Christmas and the arrival of the Three Wise Men are the dates when the most gifts receive both the little ones and the not so little ones at home. Among the items most in demand by both children and adults are different devices such as cell phones, tablets and computers.
According to a study carried out by the Mexican Online Sales Association (AMVO), seven out of 10 Internet users have acquired an item in the electronic category during the last two years, in addition to 68% having acquired it digitally.
Regardless of the brand new device, the question that arises is what to do with the old equipment: throw it away, recycle it or destroy it. Before making any decision, it is important that you take into account some tips so that the information contained in your gadget does not fall into the wrong hands and you may be the victim of some crime.
In general, there are two options of what to do with mobile devices that are no longer wanted: they can be recycled to give them a second chance or a new use; or else, discard them but in the correct way, explained Jesús Mejía, manager of corporate communication for the pulp company One Plus, in an interview.
The recycling of telephony will always be the most recommended option, since if it is not disposed of correctly, it generates quite high levels of contamination.
There are several recycling programs, one of the best known is the Green program carried out by the National Telecommunications Association (Anatel), where people can look for collection points to take their devices and give them a second use.
“In that case what they do is recycle the materials to build chips, maybe new phone cases and generally they give their device a second use,” he explained by phone.
Recycling with a conscience
If the option of recycling seems attractive, Mejía pointed out that it is important that before going to a specialized center, check that it is a “green” site, that is, that they have standards that respect the environment.
The foregoing, he warned, because some collection centers use old equipment to resell it.
In addition to this, he also advised that first of all, you must block the IMEI code –pre-recorded 15-digit international code that serves as the identity that each phone has– so that in this way if someone wants to use that equipment, they cannot do so.
The Apple company has an exchange system where they give credits to buy a new device in exchange for the old one, for this they must meet certain requirements and the company recycles the device for free. For more information you can consult their website.
A new life
In case you don’t want to get rid of your device, what you can do is give it a second chance and turn it into another type of tool such as a surveillance camera, webcam, car GPS, or even a video game console. .
For that, it will be necessary to install some applications so that our device continues to work. If the operating system is still active and is not out of date, the device can be used in different ways.
“They can be given different uses and in this way give it a second life to make the most of a phone that may not be updated for what it needs or does not have the latest operating system but it can be given a new use,” he said. .
Backup your information
Whether you decide to recycle it or better get rid of it, the One Plus manager always recommended making a backup of the saved information and then resetting it from the factory so that all data is erased and no one can steal it.
There are even some applications that help you migrate the information in a very simple way.
This backup can not only be done to another equipment or computer, it can also be deposited in the cloud through programs such as Google Drive, Dropbox or iCloud.