Donating Your Cellphone to Charity (Part I)



Donating your cell phone can benefit others.

tailers sell over 2.1 billion new smartphones every year. And in America, at least, smartphone users purchase a new device every other year. The phones they don’t use are typically still functional and there’s the question of what one should do with those older devices.

Many cell phone providers have drop-off bins or mail-in programs to make recycling your old cell a breeze. But there are plenty of ways you can recycle your phone and donate to others. Numerous charities have partnered with cell phone refurbishing businesses and recyclers as a way of producing funds while keeping cellphone out of landfills. Therefore, everybody wins. They always ensure to wipe any personal data before reusing or recycling these phones. Here are a few ways to donate old phones.

Help Soldiers Call Home

Cell Phones for Soldiers offer talk time to overseas troops so they can phone home. Established in 2004 by two teenagers who were sad after learning of a soldier who racked up a $7,500 phone bill while serving in Iraq, Cell Phones for Soldiers has since gotten over 16 million devices and given away over 400 million minutes of talk time to service personnel.

The charity collects old cellphones which it sells to an electronic refurbisher or recycler, based on the condition. It uses the money to purchase long-distance calling cards, which are given to women and men who are serving in the military. Every phone donated purchase around 60 minutes of talk time for soldiers.

Help Victims of Domestic Violence

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) collects cell phones to aid in funding their programs. They take phones and partner with Cellular Recycler, which sells refurbished electronics. A part of the funds from those sales then goes back to NCADV. They’ll also take other types of old electronics, too, like digital cameras, old laptops, video game consoles, and MP3 players, along with all the related accessories and charging cords.