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How to Prepare Your Devices In Case of Emergency

Your cellphone, smartphone and/or tablet can be an invaluable tool for you and your family during an emergency. Here are some steps you can take to make sure that your wireless devices are ready when needed:

  • Add emergency numbers on every device: By adding those numbers to other devices, you’ll still have access to those contacts if your device is lost or the battery dies.
  • Charge your device and keep it dry: In anticipation of a storm or other emergency, make sure your devices and backup batteries are charged and on hand. Be sure to store your devices, batteries and chargers in a dry, cool and accessible location. If a storm is expected, keeping these devices, accessories and extra batteries in a waterproof container may be best.
  • Text, don’t call. If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately. But if you can, send a text message to your friends and loved ones instead of calling to increase your chance of communicating with others. During a disaster, a high amount of traffic, including calls and data, often clogs networks. Remember that features such as GPS, video, picture messaging and voice activation have practical safety applications during an emergency.

Remember when using your device during an emergency that safety is your number one priority. It may be tempting to take pictures or video of the storm, but use your best judgment and stay in a safe place.

For more wireless emergency preparedness tips, visit EmergencyWireless.org.

How to Recycle Your “Old” Devices and Accessories

Owning a wireless device is only one part of that product’s lifecycle, it is our belief that recycling your well-used smartphone or tablet is just as important. Many consumers know that their wireless devices are capable of being recycled, but are unsure of what steps to take so that their phones, tablets and accessories are properly reused.  Here are some of the easiest and most effective ways to give your wireless device a new life.

  • Return your old wireless device to a carrier, handset manufacturer, or other retail outlet that collects phones for recycling. You can also find a list of our member companies' recycling programs at GoWirelessGoGreen.org.
  • You can also participate in a buy-back or trade-in program, which may offer incentives such as gift cards.
  • Many wireless carriers and manufactures provide prepaid shipping materials to ease the recycling and/or reuse of your wireless device(s).
  • Establish a program at your company or in your community for collecting wireless devices for reuse.

Before recycling or donating any wireless device, it is essential to keep your personal information private by wiping your phone or tablet. CTIA offers consumers an easy to follow checklist that will ensure every byte of data is removed from your device.

Super Mobility Week: The Money Event

Bringing together thought leaders in mobile money and entrepreneurs from around the world, Aditya Khurjekar, cofounder of the Money Event and Let's Talk Payments contributor, discusses The Money Event at Super Mobility Week, including the Money Pavilion and the regional challenges for inventors.

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Super Mobility Week: Innovators Exhibit Here

The Connected Life Zone is an all new exhibit area at Super Mobility Week that reflects the advancements made in wireless geared toward the connected user, radically changing the way consumers utilize mobile.

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