Sell Your Old Cell Phone For Cash

by The Happy Rock on November 9, 2007

cell-phone-used.jpgDid you know that you can sell your old cell phone that you don’t use anymore for cash? I didn’t, but as I looked into a comment I came across a couple sites that give you cash for cell phones. I had heard of sites like Cell Swapper where you can sell your phone and plan to avoid termination fees, but I didn’t realize some sites will give you straight cash for phones without plans.

Sites like Simply Sellular, Cash My Phone*, and Phone Is Cash buy old cell phones and resell them. The site Second Rotation buys all kind of gadgets, not just cell phones, and they were also featured on CNET. Our current phone, an inexpensive LG VX4650, is bringing about $9 just to give you some perspective.

Unfortunately, I don’t have an unused cell phone to sell and write a review, but I would love to hear any reader’s success stories. Also, here is a site that did a review of all three sites about a year and a half ago.

Of course, you could use craigslist or eBay and you might get a little more, but they will probably lose the ease of use battle. Recycling also helps the environment by saving on landfill space and resources. Enjoy!

*Note – (Update 5/2008)Multiple readers have commented about problems with Cash My Phone.   There seems to be a pattern developing, and some verifiable information on the web about less than stellar performance.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Pinyo November 9, 2007 at 11:23 am

We have never used cell phones buying place online. But every time we go back to Thailand, we take our old cell phones with us to sell. Because cell phones are more expensive over there, we usually ended up with a nice chunk of change for our effort.


Michelle November 9, 2007 at 3:11 pm

Why not just donate it and write it off as a tax deduction? You can help people in need who can not afford to have a phone service, but need to have access to call 911. I have heard that you can donate to women’s shelters and local fire departments who then find new homes for your used phones. I believe that dialing 911 works on any phone – even without a cell phone provider.


Maria November 21, 2007 at 10:19 pm

DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH CASHMYPHONE.COM They received my phones on 8-9-07 and today is 11-20-07 and I still have not received payment from them. So much for payment in 30 days. They only have email as their form of contact and when you email they assure you that “payment is on the way”. I have been hearing that for months now and no check yet. I beleive I have been scammed by them. Please don’t make the same mistake I made. They owe me $585. I think I have been had. Learn from my mistake, DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH CASHMYPHONE.COM


Brenda November 22, 2007 at 4:28 pm

Yeah, selling that old cell phone was great idea for the guy who stole my cell phone a couple of months ago.


Matt December 4, 2007 at 2:49 pm

This is in response to Maria’s complaint about cashmyphone.com
I’ve recently sent in a bunch of cells also. Now I’m worried I won’t get paid. Just so you know, if you look them up on the better business bureau site they have a phone number for the president of the company.
If nothing else I would hound them until you get paid. I have heard that they do eventually pay…but it can be a hassle. That’s what I get for trying to get top dollar!


The Happy Rock December 4, 2007 at 4:31 pm

@ Matt – Thanks for chiming in. It seems they may have a history of slow payment.

@Maria -Hopefully, you will write back and let us know any updates. Don’t stop trying Maria, people have been paid from what I can tell.


Misty December 12, 2007 at 1:30 pm

Do not use cashmyphone.com!! I too have had the same problem as the person above. I sent three phones out to them in September 2007, it’s now December 12th 2007, and have yet to receive a check. Each time I email them asking as to its whereabouts, I get a generic reply that states, “your check was mailed this week”. It is a total hoax.


The Happy Rock December 18, 2007 at 11:50 pm

@Misty/Matt/Maria – I have put a strike through on the Cash My Phone link and a note mentioning your complaints until I get some more information. Please reply back and let us know if you have any updates.


Matt December 28, 2007 at 3:42 pm

Hi all, thought I’d give an update. I’ve received a couple of responses to my inquiries. First, I was told that the technicians were in the process of “testing” my phones. That went on for about 2 weeks. I just recieved a response saying that my phones have been upgraded to “Qualified”. Hopefully, that means a check should be forthcoming soon.
I’ll keep you updated as I find out more. At least there seems to be some progress albeit a bit slow.


