EPA Pitches 'National Cell Phone Recycling Week'
The Environmental Protection Agency took to the air this morning at KYW 1060 AM in Philadelphia to bring awareness to National Cell Phone Recycling Week. EPA spokesperson Doinna Heron said that only 10% of cell phones are recycled each year because most people don't know where to send them. Many of the wireless network operators — including Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless — will accept old phones at their retail locations, as will big box electronic retailers such as Staples and Office Depot. If you have old and unused phones laying around, the EPA encourages you to recycle them, as many of the internal components can be reused.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Kyocera Phone Recycling Program to Benefit Soldiers
Kyocera today launched a nationwide 'Take Back' phone recycling program that will provide calling services to deployed military personnel. Kyocera partnered with SecondWave Recycling to handle the logistics.
Samsung Commits to Recycling Parts from Galaxy Note7
Samsung plans to extensively reuse, recycle, and recover, parts and materials found in last year's failed Galaxy Note7 smartphone. The company confirmed plans to recycle the phone earlier this year, but has now provided more details on exactly what it hopes to accomplish.
Facebook to Display Amber Alerts
Facebook today said it has partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and will begin to push Amber alerts to users' Facebook news feeds. Facebook said it was inspired to create the service after an Amber alert posted to Facebook by a user resulted in the recovery of an abducted child.
Apple Offering Credit for Some Android, Windows Phones
Apple has expanded the scope of its Reuse and Recycling Program to include smartphones, tablets, and PCs not made by Apple. Customers can take their old smartphones directly to Apple Stores and receive credit towards new Apple gear for turning them in.