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Ban on cash-for-phones machines could get statewide ban

Baltimore City Council has taken steps to ban ecoATM machines citywide, which dispense cash to people that trade in old cell phones by inserting them directly into the machines. Now a state delegate is considering drafting legislation to regulate the machines throughout the state

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Update 9:25 a.m. 9/17/13: Baltimore City Council approved a ban on cash-for-phone machines on Monday night, reports the Baltimore Brew.

Baltimore City Council has taken steps to ban ecoATM machines citywide, which dispense cash to people that trade in old cell phones by inserting them directly into the machines.
Now a state delegate is considering drafting legislation to regulate the machines throughout the state, according to the Baltimore Brew:

Del. Luke Clippinger (D-46th) says the devices, which sometimes spit out hundreds of dollars in instant cash for late-model smart phones, are encouraging the raft of brazen cellphone thefts plaguing the city. …
“At a minimum, these machines should be made to really conform to the second-hand dealer laws,” he said. “But if we can’t figure out how to truly do that, we should look and see whether we want these things to be in the state of Maryland at all.”

Read the full story at the Baltimore Brew.

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