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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Why is Wireless Cell Phone Data Security So Important? | e-Cycle

It’s easy to get swept up in the bells and whistles that come with a brand new cell phone; so much so that you don’t consider what might happen to your old phone. Recycling cell phones comes with a lot of benefits, but not all mobile phone recycling companies are the same when it comes to a vitally important aspect of the process: data security.

When you sell your iPhone or other mobile phone with e-Cycle, your organization or business is guaranteed the industry’s most thorough and secure process for removing personal data.

When you get rid of an old phone, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all the data you have stored on it just goes away. A company’s recycled phones could be full of confidential data (emails, phone numbers, documents, applications) that can become a problem if placed into the wrong hands. That’s why it is important to ensure that your data is protected and, ultimately, completely removed.

e-Cycle uses a high-security work environment and processes that have been meticulously designed to maintain the utmost protection of your confidential cell phone data. In other words, we do not take the security of your cell phone’s data lightly. We understand that people sell old iPhones and other mobile devices for a variety of reasons, but everyone wants their data to be secure.

That is why we hold ourselves to the highest data protection standards in the industry. With e-Cycle, you will never have to worry about your data’s security. Instead, you can spend that time thinking about how you helped the environment by recycling your old cell phone.

Complete data security – just another reason to sell your old mobile phones to e-Cycle!

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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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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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