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Switching to Verizon? Sell Back Your AT&T iPhone at Macworld; best for San Fran locals..

e-Cycle, an official buyback and recycling partner of Verizon Wireless, will be buying back AT&T iPhone units onsite at Macworld Expo 2011.

Macworld Expo runs from Thursday January 27 through Saturday January 29 in San Francisco. Attendees can visit the e-Cycle booth and trade in their old iPhone units for cash.

The Verizon iPhone launch is just around the corner, a fact that is giving many AT&T iPhone owners cause for consideration. e-Cycle is taking advantage of the opportunity to accept in-person buybacks.

According to e-Cycle, only 10% of the roughly 130 million phones discarded each year are recycled. Not only do many of these phones still have resale value, passing a phone on to a new owner is a lot better for the environment than tossing the device in a landfill.

If you aren’t going to be at Macworld, e-Cycle has an online buyback tool for both the iPhone and iPad. Payout depends on the model of phone and its condition. As an example, we were offered $160 for our not quite year-old 32GB iPhone 3GS. Depending on how far along you are in your contract and how much you originally paid for your iPhone, selling the old unit could offset a significant portion of a Verizon iPhone’s cost or the AT&T early termination fee (ETF).

e-Cycle says that it scrubs all devices using “the industry’s most rigorous mobile data security measures,” and phones traded in at Macworld will be wiped of all user data upon receipt.

via Switching to Verizon? Sell Back Your AT&T iPhone at Macworld.

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M-Commerce and the New Year.

Pay with Mobile.. can google really patent this?

Mobile pay or M-commerce

Almost half of U.S. consumers are expected to own smartphones by year-end, which will further speed the growth of mobile shopping,mobile browsing and mobile business. Can your Business run with out Mobile? RealtyGo.co

More U.S. schools are experimenting with Apple’s iPad as a learning tool, including Roslyn High School in Long Island, N.Y., which handed out 47 of the devices to students and teachers in two classes last month. The digital devices create a new communication channel between students and teachers and also preserve a record of each student’s work.

This year may finally be the year of the tablet, with a new iPad and a new version of the Google Android platform in the wings, according to a Forrester Research report, which projects a doubling in tablet sales in 2011. Also adding to tablet fever is growing use of the mobile devices as educational tools.

Mobile payment systems using near-field communications technology are emerging: Wells Fargo says it will start a trial with 200 employees in San Francisco, and Google reportedly is considering starting a similar service this year. “We have made an investment in this technology, and we hope this investment pays off,” says Peter Ho, a Wells Fargo product manager.

Bazaar Labs, which produces the Miso mobile check-in service for TV viewers, raised $1.5 million in its first institutional round of funding. Google Ventures led the round, with Hearst joining in. Separately, Bazaar announced it has signed up the Oprah Winfrey Network as its first network partner of 2011

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