I'm sorry, what?
"an ecoATM, a device designed to take unwanted smartphones and handout payment to customers without the need to trouble a salesperson."
Now I have to look that up.
So, it's a real thing. I would have guessed that distributing thousands of machines which have enough hardware to inspect phones wouldn't be an economical method of entering the used phone market, but apparently they're giving it a go. I wonder what the machine does if you feed it phones that aren't all that common, for example the old phone from a relatively unpopular manufacturer I have in the closet. Then again, I'm also wondering how it will detect various types of hardware issues that aren't easily visible with a camera.