How To Donate Your Unwanted Devices To Cell Phones For Soldiers

Here at Cell Phones For Soldiers, we spend a lot of time talking about WHY we do what we do, because our mission is so important to us: We want to help our brave men and women in uniform to be able to stay in touch with their loved ones even when they’re far from home; and we want to help our veterans navigate some of the challenges of returning to civilian life. These are the reasons—along with keeping harmful electronic waste out of landfills—why we do what we do, and we ask for your support.

But that’s not what we’re talking about today.

Today, we’re talking about HOW. More specifically, how you can donate an old cell phone, smartphone, or other mobile device to Cell Phones For Soldiers. There are two easy ways:

First, you can find a donation site near you. Cell Phones For Soldiers has thousands of collection sites all over the country, hosted by generous partner businesses and organizations, and you can find them by searching our database with your ZIP Code. Tip: When you spot a nearby site in our database, we suggest calling them at the listed phone number first to confirm that they still collect, and to get their hours.

Second, you can ship your devices! If shipping works better for you, and you’re sending fewer than 10 devices, you can print a shipping label—postage not included, so we can keep costs down and help the most troops and veterans—and send them in the mail. Follow the instructions at that link. Tip: If you’ve hosted a collection site or drive and have 10 or more phones to ship, you can get a prepaid shipping label from UPS.


  • We will take any mobile device, regardless of its age and condition!
  • We recycle every device with extremely high security standards, so your data is safe with us. For your peace of mind, you can also Google how to delete your data using the specific make and model of your phone.
  • We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so your donations are tax-deductible.
  • Never throw electronic devices in the trash! They’re harmful for the environment and human health. To date, we’ve kept 20 million devices from reaching landfills.

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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.