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What to do with old cell phones?

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by Silverado, Oct 11, 2005.

  1. Silverado

    Silverado Guest

    I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or sell
    them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can delete
    all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how to get
    my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?
     



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  2. Elwood

    Elwood Guest

    Put them on the street and run them over. There are tens if millions of
    those things out there..just chuck 'em!

    Many household have 4 or 6 of these things around..

    CHUCK 'EM


    "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    >I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    >know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    >sell them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can
    >delete all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how
    >to get my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?
    >
     
  3. "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    >I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    >know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    >sell them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can
    >delete all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how
    >to get my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?



    You can sell them on Ebay, especially if they're popular models and they are
    E-911 or GPS enabled. On most phones, you can wipe everything except the NAM
    phone number but as long as that number isn't activated to that particular
    phone, don't worry about it. As soon as the new owner activates it with his
    number, yours is gone.

    Doc
     
  4. Viper

    Viper Guest

    Good luck selling old sell phones on E-bay. I have 4 Nokia 5165 I am tiring
    to get rid of. I have posted about 5 times on e-bay and have not sold any.
    I still see people use those type of phones.


    "John H. Holliday" <nospam@okcorral> wrote in message
    news:9OadnZrdv8bFQtbeRVn-ig@comcast.com...
    > "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    >>I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    >>know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    >>sell them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can
    >>delete all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how
    >>to get my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?

    >
    >
    > You can sell them on Ebay, especially if they're popular models and they
    > are E-911 or GPS enabled. On most phones, you can wipe everything except
    > the NAM phone number but as long as that number isn't activated to that
    > particular phone, don't worry about it. As soon as the new owner activates
    > it with his number, yours is gone.
    >
    > Doc
    >
     
  5. John

    John Guest

    Donate then to women's shelters. All they need is the ability to call 911.

    "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    > I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    > know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or

    sell
    > them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can

    delete
    > all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how to get
    > my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?
    >
    >
     
  6. matt

    matt Guest

    Can they still activate them if they aren't GPS friendly?
     
  7. "Viper" <user@user.com> wrote in message
    news:VZS2f.425591$_o.45288@attbi_s71...
    >
    > "John H. Holliday" <nospam@okcorral> wrote in message
    > news:9OadnZrdv8bFQtbeRVn-ig@comcast.com...
    >> "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    >> news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    >>>I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    >>>know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    >>>sell them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I
    >>>can delete all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't
    >>>know how to get my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any
    >>>thoughts?

    >>
    >>
    >> You can sell them on Ebay, especially if they're popular models and they
    >> are E-911 or GPS enabled. On most phones, you can wipe everything except
    >> the NAM phone number but as long as that number isn't activated to that
    >> particular phone, don't worry about it. As soon as the new owner
    >> activates it with his number, yours is gone.
    >>
    >> Doc
    >>

    > Good luck selling old sell phones on E-bay. I have 4 Nokia 5165 I am
    > tiring to get rid of. I have posted about 5 times on e-bay and have not
    > sold any. I still see people use those type of phones.
    >


    If a popular item you list repeatedly on Ebay doesn't sell, then there a
    problem with your pricing, item description, photography, classification,
    auction terms, etc.-- or maybe you have a low or poor feedback rating.

    Doc
     
  8. J

    J Guest

    Give them to an organization that recycles them. I did that with my old
    Motorola. They probably get some benefit for their organization by
    recycling them. Maybe tax breaks or reimbursement. Here's the site that I
    used to find a collection point close to my home. Look on the left-hand
    side of the homepage and you'll see the link.
    http://www.charitablerecycling.com/CR/home.asp


    "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    >I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    >know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    >sell them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can
    >delete all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how
    >to get my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?
    >
     
  9. Richard

    Richard Guest

    I always save one phone in case I lose the one I am using before I qualify
    for a new one at the reduced price that is available with a new contract.

    "J" <J@J.com> wrote in message news:tzW2f.5211$Iq3.258@trndny01...
    > Give them to an organization that recycles them. I did that with my old
    > Motorola. They probably get some benefit for their organization by
    > recycling them. Maybe tax breaks or reimbursement. Here's the site that
    > I used to find a collection point close to my home. Look on the left-hand
    > side of the homepage and you'll see the link.
    > http://www.charitablerecycling.com/CR/home.asp
    >
    >
    > "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    > news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    >>I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    >>know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    >>sell them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can
    >>delete all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how
    >>to get my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?
    >>

    >
    >
     
  10. guy  kimball

    guy kimball Guest

    Give you old cell phone to a charity that puts them to good use. Some
    charities are giving them to the elderly and homebound who do not have a
    phone to be used as an emergency 911 phone,........ as the 911 will work
    even though you do not have service. I am sure they would be appreciated.

    guy
    "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    >I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    >know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    >sell them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can
    >delete all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how
    >to get my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?
    >
     
  11. > all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how to get
    > my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?


