CellmeFree Launches Second-Hand Marketplace for Used Devices

September 18, 2014

10:30 am

Since last week’s iPhone 6 announcement, you’ve been dying to get an upgrade. It’s okay to admit it. You have a few options but none are very cheap. And looking at your current phone, it still works like new. Why not sell your current phone and make the extra cash?

Cellmefree, a Miami-based startup, launched an online platform for consumers to compare and find the best deal to buy or sell their devices.  By offering a Buy-&-Sell program, Cellmefree allows users both selling their used device and buying a  refurbished one on the same website.

“Beyond providing cheaper access to technology, our goal is to promote a virtuous way to consume where your unused items can find a second life” says Marc Thoumyre, Cellmefree founder and CEO.

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August 1st 2014, President Barack Obama signed into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which allows consumers to unlock their cell phones in order to use a different network carrier. That means that you’re no longer stuck to a contract or phone, and can actually buy a high quality refurbished device.

And here is the best part, all devices are tested and come with a warranty return period of 30 days.

“Our ambition is to become the US first second-hand marketplace for cell phones by offering users premium customer service, safe transactions and competitive prices” adds Thoumyre.

Thoumyre adds that there is also the environmental issue the trading addresses, where using devices rather than throwing them away every update, people are keeping a high number of toxic materials out of the waste stream.

 

 

 

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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