As I wrote about earlier this year, my old phone had developed some kind of malignant growth on its display, and it was only a matter of time before it rendered the phone useless. But what do you want for $10? Virgin Mobile phones aren’t the greatest out there, but they, like the service itself, are cheap and get the job done. So Santa brought me a nifty new Wildcard phone. It’s designed for those who do a lot of text messaging, with its flip-open QWERTY keyboard and secondary display, and it has a decent 1 megapixel camera built into it.
I recycled my old phone using Virgin’s recycling web site, which allows you to print a postage-paid mailing label and send your old phone back instead of sending it to a landfill. This is a great idea, but I have to question Virgin’s level of commitment to environmental issues when every phone they sell is packaged in the dreaded and evil clamshell plastic that requires a plasma cutter to open. Make sure you remember to erase all of your personal data from the phone before you ship it back!