Just Threw iPhone in Garbage - Bad Idea?

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  1. Epsilon88 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,

    So I have an old iPhone 3G that suddenly stopped working a few months ago, along with an Otterbox case. I threw them into the garbage but now am reconsidering. Is there any other use for them? Would they actually fetch any money on Craiglist? (eg: for parts) I just don't have time to arrange meeting someone for $20 or whatever.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    It can bring some but like you said its up to you to decide if it's worth your time and hassle for $20-30.
    To me it wouldn't, my time is more valuable.
     
  3. dkersten macrumors 6502a

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  4. irDigital0l Guest

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    At least chop it in half before throwing it away...
     
  5. diegoesk, Aug 28, 2012
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    oops.. just read that it stopped working...

    if you weren.t able to access your info off there, I would break it, then throw it out..
     
  6. Dennis187 macrumors regular

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    Sorry to say, but a homeless guy just picked it up, got some money from strangers, and took it to repair shop. Now he has a fully functional phone with free minutes for a few days!
     
  7. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Please don't listen to this.

    At the very least see if there is a place that will take it and recycle it. I'm pretty sure most carriers will.
     
  8. irDigital0l Guest

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    LOL its better than throwing away a good phone...might as well destroy it just to be safe. :rolleyes:
     
  9. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Cutting through a Li-ion battery is a very bad idea.
     
  10. irDigital0l Guest

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    Yea...I was basically telling him to not just through away his phone.

    Not literally chop it up with a kitchen knife...

    I mean, don't just throw away your phone...
     
  11. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Or recycle :D
     
  12. irDigital0l Guest

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    yay
     
  13. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Gotcha
     
  14. trekkie604 macrumors 65816

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    Take it to an electronics recycling centre...
     
  15. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

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    Fuggin' first world problems around here, eh?
     
  16. NismoRoadster macrumors regular

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    What if someone finds it, fixes it, then they have all ur personal info.
     
  17. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    If workable, it is cheap insurance to keep it around. (Murphys law and all).

    If totally crap, then insure you have DESTROYED or erased everything of value first.
     
  18. Ddyracer macrumors 68000

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    Hopefully he has Find my iPhone on :p
     
  19. eastercat macrumors 68040

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    Considering most electronics have mercury, it's a jerk move. :rolleyes:
     
  20. thekev macrumors 604

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    It's not just a jerk move. It's actually illegal in at least a large number of states. You are not supposed to put electronics in the garbage. This even includes things such as light bulbs. Overall many counties really need better e-recycling information.
     
  21. unlimitedx macrumors 6502a

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    Wouldn't apple replace it for a fee as out-of-warranty replacement?
     
  22. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    How about an "illegal jerk move". Does that make you happier?
     
  23. thekev macrumors 604

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    I was adding on to your point, not really contradicting it. I said many as I'm not going to look up all of them. Please don't take my prior words as a jerk statement:p.
     
  24. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Wasn't my statment you were referring to (it was eastercat...and what's he doing here anyway??? Easter was over long ago)....and I was just having fun anyway. :D
     
  25. thekev macrumors 604

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    Oh. Yeah I was having fun too. I figured the wording would indicate that. The thing about putting electronics in the garbage really does annoy me though. It just further hurts our sustainability and increases the issue of pollution. It's not the kind of area where I'd like to see more regulated behavior. I'd just like to see better awareness and an increase in local recycling programs.
     
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