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T-Mobile Wants Your Old Phones and Tablets

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Do you have an old phone or tablet lying around? If you are planning to upgrade to a newer device, don't throw away the old gadget you were using. Instead, you can donate it to your local T-Mobile store so you can do your part in helping feed the less fortunate.

Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that they have partnered with Feeding America and Team Rubicon. Together, they aim at helping provide meals to at least 5,000,000 hungry families as well as deploy 5,000 veterans to serve disaster-stricken communities.

How do they plan to do this? Well, with your old phones and tablets that you've donated.

According to T-Mobile's announcement, they will match the recycled value of the donated devices they received and after costs, donate all of the money to the two organizations they have partnered with. In addition to the donated devices, the Un-carrier will be pledging a minimum donation of $1,000,000 to be split among the two charities equally.

Apart from being able to help feed impoverished communities, T-Mobile is also able to help reduce the amount of trash from cell phones. With the recent EPA estimate accounting for over 135 million cell phones that end up in the landfill every year, this can be quite an alarming number. So if you still have your old devices (yes, including a very early flip phone from 2007), you can donate it to T-Mo's #GivingTWOgether Phone Drive. The donation can be equal to feeding over 600 meals or even buying critical equipment needed for a disaster relief strike member such as eye protection, masks, gloves, and a hard hat.

So how can you participate?

Head over to a participating T-Mobile store and drop off your old device. They accept any and all phones and tablets as a donation. Even if your device is old or busted, it can still be donated for around $30. There's even no limit as to how many devices you can donate. If you want to see how much your device donation is worth, you may visit this website. T-Mobile will match this recycle value and donate it to the two organizations it has partnered with.

If you're feeling generous this time of the year, what better way to do it than to help out those who are in need? While you're at it, you're also helping by reducing the number of old devices that end up in the landfill. How's that for hitting two birds with one stone?


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  1. Confusing article.. Thanks

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    1. What's confusing about that?

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    2. I have to PAY $30 to "donate" an old flip phone??

      "Even if your device is old or busted, it can still be donated for around $30."

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  2. Tmobile prepaid has a new promotional offer of 10gb lte at $50 per month

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    1. That's not new. I've been on that plan since I saw it appear on my prepaid account in May or June.

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    2. Never mind [email protected]$50/mo is hardly a good deal when MintSIM's offering the same for half that price (and effectively half that again with the current promo they're running). You have to do it in 3 month blocks, but it's obviously worth it.

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  3. I don’t trust any carriers... I rather donate myself or sell away.

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  4. There is nothing confusing here. I read it as whatever your device is worth (could be as little as $30), TMO will donate that amount to the two partner organizations listed.

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    1. I'm not so sure that's what is meant! The article is a bit confusing regarding that point. There are other organizations that do the same thing and I would trust them over t-mobile. If a majority of the donation amounts go to administration then the funds are not being used appropriately. Do your homework.....donate to an organization that you choose (not who t-mobile chooses) then you can write off your donation on your taxes rather than t-mobile writing it off on theirs!

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  5. T-mobile gets free phones AND a tax write-off for their charitable donations, so this looks like pure self-serving greed disguised as charity.

    I'd be more impressed if Congress closed all the loopholes and shut down all the deductions.

    If it came straight out of T-mobile's pockets with no reimbursement whatsoever, only THAT could be considered genuinely charitable.

    But if you're donating to pet causes because that money was already supposed to go to a federal government that serves and protects all americans, all you're doing is unpatriotically short-changing the entire country just to pump up your own PR.

    I can't think of anything more deserving of scorn, especialky since they're exploiting and perverting the purpose of charity.

    Personally, I'd rather donate to a good cause where I'd know the money would be well spent, and then get a write off for myself rather than a wealthy multinational.

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    1. "I'd be more impressed if Congress closed all the loopholes and shut down all the deductions"

      Congress already has more than enough taxpayer money to do its necessary business. It would impress me if the government plundered us less, rather than more.

      "I can't think of anything more deserving of scorn, especial"y since they're exploiting and perverting the purpose of charity."

      A perfect example of first-world faux outrage.

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    2. great comment!

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    3. "A perfect example of first-world faux outrage."

      It's called hyperbole.

      Faux outrage is when you're angry because someone used the wrong pronoun or poorly worded a compliment, and you jump to defend entire demographics just to prove what a good ally you are, even when the people in said demographics just want you to stop exploiting them for your own social proof, especially at the expense of everyone hating them simply because of their assumed association with you.

      In this case, I'm just calling BS on the generosity of deductible charity, where charity just happens to coincide with self interest due to a tax loophole.

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  6. All of my phones come back as zero value on the checker. Oh well, I guess I can not participate.

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    1. Phones with zero value? Sounds like you stocked up on this past Black Friday's "Parade of Burners" from Cricket Wireless!

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    2. Mine too. Two Verizon phones. One smartphone, one flip. That's fine, there's other options. Clever remark about the "burner phones."

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  7. I'm unclear. Is T-Mobile paying $30 for old phones or are people paying T-Mobile $30 to recycle phones?

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    1. It sounds like T-mobile is just appraising phones and taking them off people's hands.

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