How to Ditch Your Old iPhone

By Twila Berkley | Small Business

It’s spring time! And most of us who are not on spring break in Florida, running around in bikinis, enjoying our youth and chugging beer, are most likely busying ourselves with spring cleaning. Gadget geeks like me are taking out a museum’s worth of old gadgets and devices from the nooks and crannies of our techie household.

How to Ditch Your Old iPhone image oldiphoneHow to Ditch Your Old iPhone

Don’t Throw Your Old iPhone

Here’s what I’ve learned about gadget spring cleaning throughout the years: Big time gadget hoarders will always find it really hard to let go of their hard earned devices no matter how decrepit they look. It’s not just because of the sentimental value they hold; it’s also because disposing of electronics isn’t as easy as throwing away paper or old clothes. You can’t just collect your old and broken MacBook and iPhone and take them all to Goodwill; no one will actually want to have them in that state.

Also, you can’t just put them in a plastic bag and put them in a trash can because they can potentially end up in a landfill where they can leak harmful chemicals and forever poison the earth. Also, many states have laws forbidding electronic wastes in landfills. And while not a lot of people have been to jail just because of throwing a broken smartphone in the trash, it is still not a very acceptable or ethical way of dealing with your old devices.
I’ve had these problems with my old iPhone in the past, especially since I change iPhone almost every year. And since I’ve been through all the ups and downs of ditching an iPhone, I’m sharing a few reminders that you need to keep in mind if you’re on the verge of ditching your old iPhone yourself!

  • Always keep your iPhone’s original box and accessories handy. By keeping all the original components of the iPhone (yes, even the box) you can easily store and keep your old iPhone in an organized manner. Also, keeping your old iPhone in its box can prevent it from leaking or being damaged more than it already is (if it is broken). Keeping the box will help you protect your device even when it’s not in use.
  • Get to know your old iPhone’s value over the years. Unlike wood or card collections, iPhones don’t become pricier as they become antique. For one thing, an original iPhone is the hardest to ditch because its value has depreciated so much over time that it is considered unsaleable.  The iPhone 2G also contains a lot of harmful chemicals that make it very unsafe for disposal. So make sure to keep in mind the age of your iPhone lest it loses all its value over time.
  • Finally, learn to sell old iPhone units wisely. Since you can’t really keep your old iPhone for life and they are unsafe to throw away, the easiest way to deal with them is to let others recycle them for you. For starters, you can sell them as second hand devices on auction sites if your device is in mint condition. You can also sell old iPhone units to refurbishment companies and even electronics manufacturers who have take-back programs. This way, you not only get to ditch your iPhone safely, you also gain some cash for selling your old Apple device!

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