HYLA Mobile Is Increasing the Life Cycle of Mobile Devices
HYLA Mobile: Increasing the Life Cycle of Mobile Devices
Mobile phones contain a wide range of materials including metals, plastics and silver. These materials can be extracted and reused for other purposes. The use of mobile phones has greatly increased in the last decade. Because almost every season, mobile phone manufacturers release a new model, a lot of people go ahead and upgrade their current phones to newer ones.
So what happens to old and unused mobile phones when you toss them in your drawer or throw it in the trash? It has a very negative impact on the planet. As of 2013, about 40 million metric tons of electronic waste (also called e-waste) are produced globally each year, and from this number, only about 13 percent of that weight is being recycled.
According to The Daily Green, the average shelf life of a mobile phone is about 24 months for the average consumer. This means newer models of mobile phones are constantly being introduced into the market to replace the older ones. This is a result of the fast pace at which mobile technology is moving and a reflection of our desire to have the latest and greatest gadget. Because of this, the outdated models are likely to end up hidden away in a drawer or in the dump.
This is just one of the problems companies like HYLA Mobile addresses. HYLA Mobile, one of the global leaders in incentivized mobile device trade-in and reuse, extends the life cycle of mobile phones by providing a more reliable and responsible method of collecting, processing and redistributing mobile devices. HYLA Mobile also explores the economic, technological and environmental impact of giving a second life to old and unused mobile devices.
HYLA Mobile has developed a program to both help the environment and help the community at the same time. The company helps connect the remaining 65 percent of the planet that still has no access to the Internet by offering high-quality mobile phones at an affordable price. When the life cycle of unused and outdated mobile phones is extended, people across the globe are given the opportunity to explore the power advanced mobile technology can have on their life, community, and the world.
It should also be noted that careless disposal of your mobile devices puts your data security and privacy in danger. Aside from its harmful effects to the environment in the long run, when mobile and other electronic devices are thrown into landfills, or exported illegally, there is an increased chance for hackers to obtain sensitive information, including credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and social security information. HYLA Mobile has developed a technology portfolio that helps carriers and retailer data wipe devices at the POS (point-of-sale) and ensures that when a device leaves as person’s hand, it is wiped clean of any personal and confidential information. The HYLA processing system has achieved 100% Data Clear rates consistently for their carrier customers.
HYLA Mobile also helps the environment by helping keep the water clean. Here are some facts:
- 015 grams of lead can contaminate 265 gallons of drinking water
- An average iPhone contaminates 4965 gallons of water and an average Samsung phone contaminates 1200 gallons of water
- 030 grams of chlorine can cause problems such as cough and vomiting,
- 060 grams of chlorine can damage your lungs and 1 gram of Chlorine can be fatal after a few breaths. This means the Chlorine content on your phone is hazardous and if not properly recycled can be the cause of very serious health problems.
By restoring and repurposing the mobile devices, HYLA helps keep the mobile devices from being improperly recycled.
The HYLA Device Life Cycle
Step 1: Trade. HYLA collects more than 20,000 mobile devices daily through worldwide trade-in programs
Step 2: Inspect. Each device is thoroughly inspected to identify if it should be restored or recycled.
Step 3: Scrub
This is the process where all personal data from the previous user is removed from the device.
Step 4: Process. If the mobile device is declared reusable, HYLA makes modifications, repairs, and software updates as needed for introduction back into the market.
Step 5: Approve. Devices that pass HYLA’s quality standards are approved for reuse and redistribution
Step 6: Distribute. Once approved, HYLA distributes high-quality, data cleared and advanced mobile devices through retailers and wholesale distributors worldwide.
HYLA Mobile’s mission statement says it all: They aim to create economic opportunity for all who participate; help promote digital inclusion by accelerating emerging market access to advanced wireless technology; and protect the environment by reusing mobile phones and responsibly recycling cell phones that cannot be repaired.
Gareth Amon, CEO and Founder of RecyclingQuotes.com, a company that works with HYLA Mobile, states that: “HYLA Mobile is becoming more and more connected to the communities in which they operate. As people become more environmentally conscious, they turn to HYLA Mobile to provide information on the best practices for recycling. As we make recycling more social, it becomes a social responsibility, and we are doing our best to promote recycling companies to the social communities in which they operate,” added Mr. Amon.