Sell Old Cell Phones

by Brian

Should I sell old cell phones? I have a lot of old cell phones just sitting around, and know a lot of people in the same situation. I've heard of different recycling programs, but wondering if they're for real? I like the idea of cleaning out my drawers, being green, and better yet getting cash for old cell phones, BUT, I don't want to waste time with a bunch of online scams. Do you think these programs are legitimate? What if the phone isn't working? What do they do with all of the phones they get? Also, some places offer so much more than others, it really seems suspicious. Should I be worried?

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Jan 23, 2016
Try Out TechPayout to Sell Your Phone!
by: Dave V

I used a few times. The payment showed up quickly. I definitely recommend them!

Sep 15, 2015
by: Anonymous

I would recommend using as they pay the highest in the industry for all cell phones and tablets.

Oct 16, 2014
I Recommend Sell My Cell Phones
by: Anonymous

If you are selling your cell online you need to be sure that the company you are selling to is reputable and trustworthy. There are hundreds of sites in America offering you cash if you look around.

I recommend giving a try. They are a comparison site and compare more recycler's prices than any other in America. They also state that they only compare trustworthy buyers and also have a ratings section so that you can check up on each company.

I have used them in the past, and the whole process was really easy and I would recommend them to anyone looking to sell.

Dec 05, 2012
Selling Old Smartphones
by: PrepaidWirelessGuy

I don't have a used cell phone purchasing program at this time. I recommend that you check out the following page for more details.

Cash For Old Smartphones

Note that I removed your email address. To ensure that your email remains secure, I recommend that people don't post email addresses.

Dec 03, 2012
by: Anonymous

I have a prepaid ZTE TracFone. I paid $130 dollars for this phone, and I'd hate to just throw it up in my closet. So I was wondering if you buy phones at a moderatley cheap price. I was hoping to get about $35 back out of it. It is a smartphone and you can get 3G.

If you could email me at:
Thank you.

Aug 16, 2010
Buying & Selling Used Cellphones
by: PrepaidWirelessGuy

You know, I've thought about using this site to buy and sell used cellphones, however, I just don't have those type of operations and logistics setup. I've even thought about putting buyers and sellers in touch with one another, but haven't gotten to that point yet.

In the meantime, the services recommended on this site are actually quite user friendly. You just need to make sure that you check the price they're offering from site to site because they can vary widely.

Aug 14, 2010
i got 3 old cell phones
by: edwin

i was wondering if you buy them

Nov 10, 2009
Cell Phone Recycling Services
by: PrepaidWirelessGuy

There's actually a section on the site where you can learn about cell phone recycling and various services. You can find it here:
Cell Phone Recycling

Generally speaking, I think cellular phone recycling is a fantastic idea. There are just so many old cell phones out there that work just fine, but we get so excited about the next best technology, that we find ourselves buying the newest phone year to year (or more often!). And wireless providers are subsidizing phones so much these days, that it really doesn't cost a lot of money to upgrade.

How does it work? Basically, these cell phone recycling services will sort out the broken phones from the functional ones. The broken ones are then actually recycled! The rest are re-sold to various places depending on their condition.

The amount of money they will pay you for a particular phone depends largely on how old the phone is, and what condition it's in. Many older phones (even just one year old) are only worth a few dollars, while a newer phone can be worth $100 or much more. You're right, different services will offer a lot more or less for the same phone. It depends a lot on their existing inventory, and the life cycle of the phone, meaning whether or not it's getting borderline old.

I recently tried recycling a phone with one service, and they emailed me to tell me that they're no longer accepting that particular phone. I then went to another service who was offering over $125! That's why I list several services that I think are worth checking out.

Will you get scammed? There are just so many services out there, I can't say that you'll never get ripped off. I've used several services, and have had good experiences. Some will process your payment much faster than others, but I've always received payment. Perhaps I've been lucky, but I find that I can review the various websites and get a pretty good feel for whether or not they're legitimate. I first tend to try a less expensive phone, so the risk is pretty low. If it works out ok, then I'll send in something worth more money.

Anyway, I hope this helps. All in all, it's definitely worthwhile; you get to save the environment, and make a few bucks!

Here's the link again to learn more:
Cell Phone Recycling

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