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How To Get Rid of Your Unused Cell Phones

Most Americans tend to get a new cell phone every other year. Usually when their contract expires, they qualify for a low-cost upgrade to a new cell phone model. The old cell phones then get tossed away and find their place in the darkest corners of your drawers – often forgotten. These cell phones are in perfectly good condition and are still – unused. Statistics show that there are millions of cell phones that are tossed aside in this way. Rather than throwing away these phones, it’s a good idea to donate them to charity.

Some charitable organizations such as Cell Phones For Soldiers accept these unused cell phones and use them to help our soldiers stay connected with their families. Many times our soldiers are stationed across international borders with very little facilities to call back home. Sometimes, it is months before they can call their families back home. Donating your cell phones for this noble cause could be a great way to put your old cell phones to some use. Well, even if partly damaged, these cell phones can be recycled or refurbished to make them as good as new.

Recycling cell phones

Unused Cell PhonesRecycling cell phones is a great way to discard old, used and unused cell phones. These recycling companies ensure that they wipe away all the data from the cell phones before recycling or refurbishing them. Phones that are donated are generally sold in bulk to these recycling companies and the money received is used to buy talk time which our troops can use for free. Free calling cards are a great way to help our soldiers connect with their families back home. So, before you simply get rid of your used cell phone by throwing it in the darkest corner – never to be found, consider donating it to charity. It could bring smiles on the faces of many.

Benefits of recycling or donating
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you discard old phones properly so that it does not contribute to the deterioration of our environment. Mobile phones are electronic wastes that contain toxic elements such as copper, lead, cadmium, and chromium. If they are dumped into garbage incinerators, they emit hazardous substances that can harm the environment. Moreover, if you do not discard your mobile phones properly, you are contributing to the death of wildlife animals too. Mobile phone manufacturers have recycling programs that are geared towards reducing waste. You can also donate it to charitable organizations like Cell Phones For Soldiers. Along with saving the environment and keeping it free from electronic wastes, you will also be lending a helping hand to those who relentlessly work day and night to protect our borders so that our country and our people live in peace. Both the causes are noble in their own ways.

So, do your part. Contribute your bit to this good cause of serving America’s bravest. Sell old mobile phones or donate them to charitable organizations instead of tossing them into the trash can.

Reasons to Donate your Old Cell Phone to Support Military Men & Women

Donate your used mobiles today to a mobile phone charity that can change the lives of our troops!
It is so easy to take for granted this little act of love – ‘calling’ our family and friends. Unless it’s difficult or inconvenient to call back home due to various reasons such as distance and time. Our U.S. troops on international borders face this situation very often. They are stationed miles away from home and it gets difficult to call back home due to the high international calling rates.

This is exactly what Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to provide – a free calling facility for our soldiers calling home by refurbishing old cell phones and recycling them to buy calling cards.

Rather than selling your old phones via a traditional buyback service, or disposing it off completely, you can consider donating it to a noble cause. Donate your cell phones to the charities that support veterans such as Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Here are a few reasons to donate your old cell phone to support our military men:

Provide a means of communication

support military menWhen soldiers are able to call back home without worrying about the cost of the call and the distance, it puts their mind at ease knowing that their families are safe back home. Soldiers deputed across the borders require this kind of facility all the more and as responsible citizens of this country, we can play our part in ensuring that our soldiers get the right means of communication and can call home anytime and from anywhere.

Bring happiness to their families
Around 2.5 hours of free talk time is provided to our servicemen for every donated cell phone valued at five dollars. This helps our troops stay connected to their families. A simple call to say ‘how are you’ could mean a lot to those families who wait in anticipation to hear from their sons/fathers/daughters who are posted miles away from home.

You make money too
While you sell your old cell phone, you can make money too. If you donate an old iPhone to Cell phones for soldiers, you can earn over $33 depending on the condition of the iPhone. Each phone sold is tax deductible. So, by selling your old phone you age the benefit of taxes and the satisfaction of participating in a noble cause too!

Environmental reasons
It is a known fact that many old cell phones get thrown away and contribute to the e-Waste that is dangerous for this environment. Recycling e-Waste and putting it to good use is one way we can contribute to saving our planet.

It’s a good feeling
Above all, donating something for a noble cause makes you feel good! Well, how often do we actually take the time out to donate anything? Rather than randomly giving away things, by donating your cell phones to our troops, you know that you have made a difference in the lives of at least a few families.
Well, it’s a moment of sheer joy when military men stationed far away from home call simply to say ‘hello’ and enjoy a normal conversation with their friends and family – thanks to the free calling cards donated to them due to your contributions in the form of old cell phones!

