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Resell Old Cells

Updated on May 26, 2011
Cell phones like these are in my drawers.
Cell phones like these are in my drawers.

Resell Old Cells


What Should I Do with my Old Cell Phone?

Wait a minute, perhaps I should rephrase that. I can tell you from experience that too many folks I know will come up with a quick retort that would be acutely uncomfortable! You may be thinking what kind of people do I hang with? Oh, the normal kind – psychos, schizos, split personalities – you know, like your next-door neighbor, or the guy in the Home Depot checkout line – standing behind you – with that new chainsaw in his hands.

Back to the question, how should you dispose of your old cell phone now that you own a new smartphone with wonderful features and apps that one day you intend to use? Well, I have the “skinny” for you – that’s a word I learned from teenagers. Though by the time I start to use that word, it has probably already disappeared like this one – remember “whassup” ?

You may well ask, whassup? What started me on the road to learning about cell phone disposal? The answer – necessity. I have run out of drawer space to keep my necessities like extra printer ink cartridges; pens that still write; pencils that don’t but contain still viable erasers; Scotch tape, once transparent but now yellow with age; matchbooks in case I ever start smoking; a scissors with both ends broken off because I tried to use it as a screwdriver – twice; a small stapler that uses tiny staples but I haven’t been able to find any tiny staples for it to use; dozens of rubber bands brittle with age (like their owner); my leather-covered calendar for the Year 2001 which I can’t bear to throw out – it was such a good year, and the cover is leather; and assorted various and sundry giveaways that I managed to accumulate at various and sundry conventions. Oh, yes, and five or six cell phones with their respective chargers, cords and accessories. I can’t be certain just how many because I have to first remove all the various and sundry items in my drawer.

O.K., I did it. I have six cell phones and I needed to learn how to dispose of them safely and “greenly” without incurring further expense. After copious and diligent research, I learned you can earn a little money or donate to charity by recycling your phones.


First, do you have any idea about the extent of cell phones in our society?

Well, mobile devices, cell phones, that is, outsold computers in 2009. 450 million cell phones were purchased worldwide versus 306 million computers (source: Information Week magazine). 54 million of those phones were smart phones. Experts predict that by 2013, the number of folks with MIDs (mobile internet devices) will exceed one billion.

That makes for a lot of soon-to-be obsolete cell phones lacking the new features sitting in people’s drawers. No, Virginia, it’s desk drawers. Problem is many of those outdated cell phones now languish in landfills all over our country leaching lead, cadmium and other hazardous substances and polluting our environment. What should you do with your old cell phone? There are several solutions - I will describe the easiest. But first, here is a BONUS:

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This innovative start-up company in New Haven, Connecticut provides a recycling solution for individual and business cell phone users – an opportunity to turn your technological trash into cash. The company resells discarded devices on online sites such as eBay and Amazon. This new company has maintained an enviable track record to date re-selling techno-waste purchased from business owners at a rate of 99%. The remaining 1% is recycled through certified recycling partners.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recently reported that only about 10% of all cell phones and mobile devices get recycled in the U.S. (source: Network Computing magazine). Many business people, like me, simply put their old, discarded phones away in desks. Or discard them so they join computers, television sets and servers in those fast-growing landfills.

If you have a collection of unused, obsolete or no longer the latest fashion cell phones, how can you find out how much your dysfunctional and/or defunct phones are worth and begin the recycling process with Corporate Renew? Very simple. Visit the site, enter your product information – make and model and condition – and you can get an instant quote of the price the company will pay you for it.

Here are precise instructions:

1) Go to

2) Click "Get Started Today" and select "Place Order Now."

3) Fill in your device and business information and you will receive an instant free quote.

4) Schedule a free UPS pickup at your convenience.

5) Get paid by check and receive an End User Report with the details of your transaction.

The prices that the company pays vary but here is an example: an almost new mint-condition Apple iPhone 3GS (which was released in June 2009) will bring you $318. Shipping is free and a check is mailed to you as soon as Corporate Review receives your device and determines its condition. FYI: The company is planning to accept laptop computers soon. is a companion site that will accept your consumer electronics such as MP3 players, game consoles, digital cameras, and external disk drives. Be sure to erase all memory and disks before sending your used equipment

You can also contact hardware manufacturers directly for their recycling and repurchasing programs. An exhaustive list of recycling programs is available on the EPA Web site.

Are you feeling charitable? CollectiveGood is a cell phone recycling resource for used cell phones, smart phones, PDAs or iPods. You can recycle these items in an environmentally responsible manner for a small tax deduction. Their cell phone recycling programs support charities nationwide, and there are thousands of local drop-off points like Staples stores to make recycling easy.

Here are exact instructions:

1) Go to

2) Select the charity you want to help.

3) Submit your information so you can get your tax credit.

4) Send them your phone.

The United States alone has more than 200 million cell phone subscribers and about 5 million of them change carriers each month. This usually means getting a new phone. Even when they don't change carriers, people often change phones to take advantage of improved technology, innovative features and changing fashions.

If you have old cell phones in your drawers (love that phrase) now you can earn some money or donate a little to charity and save your phone from execrable extinction.

© Copyright BJ Rakow 2011. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So"


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    • PegCole17 profile image

      Peg Cole 

      6 years ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      This was both funny and useful Drbj. Like you, I have a drawer full of items that you've described: Fuses, batteries, accessory chargers to items long since disfunctional. Getting rid of electronic waste takes some effort but it will be worth it for our planet. Thanks for these useful contacts for getting rid of old model cell phones. Now I just need to let go of them. Ah, memories.

      PS I hope you won't mind me linking this fun hub to my recent musings on the subject. Peg

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Just like you, katie, who knew? I was forced by necessity to find out how to eliminate the clutter - in a green way.

