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October 20 - 2 min read

e-Waste: How Smartphone Users Can Make a Positive Impact

e-Waste: How Smartphone Users Can Make a Positive Impact

In today's world where tech is a huge part of our daily lives, our trusty smartphones have become like an extension of ourselves. But, with the rapid pace of innovation, our beloved gadgets are quickly replaced by newer models, leading to a surge in electronic waste, or e-waste. How can we all do our part individually to help reduce the impact e-waste has on our environment? We’ve gathered some simple ways for you to reduce your impact and contribute to a greener, more sustainable future. 

1. Extend the Lifespan of Your Device 

The first rule of thumb in the fight against e-waste is to make your smartphone last as long as possible. Instead of giving in to the temptation of the latest and greatest model, consider holding onto your current device a bit longer. Invest in a durable phone case and screen protector, keep it clean, and handle it with care. Not only will you save money, but you'll also be doing the planet a favor by reducing the need for constant upgrades. 

2. Embrace Recycling Programs 

Our friends at SARCAN Recycling across the province accept all kinds of electronics including smartphones and ensure that they are responsibly recycled, recovering the precious resources that our electronics are filled with.  Take advantage of this free opportunity to make sure that your retired phone doesn't end up in a landfill. It's a small effort that can make a big difference! 

3. Donate or Sell Your Old Phones 

One person's outdated device might be another person's treasure. Before tossing your old smartphone into the junk drawer, consider donating or selling it. Numerous organizations and charities accept old phones to repurpose or provide them to individuals in need. Additionally, selling your device online is a win-win – you get a bit of extra cash, and someone else gets a functional phone at a lower cost. 

4. Choose Eco-Friendly Accessories 

When it comes to accessorizing your phone, opt for eco-friendly choices. Look for phone cases made from sustainable materials like bamboo or recycled plastics. Choose chargers and cables that are built to last, reducing the frequency with which you need to replace them. By making these conscious choices, you contribute to the overall reduction of e-waste. 

5. Educate Yourself and Others 

Knowledge is power, and when it comes to e-waste, awareness is key. Stay informed about the environmental impact of electronic devices and share that knowledge with your friends, family, and social circles. The more people understand the consequences of improper disposal, the more likely they are to adopt sustainable practices. 

6. Practice Responsible Disposal 

If, for whatever reason, your phone has reached the end of its life, make sure that it is disposed of responsibly. Many communities have e-waste collection centers or designated drop-off locations. Research local recycling options to guarantee that your old devices are handled in an environmentally friendly manner. 

Being a responsible smartphone and tech user doesn't mean sacrificing the joy of having the latest, greatest tech. It simply involves making mindful choices that contribute to a healthier planet. By extending the life of your devices, embracing recycling programs, donating or selling old phones, choosing eco-friendly accessories, educating yourself and others, and practicing responsible disposal, you can proudly declare yourself a tech-savvy environmentalist. Let's create a world where technology and sustainability go hand in hand – after all, a greener future is just a smartphone away! 


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When signing up for service, you must agree to the Lüm Mobile Terms of Service and the Lüm Mobile Privacy Policy.  
Prices do not include GST or PST. 
 

Membership 

- Included in your membership is: 

- the option to purchase Canada Data and Travel Data
- a phone number or moving your existing phone number from another provider, 
- service activation with no additional charge
- one SIM card or eSIM with your first membership
- unlimited incoming text (SMS) messages, and 
- Call Display and access to Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, and Three-way calling. 

- Membership purchase does not include data.  
- You must purchase Canada Data with your first membership purchase. 
- Memberships auto-renew with current in market pricing to help you avoid losing your data balance.  You can opt-out of membership auto-renewal in your myLüm account. If your membership  expires, your account will be suspended, and you’ll lose access to wireless services through Lüm.  
- There is a 15-day trial period for new memberships that starts on the date of activation.  If a membership is cancelled during the 15-day trial period, a full refund for the membership fee, 911 fees, taxes and the Talk & Text add-on will be provided. 
- There is no refund for Canada or Travel Data that has been purchased.  After the trial period, memberships can be cancelled at anytime, but no refunds will be provided. 
- The membership fee does not include 9-1-1 fees or taxes. 
 

Use and Data Charges 

- When you talk, send a text message, or use data, the applicable data cost is deducted from your data balance unless you have the Talk and Text add-on. 
- Calls and text messages made while using Wi-Fi Calling are charged the same as all other calls and text messages. 
- Your data balance does not expire while you have an active membership, but once a membership expires, any data remaining expires 60 days after your membership end date. 
- When you are getting close to using up your data, we will send you a notification (unless you choose to opt-out of the notification). If you run out of data, you will not be able to use any services.  If you run out of data, 9-1-1 calls can still be made. 
- Data purchases cannot be transferred to another customer. 
 

