Recycle your beaten down smartphone, and get paid for it

Did you manage to demolish your smartphone while playing catch with it? Or maybe tried one of those drop test comparisons that went awry? No need to just throw it in the bin (in fact, NEVER EVER do that) or keep it in a drawer collecting dust. You can salvage some money for it on HelloTotem.com.

While they accept devices with any degree of wear and use, from mint to completely dead, I’ve found that if you’ve got something that’s in a usable condition, you are probably better off selling your devices somewhere else. Their process is three step:

  1. Get a quote online
  2. Ship the device to them
  3. They’ll pay you the promised amount on PayPal or by check, as long as you haven’t overstated the condition of the phone.

They’ve been featured in several places, including The New York Times, CNET, Wired, etc. You can get more details on their site over here.

If you have used their service before, or another similar one, do share your experiences with us in the comments.

[via Operation Android]

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  • RitishOemraw

    I’ll never sell my N1 or my Gnex, my LG they can have xD

  • KOLIO

    $2 for a HUAWEI ASCEND,the exact cost of a POWERBALL® lottery ticket. :-P

    • aeok18109

      broken phone for lottery ticket? done LOL

  • meany105

    or you could sell it on ebay and ACTUALLY make some money.

  • KOLIO

    The MENU button is worn out, I couldn’t/wouldn’t sell it (HUAWEI ASCEND) to anyone w/a defective button,even though there are apps available to work around this.

    I’d give it away first,just found the $2 offer humorous.

  • Brian

    There are plenty of companies in the UK which do similar thing. Very competitive prices too, get good money for your older phone if in good condition, up to £150 on some model’s, cheque or paid into your bank account. :)

  • JulianZHuang

    35$ for my HTC DINC…. no thanks, i rather use it as my alarm clock since my GN sound quality suck butt. 

  • ultimatedroidfanz

    Ha my old android phone barely had any resale value>. I checked eBay for old iPhones and surprising it still has resale value wtf damn sheeps

  • wastry

    How is this better than those crappy Gazelle commercials that offer to buy old iphones or ipads; it’s a fucking rip off either way

  • Leo Johnson

    DAMN Kolio I was looking to sell my Huawei Ascend lol thanks for saving me time.

  • adi19956

    sounds like an advert tbh. did you get paid to write this?

    • Raveesh Bhalla

      No I didn’t. I stumbled across the service, and just informed the readers about it. At no point do I praise the service, as I’ve never used it, and I’ve also mentioned it doesn’t make sense with a working condition device (since you’d get a better quote on eBay).

      Also, I’ve requested users to share their other options, because I feel this is an issue that should be dealt with.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UDULQFCLEXI4PRUQGIBNGEWVKQ John

    $1 for my Sprint Palm Centro in pristine condition with all boxes/cables/manuals???????

    WTF?????????????????

  • http://twitter.com/mikedonatello Mike Donatello

    Just sold my water-dead iPhone 3G/16G for $17. Wish they’d take my TF101 and keyboard dock, too.

  • logotic

    So what’s their angle? How do they profit? Are they after the parts? The Gold? (More gold in a ton of cellphones than in a ton of Klondike paydirt, they say.) All of the above?

  • olbp

    Wonder how much I’d get for my 9 year old Samsung that I use daily? Maybe I could use it to pay for one of them new fangled fart fones.