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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e-Cycle Mobile Buyback and Recycling Becomes a Champion for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

NCSAMe-Cycle became a National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) Champion to assist in spreading awareness and the necessary resources for businesses and individuals to stay safe online. This year marks the 10th anniversary of NCSAM, which is celebrated every October.

Under leadership from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance, NCSAM has grown exponentially each year in their efforts to reach consumers, businesses, corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation.

The month is divided into themed weeks to help focus on core issues in cyber security. Visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam for resources on how to stay safe online, learn more about NCSAM and how you can get involved.

e-Cycle is dedicated to protecting the mobile data of businesses, government agencies and consumers by offering a secure resource for selling used iPhones, BlackBerrys, Androids, iPads and other mobile devices. e-Cycle uses advanced technologies and proprietary data deletion methods to ensure our client’s sensitive mobile data does not end up in the wrong hands.

Unfortunately OEM factory resets do not completely erase all of the private data on a device. Information often remains on hidden menus such as email addresses, phone numbers, photographs and other sensitive information. e-Cycle mobile security department found that:

  • 2% of devices received at e-Cycle have active lines still transmitting data.
  • 55% of devices have SIM cards that contain sensitive information.
  • 1 in 5 devices have SD Memory Cards with access to private files.

For more information on e-Cycle’s industry leading data security, visit http://www.e-cycle.com/how-it-works/data-security/.

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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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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 Supports the “It Can Wait” Campaign to Prevent Texting and Driving

e-Cycle is joining the It Can Wait movement to end texting and driving by encouraging all of our employees and clients to participate in Drive 4 Pledges Day on September 19, 2013.

Join the 1.8 million people that have committed to never text and drive through ItCanWait.com on Drive 4 Pledges Day. Then share your commitment to inspire others to do the same. If you believe texting and driving isn’t an issue, learn about the dangers and consequences first hand by trying the texting and driving simulator online or at an It Can Wait event.

The Facts

Sending or looking at a text, tweet, post or email from behind the wheel can be deadly. Unfortunately, the number of people texting and driving is high even though hands-free and educational resources are readily available. Recent studies have found that:

  • Commuters are the biggest offenders, with 49 percent admitting to texting while driving.
  • 98 percent of the population knows sending texts while driving is not safe, yet 50 percent of drivers do it anyway.
  • 40 percent of drivers who text while driving call it a habit.
  • Those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash.
  • More than 100,000 crashes each year involve drivers that are texting.
  • Teens, on average, text five times more a day than a typical adult.
  • 75% of teens say texting and driving is “common” among their friends.

Tips for breaking the habit

It Can Wait put together the following tips to help you stay true to your pledge and break your dangerous texting and driving habit:

  • Download the AT&T Drive Mode App– This mobile app will automatically reply to incoming messages with a customizable text to let people know you are driving and will respond later.
  • Assign a Designated Texter – Let your passengers respond to incoming texts for you.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind – Put your phone on silent mode or in a place you can’t reach while in the car.
  • Listen to music – Create a playlist or listen to the radio.
  • Call, don’t text – Use Bluetooth features to safely make urgent calls.
  • Speak up – If you see someone texting while driving, ask them to stop.

The Drive 4 Pledges Day is a nationwide effort, first launched by AT&T in 2009 that focuses on educating people about the dangers of texting and driving. Other carriers have since joined the movement, including Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.

Together, we can all have a part in making sure that no more lives are lost. No message is so urgent that it is worth diverting attention from the road and risking lives in the process. It Can Wait.

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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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5 Reasons to Buy the Verizon iPhone | e-Cycle

It’s been rumored and speculated over for a while now, but the dream finally seems to be close to reality: a Verizon iPhone is expected to be released in early 2011.

This comes as great news for those of us who want more choices and better pricing when it comes to these smartphones. But how will you decide between the Verizon or AT&T version of the iPhone?

Either way, there has never been a better time to sell your iPhone and upgrade to a new version. To help you make the decision when you finally do want to sell your iPhone for cash, we have provided five reasons to buy the Verizon iPhone:

1) Being a part of the largest network – There are obviously a number of advantages to being a part of the largest mobile network available. For those of us who like being associated with who’s currently king of the hill, and want an iPhone to boot, this is a win-win.

2) The ability to stay in the Verizon network – There are no doubt plenty of people who have not yet purchased an iPhone for the sole reason of “not feeling like switching to a new network.” This is partly why Android phones have become so successful. However, if you’ve really been aiming for that iPhone, you’ll now be able to do so while staying in the comforts of your own network.

3) The ability to move to a new network – It works the other way, too. If you feel stuck with AT&T but can’t seem to part ways with your iPhone, welcome to the best of both worlds.

4) Fewer dropped calls? – Verizon phones currently do not allow for data services to be used when making calls. That means data usage cannot interrupt or drop calls on the Verizon network, potentially resulting in fewer dropped calls on the Verizon iPhone.

5) Is Verizon a better network overall? – A number of studies and polls have shown that Verizon may, in fact, have a better network than AT&T. While each has its own desirable services, there is no doubt that Verizon is often considered the head of the class in the world of wireless phone providers.

Whether you choose the Verizon or AT&T version of the iPhone, it is beneficial to the consumer to see competition develop for this particular smartphone. Having a choice is certainly never a bad thing.

When you do finally decide to upgrade, though, be sure to sell your iPhone to e-Cycle. We take care of the entire process and, in addition to helping you afford a new iPhone, recycling cell phones with us has a number of environmental benefits.

When the Verizon iPhone does hit stores, remember: don’t just recycle your old iPhone, e-Cycle it!

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