Device Recycling

We've raised reuse to an art form.

Leaders in device recycling.

T-Mobile handles a range of mobile phones, smartphones, accessories, and batteries. Federal and state laws regulate how all this stuff is recycled. Our recycling program requires our partners to comply with those laws, giving customers a way to properly and safely recycle these things.


Recycling your device is easy.

Have a device or accessory you want to unload or trade in? Looking to buy a T-Mobile Certified Pre-Owned phone guaranteed to meet our rigorous standards? We got you covered. Nobody’s better at delivering you the latest mobile tech that fits your budget—all while protecting the planet.

OPTION 1

Trade it in

T-Mobile's Trade-In program lets you swap an eligible phone for credit toward a new one. Nice, huh?

option 2

Recycle at a store

Bring your cell phone (any make, model or carrier), cell phone batteries, chargers, accessories, tablets, and netbooks to any T-Mobile location in the United States & Puerto Rico to be recycled for free.

Option 3

Buy pre-owned

T-Mobile sells millions of phones refurbished to our high standards directly to our customers through our Certified Pre-Owned program. The most eco-friendly device is the one that already exists.


Get your phone recycle-ready.

Protect your information

Here are a few pro tips before bringing or sending in a device for recycling:

  • Erase your address book, photos, messages and other stored information.
  • Disable the activation lock, anti-theft and/or find your phone settings.
  • Turn off power.
  • Remove the SIM card (found in some GSM or 4G devices). If you're unsure if your device has one, contact your provider for more 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.

 

Our certified electronics recycler partner automatically “wipes clean” more than 200 types of personal user content, including: pictures, contacts, call history, e-mails, text messages, appointments, cookies and history, videos, and tasks. However, T-Mobile and our recycler don’t guarantee the security of any confidential data stored in the electronic products you recycle.

 

Our standards

T-Mobile handles various types of wireless phones, smartphones, accessories, and batteries. Federal and state laws regulate how batteries and devices are recycled. The T-Mobile recycling program complies with those laws and gives consumers a way to properly and safely recycle these items. T-Mobile requires suppliers and partners that repair and recycle these devices to be certified to the industry-leading R2 standard, which provides a common set or processes, safety measures and documentation requirements. R2 is rigorously and independently audited, emphasizing quality, safety, and transparency, including any devices exported for refurbishment and recycling. Recyclables include handsets, chargers, accessories, nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries, lithium-ion batteries, small sealed lead acid (SSLA) batteries, and nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries.