Throwing out your old cell phone, digital camera, video recorder and gaming system is now not only very bad for the environment, it’s pretty bad for your wallet too.
According to Canalys research group (as reported by eWeek.com), in Q4 last year, the Android OS became the world’s leading smartphone platform, giving it 32.9% of the total mobile market share. Other numbers include Nokia at 30.6% and Apple at 16%.
Most people, when their old cell phones run out of power and just stops working, tend to throw them out (or use the cell phone recycling process, if they’re responsible) and then go out and buy themselves a brand new phone. Fortunately, there may now be another option thanks to CellularDR.com. Located in Glendale, the company, well known and widely respected for its skills in old cellular phone repair, software upgrades and other accessories, has now unveiled its latest service which goes under the name of “No Power Repair Service”.
Google’s operating system for cell phones has now become the market leader in the industry, stealing the title from the Finnish firm Nokia for the first time, according to a British research firm.
The deaf community is moving a step closer to enjoying the same technology as those who can hear via two new products that turn cell phones into video phones. A news conference held on Monday at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf saw technology company Sorenson Communications reveal – by using sign language, no less – the existence of the ntouch Pc and the ntouch Mobile. These devices turn lap top computers and old cell phones into video phones, by using the existing Video Relay Service, which is already allowing the deaf to make telephone calls.
Wayne County is no stranger to recycling, with numerous programs to recycle practically anything and everything, from eye glasses to hearing aids, drugs and of course old cell phones.
When it comes to cell phone recycling, the majority of people assume the term means taking old cell phones and recycling the material that they are made up of. And indeed, most of the time it does – but there is another type of cell phone recycling, namely the recycling of old cellular phone numbers.
Old cell phones are among the targets of a new recycling scheme being set up at Indiana State University. The competition (also running nationally) is called Recyclemania, and begins on the sixth of this month with the intent of promoting waste reduction and the recycling of old cell phones and other electrical items among university students.
The average American gets a new cell phone every 12 to 18 months and usually the cell being replaced is still in good working order. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, of the 98 million cell phones discarded in 2005, only about 20% were recycled. Most of them ended up in a landfill, where they leaked toxic waste into the environment.
What to do with that old cellular phone after it has been upgraded to that shiny newer model is often not the first thing on many people’s minds. Even when it is, the answer is not immediately forthcoming to many, but a senior class at Newton South High School, called Sustaining Global Communities, is hoping to change all that by spreading the word about electronic and cell phone recycling schemes.