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Offer: Used Mobile Phones

I work for a large company and everyone has a mobile phone. If I and my colleagues collected used mobile phones, would they be of value to anyone? For instance, if we shipped the phones, but the phones did not have an activated service plan, is the phone itself of value? If so, I could arrange for a "phone drive".

I look forward to your feedback.


Maria Jett's picture

Thanks for posting your offer, Diane.

And welcome to PulseWire! We're thrilled to have you as part of the community.

Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you get oriented.

In partnership,

Maria Jett, Online Community Director

Auma's picture

Wow! This could be great!


The phones would do us great because communication could be made easier for members of our Organization whose majority do not have phones.I would also love to have one that has many 'abilities' and offfer mine to a needy member.If we have extras we could sell them for profit to our grassroots organization.

DianeEaster's picture

How would I get the phones to you?

Auma - I apologize for the long delay in responding. What address would I ship the phones to? Would you be able to purchase the phone service there in your country?

erica's picture


Dear Diane,
This is a great opportunity and relief for producers in rural communities to communicate free , since must of them cannot afford the cost of mobile phones.

As a fair trade organisation , the distribution of mobile phones to our local producers in rural communities will enable us to meet orders quicker and thus reduse the cost transport to and fro these localities to provide or collect orders.

We look for to your goodwill and kind heartedness.

erica's picture


Dear Diane,

A golden opportunity for us .We can equally sell some of the phones to raise funds for our campaigns for Safer Sexual Behaviour and HIV/AIDS Prevention amongst youths in rural communities ,make trade fair ,make poverty history.


Best regards


Annie Ruiz's picture

Almost two years later!

Dear Diane,
I just read your comment from Dec 2007 about your idea to collect used cell phones. If you did do all about getting the used phones and shipping them to underdeveloped countries, you did a great job! In our ASIVESCA organization we do have cell phones but when they get ruined it´s very expensive to get new and good ones! Unexpensive ones don´t last long or haven´t got many functions!
Mine broke down two weeks ago and I feel unefficient! I found out other two associates are having cell trouble too, no wonder I couldn´t reach them !
So if you were able to do your used- cell gathering again to donate us we´d apreciate it! We could send pictures. We are eleven members. We cannot sell for funding, our Auditor explained the tax rules and in order to continue tax paying free we must only give services (as anything related to development) and recieve donations.

Used cells and electronical agendas are good, here we can have them activated at low cost. Memory sticks and other devices similar are very useful and expensive in Guatemala.

We are located in Cabañas, Zacapa, Guatemala. My number is (502) 5565 9961 or (502) 7941 9020.

Have a nice day!
Annie Ruiz

The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades!!

Dear Diane,
I'm making enquiries almost 3 years later after you posted this offer.

Is there a possibility of getting mobile phones that a community based non governemental organisation working to promote communications rights in Zimbabwe can use for increasing access to information for marginalised women and girls in Zimbabwe? There is an Free Open Source Software called Freedom Fone that was developed by Kubatana Trust in Zimbabwe that we would like to use for our campaigns particularly for the 16 days of activism staring in November and ending in December. However, not all women and girls that we work with can afford to buy cell phone so that they can report abuse, seek information about where they can get information and help and share information with other women and girls.

Your response will be greatly appreciated.

Kind regards,

Gertrude Pswarayi

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