How To: Deactivate Find My iPhone or iPad Activation Lock for Apple iOS 7 Devices When Selling Used iPhones and iPads to e-Cycle

When upgrading your Apple iPhone or iPad to the new iOS 7 operating system, you will notice a new Find My iPhone/iPad feature called Activation Lock. This beneficial new technology makes it more difficult for anyone to access or sell your device in the event it is lost or stolen.

Activation Lock starts working the moment you turn on the Find My iPhone application in iOS 7. While Apple’s new 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 completely sanitized.

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

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

  1. Go to the Settings app on your device
  2. Select “Privacy”
  3. Select “Location Services”
  4. Select “Find My iPhone/iPad”
  5. Toggle Find My iPhone/iPad to the “Off” position
  6. Enter Apple ID password & turn off Find My iPhone

After completing these steps, the Find My iPhone functionality will be disabled and your device will be ready to send to e-Cycle. 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.

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 at http://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
  4. Click the device name link at the top of the page
  5. Click the black “X ” next to your device
  6. Click “Remove” when prompted

If you’re not sure if you’ve installed iOS 7, go to Settings> General> About> Version. The number beside Version will start with “7” if your device is operating on iOS 7.

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 Activation Lock 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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Looking to sell your Apple iPad? e-Cycle buys those too!

Apple isn’t the only major player in the tablet game anymore, as Android-based tablets continue to increase in popularity, evidenced by the rise of their market share. With a variety of companies now getting into the tablet game, it presents a variety of new factors to consider.

As Google’s Android-based tablets find a larger audience, it means that there will be some customers looking to sell their iPads to switch to an Android tablet. Like discarded cell phones, a tablet can produce electronic waste that is harmful to the environment. Therefore, it’s important to consider recycling your old iPad to a company like e-Cycle.

If you are, in fact, looking to sell your iPad, keep in mind that e-Cycle will buy those in addition to your old mobile phones. Just like our iPhone recycling process, selling your iPad to e-Cycle is an easy process that will allow you to get cash for your old tablet, keep your private data protected, and, of course, keep it out of our landfills.

Apple is going to face even more competition in the tablet market, which means customers will have to start making some choices. That means that there are going to be more people switching to Android-powered tablets in the near future, leaving a growing number of old iPads that need to be recycled properly.

If you are considering switching to a new tablet or simply recycling your Apple iPad, be sure to choose e-Cycle!

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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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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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