About ecoATM®

Headquartered in San Diego, California, ecoATM Inc. is the only automated kiosk that collects unwanted or used cell phones, tablets and MP3 players for instant cash. ecoATM is a member of the Outerwall, Inc. family. While American's knowledge of, and interest in, responsible electronics recycling is increasing, by the end of 2015, there will still be an estimated 422 million idle or inactive mobile devices, and out of those, only 99 million will be recycled. ecoATM is committed to increasing the percentage of cell phones, tablets and MP3 players that are recycled by providing Americans with an easy, safe and convenient solution to address the e-waste problem.

Who Buys Cell Phones for Instant Cash? ecoATM!

ecoATM kiosks accept devices of any era or condition and use a worldwide auction system to offer consumers competitive prices – ranging from a few dollars for older models to a few hundred for newer smartphones – depending upon condition. We buy back cell phones and other mobile devices in most transactions. Sometimes very old devices may not be worth anything, but we still accept them for responsible processing.

Recycling with ecoATM

ecoATM is able to find a second life for the majority of devices collected. For the remaining ecoATM partners with R2 certified e-waste reclamation facilities to ensure those materials are responsibly reused and recycled.

ecoATM provides a safe, secure way for consumers to recycle used electronic devices, and has implemented extensive security features and processes to deter the sale of stolen devices. ecoATM sets the standard for the highest level of transparency and cooperation with law enforcement.

As of December 31, 2014, ecoATM had approximately 1,890 kiosks located in shopping malls and select large retailers nationwide. The kiosks provide cash payments as an incentive for consumers to recycle. In addition to the cash consumers earn by recycling their devices through ecoATM, we’ve collected four million devices. This has enabled the recovery or reuse of:

  • 141,096 pounds of copper
  • 3,088 pounds of silver
  • 300 pounds of gold 
  • 132 pounds of palladium

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