If you’re seeing a new phone in your near future, it’s time to start thinking about what to do with your old one. It has been an uphill climb to get companies to offer takeback recycling programs for their old products, with many charging customers to recycle or offering little to no monetary incentives for people to dispose of their electronics responsibly. That is why it is so refreshing to learn about Sprint’s comprehensive buy-back and reuse program for its mobile devices. Sprint’s wireless recycling programs help to prevent thousands of tons of wireless equipment from entering the waste stream. More than 90% of the phones collected are reused. Any equipment not capable of being reused is recycled. The buy-back program is definitely the most attractive option for those looking to upgrade to a new phone, so I decided to test it out. After entering my Sprint phone number (I actually use Credo Mobile, which is powered by the Sprint Network), I was asked to choose my phone’s make and model from a drop-down menu. In two easy clicks, I had a cash offer of $28! And, I love that users are given the option to apply the buy-back amount to a future phone bill. If your phone is too old to qualify for a cash offer, you can still recycle it through Sprint’s Project Connect: a free service for anyone who has wireless phones, batteries, accessories and data cards no longer used. All makes and models are accepted, regardless of carrier or condition. To recycle your wireless device, pick up a free, postage-paid envelope at any authorized Sprint store nationwide. Or, print the free, prepaid shipping label on the program’s website. All net proceeds generated from the sale of equipment collected through Sprint Project Connect go to fund and promote free Internet safety resources for kids, parents and educators.
Sprint’s Buy-Back and Reuse Program for Mobile Devices
The mobile carrier offers users incentive to recycle. A sister program, Project Connect, accepts any old cell phone regardless of condition or carrier.