How Much is Your Private Data Worth? Choose the Right Mobile Buyback and Recycling Partner

How much would you charge a stranger for your contacts, family photos and pin number? $5? $20? It sounds ridiculous, but many businesses and consumers are doing just that when they choose to sell their used phone and tablets to a company based solely on the highest buyback price. It’s important to consider the entire value of the services offered when choosing a mobile revenue recovery and recycling company.

A study by CPP Life Assistance found that 54 percent of cell phones purchased second-hand contained personal data such as emails and bank details from the previous owners. They also purchased 50 SIM cards and 27 of them contained similar private information.

CPP Life Assistance went a step further and asked the original mobile phone owners if they had deleted their personal data prior to selling their device; 81 percent claimed they did.

So how can you ensure your data is protected?

Many will advise you to perform a factory reset, but as this study has shown, that is not always effective in removing all sensitive data from your mobile devices. Partnering with a mobile buyback and recycling company that makes data security a top priority is the only way to ensure your data is protected.

Qualities that indicate a recycler provides effective data security include testing for active lines, an e-Stewards certification, device-specific wiping processes and quality assurance checks. At e-Cycle, we prove our value by providing all these services and more at zero cost. All mobile devices received at our facility go through rigorous, multi-step data deletion procedures and verification testing for quality assurance. Third party, forensic auditors randomly-test our devices and validate our data security processes quarterly. If the e-Cycle data security team is not certain the data on the device it removed (many times due to functionality flaws), the device is shredded onsite to protect your personal and corporate data.

Reselling used mobile phones and tablets for reuse so that the lives of the devices can be extended is an essential part of a responsible wireless recycling plan. However, carefully consider the total value your chosen mobile buyback and recycling partner offers. Is it really worth risking your sensitive data by selecting a less-than-reputable company that offers a few dollars extra per device? Instead, choose a wireless revenue recovery partner such as e-Cycle that offers the total package: highly competitive pricing, industry-leading data security and e-Stewards certified electronics recycling and environmental protection.

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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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Consumers Hesitant to Recycle and Resell Used Cell Phones

Nearly 60 percent of people who do not recycle used cell phones refrain from doing so because they don’t know where to recycle their devices or they don’t trust that the data will be destroyed, according to an online poll conducted by Earth911 for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).

The poll was conducted on Earth911’s website from June 20 to September 9, 2013 and received responses from more than 900 individuals. The results support the findings of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s study that indicated only 25 percent of all household used electronics are recycled.

As consumers enthusiastically await the arrival their new Apple iPhone 5s or 5c, it is important to keep in mind the urgent need to responsibly sell and recycle old cell phones to protect their data and environment. For every 42 cell phones recycled, enough energy is saved to power an average household for an entire year.

Why Consumers Aren’t Recycling Their Cell Phones

According to the poll, 21 percent of respondents say they have not recycled their old mobile device because they keep it as a backup, while 20 percent say they just earth911 statisticshaven’t gotten around to it. Thirty percent indicated that they don’t know where to recycle their cell phone and 29 percent of respondents say they are worried about data security risks associated with recycling.

To ensure the personal data on your cell phone is protected, e-Cycle mobile buyback and recycling recommends consumers avoid selling their devices on eBay, Craiglist and to be very wary of online buyback companies or kiosks in shopping malls that offer to purchase used electronics devices. Often they provide no assurance of data deletion and have been known to resell wireless devices with private data still remaining. e-Cycle encourages consumers to only use electronics recyclers who do more than just a factory reset for data deletion, which does not remove all personal data. Residual personal data often remains, stored in hidden menus, even after a mobile phone has been brought back to factory settings. Be certain your recycler is doing more than a simple factory reset by asking questions and carefully reviewing their terms and conditions.

e-Cycle urges reluctant consumers to only sell or recycle their used mobile phones and tablets with an e-Stewards certified recycling company to ensure their data and the environment are protected. e-Stewards requires certified recyclers to adhere to the highest global standards of environmental protection and has stringent data security measures as part of its certification. e-Stewards certified recyclers are required to delete or destroy all the data from the devices they receive.

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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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Macworld Expo Bonus: e-Cycle to Pay an Additional $10 Per iPhone | e-Cycle

e-Cycle will pay an additional $10 per iPhone to all Macworld Expo attendees who sell their iPhone at our booth (#651) during the conference – January 27-29.

Additionally, e-Cycle is giving away three $100 VISA gift cards, one per day, during the conference. Drop your business card off at our booth for a chance to win.

We are excited to offer these great promotions at Macworld as we spread the ‘reuse and recycle’ message. Selling your used AT&T iPhone greatly offsets the cost of upgrading to the latest Smartphone and helps keeps hazardous e-waste out of landfills. Your used iPhones, even broken devices, can still be repaired and reused by others. e-Cycle will ensure your sensitive iPhone data is completely erased and protected.

 

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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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