Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS SMARTPHONERECYCLING.COM?
SmartphoneRecycling.com, powered by recycling leader GRC Wireless (grcwireless.com), is a leading bulk smartphone, cell phone & tablet recycling program in the U.S. with over 10 million devices recycled since 2002. Over 20,000 businesses, lost & founds, police departments, law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, colleges, and schools have earned tens of millions of dollars through our program.
CAN LOST & FOUNDS USE SMARTPHONERECYCLING.COM?
Yes. We provide a valuable and environmentally necessary recycling program for lost & founds across the United States. Thousands of lost & founds use SmartphoneRecycling.com to responsibly recycle unclaimed smartphones, cell phones & tablets.
THE RECYCLING PROCESS
HOW DOES YOUR BASIC SERVICE WORK?
We are an ‘accept & recycle all’ company that strives to make bulk device recycling simple while providing a good financial return for all shipments AND pay for all shipping. We offer a simple three step process to recycle 10 to 10,000 devices. Click here to begin.
HOW MUCH DOES SMARTPHONERECYCLING.COM PAY PER DEVICE?
Click here to view our current pricing. We pay top dollar for fully functional smartphones & tablets, great prices for damaged & locked devices, and pay for all cell phones. We pay a minimum of $.10 for all devices, regardless of age or condition.
DOES SMARTPHONERECYCLING.COM ACCEPT ACTIVATION LOCKED DEVICES?
Yes. We accept all activation locked devices, including iCloud locked (Find my iPhone), Google locked, DEP locked, MDM locked, and more. We pay the ‘damaged condition’ price listed on our pricing page. Click here to view our current pricing.
DO YOU OFFER ANY UPGRADED RECYCLING SERVICES?
Yes. We offer a Corporate Price Quote program, which includes a 30 day firm price quote, serialized IMEI diagnostic reports, approval hold, and DOD-Level data erasure. Click here to learn more.
WHAT IS THE ‘DONATION’ OPTION TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS?
If you prefer to donate the proceeds of your phone shipment, we offer a great option that helps support U.S. Troops. When you select the “donate” option, your recycling proceeds will benefit our longtime nonprofit partner Operation Gratitude, a leading military support nonprofit. Click here to learn more.
DEVICES WE ACCEPT / DEVICES WE DO NOT ACCEPT
WHAT DEVICES DO WE ACCEPT?
We accept smartphones, cell phones & tablets, including iPhones & iPads. This has been our exclusive focus for over two decades.
WHAT DEVICES DO WE NOT ACCEPT?
We do not accept computers, laptops, inkjets, toners, modems, GPS devices, hotspots, jetpacks, home phones, cordless house phones, IP phones, gaming devices, or digital cameras. Additionally, we do not accept chargers, wires, earbuds, or manuals. Most county disposal/trash facilities will accept the charger and accessories that we do not accept.
SHIPPING & PROCESSING DEVICES
WHO PAYS FOR THE SHIPPING?
SmartphoneRecycling.com pays for all shipping costs. You can print FedEx Free Shipping labels online or request a Recycling Kit, which includes FedEx prepaid labels.
IS THE PERSONAL DATA ERASED FROM RECYCLED DEVICES?
Click here to visit our data erasure page, which explains our approach to data security & data erasure.
ARE ALL DEVICES PROCESSED THROUGH A ZERO LANDFILL SYSTEM?
Yes. GRC Wireless | SmartphoneRecycling.com (EPA ID# FLR000249425) processes all devices through our environmentally responsible zero landfill recycling system. Click here to learn more.
DO YOU PROVIDE SHIPPING BOXES?
No. We do not provide new collection boxes for as we actively encourage the re-use of boxes for shipping. This is an important component of our sustainability directive. We suggest that you use any appropriately sized sturdy cardboard box with strong packing tape.
PAYMENT AND INFORMATION
HOW AND WHEN IS PAYMENT ISSUED?
SmartphoneRecycling.com pays via check. We will mail a check within 2-3 weeks of processing & finalizing your shipment. You are always welcome to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check the status of your shipment.
DO I RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE RECYCLING WITH PAYMENT?
Yes. SmartphoneRecycling.com will include a detailed Certificate of Recycling with your check. The report will include model, quantity, price per phone, and total amount paid.
If you are recycling corporate devices and would like a serialized IMEI report (detailing the diagnostic & results for each device), please click here to learn more about Corporate Price Quote program.
HOW OFTEN CAN WE SHIP?
The program is ongoing, so you can recycle and earn year-round!
ARE THERE ANY MEMBERSHIPS FEES OR OBLIGATIONS?
There are no membership fees or obligations of any kind.
HOW DO I BEGIN?
Please print an online FedEx label or request a corporate price quote: