CNet: Top tips for recycling a mobile

7 December 2009 — 11:51 AM

Clear your contact list before recycling your old mobile

People who plan to recycle their old mobile phone when they upgrade to a newer model over the festive season may wish to take note of several tips offered by the editor of CNet.

Brian Cooley noted that there are a number of simple steps people should take to prepare their handset before they send it to be recycled.

He suggested that consumers move their wireless service from their old mobile to their new one, back up all contact lists and remove any photos or files that they may wish to save.

Then, using either a designated button sequence or menu choice, consumers should "wipe" - or completely erase - their phone, deleting personal information such as text messages, call history and list of contacts.

Once this has been done, it is best to opt to get rid of the handset without sending it to landfill. One option, he suggested, is to use a mobile recycling service.

Last month, an eight-year-old eco warrior highlighted the benefits of recycling.

Matt Danstrom and his classmates have undertaken a community-wide email campaign to encourage locals to recycle more, the Peninsula Gateway reported.ADNFCR-2059-ID-19497949-ADNFCR

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