By Sumi Das
Posting in Environment
Find out how cell phones collecting dust can be put to better use. And with very little effort on your part.
Since 1998, technology -with a particular emphasis on gadgets- has been my beat. And it's a beat I love. Yet if you looked at my personal spending habits, that might be hard to guess. I have fewer reservations about dropping some coin on a fab pair of boots than I do about buying the latest drool-inducing consumer electronics toy.
I like to get my money's worth out of my gadgets. Phones, for example. I drove my Motorola StarTAC into the ground. My Nokia 8210 was a trusty companion until the first gen iPhone came along. I used that first iPhone for four years. Bush was still in office when I got it. I'm just a big believer in 'If it ain't broke, keep using it.' Still, between my husband and I, we have 3 or 4 old cell phones lying around the house. For a while they were the favorite playthings of our toddlers, but these days they settle for nothing less than a fully functional 3G device. During a recent shoot with Josh Nesbit of Medic Mobile, my quandary over what to do with these phones was solved. If you haven't heard of Medic Mobile by the way, watch this video.
Off-camera, Josh told me about Hope Phones, a campaign that helps facilitate Medic Mobile's work. Hope Phones works with a recycling partner that transfers the value of phones donated to an account, so Medic Mobile can get the mobile technology needed for it's work. All phones welcome (working or not), Hope Phones pays for the shipping and it safely recycles the phones. According to their site, by recycling 1% of the phones that are tossed every year, Medic Mobile can outfit 1 million health workers with the necessary technology to improve the lives of 50 million people.
I don't think my 2 and 4 year olds are going to miss that Nokia 8210.
Mar 15, 2012
If you really want to get your money's worth out of your old phone, you can sell it to Gizmo Trader. We pay cash for your phone, and we even cover the shipping: http://gizmotrader.com/.
I have a bunch of dead phones that are just laying around in my house. Living with a family of 7, we have A LOT of old phones that are of no use to us. This is a great way to get rid of them and be helpful to the community. Thanks for this awesome post
Hi...Idea sounds good...would like to know more about this so as to replicate it for the benefit of the people in Rural India..... Regards Avinash
I recently contacted a similar recycling organization in my country ([u]not[/u] Medic Mobile). They had the same shipping offers and a scrolling web page where I could see some of the devices they got recently. Since my old Nokia 1610 just gave up, I thought that I could as well buy a newer mobile in reasonably good condition from them. What happened? First they said they don't sell to individuals. When I said I would buy it in my company's name and use, they said they don't sell to the domestic market. I inquired further what country and company I should contact to get a used mobile and they said they don't give out any information about where these used mobiles go. So, as far as I know, they may just as well be selling them to criminal organizations to be used in terrorism, robberies and the like. I find it very suspicious that they don't give out any information whatsoever about what the mobiles they get are used for. So instead of sending them my old mobile I recycled it through the community recycling channels. But I want to emphasize that this suspicious company was not Medic Mobile.
Thanks for this! I just printed out the shipping label. I have a perfectly good Samsung sitting in a drawer that will now go to good use. Yes, including a link would have been useful.....
Thanks for posting this as I was just cleaning house and found two old cell phones. It would be helpful to include an URL I think, so here is one: http://hopephones.org/