ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (FOX 13) - If you have old cell phones lying around, some of your devices may put some extra cash in your pocket. Eco ATMs have just expanded their reach in Florida.
FOX 13 put their kiosk at the Tyrone Square Mall to the test to see how much cash you can get.
We first checked an older-model iPhone. The program asks for the type of phone, the carrier, and its condition. It then gives you a label to stick on the back of the device, and a door opens up and prompts you to connect your phone to a cable.
Once the phone is placed inside, the door closes and the machine analyzes the device.
It scans your phone and tells you what it is worth.
"Here's what I can offer you for your device," the machine says. The offer: $25.
When we entered the same phone on AT&T's trade-in program online, the lowest offer was $50 in credit toward a new phone. That's double Eco ATM's offer; but of course, you get cash on the spot with the kiosk.
Our old devices, including a flip phone and a Nokia, were not worth any money from the kiosk. However, the machine offers to recycle the device for you, and keep toxic materials out of landfills.
Another way to make money off of your old devices is to try selling them online.
Sites like Craigslist or eBay require more effort, and downsides can include shipping fees, risk of fraud or flakey buyers.
Alternatively, trade-in sites like "itsworthmore" or an app like "mercari" will give you a lower payout since they take a cut of the profit, but they do the work for you.