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What to do with old cellphones?

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What to do with old cellphones?

I have a couple of old flip phones I don't use anymore. Can I recycle them? Donate them? Freecycle them?

Should I leave the SIM card in, or remove it?
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Donate your older phones to others such as women's shelter or more formally https://phoneitforward.ca/
Or sell online on Kijiji or Facebook market as individuals who cant afford new may use or if from other countries may wish to purchase cheaper working phones that would still work in their home country.
If you have a balance on your account which you won’t get back from your provider and you are switching providers because you found a better deal you can give to charity https://www.mobilegiving.ca/en/current- ... n-options/ (leave a small balance if porting your number)
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I saw on the news years ago that women's shelters take them to hand them out so that the users can call 911 if needed. No idea the shelters would want the sim cards too.

You could also recycle them if they are useless now. I think Staples still has electronic recycling in their stores.
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Luzer123 wrote: I have a couple of old flip phones I don't use anymore. Can I recycle them? Donate them? Freecycle them?

Should I leave the SIM card in, or remove it?
I used to trade mine in at WOW mobile for a Koodo phone and then cancel the tab.
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ds2chan wrote: I saw on the news years ago that women's shelters take them to hand them out so that the users can call 911 if needed. No idea the shelters would want the sim cards too.
Mobile phones don't need to be activated to call 911. That was one of the requirements mandated by government years ago.
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mrweather wrote: Mobile phones don't need to be activated to call 911. That was one of the requirements mandated by government years ago.
Thanks. I knew. I wasn't clear but I meant I wasn't sure if the shelters wanted spare sim cards to hand out for some reason.
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Do I leave the SIM card in, or remove it?
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Luzer123 wrote: Do I leave the SIM card in, or remove it?
The SIM card is worthless unless it was never activated or you're generous enough to give a phone with a SIM card which is linked to an active account that you are still paying for the services so generally when giving/donating/trashing/recycling/selling/exchanging a cellphone, you shouldn't be including a SIM card as it is worthless to the person getting it (i.e. they can't use that SIM card if it was already activated as some point to activate on a new account).
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donate them to third world countries. i donated a bunch of my old cell phones to a place that refurbishes and send them to south america
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