Yesterday, May 21, 2012, Jeff Bradley, AT&T Senior Vice President of Devices, shared a new cell phone trade-in program on the AT&T Consumer Blog. The program recycles your old cell phone and provides instant payment to you for qualified cell phones.
AT&T indicated that the devices have a value in being recycled for reusable materials. As part of the environmental impact, AT&T stated that in the last two years, they have collected more than six and a half million cell phones for reuse and recycling.
According to a press release from iSuppli yesterday, Samsung has overtaken Nokia as the largest manufacturer of cellphones. Samsung shipped 92 million handsets worldwide last quarter, while Nokia recorded only 83 million cellphones shipped.
This lead change halted a 14-year run by Nokia who took over the top spot from Motorola back in 1998. iSuppli’s report shows Samsung actually experienced a 13% decrease in shipments between Q4 2011 and Q1 2012. Nokia, however, suffered a 27% decrease in the same timeframe.
Whether a device has been left in a cab, lifted from your pocket, or innocently dropped and forgotten, cell phone theft has risen over the last few years. If a dishonest individual obtains a device, they not only have access to your personal information, but they can reuse or sell the device to others while incurring little or no cost. eBay and Craigslist provide easy avenues for sellers to unload a device and get rid of the evidence quickly. Other countries such as the UK, Australia, and France have a common database of these stolen devices. The number of thefts may not have disappeared in those countries, but a decline is evident. In the United States, however, each carrier has its own database. So, a stolen phone from AT&T may be restricted on the AT&T network, but may still be used on T-Mobile.Read more
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