Donate your Gently-used Cell Phones for Soldiers

One of the most volatile markets is – the cell phone market. Every month or two there are new models of smartphones with compelling features that are so convincing that users feel that they are a ‘must have’! The old cell phones are easily forgotten and are either discarded or left to gather dust in the drawers. All these cell phones in working condition and we seldom think of them after they are cast-away.

Repurposing these gently used cell phones and putting them to good use by donating them to charity that works towards keeping our soldiers connected could be one way you can truly help. Free calling cards can be sent to our soldiers by selling old cell phones. Our soldiers who are stationed on national and international borders work under adverse conditions to ensure the safety of our country. Being away from home and their loved ones is many times overwhelming – international calling isn’t cheap either. Sometimes its months before they can talk to someone back at home.

Our simple donations can ensure that they stay connected and relaxed due to the notion that they have the means to call back home anytime and from anywhere. Providing them with calling cards and cell phones could be a noble gesture too rather than it sitting in your drawer to be forgotten forever until it is finally discarded some day!

Gently used cell phones

donate cell phonesGently used phones serve this purpose perfectly. If your unwanted phone hasn’t been used too much, it can be easily refurbished, wiped clean of all the data and sent to our soldiers. The electronic refurbishing companies ensure that the phone does not contain traces of any personal data in the form of messages, photographs or apps. This is mainly because these phones will be used in areas where communication devices could pose a high security risk. These devices hence should not have vulnerabilities that anyone could take advantage of.

Making the best out of waste

A staggering 100 million cell phones are thrown away each year, let’s make the best out of waste and bring smiles on the faces of those who deserve it. Rather than discarding your old cell phones, you can sell your used cell phones and put them to good use and show your gratitude to our soldiers. It’s not environment friendly too. Discarding these phones could cause hard to the environment. It’s better to recycle these mobile phones that are old or refurbish them so that they can be used for our soldiers. So, if you have hardly used a cell phone and brought a new one simply because if it’s promising new features, you could donate your cell phone by mailing it or by stopping by one of the drop off locations for “Cell Phones For Soldiers”. We shall recycle these mobile phones and ensure that they reach our troops!
Many of us take for granted these little things in life such as calling home regularly and staying in touch with our friends. The importance is only realized when you are away and unable to call so easily due to restrictions of distance and time.

It’s time to show our gratitude and donate our old cell phones as a small gesture to show our soldiers that we truly care! Donate your used cell phones today.

Connect Our Heroes Who Protect Us

Every soldier is a hero, sacrificing their safety, comfort and the ability to do simple tasks such as calling their loved ones back home for the service of the nation. Especially internationally deployed military men, many a times experience emotional stress because of their inability to stay connected with their families due to the separation mandated by the nature of their jobs.

One way we can honor our soldiers and support our troops is by helping them connect to their family and friends and alleviate them of some of the emotional pressures they face while away for long periods of time. Donating our old cell phones could make a difference in their lives.

How can we help our heroes stay connected?

Support HeroesNew and cool looking smartphones are launched in the market every other month that makes your old phones look obsolete. When we buy a new phone, the old one is left in the drawer gathering dust. This old cell phone may be quite worthless sitting in the drawer, but has immense value when used to provide our armed forces with devices for communication to help them stay connected.
We can make our small contributions to the benefit of these soldiers – especially those who are deployed overseas, by donating our old cell phones. Something that is so easily forgotten can turn out to be a boon for someone!

How exactly does this work?

These donated cell phones are collected and resold to bulk recyclers. This means that they are refurbished and all the data present on the phone that may present a security risk is wiped off. After the phone is convincingly clean of all the data, it is sent to our troops for use. Phones that are not in good condition are also sold to bulk recyclers and the money made is used to buy free calling cards to support heroes of the U.S. military who are deployed internationally.

This simple, yet thoughtful act might bring smiles on so many faces. While these troops work relentlessly to ensure the safety of our country, there we can show them that we really care. It does not take too much time or efforts – just plain motivation to give for a noble cause.

So, before you throw away your old cell phone or cast it away in the darkest corner of your drawer, think about its true value for someone who might need it! The rates for international calling are generally high and the soldiers stationed there can definitely benefit from the free calling cards. They can stay connected to their homeland, their loved ones and their families.

It’s tough being away from your loved ones especially in adverse weather conditions with the notion that there could be a combat situation any time. By repurposing your old cell phone, you could help bring families closer even when miles apart. With your little contribution they can quickly call and be rest assured that their loved ones are safe at home.

A simple cell phone charity could give our heroes the opportunity to stay connected with their families from anywhere and at anytime with free calling cards and cell phones.

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