As businesses and organizations upgrade to the new Apple iPhone 5 or iPad, everyday thousands of used mobile devices will be replaced. What happens to these outdated iPhones and iPads? Many will end up collecting dust in desk drawers, storage closets or even worse, local landfills. However, these used devices still retain a significant portion of their original value, even after 18 to 24 months of use. Wireless asset recovery and recycling companies purchase these used iPhones from businesses to help them greatly offset the cost of upgrading to the latest iOS technologies. In addition, certified mobile buyback companies protect the sensitive business data contained on these devices and ensure the hazardous chemicals inside do not end up in landfills.

Choosing the right iPhone buyback and recycling company is an important business decision that should not be taken lightly and there are several factors that organizations should consider when selling their used iPhones.

1. Don't be a victim of bait-and-switch iPhone or iPad pricing.  Make sure the company doesn't grade on the condition of your device.
When selling used enterprise iPhones and iPads, businesses should be skeptical of iPhone asset recovery companies offering extremely high buyback pricing. Research the pricing deductions and find out if payments are reduced for cosmetic flaws. Many consumer-driven buyback companies sell used iPhones on eBay and take substantial price reductions for scratches, cracks in the housing, scuff marks, water-damage indicators and other aesthetic flaws on the device. e-Cycle purchases used Apple iPhones and iPads based solely on the functionality of the device.

2. Read the terms and conditions and ensure your mobile recycling company takes responsibility for complete data removal. 
Many iPhone buyback and recycling companies claim “complete mobile data deletion and protection,”however, the fine print in their terms and conditions will state that they take no responsibility for deleting the private data contained on the devices. Be sure to sell your iPhone to a certified company that guarantees specific mobile data wiping processes, quality assurance practices, facility security, employee screening policies and liability insurance. e-Cycle provides the industry’s highest standards and practices for deleting and protecting your private mobile data.

3. Make sure they offer free recycling of broken iPhones and other used cell phones and that they are e-Stewards® certified. 
Before selling used iPhones and iPads, businesses need to investigate every aspect of data security and recycling processes of their recycling partners. Certified cell phone recyclers should conduct business in an environmentally responsible manner and offer transparent business practices to their clients, partners and the community. When shipping phones, batteries and accessories to downstream vendors, these partners will maintain similar green processes. Partnering with an e-Stewards Certified mobile buyback and recycling company ensures your recycler maintains the highest standards for environmental responsibility, worker safety and data security. e-Cycle is the first mobile buyback and recycling company to achieve e-Stewards Certification. Maintaining a zero landfill policy, e-Cycle offers free iPhone cell phone recycling for any device that is nonfunctional or does not have resale value.

When selling used iPhones, businesses should not make decisions based exclusively on price. If not properly processed, the private company data contained on these devices could be exposed. Companies need to implement a strategic and secure method for recycling outdated iPhones and iPads that will not only protect their telecom budgets but also their sensitive information. e-Cycle offers the safest way for businesses to sell their used iPhones and upgrade the new Apple iPhone 5. Helping organizations take a more responsible, secure and profitable approach to wireless mobile phone recycling, e-Cycle buys used iPhones, iPads and other mobile devices from businesses, reimbursing them for devices that retain value and recycling all others at no charge. The information on every phone is either deleted or destroyed using the industry’s most rigorous data security measures. To find out more about e-Cycle’s iPhone buyback process, view our video or visit to sell your iPhone.

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