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Sprint customers can receive instant account credit for recycling up to three old cell phones

News Highlights:

      Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse today announced the launch of an expanded wireless buy-back program for old wireless devices while   testifying at a green telecom hearing on Capitol Hill.

      Sprint’s expanded Buyback program, intended to boost U.S. wireless recycling rates, now offers an instant account credit to current and new Sprint customers who turn in up to three eligible wireless devices, per active line of service.

      Sprint Buyback now accepts all eligible wireless devices, regardless of manufacturer or carrier, through its expanded program.
Customers can take their unwanted phones to one of the more than 1,000 participating Sprint-owned retail stores nationwide.

      Currently, there are more than 900 wireless devices that are eligible for an instant credit from Sprint. Device credits range in value from approximately $5 to upwards of $300 depending on the make and model of the device being turned in.


Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO

“The new Sprint Buyback program will allow customers to take advantage of the current value of their unused cell phones and will reduce the number of wireless devices that end up in landfills.”

“The Buyback program is another step to help us reach our ambitious goal to recover and recycle the equivalent of 90 percent of the handsets we sell by 2017. We look forward to continuously increasing our collection rates with the support of customers through the Buyback program and all of our sustainability initiatives.”

Sprint Buyback Program

Sprint’s new national Buyback program gives a financial incentive for current and new Sprint subscribers to trade in any eligible unused cell phone, regardless of manufacturer or carrier, for point-of-sale savings. For example, a BlackBerry® 9700 Bold™ currently has a trade in value of $161.05 while an LGVX9000 Env2 has a trade in value of $35.59. Highlights of Sprint’s program include;

Instant account credit at any of Sprint’s more than 1,000 retail stores for existing and new customers who turn in up to three used devices when activating or upgrading a Sprint phone.

24/7 online access to, where current and new subscribers can find the program terms and conditions, determine device eligibility for credit, estimate current market value, download free postage-paid labels, and access guidelines for deleting personal data prior to mail-in.

For every one phone purchased, up to three eligible phones may be returned to Sprint for an account credit, per twelve months. The exact account credit is based on the model and the price in place at the time the old phone is turned in. Current credit amounts are listed on the “Eligible Phone Models” tab of the program web site.

Sprint Project Connect

While many phones will qualify for the Sprint Buyback program, those that do not can be donated to Sprint Project ConnectSM. Sprint Project Connect, a free wireless recycling service available to anyone, accepts all used wireless phones, batteries, accessories and data cards, regardless of carrier or condition.

Sprint’s Commitment to Environmental Improvements Across the Business

Sprint has established new green design criteria for future devices and accessories

Sprint recently announced several new environmental initiatives to support its aggressive environmental goals, including a commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 15 percent by 2017.

For more information on Sprint programs that protect the environment:


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