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Daily Q&A: What should I do with my old cell phone?

What should I do with my old cell phone that I don't use anymore?

There are two things the Federal Trade Commission recommends when you decide to get rid of your old cell phone.

First of all, you should delete any personal or sensitive information from the phone by removing the subscriber identity module, or SIM, card from the phone. You also may have to clear contacts and stored information on the phone itself (check your manual or service provider if you have trouble doing this).

Secondly, there are several disposal options, including recycling the phone or its components through manufacturers, service providers and nonprofit groups.

Here are some FTC recommendations:

• The Environmental Protection Agency has information on electronic product recycling programs at

• The U.S. Postal Service's free "Mail Back" pilot program allows customers to recycle small electronics and ink jet cartridges. Some 1,500 post offices have free envelopes so you can mail back PDAs, cell phones, digital cameras, and music players without having to pay for postage. For more information, visit

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Daily Q&A: What should I do with my old cell phone? 11/13/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 13, 2009 10:26am]
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