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Miami-based Cellmefree seems to time launch perfectly



Need to ditch that iPhone that is so last year? Just in time, Miami-based Cellmefree just launched its comparison website helping consumers find the best deal to buy or sell their devices.

By offering a buy and 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 co-founder and CEO.

How it works: Cellmefree says it works with a network of professional recyclers and partners to provide high quality refurbished devices: all are rigorously tested and come with a warranty return period, the company says.

Users can pick the best offer from trusted and professional buyers and get paid in cash. For example, users looking to upgrade for the latest iPhone 6 can trade-in their old iPhone 5S for as much as $355. “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 in its news release.

Cellmefree was founded last year by French entrepreneurs Thoumyre and Stanislas Humeau and is backed by a board of advisors such as Internet entrepreneur and investor Fabrice Grinda and Jose Marin of IG Expansion, MercadoLibre, DeRemate.

Posted Sept. 18, 2014