Consumer Watch: What do you do with old smartphones?

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by Andy Treinen

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 10 at 5:03 PM

Apple is expected to unveil the latest version of its I-Phone and for many smartphone users that means out with the old and in with the new.

Other than gathering dust in a closet, what can you do with an old mobile device?

The fall is traditionally "Apple" season, the arrival of a new crop of devices from the tech giant. The iPhone 5, the iPad mini and the iPhone 4s all made their debut between September and November. But with a harvest of new devices inevitably comes the question: what to do with the old ones.

Consumers have multiple outlets to re-sell a smartphone. First, consider the condition of your phone. You'll get more cash if it has less cosmetic damage.

For people in big cities, selling a popular device like an iPhone can probably be done locally, through a site like Craigslist. This avoids fees like shipping, and you get the money straight away. Those looking to resell outside of their immediate area can consider sites devoted to such sales, like gazelle, u-sell, or e-bay.

Major carriers like AT&T , Verizon and Sprint have recycling programs for old devices, which are either refurbished and sold at a discounted price, or recycled for their plastic, metal and glass.

Regardless of the option you choose, be sure to wipe the smartphone clean of personal data before handing it over. Back up contacts, photos, music and documents first, then restore the device to factory settings, and remove any memory cards.

If you have a consumer issue you’d like us to look into send an e-mail to consumerwatch@whas11.com.

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