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Cellular Telephones: Disposal of Phones

If your phone is from one of MIT's preferred vendors, inquire within your department to see if anyone can use it. AOs may wish to hold onto deactivated phones from preferred vendors to serve as backups.

If you cannot identify a business need for your old cell phone, you should consider donating it.

Important: Erase cell phone data

Before disposing of your cell phone in any manner, remove all of your personal information and data from the device. In other words: Wipe It Clean! 

Donation programs

Community Giving at MIT
Donate your old cell phone to the MIT Community Services Office, room E38-234. Proceeds from the donations help support the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC), which provides free, comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence.

Sprint Nextel Buyback Program and Sprint Project Connect
Determine whether your Sprint PCS or Nextel phone is eligible a Sprint account credit via Buyback. If not, you may recycle your phone, battery, and accessories with Sprint Project Connect SM, a free service for anyone who has wireless phones, batteries, accessories, and connection cards that they no longer use. All models are accepted, regardless of condition or service provider.

All net proceeds help keep children safer online through Sprint's 4NetSafety program, in partnership with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the NEA Health Information Network, and others.

Verizon Wireless HopeLine
The Verizon Wireless National HopeLine Program distributes previously owned wireless phones to victims of domestic violence, supports non-profit domestic violence prevention groups, and provides an environmentally friendly method for recycling handsets.

At the center of HopeLine is a phone recycling program. Verizon Wireless stores throughout the nation serve as drop-off locations for wireless phones (any brand, any carrier) that are no longer in use.