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What To Do With Old Cell Phones

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by xpnd, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. xpnd

    xpnd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 378

    I have changed cell phone carriers and now have 4 Nokia 5160s beginning to collect dust. Is there any orgs that still want them as a charitable donation or a recycler that will buy them? Even my church doesn't want/need them.
  2. GroundKprs

    GroundKprs LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,969

    If you have a local shelter for abused women, they always need them. Any cell phone is capable of contacting 911, even if it is not activated with any carrier. They'll even take old analog cells.
  3. Randy Scott

    Randy Scott LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,915

    Throw them up in the air and hit them with a baseball bat. That's all they're good for so you might as well have some fun with them. With all the promotions with cell phones today, you never really have to lay out any cash when you get the service anyways. They always work the phone in somehow.
  4. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    You may want to hang onto it. There's going to be a trade-in promotion with one of the big companies soon. Wish I could tell you how I know but, I don't want to get someone in trouble. Also, I still have an analog bag phone. I'll save it because it's getting rare. Biggest pain in changing service sometimes is getting another phone, trade in makes sense.
  5. f350

    f350 Banned
    from mi
    Posts: 424

    that exactly what we have done. we have an abused womans shelter near here. i didn't get a write off, but rather peace of mind. my local shelter is, turning point.
  6. Barry D

    Barry D LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 44

    You can sell that bag phone on Ebay for about $500.00. I have seen other bag phones go for that much. I like that idea of giving the phones to the shelters. This can also be a tax write-off.
  7. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,156

    If you decide to throw the phones away, at least recycle the batteries. Not sure where to take them though.
  8. Simone Lawn Service

    Simone Lawn Service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 158

    I also donated my old cell phone to a local women's shelter. This one was at the YWCA. They got a good used phone for a good cause and I got a receipt for a tax write off. (They gave me a receipt for what I paid for the phone brand new-can't beat that)
  9. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Posts: 835

    Verizon takes back old cell phones and gives u a reciept for a tax write off.
  10. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Posts: 776

    I have gone through a bunch of phones over the past few years. I just took my old Nokia's (except for one) and brought them to my dealer who gave me cash for them. I had gone into a nextel office today... the new replacement for the i700... $180 :angry:

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