Totem Recognized on NBC as Top Buyback Provider

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A recent news report broadcast on NBC recognizes Totem as one of the top companies providing high-value trades for used cell phones.

A news report broadcast by NBC San Diego recognized local company, Totem, as a trusted source in the industry where consumers can sell mobile phones in used or damaged condition for cash.

According to the NBC report, on average, consumers upgrade their phones every 13 months. Yet the majority of mobile service providers lock customers into two-year contracts. Totem offers a fair market value on iPhone, Blackberry, HTC and Motorola devices, as well as on iPads, so that customers have the funds to upgrade to the latest available technology.

Most of the recycled devices are sent to countries where the phones are still in wide demand, including China, Vietnam, Singapore, Mexico and other parts of South America. As a result, even severely damaged phones are valuable to Totem’s team of expert recyclers and repair technicians.

“As dead or as new as it is, there is a market for the devices we buy,” Totem CEO Nicholas Fiorentino told the NBC reporter. “We borrow some parts from devices to fix other devices. We try to use as much of the product as we can.”

The NBC clip features an iPhone with a shattered display screen that appears to have been run over by a car. The customer was still given $125 for their popular phone. A local competitor, as the new report shows, offered one customer only $31 for her old iPhone.

Customers contact Totem through its website, quickly enter the model and condition of their phone, and then they are immediately offered a quote. Since launching its website in 2009, Totem has honored 99.5 percent of every estimate provided. In some cases, customers are pleased to find extra money add to their payout.

Totem is committed to providing the highest quality buyback program in the industry, while remaining true to its values of social responsibility. The company’s expert team of resellers, refurbishers and recyclers work diligently to ensure that consumers have an easy, efficient method to dispose of their old technology in a financially lucrative, yet environmentally friendly manner.


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