26 May

How to Safely Dispose of Old Smartphones

If you like having the latest model of your favourite brand of smartphone, whether it be Apple, Samsung, LG, or Sony, you will most likely invest in the newest model every year or two. Initially, you may decide to keep your current phone as a “back-up” phone in case your new one gets damaged. However, eventually, you will end up with a collection of smartphones sitting around your home.

How to Safely Dispose of Old Smartphones

What do you do with all of those smartphones? There are several different options to get rid of them. With each of these, it is important to take certain precautions before disposing of the phone to ensure your data and personal

information have been correctly removed from the device.

All smartphones have a factory reset option that will completely remove all of your personal information and data. It is essential you perform this step after you have backed up your data to the Cloud and are ready to transition to your new phone.
Once the reformat of the phone is completed, when you power it on, it should be the same as when you first received the phone and turned it on for the first time. If you are not sure how to perform this factory reset, most cellular providers will provide assistance, especially if you are upgrading to the latest model with them.

Disposal Options
1. See if you can trade in your phone to offset the costs of the new one. Some cellular providers will run special promotions where they will give you a trade-in allowance for your existing phone. This is a great way to get rid of the phone and, at the same time, reduce the total purchase price of the new one.

2. Sell the phone yourself using an online selling site. Some people do not have the money to upgrade every time a new model is released, but rather look for deals online to upgrade to a newer version that someone else is selling at a discounted price. This option can be good if your phone is still in like-new condition and it will get your more money than trading it in.

3. Recycle the phone through an authorized recycling centre. If the phone is several years old, no longer being supported, not resalable, or cannot be traded in, this would be the option for you.

4. Donate the phone to a local charity organization. Some local charities will welcome smartphones as donations. These charities help supply the disabled and elderly with smartphones and service that they would otherwise not be able to afford.

What If the Phone No Longer Works?
In cases where you cannot perform a factor reset of the phone, you will want to make sure you have any data recovered and the storage medium erased by using an experienced Toronto data recover service, like us here at Taking It Mobile before disposing of the phone. To request data recovery service or for a free quote, please feel free to contact us at 1-888-CALL-TIM (888.877.5002) today!

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