Just Threw iPhone in Garbage - Bad Idea?

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Epsilon88

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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.
 

diegoesk

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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..
 
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Dennis187

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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!
 

irDigital0l

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

CASLondon

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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.
Fuggin' first world problems around here, eh?
 

nostresshere

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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.
 

thekev

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Considering most electronics have mercury, it's a jerk move. :rolleyes:
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.
 

Geckotek

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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.
How about an "illegal jerk move". Does that make you happier?
 

thekev

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How about an "illegal jerk move". Does that make you happier?
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.
 

Geckotek

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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
 

thekev

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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
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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