    The procedure to change/remove your cell phone number varies per phone
    brand/model.

    Verizon technicians in the Verizon-owned stores know how to reset the
    numbers (I don't know if they will do it or will charge you, though).

    If you post your model(s), people in this group can tell you the
    process to remove the number. Typically, the phones are reprogrammed
    to phone number 123-456-7890, as that allows credit-card calls from
    whereever there is a signal, in addition to 911.

    -MVL
     
  12. Silverado

    Silverado Guest

    I have 2 phones now. I have given the other to charity, but am becoming
    more worried give them with the my cell number still there.

    LG-TM510
    LG VX4400

    Thanks,
    Karl
    <mvl_groups_user@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:1129133722.709318.233100@g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
    >> all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how to
    >> get
    >> my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?

    >
    > The procedure to change/remove your cell phone number varies per phone
    > brand/model.
    >
    > Verizon technicians in the Verizon-owned stores know how to reset the
    > numbers (I don't know if they will do it or will charge you, though).
    >
    > If you post your model(s), people in this group can tell you the
    > process to remove the number. Typically, the phones are reprogrammed
    > to phone number 123-456-7890, as that allows credit-card calls from
    > whereever there is a signal, in addition to 911.
    >
    > -MVL
    >
     
  13. dr news

    dr news Guest

    Re: What to do with old cell phones? Clear all the phone numbers, reset the nam, give to service organization

    Charity is the way to go. If they can't be used for 911, they'll turn them
    in to a reseller, and get about $1 for them. To clear out what you want:
    manual programming mode, set the nam/mdm to all zeroes, and erase everything
    else in the phone as well. Manually programming depends on which phone. We
    do this to all phones we donate to charity. Clear the phone book, calls
    in/out, notes, AND reset the phone to all 000000000. dr
    --
    dr.news Better Price? (not better than you deserve, just more than you are
    used to)
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    http://free.better-price.biz

    "Silverado" <eltzroth@swbell.net> wrote in message
    news:D3Q2f.576$BZ5.147@newssvr13.news.prodigy.com...
    >I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and I
    >know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    >sell them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can
    >delete all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how
    >to get my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?
    >
     
  14. I wouldn't worry too much as many charities will remove your number.

    I used to have a 4400. I vaugely remember that you press menu, then
    zero, then I think there is a "phone programming" option. Leave most
    settings the same, but when your number shows up, change it to
    1234567890

    -MVL
     
  15. Rich Pierson

    Rich Pierson Guest

    Re: What to do with old cell phones? Clear all the phone numbers, reset the nam, give to service organization

    "dr news" <dr.news@better-price.biz.delete-obvious> wrote in
    news:4Ed3f.24$aV5.13@newssvr30.news.prodigy.com:

    > Charity is the way to go. If they can't be used for 911, they'll turn
    > them in to a reseller, and get about $1 for them. To clear out what
    > you want: manual programming mode, set the nam/mdm to all zeroes, and
    > erase everything else in the phone as well. Manually programming
    > depends on which phone. We do this to all phones we donate to
    > charity. Clear the phone book, calls in/out, notes, AND reset the
    > phone to all 000000000. dr


    The verizon stores used to have a box for recycling, they would even write
    you a receipt for the original cost of the phone for tax purposes.Thats
    what I did with a moto flip phone and a startac, both still worked OK, they
    were just kind of beat up and held together with liberal amounts of
    superglue but they did both still work.
     
  16. scallywag247

    scallywag247 Guest

    Silverado Wrote:
    > I have several old cell phones with all the accessories and manuals and
    > I
    > know others who have the same. I would like to give them to charity or
    > sell
    > them on eBay but they still have my cell number programmed in. I can
    > delete
    > all my numbers and set most things to default, but I don't know how to
    > get
    > my cell number out of the phone and make it blank. Any thoughts?




    Charity begins a fone

    A friend of mine is activly involved with helping the aged,and asked me
    if he could have a couple of old phones I had to give to eldery people
    in case of...
    scallywag247


    --
    scallywag247
     

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