If you have an old cell phone sitting around your house, AT&T will help you recycle it.
In recognition of Earth Day on Friday, the wireless carrier is offering customers a way to either trade-in or donate their old and out-dated phones, accessories and batteries.
The program is available shoppers regardless of the phone’s manufacturer or carrier.
This is how it works:
- Customers turn in old wireless phones and tablets and receive a trade-in value for their qualified device.
- The trade-in value is used instantly for other in-store purchases, AT&T service or a bill payment, OR
- Customers can donate the value of their trade-in to Cell Phones for Soldiers, a nonprofit that uses the proceeds from cellphone recycling to purchase prepaid calling cards for soldiers serving overseas.
AT&T says that before you recycle a wireless device, you should:
- Turn off power
- Remove your phone’s SIM card, if it has one
- Erase your address book, photos, messages and other stored information
- Restore the device factory settings on your device
- For instructions on how to do this, go to owner’s manual or on the manufacturers’ web site and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for deleting all personal information on your wireless device, OR access Erase Your Data for additional assistance on clearing data from your device.