Co-Founders, Brittany (26) and Rob (25) Bergquist Honored by Forbes, Inc. with 30 Under 30 Award

January 7, 2017

Cell Phones for Soldiers Co-Founders Robbie and Brittany Bergquist were welcomed into the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for their efforts to connect military members serving around the globe. Previous winners have included Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel, SNL’s Kate McKinnon, Chance the Rapper, and YouTube phenom Michelle Phan. And now Robbie and Brittany Bergquist have been recognized for being one of America’s top young game-changers and entrepreneurs.

Forbes has been compiling this list since 2012. Their 30 Under 30 community is now 4,000 strong the world over, from the U.S. to Europe to Asia. This year the competition was more extreme than ever before: 15,000+ nominations for just 600 spots. Today, the Forbes 30 Under 30 is harder to get into than Stanford or Harvard.


10 Responses to “Co-Founders, Brittany (26) and Rob (25) Bergquist Honored by Forbes, Inc. with 30 Under 30 Award”

  1. June says:

    How are the phone cleaned or do we just remove our sims card I never did anything like this before.

    • Rob Bergquist says:

      Hi there June,

      Any phone that we receive will be completely wiped of any data on it. If it is a phone that we can resell we have a software program that will completely wipe it of any existing data, and if it is a phone that we will just recover the value by scrapping it, it will be shredded in a machine similar to a paper shredder. This physical destruction process is NAID certified and I do have a certification letter I can provide you for that. We do ask that you unlock any icloud locks on Apple products prior to donating them to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Any phones that are donated with icloud locks still in place are not of any value to the charity, here is a link to assist you with this:

      Thank you for your donation!


  2. Liz Donanue says:

    I have a couple of cell phones to donate. They work fine! One is VERY old but again works fine, the newest one has a slight cracck in it but again, has no impact on it’s use! Can I mail them to you all!? I would like them to go to the veterans!! Ty!! God Bless! Email me please!

  3. […] Co-Founders, Brittany (26) and Rob (25) Bergquist Honored by Forbes, Inc. with 30 Under 30 Award […]

  4. Art says:

    2 Samsung flip phones .Like new. All accessories
    Changing to smart phones.

  5. Art says:

    2 Samsung flip phones in excellent condition with accessories.
    Upgrading to smart phones.

  6. Jamie Medlin says:

    I just want to say YOU ARE AWESOME, the both of you!!! I also LOVE OUR COUNTRY & ALL THE MEN and WOMEN who SERVE & PROTECT IT & US!!! I know that you are not children anymore but I ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO COMMEND YOU TWO because the majority of children are too busy with ALL of the electronic devices and video games and don’t have the time or the empathy that the two of you had when you started CELLPHONES FOR SOLDIERS. I can’t even imagine how PROUD your parents must be. The best part for me is that you’re STILL involved over a decade later. I just can’t say enough because what you have done is simply AMAZING and I THANK YOU BOTH SO VERY MUCH…I WISH YOU BOTH NOTHING BUT THE ABSOLUTE BEST IN ALL OF YOUR ENDEAVOURS…

  7. M. Robin says:

    We have quite the collection of old cell phones and would like to donate. Do we need to charge and remove data first?

    • Rob Bergquist says:

      Hi there M. Robin,

      You do not need to charge and remove the data on the devices. We return all donated devices back to their factory settings when they arrive at our facility.

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