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by 2ndhandroses on 2014/10/11

The Brick This ain’t no smartphone!



Do you have the coolest smartphone ever?

Did you stand in line to get it?

Did you camp out overnight?

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Does it have an app for virtually everything you have ever needed in your life, and for stuff you need but haven’t even thought of yet?


Is it shiny and sparkly?


Does it have lots of cool accessories and a hip ringtone?



Now what to do with that junky, old (read: stinky iPhone 5 or Galaxy S3!

I mean, it’s NOT COOL to have in your pocket or purse anymore.


Once the latest-and-greatest offering from the tech giants arrives amid frenzied crowds reminiscent of the Beatles’s first American tour, the thought of hanging onto LAST YEAR’S gadget is enough to make the most stoic hipster take pause.

But even hipsters don’t like to litter.

And all of us probably like to help others when we can, as long as it’s not too inconvenient.

Well, you’re in luck!  On the heels of the most recent blessing from the Apple Mothership, comes National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Purple for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Purple for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month



What did I just suggest?


That I start bashing somebody with my old crap iPhone 4S?



No, silly.



What I am trying to do, in my not-to0-subtle way, is to segue into a suggestion as to what to do with that now-burdensome piece of lowly tech gear that has become the bane of your existence.

I mean, if you’re anything like me, and care even remotely about the planet, you’re not likely to toss it into the trash, like 130 million of its hapless compatriots. According to the EPA, for every 1 million phones recycled or kept out of landfills, that equates to 35,274 pounds of copper saved! There’s even gold and silver in them that phones: for that same million saved phones, you’d rescue 772 pounds of silver and 75 pounds of gold! According to the EPA site, by recycling the phones, “enough energy would be saved to power 10,690 homes for a year.”

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And one of the most noble, kindest things you can do with that phone is to recycle it in the form of donating it to someone who really needs all the help they can get right now. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, there are many charities operating that will be glad to take that now-uncool-to-you phone and provide a woman literally with a lifeline.


Presently, Verizon Wireless is offering a program called HopeLine which, according to the website, reminds us that

Wireless phones and technology serve as a vital link for all of us. They’re also an especially safe and reliable way for domestic violence victims and survivors to reach emergency or support services in times of crisis and stay connected with employers, family and friends.

So far, the HopeLine program has provided over 180,000 phones to victims and survivors since 2001.

Another group called Shelter Alliance has an entire website devoted to linking up donors with shelters and provides lots of great information on how to go about donating old cell phones. Here they provide money to domestic violence charities from the proceeds from recycling the phones they receive and they donate up to $30 or more for each cell phone turned into their organization.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence also offers information regarding how to donate your old cell phone to help a victim of domestic abuse regain some modicum of independence and security.

Whatever you do, if you do decide to donate your phone, be sure to erase all personal data.  Don’t worry about being charged for any airtime; it’s likely that your old phone won’t be activated any more, but to be safe before you leave the wireless store with your new phone, double-check to make sure the old one has been deactivated.

We all have an old cell phone (or two, or three…) lying around the house collecting dust, when a simple act of recycling could do wonders.  You might just change a life.


“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elizabeth Kubler-Ross


–Apple iPhone 5 line photo (taken 17 Sept 2012) courtesy Agata Strom c/o Amny.com


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

donna 2014/10/12 at 6:42 pm

HI Dawn!
I like your thinking! Thank you for bring up awareness and
helping our planet, along with our fellow man, or woman.
Your are a blessing!

2ndhandroses 2014/10/22 at 11:56 am

Awww, thanks Donna. I appreciate your kind words. I try my best! Every little bit helps.

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