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With over 3,000 locations, our generous partners make it easy to donate your devices.

Donate 10 or More Devices

CPFS will pay for your shipping if you plan to ship 10 phones or more.

Donate Less Than 10 Devices

Help CPFS by paying for shipping when you send less than 10 devices.

Pre-Shipping Checklist

1. Backup Your Data

Take a moment to backup anything you would like to save such as photos, videos and contacts. This information will be lost when we erase the phone.

2. Turn off Find My iPhone

If you are donating an iPhone 4 or newer, remember to turn off Find My iPhone and sign out of icloud. If you are donating a google phone, remove your google account.

3. Erase All Data

If your phone has a SIM card, please remove it prior to donating. Search your make and model for “factory reset”. If you cannot reset your device, don’t worry. We follow Department of Defense standards for wiping hard drives and devices.

4. Print a shipping label

If you are shipping 10 or more phones, print a pre-paid shipping label by clicking the prepaid button below. If you are donating less than 10, please help CPFS by paying for your own shipping with the self-paid label, shipping is our largest expense.

5. Print a Battery Warning Label

Due to federal shipping regulations, you must print a battery warning label for each package and affix to the outside of each box.

6. Package Carefully and Ship

Place the phones flat across the bottom of the box or padded envelope and layer with newspaper or bubblewrap to avoid damage. Affix postage or a prepaid waybill in order for your package to reach us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. If your cell phone has a SIM card, please remove it prior to donating. You can also search the internet for “factory reset” with the specific make and model of your phone to receive instructions on wiping away all personal information.

If you cannot factory reset your device do not worry. Our recycling partner is R2:2013 (Responsible Recycling) and NAID AAA certified (National Association for Information Destruction) and follows the Department of Defense standards for wiping hard drives and devices.

We accept donations of any and all types of cell phones and smartphones from any carrier. Newer, gently-used mobile devices, including smartphones, are preferred; however, proceeds are generated from the recycling of broken and outdated mobile phones as well. Chargers and accessories are welcome but are not necessary to donate. If you have a charger you would like to donate, please keep the original phone and charger together. Please do not send instruction manuals.

We do not accept laptops or computers of any kind. We also do not accept chargers and accessories not in their original packaging.

No. It is a common misunderstanding that Cell Phones For Soldiers sends donated mobile devices directly to deployed troops. Doing so is not a viable option because, first and foremost, cell phones can be security hazards for military members in combat zones. Secondly, the cost of international phone calls using a cell phone is very high, making this option extremely cost prohibitive. Instead, we use the proceeds from the donated phones to send prepaid international calling cards to our troops to use via their approved phones.

We also accept tablets and mp3 players. Chargers and accessories are welcome but are not necessary to donate. If you have a charger you would like to donate, please keep the original phone and charger together. Please do not send instruction manuals.

Please contact Cell Phones For Soldiers directly.

[email protected]

(678) 580-1976

Yes! CPFS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with tax ID #20-1343425.  Your device donations and shipping costs are tax-deductible. Click here to print a donation receipt.

More Questions?

Visit our extended FAQ or contact us here.

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.