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Sell your old cell phone

(National-NBC) March 7, 2005 - It seems like everytime you turn around, there's another new fangled cell phone on the market. What do you do with your current phone if you switch carriers and get stuck with a phone or upgrade to a newer model?

James Mosieur says you should make money from it, "Cellforcash.com is a website where consumers and businesses can get value out of their old cell phones if they're not using it."

Mosieur says Cellforcash.com buys thousands of used cell phones a month and pays consumers cold, hard cash for them, "There are phones out there that have a lower value, $3, $4, $5, $10, but there are ones that go as high as $200."

How do you get dollars for phones you no longer dial? Mosieur says log onto Cellforcash.com, find your model, then Cellforcash takes it from there, "We send the box with a prepaid label. They drop the cellphone in the box. The box comes back to us, we test it, verify to make sure it is what they said it was and 30 days later we send them a check."

For example, cellforcash.com will pay you just under $100 for the Nokia 6620. Ed Kissell's Boca Raton company, Mobilsource, also buys unwanted cell phones that still work. He says there are a number of ways he can save consumers money, "A kid will lose a phone and the parents will say this is the second time or maybe it fell in the pool or whatever, they don't want to spend a lot of money. So they come in here and we will sell them a phone for $30, $40, $50 and the parents are very happy about that."

Ed buys barely used phones from the phone companies and other businesses, so he can also upgrade you to the latest technology at a deep discount, "And what I can do in turn is offer them almost a brand new phone for a lot less money than the price of a new phone and you wouldn't know the difference." 

The companies will reprogram your phone to work on any cellular network for a small flat fee.

If you're not interested in getting money for your castoff cell phone, it could be a lifeline for a Midlands woman. The non-profit group Sistercare takes old cells and reprograms them to only call 911 and gives them to domestic violence victims.

Posted 4:30pm by BrettWitt

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