Everyone has an old cell phone that’s just lying around and collecting dust on a shelf somewhere. I’m no exception to that statement. So what can you do other than to wait for a friend who needs your older less-featured phone? Well, Flipswap it, of course!
Flipswap makes it easy to give mobile phones a second shot at life by offering fast, free and eco-friendly ways to trade them in. Flipswap provides an easy way for consumers and businesses to make sure that these phones get put back into use by offering cash or store credit for them and then getting them into the hands of people that can’t afford a new phone.
The great thing about this is that Flipswap is completely free to use. To get started, you enter the information for your old cell phone such as make/model and its ESN Number. Answer a few questions about the cosmetics and accessories that come with the phone. For instance, you give a rating on minor scratches and what working condition the phone is in. Once you’ve spent an enormous 3 minutes entering your phone’s information, Flipswap will give you the current market price for your phone along with several options of what to do with the amount. Here are the options that were available to me with an HTC phone:
- Donate to ASPCA
- Amazon Gift Card
- Donate to American Red Cross
- Donate to Sierra Club
- Donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure
After checkout, you printout the supplied labels and ship you phone and accessories to Flipswap. Once everything is checked-out and they get your phone, the option you chose for payment is put to execution. You either get a check in the mail or a receipt for the charity you chose.
Flipswap is a very nice idea for a service and a very useful one too! The average American buys a new cell phone every 12-18 months, which means more than one hundred million working phones become unused every year. That’s a lot of solid waste when you think about it. Flipswap not only offers a way to get rid of your old cellphone or iPhones, but also to help the planet while you’re doing it and give a second life to an item you might have trashed anyways.
If you have old cell phones to get rid of, Flipswap is a great place to start looking and you *almost* don’t have to get out of your chair to sell your dust-collecting phones.