The Happy Rock January 1, 2008 at 12:44 pm

Thanks for keeping us updated. We are all interested in the outcome. At a minimum, they are very slow.


Matt January 23, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Final update:
I FINALLY received my check. It took roughly 2 1/2 months and numerous e-mails. Finally, I threatened to get the FTC,USPS and the BBB involved. I heard absolutely nothing back from them except for a rare update to my account status.
I finally called them at 718-837-2887 (from the BBB site) and spoke with a young woman who said she would “pull” my check and send it. I was skeptical, but, lo-and-behold, 5 days later I got my check.
My advice would be to steer clear of this outfit. they have an “unsatisfactory” rating from the BBB.
I was fortunate I guess.
Maria, keep trying…


The Happy Rock January 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

@Matt – Thanks for the update and the information, it should really help readers! I am glad you got your money.


don February 11, 2008 at 9:45 pm

Cashmyphone.com is a ripoff. They get you to send the phone at your expense and then don’t pay. It’s such a small amount they hope you just go away.


The Happy Rock February 12, 2008 at 10:23 am

@Don – People do get paid as Matt proved, but it does seem like they either have a bad business model or poor execution. It would seem that they aren’t the best choice by any means.


grumpy April 10, 2008 at 3:30 pm

cashmyphone.com is 4 months into not sending me a check for a qualified item. Emails i send do not get a reply.


grumpy April 10, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Matt on Jan 23, 2008 posted a phone number. It has been disconnected as of at least today


Matt April 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I would call their office. The number is:
(718) 837-2887
I got it from the BBB site.
Good luck, they are a pain to deal with.


The Happy Rock April 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm

@grumpy – The case against Cash My Phone seems to grow each day. More and more people keep reporting problems. Even the Better Business Bureau isn’t haven’t too much luck with them. Here is the link.

You could try reporting a BBB claim : report here


The Happy Rock April 10, 2008 at 4:09 pm

@Matt- Thanks for the reply.

@grumpy – The case against Cash My Phone seems to grow each day. More and more people keep reporting problems. Even the Better Business Bureau isn’t haven’t too much luck with them.

“This business has an unsatisfactory record with the BBB”

You could try reporting a BBB claim : report here


grumpy April 10, 2008 at 7:59 pm

number is disconnected, as well as their fax number. I guess they got too many phone calls from unhappy folks


john April 18, 2008 at 5:41 pm

I sent my phone last october and my phone has been approved and everything but no check has been sent. I’ve tried the number for a while now and it seems it is disconnected. Does anyone have any information on the new number? These con-artists are not resonding to email and running away from the phone. I have nearly 300 dollars owed to me!!!!


John Ericsson April 26, 2008 at 1:42 pm


CASHMYPHONE closed down their office! they are trying to run away from us!!!!! they stole our phones and now they are gone!!!! they owe me a $$625 check, please anyone can help? !!!!!!


Valerie April 29, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I also have been waiting since September 07 for a check. They do not respond to emails either.


taichou May 6, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Here is a very reliable website for getting cash from your old unused cellphone. Try http://ucellwebuy.com. They even have a guarantee wherein you can canvass the price of your phone from other sites then they will beat it. I’ve heard this from a friend who just organized a fundraising activity for local kids.


The Happy Rock May 8, 2008 at 12:01 am

@taichou – Thanks for the link, although a quick glance at the website doesn’t instill much consumer confidence, IMO. Users should perform due diligence before using it.


Karl May 30, 2008 at 9:44 pm

Sent 2 phones in 11/07. They were received in 11/07 and qualified for payment in he amount of $150 in 1/08. It is now the end of 5/08 and I haven’t received my money or my phones back. Cashmyphone.com stole my phones. The BBB in NY sent them 2 letters and called with no response.

