Cheaper second time round

Reconditioned cellphones, costing a fraction of the price of new ones, are increasingly finding their way to rural Africa and other developing countries. ReCellular, a leading international collector, reseller and recycler of used wireless phones and accessories, expects to collect about four million used phones in 2007. Approximately half of them are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Large numbers are shipped to developing countries in Africa, South America, and Asia.
The rebuilt models typically sell for $16 to $18.
ReCellular has partnerships with wireless giants like Verizon and T-Mobile and retailers like Best Buy and Wal-Mart, all of which collect used cell phones and send them to it.
Phones that cannot be resold are dismantled and recycled, while the valuable components such as gold,silver, platinum, copper, nickel, iron, cadmium and lead are reclaimed.
ReCellular was founded in 1991 and has offices in the US, Hong Kong and Brazil.
ReCellular: Tel: (734) 205-2200; Fax: (734) 205-2155; customerservice@recellular.com
www.recellular.com