Third-Quarter Sales of New Cell Phones Set Record of 208 million Units; What Will Happen to the Old Ones?

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Worldwide phone shipments set all-time record. Smart phones are key factor. But discarded old phones can cause environmental problems.

Worldwide shipments of new cell phones exceeded 208 million units during the third quarter of 2005, a new record for cell phones sales in a quarter. But experts worry that all those new phones could lead to environmental problems as people discard their old cell phones.

The old record was set in the fourth quarter of 2004, when 206 million cell phones were shipped worldwide.

Old phones can cause environmental problems if they are simply discarded in landfills. Fortunately, there is a solution, according to James Mosieur, chief executive officer of RMS Communications Group Inc., a company that pays cash for old cell phones through and other websites.

“Old cell phones are certainly a potential environmental problem – they contain metals and other things that can be threatening to the environment,” he said. “But a good alternative is to visit and see if those old cell phones have cash value – many of them do, and we’re please to rush out checks in exchange for the cell phones we buy.” pays anywhere from a few dollars to more than $100 for old cell phones. It then recycles and re-markets them around the world. Phones that are not re-marketable for any reason are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

So-called “smart” phones, which have various computer capabilities, are believed to be pushing the sales of new cell phones. While sales in the third quarter set a new record for quarterly sales, the fourth quarter of 2005 is expected to be a major quarter for cell phone sales, as well.

“These sales do create a dilemma about what do with old discarded phones, but visiting is a great place to go to get money for those older-model phones,” Mosieur said. “Not only is it a smart thing to do in terms of protecting the environment, but it can also provide significant cash –cash that can be used to defray the cost of that expensive new phone.”

Besides, RMS operates a number of other web sites, including, which provides cash to non-profit organizations that collect and send in old cell phones;, an environmental initiative that helps companies, government agencies and other groups and individuals collect and recycle old cell phones; and, which donates about 1,000 cell phones every month to law enforcement and other agencies for use as 911 emergency phones.

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. Its QuickShip option makes the process even faster. 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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