DO NOT USE THIS SERVICE. THE ARE DISREPUTABLE AND WILL STEAL YOUR PRODUCTS. I will try and update if I ever receive my payments.


The Happy Rock June 3, 2008 at 10:08 pm

@Karl – Sorry to here about more problems with CashMyPhone. Definitely you can see a pattern developing. That is why the information is here to educate! Thanks for helping.


Robbie Foxx June 26, 2008 at 4:59 am

I wished I would have known all this sooner… been over a month and a half since the “item recieved” email got to me and I’ve since sent them a few emails with no reply at all… Guess I’ve been ripped too?


grumpy June 26, 2008 at 9:23 am

Sounds to me as if they are still accepting phones? That is just plain Theft. Someone should call the police


The Happy Rock June 26, 2008 at 9:40 am

I can’t believe they are still accepting phones from all the negative comments and press around. Hopefully, you get some money back(some did) although it may take a little while. I feel for your situation.


MELISSA HARDING August 18, 2008 at 10:48 pm

Hello Everyone!

First I must say I am sorry that so many of you have had unpleasant experiences selling your cell phones! I work for http://www.sellmyoldcellphone.com and I just wanted to say that I frequent the blogs to review how other companies are doing in relation to their customers. I am not going to tell you all that we are the best, sell to us, blah blah blah. I think we are, but that is beside the point. Being in the business, I have come to realize that a lot of people who sell their phones to us simply do not read the Terms. I just want to say that it is important to read them and understand how it works so there are no surprises. Also make sure there is a way to get them back if you want, even if you have to pay for shipping. I will also say that we have an excellent record of on time payouts and will even payout (a reduced amount) on broken phones. I would encourage you to check us out. Thanks!



Greg B. January 11, 2009 at 6:44 pm

I too was ripped off by http://www.cashmyphone.com. Unlike others, I’m only out $30 but it still bothers me that they can get away with it. I also received emails from them telling me that my phone was received but no check issued. They do not reply to emails.


GvS March 2, 2009 at 10:45 am

PhoneIsCash.com don’t send checks for phones received.


Denis Ludwick July 17, 2010 at 12:37 am

GAZELLE.COM IS A RIP-OFF! I sent in over $300 worth of phones over 2 months ago and still have not heard a word from them. They will not even return my emails or phone calls! I have complained to the BBB but they are no help and I’m not sure they even know what they are doing. Who rates the BBB??? Anyway, avoid GAZELLE.com AT ALL COSTS!!!


Ms. Woods September 30, 2010 at 11:43 am

Has anyone ever used sellphoneonline.com or i buyphone.com I have used both its been about a month now and I have not received anything, I just read some reviews and I heard people never recevied their checks or any inquiry. If you have further information, Please help, Thank you.


Jeff November 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm


I will never do business with this “business” again:

After six weeks, I just received an “offer” from these clowns. They low-balled me, knowing I won’t pay to have these phones sent back to me.

Of the three pones I sent them, two were absolutely “as-new.” Not a scuff, scratch or worn graphic. The offer I got back stole half of the phones value, declaring them “-2 points- shows signs of heavy wear.”

THIEVES!! Beware everyone.


Dennis Ludwick June 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Sounds to me like you did not read the terms or that you were not honest with the condition. I use them all the time and if you are honest with your submission you will get the best price for what they are worth in that condition. If I have a phone that is “Broken” I rate is as “Broken” instead of lying and telling them that it works and hopefully they will not find out it’s really broken when they inspect the phone. Hey, it is what it is. I have always been given the choice to have the phone returned to me so there are no surprises.


Charlie Smith August 31, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Hey all,

I just tested the site with a older model droid phone, a hero, and got a check. I chose them cause I like the what they call next day payout. It took about 2 weeks from sending it in to getting paid. It was rated as a 3 so i didn’t get the whole amount, but i know it was nicked up a bit. I now feel comfortable sending in my higher dollar ones. Hope this helps you all.



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