The Year’s Fourth Quarter Means a Flurry of Cell Phone Sales

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Sales of millions of new cell phones means consumers can sell their old cell phones for cash

It’s December, so get ready for a blizzard – not of snow, but of cell phones.

Cell phone sales are strong all year long, but the fourth quarter of every year brings with it a stampede of anxious cell phone buyers. Industry experts believe that 122 million cell phones will be sold during 2004, and more than 35 million of those will be purchased in the fourth quarter.

That’s a lot of cell phones. But what makes those numbers even more dramatic is that many of those fancy new cell phones will be replacing older model phones – phones that work just fine but which don’t have all the bells and whistles of the shiny new models.

So what happens to all those old-model cell phones, anyway? James Mosieur, chief executive officer of RMS Communications Group Inc., hopes that thousands of them will find their way into his mailbox.

RMS is one of the nation’s leading recycler and re-marketer of old cell phones. The company actually pays cash to people who offer their old phones over RMS’s several websites, such as

“The fourth quarter gets bigger and bigger every year for the new cell phone industry,” Mosieur said. “Last year the industry sold more than 27 million cell phones in the fourth quarter, and this year should top that number by about 8 million phones.”

With more people buying higher-end cell phones with more sophisticated features, the older, simpler phones become more expendable to consumers. But the older phones are just fine with Mosieur, whose company goes through the old phones, makes sure they are in tip-top shape, and then re-sells them throughout the world, often in South American or Caribbean countries.

And since many of the most popular newer models cost more than the older phones did, selling old phones for cash gives consumers a way to take some of the bite out of the new phone purchase price.

“People who are thinking about the purchase of an expensive new cell phone would do well to stop by first to see just how much we will pay for their old cell phones,” Mosieur said. “They can put the money they get from us toward a nicer new phone with additional features.”

Typically, pays between $3 and $173 for each useable phone, and will carefully recycle and dispose of phones that are unusable. Usable phones are remarketed and resold, and many phones are donated to domestic violence shelters, senior centers or other worthwhile organizations.

About, a web site operated by RMS Communications Inc., provides consumers and businesses a convenient way to get cash for cell phones that otherwise lay idle. More information can be found at

About RMS Communications Group Inc.

Since 1985 RMS Communications Group, Inc. has been a leading wireless wholesaler with customers all over the world. It supports the wireless industry with innovative services designed to help service providers, wireless agents and corporate customers get the most out of their wireless devices. More information can be found at

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