How To: Deactivate Find My iPhone or iPad Security Feature for Apple Devices Running iOS 8 When Selling Used iPhones and iPads to e-Cycle

The Find My iPhone/iPad service is available on all Apple devices running iOS 8 as part of iCloud. This beneficial technology makes it more difficult for anyone to access or sell your device in the event it is lost or stolen. While Apple’s security feature is a helpful data security measure, it also prevents e-Cycle’s security team from accessing the device to ensure your private data has been thoroughly sanitized.

To avoid lengthy delays in processing and possible forfeiture of payment, this security feature must be deactivated on your iPhones and iPads prior to shipping them to e-Cycle.

If you’re not sure if you’ve installed iOS 8, go to Settings> General> About> Version. The number beside Version will start with “8.”

Please follow the simple steps below to deactivate the Find My iPhone/iPad security feature or watch the embedded video:

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device
  2. Select “iCloud”
  3. Scroll down to “Find My iPhone/iPad” and toggle the button to the “Off” position
  4. Enter Apple ID password and turn off Find My iPhone

How to Deactivate Find My iPhone Security Lock on Apple iOS 8 Devices from e-Cycle LLC. on Vimeo.

It’s important to never remotely wipe, lock or mark your device as lost or stolen using iTunes or iCloud when sending it to e-Cycle because it will reactivate the lock.

After completing these steps, the Find My iPhone functionality will be disabled and your device will be ready to send to e-Cycle. You can also visit www.iCloud.com/activationlock to check your device’s activation lock status and confirm it has been properly deactivated. Upon entering your device’s IMEI or Serial Number (you can find instructions on where to find this information here), the Activation Lock should read “Off.”

If you have already sent your iOS devices to e-Cycle, you can disable the Find My iPhone  lock through iCloud by following these steps:

  1. Sign in to your Apple iCloud account: www.iCloud.com/#find
  2. Click the “All Devices” link at the top of the page
  3. Click on the device you would like to deactivate (the device may appear as “Offline”)
  4. Click “Remove from Account” at the bottom of the page
  5. Click “Remove” when prompted
  6. Your device can now be processed by e-Cycle

Be certain to take the steps above so you are eligible to receive buyback dollars for your Apple iPhone and iPad devices. Failure to deactivate the Find my iPhone/iPad security feature on Apple devices will result in a considerable delay in processing and may result in forfeiture of payment for your device.

For more information or support, please contact the e-Cycle support team at GoGreen@e-Cycle.com or 1.855.329.2536 (855.ECYCLE.NOW).

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Sell Your iPhones to e-Cycle for the Highest Pricing and to Protect Your Private Mobile Data

Are you upgrading to the Apple iPhone 5s or 5c? e-Cycle, the most trusted iPhone mobile buyback and recycling company, provides businesses a secure and profitable way to sell used iPhones while ensuring their mobile data is eradicated from the devices.

When selling used iPhones or other mobile devices, it is crucial for businesses and consumers to make certain sensitive data on their mobile phones is properly wiped. Factory resets are unreliable and can leave information behind in hidden menus, including phone numbers, e-mails, photographs, addresses, pins and other confidential information. e-Cycle employs a combination of rigorous, multi-step data sanitation procedures and quality assurance checks to ensure we provide the best data protection in the industry.

e-Cycle’s simple iPhone buyback program offers high prices, free shipping and fast payments that put money back into your pocket to greatly offset the cost of purchasing the new Apple iPhone 5s or 5c. e-Cycle purchases more than 400 types of mobile phones and tablets and is a trusted partner to the largest global businesses and government agencies in the world.

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e-Cycle is the trusted wireless mobile buyback and recycling partner for many of the largest organizations in the world. As the first mobile recycling company to achieve e-Stewards certification, we adhere to the highest standards for environmental responsibility and worker health and safety. e-Cycle offers a simple, secure, environmentally responsible and profitable way for businesses to sell and recycle used mobile phones and tablets. Learn more at www.e-Cycle.com.

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e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling Honored for Outstanding Service at the 2011 TechColumbus Innovation Awards

e-Cycle was honored to receive the award for Outstanding Service (Companies under 250 Employees) at the 2011 TechColumbus Innovation Awards on Thursday, February 2.  e-Cycle was selected out of a prestigious list of 29 finalists.

The TechColumbus Innovation Awards celebrates and honors individuals and teams in a variety of disciplines. Each award category is an important component of the technology and innovation community. Receiving the top honor in an award category showcases the dramatic impact of the awardee’s contributions in Central Ohio and beyond. Keynote speakers for the evening included Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, The Ohio State University Professor E. Gordon Gee, and Limited Brands business mogul Les Wexner.

