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Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?

08 Dec 04 - 12:45 AM (#1350628)
Subject: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Padre

I figured that Mudcatters would probably know: Is there a source where I can donate 2 used cell phones so that someone who may need it (them?) can have one. I just upgraded my service, and got a new one with all sorts of bells and whistles - but NO camera!

Padre


08 Dec 04 - 12:55 AM (#1350640)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: mg

Usually Radio Shack will take them and give them to shelters for victims of domestic abuse. mg


08 Dec 04 - 05:52 AM (#1350771)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: My guru always said

In the UK Oxfam shops will take them in for recycling.


08 Dec 04 - 06:15 AM (#1350782)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Joe Offer

Hi, Padre - I understand that cel phones will make contact with 911, even after the regular service contract has expired. I understand the nuns I work for at the women's center have given them to elderly people for emergency help contacts - but the giveaway wasn't popular and we had a lot of phones left over that I gave to a cel phone company for recycling. I understand most of the cel phone firms will take old phones for recycling. The batteries require special disposal, and the cel phone companies will take care of that.
-Joe Offer-


08 Dec 04 - 07:04 AM (#1350816)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: The Fooles Troupe

Funny that this pops up tonight - we just had an expose on the ABC TV 7:30 Report that most Aussie mobile phones handed in for recycling are being dumped in landfill by the recycling company. Planet Ark has made a fuss about it. Seven million sold this year, only 100,000 handed in for recycling anyway....


08 Dec 04 - 08:20 AM (#1350865)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Padre

Thanks to those who wrote - I will check with RS and see if they will take them. Hate to think of them just gathering dust in a drawer somewhere.


08 Dec 04 - 11:17 AM (#1350984)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Pauline L

The municipal government where I live collects used cell phones and donates them to women who have been victims of domestic violence. They have collection boxes at community centers. I was a recipient of one of these used cell phones and I certainly appreciated it.


08 Dec 04 - 01:37 PM (#1351101)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Dead Horse

Make a bus drivers day, Leave them in a bus lane!


08 Dec 04 - 01:59 PM (#1351126)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Janie

If your Radio Shack doesn't take them, as others have noted already, it is likely that either your local police department or domestic violence center will.

Janie


08 Dec 04 - 04:37 PM (#1351259)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Little Hawk

I've got a place to donate both used AND new cellphones. The nearest dumpster. :-)


08 Dec 04 - 10:28 PM (#1351557)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Gypsy

Seems to me that Red Cross also takes them..........but am SURE that Radio shack does.


08 Dec 04 - 10:44 PM (#1351566)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Bobert

Hey, I've donated half a dozen of these danged things to.....

(Ahhhh, Bobert. You lost 'um....)

Yeah, like I was sayin'....

B~


09 Dec 04 - 01:31 AM (#1351679)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Ebbie

Bobert, thou art a funny man.


09 Dec 04 - 02:36 AM (#1351703)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: darkriver

Padre,

Please check with local school district as well.

I think my kids' school district recycles them (for money, along with print cartridges and other odd stuff). It may help them with a bit of fund raising.

Thanks.

doug


09 Dec 04 - 05:11 AM (#1351776)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: My guru always said

Also in the UK, the charity SCOPE.

Good to hear about these schemes in the USA!


09 Dec 04 - 06:25 AM (#1351824)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: GUEST,Mingulay

In the UK a company called www.tonerdoner.co.uk take in used mobiles and printer cartridges for recycling with proceeds to charities. They even supply post paid bags or organise collection for large quantities.


09 Dec 04 - 09:03 PM (#1352496)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: mg

http://www.mercycorps.org/items/248

I don't know about phones but this is the Mercy Corps. They do take old computers, tools, construction materials, no clothing...wiring, plastic sheeting.

This is located in Portland, OR. Once we figure out that we can and should send "stuff" as well as money to places that need them, lots of problems will be solved.

mg


09 Dec 04 - 09:39 PM (#1352530)
Subject: RE: Tech: Any place to donate used cell phones?
From: Padre

Thanks to all of you who have responded to this post. I will let you know where I donate them.

Padre