws, and we do not allow the use of prison labor. Apple recyclers do not dispose of hazardous electronic waste in solid-waste landfills or incinerators. For an example of the stringent processing and operational controls Apple places on its directly contracted recyclers, read an excerpt from our recycler requirements agreement [PDF].

  • Re:Useless (Score:4, Informative)

    by mooingyak (720677) on Monday February 10, 2014 @03:17AM (#46208223)

    Depends on how you define old.

    I defined it as "a phone I've replaced", regardless of the reason it was replaced.

  • by un1nsp1red (2503532) on Monday February 10, 2014 @04:40PM (#46212283) Homepage
    In fact, many people donate their old phones to shelters for battered women. This way, even without a service provider, they have a means to call 911 in the event they're being abused (or threatened with abuse). I highly recommend donating a phone that's no longer being used.

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