During the awards, more than 1000 business leaders joined TechColumbus to honor companies and individuals whose innovations help accelerate economic growth in Central Ohio and accelerate the future of innovation. Battelle was the presenting sponsor for the evening.

Finalists for the Outstanding Service Award were Central Ohio companies that had defined, introduced, and marketed a technology-based service. Through this service, the companies must have demonstrated success in addressing an industry need or market niche. To view the complete list of award winners and nominees from the TechColumbus Innovation Awards, visit http://techcolumbusinnovationawards.com

e-Cycle is the leading provider of wireless mobile buyback, data deletion and recycling services for businesses and organizations throughout the world. Founded in 2005 by Christopher and Tonia Irion, e-Cycle was established on three guiding passions: a love of technology, environmental protection and charitable giving.

e-Cycle is the first mobile buyback and recycling company to achieve e-Stewards, ISO 14001, and R2 Certifications. The e-Stewards Certification is only given to electronics recyclers that adhere to the highest global standards of environmental protection and worker safety.

Click to watch the e-Cycle Mobile Phone Recycling Process Video.

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Verizon iPhone Pre-Orders Begin on February 3 | e-Cycle

News continues to trickle in about when consumers will be able to get their hands on the long awaited Verizon iPhone 4, with the most recent news circling around the ability to pre-order the Verizon iPhone through the online Apple Store.

Current Verizon wireless customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 starting tomorrow, February 3rd at 3am EST (set those alarms!). Pre-ordering is available through Apple’s online store and on Verizon’s website. Delivery and in-store pick-up begins on Thursday, February 10th. Non-Verizon customers will have to wait to order the iPhone 4 with online pre-ordering beginning Wednesday, February 9th.

Those who don’t pre-order their new iPhone should realize buying the iPhone 4 in-store is unlikely. High demand for the iPhone in both Apple and Verizon stores is expected and phones will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Other than camping outside Verizon and Apple stores, it seems pre-ordering online is the best bet to guarantee there is an iPhone 4 with your name on it.

After ordering your Verizon iPhone, head over to e-Cycle’s sell your iPhone page to make room for your new purchase. We’ll show you how to recycle your old AT&T iPhone safely and securely and get a few bucks back in your pocket. Happy iPhoning!

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e-Cycle to Buyback and Recycle iPhones at Macworld Expo this Week

The annual Macintosh conference Macworld starts today in San Francisco, CA and e-Cycle will be one of the thousands in attendance to learn about new Apple related products and services.

e-Cycle will be helping attendees make room for these new technologies by offering the opportunity to sell their used and/or damaged iPhones at the Expo. Representatives will be available to assess the value of each iPhone and write checks on the spot for the phone’s market value. In addition, data security experts will process phones for same-day data deletion.

Found at booth #651, we’ll be spreading our ‘reuse and recycle’ message to Macworld attendees while promising data security and instant payment from the market leader in wireless recycling and buyback.

If you find yourself at Macworld, don’t feel guilt about wanting the Verizon iPhone or a new iPad- just find e-Cycle and take advantage of this great offer to keep our world clean and add money to your pocket. As e-Cycle President and CEO Chris Irion promises, “Selling your cell phones is good for your bank account and great for the environment.”

Check us out at the Macworld Expo and stop by booth #651 for this great combination of services!

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How Will the Release of the Verizon iPhone Affect You? | e-Cycle

The rumors have been swirling around for quite some time, but it looks as though the Verizon iPhone will be released sometime in the early part of 2011.

What does that mean for you? Whether you are a current iPhone user, someone who is monitoring Verizon’s foray into iPhone territory, or simply a smartphone enthusiast, this will undoubtedly have some effect on you.

The obvious effect would be for those of you who have been holding out on the iPhone simply because Verizon hasn’t offered it. Soon, those problems will be solved. But how else will the release of a Verizon iPhone affect you?

For starters, consumers now have a choice, and having the largest network as a choice certainly can’t hurt. It will also give plenty of people the chance to stay within the Verizon network, rather than having to switch to AT&T. Some might argue that Verizon is a better carrier overall, and its technology might actually be better suited for the iPhone.

The development of the Verizon iPhone will mean a lot when it is released, as it opens up a smartphone to millions of people who previously had a much harder time getting it. As a consumer, it gives you one more option for a mobile phone, and another way to download Angry Birds.

When the Verizon iPhone does eventually come out, you might want to get rid of your old phone in order to upgrade. If that’s the case, sell your iPhone with e-Cycle and take advantage of our services. Recycling cell phones with us means you do something great for the environment, your private data remains secure, and you can make some extra cash.

Extra cash that can go towards the purchase of the Verizon iPhone.

