Is There a Silicon Heaven Where All Redundant Mobile Phones End Up?

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If there is a silicon heaven where all the mobile phones end up, chances are it is closer than you think. Most mobile phones end up in a dark corner of a drawer, cupboard, or in an old box in the garage. This is clearly an inauspicious end to a piece of technology which, if the truth be known, was probably caressed, stroked, and admired more than the love of your life. Let’s end their suffering today and send them on to the real silicon heaven, courtesy of paid-for recycling.

Where Do All the Old Mobile Phones Go?

With almost TWO BILLION mobile phone and Smartphone handsets sold worldwide in 2011, that figure is likely to reach or exceed TWO-AND-A HALF-BILLION by the end of 2012. The old handsets that many of them replace have to go somewhere, with most ending up being stored somewhere in the house or office.

Just why they’re saved is a mystery because they are usually discarded for the latest must-have gadget and are unlikely ever to be used again by the owner. Statistically, the average family has several old handsets scattered around the house, some of which are handsets dating back to the old building-block-sized handsets. Now, however, there is a way to get rid of them AND receive a cash payment for your trouble.

Up until 2007, it was acceptable to dump them, though the waste disposal system of your local council – but not anymore. There is now a legal requirement for all electronic equipment to be safely disposed of and recycled, moving silicon heaven from your dark cupboards to a recycling centre where they can be given a new lease of life.

What Happens to a Handset if I Send It Away?

You can now sell Blackberry Curve 9360 and other handsets by way of an online recycling facility. The condition, the make, model, and age of the handset will dictate the price you’ll receive. Handsets disposed of this way (which is the legal way) often end up being broken down for spare parts. The spare parts industry for mobile phones is immense, and there is an ever-ready market for screens, keypads, chips, memory devices, and cases.

If they cannot be used for spare parts, they are broken down into their component pieces and completely recycled. However, if the handset is new and there is a second-hand value, it can be sold on the legitimate international market.

Why Should You Send It Off?

Because if you don’t and you hand it in to the local phone store where you pick up your new model, you won’t get a penny for it in trade-in value from them. However, they will sell it themselves; if you send it off and get cash for it, all you’re doing is cutting out the middle man. And why shouldn’t you get paid for your phone? After all, you paid for it in the beginning, so you may as well get at least a portion of the cost back.

Tunde is a freelance writer and gadget groupie and has recently been investigating how consumers can sell Blackberry Curve 9360 handsets and others to make a little money on redundant technology.

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