      You are so right about the unbelievable market in cell phones and other tech stuff. We just have to have the latest and greatest even when it's not always the best.

      And now with Twitter, FB and all the other social networks, companies don't have to market their new goods any more. We, the consumers, do it for them!

    • katiem2 profile image


      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Who knew you could sell old cell phones, make money and do something good for the environment? You did that's who, thanks for the heads up and chuckle. Imagine all the used discarded old cell phones tossed out like yesterdays news with the hottest new trend in cell phones lining the shelves. Oh what a crazy driving force this market has. Great read. :) Katie

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, De Greek, for appreciating my sometimes offbeat humor. No, let me amend that. My USUALLY offbeat humor. Happy I made you laugh - it's ny pleasure.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Nellieanna, for the visit abd the cogent comments.

      Those who own smartphones now will probably tend to keep them longer. But I have noticed in the past many users sinply replaced their cell phones, and carriers, too, if necessary simply to own the latest most fashionable version.

      We can probably expect the Amazon Kindle to join cell phones in the landfills, too, now that the iPad is available. Progress (?) marches on!

    • De Greek profile image

      De Greek 

      8 years ago from UK

      What a great, FUNNY introduction! Loughed out loud. Even the unfunny stuff that followed was intersting :-)

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 

      8 years ago from TEXAS

      VALUABLE! Yes I'm aware of the huge quantities of used cell phones there must be. Just my stash alone is too extensive. And I'm acutely aware of the need for them to be ONLY PROPERLY disposed of - prefereably recycled for further use.

      I now have a second-generation iPhone and no plans to replace it any time soon - if ever. In spite of my changes in carriers - all requiring a different cell phone, - I'm not actually a "phone person" and use it fairly minimally. But I suppose folks who seem to be wired TO their cellphones permanently - must wear them out and have to replace the units often.

      Anyway - the cell phone craze is bound to leave a lot of outgrown phones lying around. The need for education & encouragement in how to recycl(AND how to safely use them) is astronomical - so I'm happy to see you've devoted a hub to good tips advice!

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Jacob, thanks for stopping by. Hope the info is of benefit to you.

    • jacobkuttyta profile image

      Siny J 

      8 years ago from Delhi, India

      nice information

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, wavegirl - happy I could provide an incentive - 'twas my pleasure.

      I had no idea when writing this article that so many people, like me, had collected so many old cell phones in their drawers.

    • wavegirl22 profile image


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      What a great Hub and you have given me such good incentive to go clear that drawer out with all the cell phones and the paraphernalia that goes with it . .Thanks for that I can always use an extra drawer and now I have so many options of what to do with them! Thumbs up:)

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Sage. Here I thought I was the only compulsive cell phone saver and it turns out I am not alone. Just another chink in my personality, I guess.

      Thank you for your kind comment.

    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      I, like you, have a whole drawer of these phones. What a great idea, thanks so much for this valuable information. I am bookmarking and will definitely check this out.

      Great Job!


    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Good morning, my prettydarkhorse.

      Stick with me, kid, and I'll enhance your vocabulary with expressions hardly anyone uses anymore. I promise not to use "bee's knees" or the "cat's pajamas" - those were phrases even older than me.

      Thanks for the visit and the thank you. It's my pleasure.

    • prettydarkhorse profile image


      8 years ago from US

      Hi drbj, whassup, skinny, hehe I learn everyday. Thank you for this share about what to do on cellphone and your personal experiences as well, and it is nice that there are charitable org that you can do donate cellphones and they recycle it too. Night, Maita

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Welcome, Cedar Cove Farm, and it was my pleasure to share this information.

      A "bit humorous," eh? What more could I ask for? Thank you.

    • Cedar Cove Farm profile image

      Cedar Cove Farm 

      8 years ago from Southern Missouri

      A very informative hub and even a bit humorous. Thanks for sharing.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      You're welcome, Ellen, You are even more of a cell phone collector than I.

      You are so right about the emotional component connected to our inanimate possessions.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Yes, I know Green Lotus, that calendar, genuine leather cover and all, has to go. I promise to toss it . . . one day.

      So nice to hear from you; have you completed your major continental move?

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Niteriter - Your linguistic solecisms are things of beauty:

      "solutions sleuth"? "herding problems into captivity"?

      Is there no end to your irreverent iteration? Hope not because I live for your comments - especially the "riveting hub" one.

    • drbj profile imageAUTHOR

      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Winsome - what a great idea - a museum dedicated to portraying the evolution of life in America as seen through progressive models of cell phones.

      We could start with the two tin cans and a string model.

    • EllenGraeger profile image


      8 years ago from Madrid

      Ha, I had no idea! Will find out if this exists in Spain. Makes no sense to call UPS in the US to retire three full drawers (7 cell phones....). The drawer problem and the useless (but ever so emotionally valuable things) in it seems to be global. Thank you, drbj.

    • Green Lotus profile image


      8 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Excellent info and a fun read. As you know I'm all for doing anything green, especially something as easy as you have described. Thanks for sharing this important information! Now chuck out that calendar.

    • Niteriter profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      Another absolutely riveting Hub! I had no idea that a simple device like a cell phone could cause so many societal problems.

      But then, when we have solution sleuths like you out there herding the problems into captivity before their crimes turn nasty, there's no real reason for us to worry.

      Thanks for the comforting words. I think I'll go back to sleep now...

    • Winsome profile image


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      You mean I have to give up on my idea of a museum of the evolution of the phone with framed examples from my personal history which I intend to furnish from drawers and garage etc.? Or what if I like to program the alarms on all of them timed to go off at odd moments and just leave them around everywhere. No? Ok I'll call, I'll call. =:)


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