Resale, donation options for Hoosiers replacing old cellphones with Apple's iPhone 5
Domestic violence shelters can use old phones
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INDIANAPOLIS - The much-anticipated release of Apple's iPhone 5 will leave hundreds of smartphones out of service, but Hoosiers can still put their old devices to good use.
Ahead of Friday's launch, eBay is promoting its instant sale program that enables customers up to a few hundred dollars for their phones, depending on the condition.
Similar sites, like USell.com, said they have been very bust on the eve of the iPhone 5 release.
"Most of the people that come on the site are people that are thinking of upgrading to a new phone, which is happening more and more every day with the introduction of all these new phones," said USell.com Executive Chairman Sergio Zyman. "You basically type in whatever phone you have and there are at least 15 providers that then make you an offer."
Another option is to donate out-of-date phones.
The Julian Center, which serves families of domestic violence in Indianapolis, will gladly accept old phones, wipe the memory and distribute them to those who may need an emergency lifeline.
"By having this spare one squirreled away, she can just plug it in and dial 911 without having any service available," said spokesman Bobbie Donahue.
The Apple store and area Verizon stores will have the iPhone 5 on sale starting at 8 a.m. Friday.
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