Unlocked cellphones: What do they mean for consumers, recyclers?

Last year, the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act passed successfully, reversing a congressional decision that previously banned people from unlocking their cellphones. President Obama’s signage of this bill overturned the Copyright Office’s 2012 ruling against cellphone unlocking. With further review of this bill down the road, there is a chance the previous unlocking ban…

ISRI Continues Push For Bulk Unlocking of Mobile Devices

The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, with the support of mobile device refurbishers and recylers, told the U.S. Copyright Office that bulk unlocking of cellphone and tablets for resale does not violate copyright law and should continue to be allowed. Eric Harris, ISRI’s associate council, testified before the United State Copyright Office May 26. ISRI’s position…

HOBI Marks 23 Years As ITAD Leader

In February 1992, we began as a small Illinois-based electronics processor focused on the retrieval and resale of electronic components and environmentally sound recycling of midrange and PBX phone equipment. As technology and innovation continue to thrive, HOBI has blossomed into one of the industry’s leading providers of IT and mobile asset management services with…

Best Smartphones of 2014

There’s no lavish awards show for the best smartphones of the year. However, after testing more than twenty current smartphones on the market, Wall Street Journal says these are the ones you should consider. Drumroll please… Best overall smartphone: iPhone 6 It’s no surprise Apple’s iPhone 6 reigns supreme in 2014 as the best smartphone…