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5 Reasons to Recycle Your Old AT&T iPhone | e-Cycle

Cell phone technology continues to improve each and every day, enticing consumers to dump old models and nab the latest innovations. The mad dash to grab the latest version of a smartphone leaves your old models in the dust, but what exactly do you do with them?

Take your iPhone for instance. When you first get it, you love its new features, how fast it is, and all the upgrades over your previous version. But, eventually, the commercials for the next smartphone will sprout up (such as the introduction of phones with 4G capabilities), leaving you pining for the next big thing.

It’s the cycle we go through with just about every product these days, and that’s perfectly fine. The real key here is determining what to do with that old mobile phone. Cell phone recycling comes with a number of benefits that you should consider, including ones that will bring you even closer to that coveted new iPhone.

Here are five reasons that you should recycle your iPhone:

1) Cash – We certainly understand how important having some extra money can be. Mobile phone recycling with e-Cycle allows you to make some cash that can go towards the new iPhone or smartphone that you’ve had your eye on.

2) Environmental Benefits – When you recycle your phone with e-Cycle, you can rest assured knowing that we are committed to making a major impact on the environment. We hope that you’ll love keeping electronic waste out of landfills and salvaging the metal for reuse as much as we do.

3) Switching to Verizon – It has been announced that there will finally be a Verizon version of the iPhone, set to be released in early 2011. For those of you looking to make the switch to this network, it’s a great reason to recycle your AT&T iPhone.

4) Reducing Clutter – We’ve talked about how mobile phone recycling reduces clutter, and you wouldn’t want your old iPhone to feel hurt and neglected when that new one arrives, would you?

5) Data Protection – Old phones that were simply dumped or recycled mobile phones that were done so improperly still contain data that can be accessed by anybody. To ensure the protection of your data, utilize e-Cycle’s industry-leading thorough and secure data-clearing process.

There you have it – five reasons to recycle your old AT&T iPhone with e-Cycle. Whether it’s to make extra money, eventually switch to the Verizon iPhone, or any other reason that you might have, be sure to keep e-Cycle in mind.

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Reduce Clutter by Recycling Cell Phones for Cash | e-Cycle

Selling an old mobile phone comes with a number of benefits, a few of which we have looked at before. These include environmental benefits, data protection and, of course, the chance to make some extra money.

But something you may not have considered is the simple fact that you’ll be getting rid of the clutter in your home or office. Let’s face it, at some point or another, we all let clutter build up around us, pass it during the day and think to ourselves, “One of these days, I’m going to get rid of this stuff.”

Then more time slips by and that little pile of stuff we don’t need has become an insurmountable problem and the next thing you know, you’re on an episode of Hoarders.

e-Cycle can help you avoid that problem!

As new models of cell phones continue to roll out at such a fast pace, consumers will ditch their old mobile phones for the fresh new thing, leaving plenty of cell phone clutter to take care of. However, you can clean up your organization or home by selling your old mobile phones to e-Cycle.

When you sell your iPhone, iPad, or other cell phone to e-Cycle, the process of mobile phone recycling becomes painless. We will take care of everything, going so far as to send you a complimentary box and shipping labels to help you save on the cost of sending us your old phones.

So, if you are looking to sell used iPhones or other cell phone models, whether it’s to reduce the clutter of old mobile phones laying around or for any other reason you might have, e-Cycle is the perfect solution.

Reduce the clutter in your life and sell your old cell phones to e-Cycle today!

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How to Sell Your Apple iPhone | e-Cycle

Do you have an old Apple iPhone just lying around, and you have no idea what to do with it? Why not recycle it? There are a wide variety of benefits to recycling cell phones with e-Cycle, including data protection and the beneficial impact it has on the environment. But hey, we all like money, so here’s an even better incentive to part ways with that old phone: you can recycle it for cash.

The process of recycling Apple iPhones with e-Cycle is easy. To sell your Apple iPhone, iPad or other cell phone with us, all you have to do is follow these steps:

 

  1. Select the model of your iPhone or iPad and the quantity using our online form to receive an instant quote.
  2. You won’t even have to pay for shipping! Within the next business day, we will send you a complimentary box and shipping labels.
  3. Send everything back to us and you can expect a fast payment in the mail.

 

It’s just that easy. You can use the money you earn from selling your iPhone to upgrade and purchase the newest model. Or you can even save it. We just figured we would mention it (but we’re all about getting the latest phones out there, too).

Mobile phone recycling is important for so many reasons, whether it is for data security, environmental safety, or, yes, even money. Buyback prices are high right now, so this is the best time to get rid of all the phones you no longer use and make a little extra cash.

With e-Cycle, you can rest easy knowing that the data on your phone is being erased. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a wide variety of companies and individuals the best possible service. It also helps to know that you’ll be doing something great for the environment when you sell your iPhone or other cell phone with us.

Plus, having more money is always cool.

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