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What to do with the old phone after upgrading


Just upgraded to a smartphone, and don't know what to do with the old Motorola VE440. The dealer offered to recycle it, but is there a charity that recycles it non-commercially? Should I remove and destroy the SIM card? Thanks for the help.

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You can check to see if there is a charity locally that will accept it. In some cities, there are women's shelters that can possibly accept them.
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Maybe a relative would like a phone me down?
Let me be clear - this phone no longer works, and has no link with an account with Koodo or anyone else. Are you suggesting to us that you (or perhaps even all mobile masters) be considered a charity? Or perhaps just a charity case?
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Dave Toms wrote:

Let me be clear - this phone no longer works, and has no link with an account with Koodo or anyon...

What?
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Dave Toms wrote:

Let me be clear - this phone no longer works, and has no link with an account with Koodo or anyon...

Nobody asked you to give them your ancient phone. Either use google to find a recycling program or use it as a paperweight. The choice is up to you.
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Dave Toms wrote:

Let me be clear - this phone no longer works, and has no link with an account with Koodo or anyon...

I was suggesting you hand down the phone to a relative. Last I checked we weren't related.
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Dave Toms wrote:

Let me be clear - this phone no longer works, and has no link with an account with Koodo or anyon...

Granted, some MM's are women, but as far as I know none of us stay in a women's shelter either 🙂 Not sure where you got your ideas from, Dave 😛
Dave Toms wrote:

Let me be clear - this phone no longer works, and has no link with an account with Koodo or anyon...

Sophia, I misinterpreted Chad's original comment as a suggestion the old phone be given to him, when I had specifically asked about a charity of some kind. Glad to learn that some M & Ms are women - what color would they be?
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Dave Toms wrote:

Let me be clear - this phone no longer works, and has no link with an account with Koodo or anyon...

Well, that was a colorful remark, it's certainly not black and white. Sometimes we're green with envy, when we're not feeling blue, or red with rage, but most of the time just tickled pink 🙂
The Motorola VE440 is a CDMA phone, so it does not use a sim card. Since the CDMA network will be shut down by 2015, it's best just to hand it in to be recycled.
KaneSlavik wrote:

The Motorola VE440 is a CDMA phone, so it does not use a sim card. Since the CDMA network will be...

Thanks, Kane, for a most pertinent reply - had forgotten the phone was old tech! Will recycle it through the dealer as you suggest. I had hoped it could still be useful in some underprivileged part of the world.
I would suggest if the phone does work to erase all information you have stored on the device before handing it in to a charity or for recycling. If the phone no longer works than recycling would be your only option if you choose to get rid of it.
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