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ReCellular Gives Old Cell Phones New Life

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ReCellular Gives Old Cell Phones New Life

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What really happens to an old cell phone when it is traded in for a newer model? Just ask the staff at ReCellular, Inc. ReCellular is the largest dealer of used cellular phones in the U.S., processing more than 250,000 used wireless handsets each month. The Michigan-based firm obtains many of its phones from companies including Cingular and Verizon, which let users trade in their old phones for new models. The service provider then sells the phones to ReCellular where they are either refurbished for resale or disassembled and used for spare parts. The majority of ReCellular's wares, however, come from cell phone donation programs run by charities. The March of Dimes runs an annual cell phone drive with ReCellular that generates an estimated $160,000 per year.

With security concerns at an all-time high, ReCellular takes its customers' best interests to heart. "We've processed more than 15 million phones and we've never had a breach of personal data," said Mike Newman, ReCellular vice president.

"Cell phones now hold more information than in the past," said Newman. "In fact, many of them are basically minicomputers." With security breaches, identity theft, and personal data being stolen, people are hesitant to donate or recycle their old cell phones, he said. That's why it's more important than ever to make sure the old data is wiped clean.

To keep customers breathing easier, ReCellular has a special site (http://www.wirelessrecycling.com) that walks customers through a step-by-step process of erasing their own personal data from their own phones. …

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