Experiential Education

CNIB - Phone It Forward

Donate a smartphone. Change the life of someone who's blind!  Modern smartphones allow users who are blind to:
  • Read prescription labels and take medication safely
  • Recognize the faces of loved ones
  • Access emergency assistance from sighted volunteers
  • Travel safely alone using GPS
  • And do hundreds of other day-to-day tasks most of us take for granted
Drop-off boxes will be located at Reception and in the Macaulay Mezzanine (Ms. Wong's Office).  Questions can be directed to Ms. Courtney Prieur.
Here’s how it works:
1. You donate your used smartphone. CNIB will happily accept any modern smartphone.
2. They will wipe and refurbish your phone. If your phone is modern enough to be accessible to a user who is blind, they will fix it up and outfit it with a suite of accessible apps. Otherwise, it will be sold and the proceeds will be put towards the cost of a refurbished smartphone for a user who is blind.
3. CNIB will give it to a person with sight loss who needs it. Once your phone is refurbished, CNIB will give it to a Canadian with sight loss who is waiting for one. CNIB will also give them one-on-one training on how to use it.

CNIB Phone it Forward Smartphone Prepare your Phone for Donation

In order to protect your data and ensure the phone is usable for the program and ensure the highest tax receipt possible, there are some important steps required prior to donating your phone.

Back up your Data
We suggest you save a copy of your photos, contacts and other important content currently on your phone to your computer or online storage to ensure you don’t lose anything valuable.

Remove iCloud Lock/Google Lock/Blackberry ID
In order for us to use your phone for this program, we need to have full access to all its functionality which we can’t do if these locks are active.
Please note, if Donated Devices are locked when received, they will be unusable to the program and may, therefore, have a $0 value and not qualify for a tax receipt. Removal is quick and simple and we have provided additional information to help you (separate attachment).

Remove your SIM Card
Your SIM card is the tiny plastic chip that goes inside your smartphone to connect it to the network. It’s yours, we don’t need it for the donation purposes. If it is not removed, we will simply destroy it upon receipt.
Removal is quick and simple but if you need additional help we have provided additional information for you (separate attachment).

Remove your SD Card
If you have an Android or Blackberry device there may be an SD card inside. This is an extra memory card which would contain personal data and information so you will want to keep it. Apple devices do not use SD cards.
Removal is quick and simple but if you need additional help we have provided additional information for you (separate attachment).

Factory Reset (Wipe) your Device
This means your device will be reset to its original form. All the content that you have added will be removed, so there will be nothing personal on it when you send it for donation.
Wiping is quick and simple but if you need additional help we have provided additional information for you (separate attachment).

Remove all Cases, Accessories and Cables
Screen Protectors can be left in place


Accepted Phones:

Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5C
Apple iPhone 5S
Apple iPhone SE
Apple iPhone 6
Apple iPhone 6 Plus
Apple iPhone 6S
Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple iPhone 7
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Apple iPhone 8
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Apple iPhone X
Samsung Rugby 4
Samsung Rugby Pro
Samsung S4
Samsung S4 Mini
Samsung S5
Samsung S5 Mini
Samsung S5 Neo
Samsung S5 Active
Samsung S6
Samsung S6 Edge
Samsung S7
Samsung S7 Edge
Samsung S8
Samsung S8 Plus
Samsung A3
Samsung A5
Samsung A7
Samsung A9 Pro
Samsung Grand Duos
Samsung Grand Max
Samsung J1
Samsung J3
Samsung J5
Samsung J7
Samsung Note 3
Samsung Note 4
Samsung Note 5
Samsung Note 8
Samsung Note Edge
Samsung Mega
Samsung Alpha
Samsung Grand Prime
Samsung Edge Plus
Samsung Core
LG G3
LG G4
LG G5
LG G6
LG Nexus 4
LG Nexus 5
LG Nexus 5X
LG X Power
LG X Power 2
LG LG V20
LG V20 Titan
LG LG V30
Blackberry Dtek50
Blackberry Leap
Blackberry Passport Q30
Blackberry Priv
Blackberry Bold 9900
Blackberry Classic Q20
Blackberry Dtek60
Blackberry KeyOne
Google Pixel
Google Pixel XL
Google Pixel 2
Google Pixel 2 XL
HTC One X
HTC One M9
HTC One M8
HTC One M7
HTC One M10
HTC One A9
Huawei GR5
Huawei Honor 6X
Huawei Honor 8
Huawei Nexus 6P
Huawei Nova 2 Plus
Huawei Nova Plus
Huawei P10
Huawei P10 Lite
Huawei P10 Plus
Huawei P9
Huawei Y6
Microsoft Lumia 950
Microsoft Lumia 650
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
Motorola G4 Plus
Motorola Moto G 1st Gen.
Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen.
Motorola Moto G 3rd Gen.
Motorola Moto X Play
Motorola Moto X Pure Style
Motorola Moto Z Play
Motorola Moto Z
Motorola Nexus 6
Motorola Spice
Motorola X
Motorola G5
Motorola Moto Z2 Play
Nokia Lumia 635
Nokia Lumia 830
Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 930
Nokia Lumia 950
Nokia N8
Nokia N800
OnePlus One
OnePlus Two
OnePlus Three
OnePlus Five
OnePlus X
Sony Z5
Sony Z5 Premium
Sony Z5 Compact
Sony Z3 Mini
Sony Z3
Sony Z2
Sony Z Ultra
Sony Z
Sony Xperia XA
Sony Xperia X Preformance
Sony Xperia X
Sony XA Ultra
Sony M4 Aqua
Sony E3
Sony C5 Ultra
Sony Z4
Sony XA1


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