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Tech Talk-What to Do With That Old Smartphone

Done with that Apple?
        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 receive more cash if it has less cosmetic damage.
        For people in larger cities like Terre Haute, selling a  device can be done locally, through a site like Craigslist.  This avoids fees like shipping, and you get the money straight away.
        Those looking to sell outside their immediate area can consider sites devoted to such sales, like Gazelle, uSell or eBay.
        Major carriers A-T-and-T, Verizon and Sprint all have recycling programs for old devices.  They're 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 and music.  Documents too.  Then restore the device to factory settings, and remove any memory cards.

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