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Poll: What do you do with your old cell phones?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / April 26, 2013 8:02 AM PDT
What do you do with your old cell phones?

-- I recycle them at an e-waste center.
-- I donate them to charity.
-- I throw them in the trash.
-- I keep them for nostalgic reasons.
-- I let my children play with them.
-- I keep them in my closet, because I don't know what to do with them.
-- I give them to family or friends.
-- I sell them.
-- Other. (What do you do with them?)

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old cell phones...
by tedtks / April 26, 2013 9:28 AM PDT

LOL thats funny - to me - never had one and have no immediate plans on getting one.
so... I had to check ' other '
the fact that there was not a ' dont have one ' line really shows how prolific they are.
I have a land line phone - but only for 911 calls - thats it.
hard of hearing and a speech imped makes it impossible to use a phone.

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Maybe it's time...
by woodwr / April 29, 2013 5:25 AM PDT
In reply to: old cell phones...

Have you looked into text messaging? It seems like to someone in your situation, text could open up a whole new avenue of communication.

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Other kind of
by ozark123 / April 26, 2013 10:38 AM PDT

If I can't sell them or give them to someone I know I disassemble them and re-purpose some of the parts.

For example: did you know that the tiny motor used to make the phone vibrate can be used as a generator in a micro wind mill ?

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by davidwheeler / April 26, 2013 6:27 PM PDT
In reply to: Other kind of

I'm still using mine. It makes phone calls. That is what I have it for.

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What do you do with your old cell phones?
by macdoug1950 / April 26, 2013 10:38 PM PDT

I checked "other" . When I get a new phone, as soon as I am sure it is working and I have it backed up, I factory reset the old phone. Then I either participate in a buyback program (my cell provider or other) or I donate it to charity (military service or domestic violence or similar charity),

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Before donating your precious metals that are in electronics
by SilverTrader / April 27, 2013 3:01 AM PDT

A recent poll shows that around 97% of the public is clueless regarding the precious metals market.
The Wall Street "spot price" for paper gold / silver and other metals recently dropped 25% on the electronic trading boards. But, in Japan for example last Thursday buyers were gladly paying a $400 to $550 "premium" over the spot price.
Cell phones and Precious Metals? YES there is a direct relationship.
All electronics use to use Lead solder until we realized it was poison in land fills for drinking water supplies. A global laws were enacted to replace Lead with Silver. It is no secret that solar panels key required element is also silver. We can reference the new drinking water purifiers, anti-biological ointments, and other uses for silver.
Meanwhile, silver ore quality has been dropping since 2002. Peak silver was reached in about 2004. Since then, the remaining silver on earth has been consumed much faster than it can be replenished.

Cell phone use to have about $0.14 USD of silver. Smart Phones may have around $0.38 USD of silver. That is not much until we look at over 2 Billion a year. The silver is so sparsely spread in the smart phone that it cost way too much to recover. The USGS has announced that Silver will be the first element on Earth to be depleted. But, the silver recovery cost may be changing in the next nine months. Silver in your cell phone, your TV set is being recognized as a "strategic element" for many countries.

The US Mint, Canadian Mint and even the Australian Mint are all out of silver. So is your local and internet coin shops. We won't get into the "rise of the machines" and "spoof trading" that drove "paper silver contracts" much lower while there is a massive shortage of physical silver. Even Apple assembly lines had to be halted due to the shortage. A quick google on Ed Steer Gold & Silver has many links to international articles. Articles that show the spoof of electronic paper trading is more about devalued re-payments of defaults for ETF than it is about the physical metal market prices. Premiums have risen around ten-fold in the last 18 months.

Land fills are now being eyed as "precious metals mines" as older electronics had more silver/gold than the new mines being discovered. Bottom line, if (not when) physical silver trades upwards of $200 to $500 an ounce, your cell phone could be worth a deposit. More important, if cell phones are not turned in to recycle, there could be a shortage of new electronic manufacturing.

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Old phones
by Nerosas / April 27, 2013 3:40 AM PDT

My old phone went to one of those companies that recycle your phone and give you the amount of money that your phone was worth. I didn't get very much as I only get simple phones (what else do you need a phone for?), but every little helps Happy

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Buyback? Yeah, right.
by woodwr / April 29, 2013 12:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Old phones

My carrier (who claims to be one of the "greenest" companies in the world offers a buyback program when you get a new phone. That is, if your old phone stall has market value. When I told the I was upgrading from a Motorola Razer 3, they not only offered nothing for the phone, they wouldn't even accept it for recycling free. Aparently they are only "green" if there's money in it for them.

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What do you do with your old cell phones?
by Carlton102 / April 30, 2013 11:05 PM PDT

I usually donate them or sell them on eBay even though I do not get much for them. Otherwise. I do keep one as a back-up just in case I lose my current cell phone.

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