Donating Old Cellphones

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There are a number of charitable organizations that accept donated cell phones to redistribute to persons in need. This is a page about donating old cellphones.


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January 7, 2005

"The HopeLine phone recycling program is an exclusive program that uses wireless services and equipment to assist victims in emergency domestic violence situations."

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Does anyone know of who or what kind of organization may have a use for our old cellphones? I hate to throw them out!

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By metroplex from Houston, TX


February 16, 20110 found this helpful
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You can take them to any domestic violence center and they can be donated to overseas soldiers programs. You could Google it for the info. Also, Target stores have a red bin near the service desk for used cell phones, MP3 players, and ink cartridges.

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Contact your local police department and or a local Crisis Center for Domestic Violence. Old cell phones can be reprogrammed to allow 911 calls only (with no service charges to the new recipients) and most local concerns know how to make this happen.


Good for you to ask about an alternative to tossing old phones in the trash!

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February 15, 2011

I would like to know how I donate used cell phones.

Mbstew427 from Sahuarita, AZ


Donating Old Cell Phones

Contact your local domestic violence shelter. Most take donations of cell phones, for use by their clients. Even with no service contract, the phones can be used to call 911 in an emergency. (05/04/2006)

By Lori Tomlinson

Donating Old Cell Phones

Your local law enforcement department will also take them. They give them to the elderly and abused for 911 calls. (05/05/2006)


By IMAQT1962

Donating Old Cell Phones

You can take them to Office Depot, not sure where they go then. (05/05/2006)


Donating Old Cell Phones

Take the phone to Verizon wireless store or send to:

Verizon Wireless HopeLine
c/o ReCellular Inc.
2555 Bishop Circle W.
Dexter, MI 48130

The phones are donated/refurbished and then given to national domestic violence advocacy organizations or local government and law enforcement agencies. (05/05/2006)

By Tedebear

Donating Old Cell Phones

I have an in-home childcare, and the children I keep all love cell phones. After all, what do they see mommy and daddy using all day long? If you don't know of any home childcare businesses in your area, try a center. (05/06/2006)

By Sonya

Donating Old Cell Phones

Our local Council on Aging takes the phones for Seniors. All cell phones will work for dialing 911 without subscribing to a service is my understanding. Check with your local senior citizens group. (05/06/2006)


Donating Old Cell Phones

The Furry Friends Foundation is collecting any old cell phones. If you have any old phones (even old bag phones) you'd like to donate, you can donate the phone at, selecting Furry Friends Foundation in Chicago as your charity of choice. They will send you a pre-paid shipping box. If the phone is not one they will pay Furry Friends for, it will be donated to another charity. For example, these phones are given to homeless shelters for battered women so they may dial 911. Either way you are doing a good deed!! (05/17/2006)

By Victoria M

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