Millions of new cell phones were given as gifts this year. What will become of the old ones?

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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. In particular the time period between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are especially busy. Some estimate that the industry rings up nearly one quarter of its new cell phone sales during that time period.

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 fine but 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 sell their old phones to RMS via their website,

“Fourth quarter cell phone sales grow every year,” Mosieur said. “With more new models and fierce competition, this year’s cell phone sales could be record breaking.”

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-markets them throughout the world, often in Latin 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 got a new cell phone as a gift could get an added bonus,” Mosieur said. “We are actively buying over 500 models of cell phones from 21 manufacturers on And some are worth more than $200”

Typically, pays between $5 and $225 for each re-marketable phone, but prices can change daily.

“Sell your cell phone as soon as you can,” cautions Mosieur. “Because unlike fine wine, cell phones don’t get better with age.”

About pays cash for used cell phones, and makes the process simple by displaying the phones it will buy and the prices it will pay for them right on the web site. It also provides sellers with already-addressed, postage-paid mailing boxes. The site lists over 500 models from 21 manufacturers including Motorola, Nokia and Samsung. For more information visit the web site at

About RMS Communications Group Inc.

Based in Ocala, Fla., RMS Communications Group Inc. provides consumers and businesses a convenient way to get cash for cell phones that otherwise lay idle. Phones may qualify regardless of manufacturer – Motorola, Nokia, LG, etc.; or service provider - Sprint, Verizon, Cingular, T-Mobile, etc. The company often partners with non-profit organizations that find the collection and sale of old cell phones to be an excellent source of revenue. More information can be found at

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