A Lifeline for
America's Bravest

Cell Phones for Soldiers: Donate a Phone, Support Our Troops

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans. Since 2004, the charity has provided more than 400 million minutes of air time to servicemen and women deployed around the world, by recycling more than 25 million cell phones reducing the impact on landfills.

Press Release

What We Do

Cell Phones For Soldiers uses proceeds from donated cell phones to purchase international calling cards for troops to call home and to provide emergency funding to veterans.

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Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 400 million minutes of free talk time.

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Mailed over 2,500 calling cards each week to service men and women abroad.

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Recycled more than 25 million cell phones, reducing the impact on landfills.


Since July 2012, Helping Heroes Home has assited more than 7,500 veterans and their families with emergency funding.

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How It Works

Search for one of over 3,000 CPFS drop-off locations nearest you to recycle your devices!

Ship phones directly to CPFS using a prepaid shipping label for 10 devices or more, or help CPFS with a self-paid label.

Donated phones are wiped of personal information and refurbished for sale or responsibly recycled in parts.

Proceeds are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards for troops and to provide emergency funding for veterans.

What We Recycle

Any and all cell phones and smart phones, working or broken.

Any and all iPads, tablets, and mp3 players, working or broken.

Chargers for phones, tablets, or mp3 players. 

Any accessories such as cases etc. in their original packaging.

What We Don't Recycle

We do not accept laptops or computers of any kind.

Cellphone or tablet accessories not in their original packaging.

Keep Your Personal Information Safe

Cell Phones For Soldiers and our recycling partner is R2:2013 (Responsible Recycling) and NAID (National Association for Information Destruction) AAA certified and follows the Department of Defense standards for wiping hard drives and devices. For more information on deleting personal information prior to donating, please click here.

Responsible Recycling

Since 2004, Cell Phones For Soldiers has recycled over 25 million devices. R2 Responsible Recycling is a standard specifically created for the electronics recycling industry by Sustainable Electronics Recycling International. The R2 Standard provides common set of safety and environmental processes, measures and documentation requirements. 

Our Story...

Donate Today To Connect America's Bravest!

Our Sponsors

Cell Phones For Soldiers' sponsors offer generous support to the critical needs of America's bravest through donating cell phones, monetary donations, and/or providing valuable services.

Self-Paid Label

Thank you for taking the extra step to cover shipping costs for your donated devices! Not only is your device donation tax-deductible, so are the shipping costs. 

Simply click and print this preaddressed label and follow the shipping instructions below:

1. Count the number of donated phones for your records.

2. Place the phones flat across the bottom of the box and layer them with newspaper or bubblewrap to avoid damage.

3. Keep batteries attached to phones. If there is no battery, place tape over terminal ends.

4. Due to federal shipping regulations, you must print a battery warning label for each package. Click here to print. Affix one label to the outside of each box. 

5. You must affix (USPS) or a prepay waybill (UPS, FedEx, DHL) in order for your package to reach us.

5. You will not receive an e-mail confirmation when your package arrives. Click here to print a donation receipt.