In this day and age there comes a time in almost everyone’s life where they need to trade in their own mobile phone. Mobile phones are literally everywhere, and it seems like everyone from 9 to 90 has one. Selling your unwanted mobile phone is important because mobile phones have inner materials that can be harmful to people and to the environment.
This is why it is highly advisable that you refrain from simply throwing your phone away. With that being said, have you ever wondered what happens to your phone when you sell it? When you go to one of those “sell my phone” websites either put on through your provider or somewhere else, have you ever wondered what the process is like? This piece will seek to answer those questions for you.
1. The first step depends on the condition of your phone
If your phone is still workable there are several possibilities for your phone. It may end up getting refurbished and resold. After that it will usually go back into the consumer market or it may get donated to a charity. There is a program put on by Verizon where victims of domestic violence are able to get a free phone loaded with 3000 minutes. If it does not go to one of these two places sometimes the phone is sold to a market in Africa or Latin America for a cash-strapped individual to use.
If the phone does not work at all it may end up going to a smelter where it will be melted down and reconstituted. It may also possibly be mined for the various that are found in the phone. Other than that the phone may be broken up and sold for its parts.
2. Sometimes the phone ends up abroad.
If you donate to one of these recycling programs then you need to realize that yes, your old phone may very well end up going abroad. Sometimes this happens when they break it up and sell it for parts. When they do this in a foreign country, they often dangerously dispose of the phone in an open fire. Thus, if you care about the environment, it might behove you to call your carrier and see if they can indicate to you just what would happen to your phone if you donated it.
3. Be careful where you donate the phone.
If you are concerned about what will happen to your used phone should you decide to donate it, then be careful where you donate it. Best Buy is a good location to donate your old phone because they refrain from shipping them to foreign countries. You can also read up on other online phone buyers programs to see what they do with the donated phones.