SellCell.com, a company that sells cell phones, and a company called OnePoll say Americans have $33.8 billion worth of old mobile phones sitting around in their homes. About 20 percent of people say they haven’t sold the old devices because they’re “lazy.” And another 20 percent are worried about personal information getting out.
According to Business Insider, there are three options for dealing with old cell phones: sell them through a company like SellCell.com or Amazon; bring them in to your service provider for a discount on an upgrade; or donate them to a charity like Verizon Hopeline, which not only gives the phones to victims of domestic violence (it helps them contact emergency services when they need them) but is better for the environment than throwing it in the trash.
The top three most recycled phones last month were the iPhone 3G 8GB ($47 value), the iPhone 3GS 16GB ($83 value), and the iPhone 4 16BG ($175 value). So when you’re ready for that next phone, if you’ve got an iPhone 4, you could cut a big chunk out of the price of that upgrade.