People are switching the cell phones more often today. In the
past, prices and contracts had made it difficult for a person to decide
to change their cell phone for a newer model, but with the quick
changing in technology, a newer, better cell phone with must have
features can be in the market only months after you made your purchase.
Take the iPhone for example. You had to have the original
iPhone when it first came out and waited in line to get it. A year
later a 3G version was released, and since you are in a 3G area you
upgraded. And now the 3G S model is available, and with the faster
processor you figured you should keep up with the times and pick up
that one as well.
In some cases you can upgrade your phone by returning the old
one and paying some fee to get the newer one. But that is not always
the case. For me, I had a cheap Motorola phone that worked fine for a
few years, and then had to get a BlackBerry for work. I was not using
my cell phone much and my company does not mind if I make the
occasional personal call on my work phone, so there was no need for me
to pay the monthly bills on my Motorola phone.
I do not want to simply throw the phone out, so right now it
is sitting in a box with other obsolete gadgets that I have. A Samsung
MP3 player from 2001. A GameBoy SP (upgraded to the DS). An 802.11b
Where do I go to get rid of these things? There are a number
of options. For the cell phone, most service providers offer a way to
return obsolete phones.
AT&T Reuse & Recycle
Verizon HopeLine Phone Recycling
Sprint Wireless Recycling
Rogers Phones for Food
Some big box stores take obsolete electronics as well,
including batteries, ink cartridges, and portable electronics. At
certain times they even take old TVs (and give you a credit towards a
Electronics & Gift Card Recycling at
So don't forget to dispose of your gadgets in a safe and
environmentally friendly way!