Donate Your Cell Phone
There are three ways donating your old cell phone could benefit someone in need:
- Your old cell phone is given directly to someone who needs it.
- Your cell phone is collected as a fundraiser by a charity or non-profit, the proceeds of which are invested in the organization's programs.
- Your old cell phone is recycled.
The first scenario is most often the case with organizations helping victims of domestic abuse or one of our finest serving in Iraq. A cell phone donated for such a purpose can be a lifeline to someone who feels threatened or wants to reach loved ones back home. Even if a cell phone plan subscription can't be afforded, any cell phone that has ever had service can be used to make 911 calls, even if the user isn't currently subscribed to a cell phone plan.
The second scenario is the more common of the two. Programs as diverse as the Special Olympics, women and children's centers, and hospital cancer research hold drives to collect unwanted cell phones, which they bring to a phones-for-cash program. The money they earn for these phones, in turn, supports their core mission.
If your favorite non-profit doesn't participate in such a program, think about starting one. Most organizations that buy back phones will help you set one up. Or take advantage of how easy it is to send in your phone directly and make out a check to the organization of your choice.
If the cell phone you are selling back or donating is a new model--some of which could be worth $150 or more--be sure to get a receipt if the donation is tax-deductible.