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TechBits: cell phone recycling ATM (5.2.12)

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    A new ATM-like device allows instant recycling- and payouts- for old cell phones.

   The Eco-ATM has simple operation.  You simply enter the make and model of your hone, and get a rough price estimate.  Then, plug in the phone to run diagnostics and get a final price.  After that, you can simply insert the phone and get your money.  You can also have your money donated to charity.

    It's a faster option than electronics recycling web sites.  With those, you send in your cell phone, then get a check back by mail.

    There are also local options for recycling electronics- but most are centered more on responsible disposal, rather than paying for old devices.