Can my mobile be reused?
Part of the MobileMuster promise is that we recycle all mobiles
collected, rather than refurbish them for reuse. That's because our
focus is on resource recovery, and keeping mobiles out of landfill.
However, we do recognise that the resale of mobiles is a legitimate
commercial activity, which can extend the life of phones or give
people better access to communication.
If you'd like your mobile to be reused, there are a few ways
you can go.
- Repair it. Most manufacturers have service centres who will be
able to tell you if your mobile can be repaired.
- Pass it on. Maybe you have a family member of friend who needs
a mobile. Ask around.
- Donate it for reuse by people in need. Certain charities in
Australia provide secondhand mobiles to those who can't otherwise
access them. Just be sure to check out the charity you choose to
ensure they're genuine.
- Donate to a charity or school to raise funds. Many charities
have partnered with mobile phone resellers to raise funds for their
organisation. Most of these mobiles will be sold overseas
into developing countries for reuse.
- Sell it. There are companies who offer cash in return for old
mobiles. Most of these mobiles will be sold overseas into
developing countries for reuse.
If you go for options 4 or 5, it's a good idea to ask where your
mobile will go, what steps will be taken to remove any data, and
what will happen to your mobiles overseas once it can no longer be
used. You should also ask what the organisation does with the
mobiles they can't sell.