Canada Data 

- Auto-recharge can be turned on in your myLüm account to automatically purchase data for you when your balance is close to running out
- If you have data set to auto-recharge, it will automatically purchase data at the current in-market rate. 
- When you talk, send a text message, or use data while in Canada, the applicable data amount is deducted from your data balance. For more details see Terms of Service
 

Travel Data 

- You can purchase Travel Data to roam in the U.S. and Mexico where service is available.  Data purchased for Canada cannot be used in the U.S. and Mexico Travel Data:  

- may only be used outside of Canada;  
- cannot be transferred to the Canada data balance; and 
- is non-refundable. 

- Every time you talk, send a message, or use data, the applicable cost is deducted from your Travel Data balance.  Outgoing text messages are deducted from the data balance at a rate of 1 MB per message.  All incoming and outgoing calls are deducted from the data balance at a rate of 1 MB per minute.  MMS messages are deducted from the data balance based on the actual size of the picture or video. 
- The Talk & Text add-on does not include calls made and messages sent while roaming outside of Canada.  
- Travel Data cannot be set to auto-pay. 
- If you purchase $100 in Travel Data in any 30-day period, you will be required to consent to purchases over $100. 
 

Talk and Text Add-on: Optional 

- The Talk & Text add-on includes unlimited outgoing calls and messages while you are in Canada to Canada and the U.S. 
- It also includes incoming calls and text messages while you are in Canada from Canada and the U.S. 
- The Talk & Text add-on does not include calls made and messages sent while roaming outside of Canada. Picture and video messages (MMS) are not included in the Talk & Text add-on.  
- The Talk & Text add-on will automatically renew when your membership auto-renews, and you will be charged the current in-market rate.  You can cancel the Talk & Text add-on at any time but it will not be refunded.

 

Voicemail Add-on: Optional 

- Voicemail boxes can store up to 25 messages. Messages can be up to 3 minutes in duration.
- The voicemail service add-on will automatically renew when your membership auto-renews, and you will be charged the current in-market rate.
- You can cancel voicemail service at any time, but it will not be refunded.
- You are responsible for protecting your mailbox by regularly updating your password.
- Calls into the voicemail service from your Lüm phone are not deducted from your data balance.

 

9-1-1 Service 

- A 9-1-1 fee applies to all memberships purchased for Lüm Mobile.  The fee is an amount we must pay to the 9-1-1 service operator for 9-1-1 to work on your phone. 
- This fee will be charged in addition to the membership fee whenever a membership is purchased. 
- The 9-1-1 fee is charged for the total number of months that your membership is valid.  
- If your membership is cancelled with more than a month remaining, the unused portion of the 9-1-1 fee will be refunded back to the payment card on your account. 
See 9-1-1 Limitations.

 

Deals  

New Customer Offer 
- Offer available to "New" Lüm customers. "New" Lüm customers are defined as a customer that has not had a Lüm Mobile membership in the past 6 months. New Linked accounts are eligible if the linked account is a "New" Lüm customer. 
- "New" Lüm customers receive up to an $86 discount off their first purchase. The discount is automatically applied. The total invoice can be reduced to $0.26 by the applicable discount. A total invoice can be $0.26 but not less.  
- The promotional discount can be applied to any membership and data purchase available to new customers at the time of the offer.  
- The promotional discount only applies to a purchase with Lüm – it has no cash value and will never be refunded as cash in the event of cancelling service.
- Offer can be combined with Refer a Friend offer. 
- Offer available for a limited time. 
- Offer is subject to change or may end at any time. 

 

Refer a Friend  

- "Existing" Lüm customers can share their referral code with a friend to refer them to Lüm. A customer is "Existing" if they have purchased / have an active Membership. 
- "New" Lüm customer (that cannot already be an active Lüm customer) uses the referral code to redeem the promotion. 
-  New Lüm customer must apply referral code during their first membership purchase and will save $25 on the first purchase. New customers can save a maximum of $25 with the promotion.
-  After New customer successfully receives promotion, the Existing customer automatically saves $25 off the price of their next membership renewal.  Existing customers must renew their membership before it expires to receive their promo. If Existing customer lets their membership expire – they cannot receive the referral promo until a future renewal where membership is renewed before it expires. Keep auto-pay on for membership renewals to guarantee referral savings!  
Existing customer can refer up to a maximum of 2 friends and receive two $25 discounts for a total savings of $50 off their next membership renewal. 
- Existing customer that refers more than 2 friends cannot carry-over extra/ additional referrals to their next membership renewal.
- After a membership renewal, Existing customer referral count goes back to zero, and are eligible to keep referring & again receive up to two $25 discounts (for a total of $50) off their next membership renewal.
Existing customer cannot refer the same friend multiple times.
- The promotional discounts only apply to a purchase with Lüm – it has no cash value and will never be refunded as cash in the event of cancelling service.
- If the New customer purchases service but then cancels their service within 15 days – the Existing customer will not receive the promotion.
- Promotion is subject to change or end at anytime.

 

Getting Started 

 
Eligibility for Service 

- Customers must reside in Saskatchewan and have a billing and shipping address within the province to sign up for the Service. 
- You must bring your own phone. 
- Your phone and its software must meet minimum Lüm network standards.  Our network standards will be updated sometimes, and you may no longer be able to use the service without - upgrading your software or phone.