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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.

Mobile Phone Recycling – Recycle Your Old Cell Phones to Support Our Troops

December 22, 2016

It’s almost a no-brainer to collect old mobile phones, when there’s so many of them lying around the house gathering dust. And when the cause is as noble as for troops away from safeguarding your country, the collection takes on an altered meaning altogether. The phone becomes an instrument of sanity amidst the soldier’s harsh world of violence, death, destruction and despair…wondering if he will be able to spend this year’s Christmas with family?

Fueled by a passion to help

As the question mark hangs like a dangling sword over one’s head, here are some remarkable stories from founders Robbie and Brittany Berquist. The stories highlight what inspired them to help American soldiers stay in touch with their families using Alexandar Bell’s hugely reincarnated innovation -the mobile.

“Back in 2004, we heard of a soldier who had accumulated an $8,000 cell phone bill while calling home from abroad. We were taken aback and wanted to make sure he didn’t have to pay that cell phone bill!”

“There was a soldier who was determined to make a call home to his family. He had been working for 24 hours straight and had a short break in between going back to work. He travelled a great distance and waited in line for 4 hours to make a phone call back home. After the call, it was straight back to work with little to no rest. That kind of commitment to connect with his family was shocking and inspiring. These phone calls mean a lot to families and the call minutes we are providing are critical to them.”

We have come a long way

mobile phone recyclingToday we have raised $15 million and helped American soldiers posted overseas to stay in touch with their families free of cost. We have provided provide more than 300 million minutes of free talk time by sending more than 5 million calling cards to servicemen and women and mobile phone recycling of more than 15 million instruments. Each contribution worth $5 enables us to provide 2.5 hours of talk time for America’s bravest men and women.

Our efforts at recycling mobile phones have helped troops keep track of important developments back home. One hears stories of a baby born two months after a soldier leaves for war or a soldier who joins forces just a few months after being married, leaving his young bride at home. The ability to keep in constant contact will make an enormous difference for the soldier who will almost feel he is back home and not so far away. Every moment of talk time becomes precious and memorable. The phone takes on a veil of a buddy, and you can be an instrument in playing a small role towards it.

Apart from the feel-good factor, your contribution will help re-cycle e-Waste and put it to good use, as you do your bit towards saving our planet.

How To Get Rid of Your Unused Cell Phones

December 2, 2016

Most Americans tend to get a new cell phone every other year. Usually when their contract expires, they qualify for a low-cost upgrade to a new cell phone model. The old cell phones then get tossed away and find their place in the darkest corners of your drawers – often forgotten. These cell phones are in perfectly good condition and are still – unused. Statistics show that there are millions of cell phones that are tossed aside in this way. Rather than throwing away these phones, it’s a good idea to donate them to charity.

Some charitable organizations such as Cell Phones For Soldiers accept these unused cell phones and use them to help our soldiers stay connected with their families. Many times our soldiers are stationed across international borders with very little facilities to call back home. Sometimes, it is months before they can call their families back home. Donating your cell phones for this noble cause could be a great way to put your old cell phones to some use. Well, even if partly damaged, these cell phones can be recycled or refurbished to make them as good as new.

Recycling cell phones

Unused Cell PhonesRecycling cell phones is a great way to discard old, used and unused cell phones. These recycling companies ensure that they wipe away all the data from the cell phones before recycling or refurbishing them. Phones that are donated are generally sold in bulk to these recycling companies and the money received is used to buy talk time which our troops can use for free. Free calling cards are a great way to help our soldiers connect with their families back home. So, before you simply get rid of your used cell phone by throwing it in the darkest corner – never to be found, consider donating it to charity. It could bring smiles on the faces of many.

Benefits of recycling or donating
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that you discard old phones properly so that it does not contribute to the deterioration of our environment. Mobile phones are electronic wastes that contain toxic elements such as copper, lead, cadmium, and chromium. If they are dumped into garbage incinerators, they emit hazardous substances that can harm the environment. Moreover, if you do not discard your mobile phones properly, you are contributing to the death of wildlife animals too. Mobile phone manufacturers have recycling programs that are geared towards reducing waste. You can also donate it to charitable organizations like Cell Phones For Soldiers. Along with saving the environment and keeping it free from electronic wastes, you will also be lending a helping hand to those who relentlessly work day and night to protect our borders so that our country and our people live in peace. Both the causes are noble in their own ways.

So, do your part. Contribute your bit to this good cause of serving America’s bravest. Sell old mobile phones or donate them to charitable organizations instead of tossing them into the trash can.

Reasons to Donate your Old Cell Phone to Support Military Men & Women

October 26, 2016

Donate your used mobiles today to a mobile phone charity that can change the lives of our troops!
It is so easy to take for granted this little act of love – ‘calling’ our family and friends. Unless it’s difficult or inconvenient to call back home due to various reasons such as distance and time. Our U.S. troops on international borders face this situation very often. They are stationed miles away from home and it gets difficult to call back home due to the high international calling rates.

This is exactly what Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to provide – a free calling facility for our soldiers calling home by refurbishing old cell phones and recycling them to buy calling cards.

Rather than selling your old phones via a traditional buyback service, or disposing it off completely, you can consider donating it to a noble cause. Donate your cell phones to the charities that support veterans such as Cell Phones For Soldiers.

Here are a few reasons to donate your old cell phone to support our military men:

Provide a means of communication

support military menWhen soldiers are able to call back home without worrying about the cost of the call and the distance, it puts their mind at ease knowing that their families are safe back home. Soldiers deputed across the borders require this kind of facility all the more and as responsible citizens of this country, we can play our part in ensuring that our soldiers get the right means of communication and can call home anytime and from anywhere.

Bring happiness to their families
Around 2.5 hours of free talk time is provided to our servicemen for every donated cell phone valued at five dollars. This helps our troops stay connected to their families. A simple call to say ‘how are you’ could mean a lot to those families who wait in anticipation to hear from their sons/fathers/daughters who are posted miles away from home.

You make money too
While you sell your old cell phone, you can make money too. If you donate an old iPhone to Cell phones for soldiers, you can earn over $33 depending on the condition of the iPhone. Each phone sold is tax deductible. So, by selling your old phone you age the benefit of taxes and the satisfaction of participating in a noble cause too!

Environmental reasons
It is a known fact that many old cell phones get thrown away and contribute to the e-Waste that is dangerous for this environment. Recycling e-Waste and putting it to good use is one way we can contribute to saving our planet.

It’s a good feeling
Above all, donating something for a noble cause makes you feel good! Well, how often do we actually take the time out to donate anything? Rather than randomly giving away things, by donating your cell phones to our troops, you know that you have made a difference in the lives of at least a few families.
Well, it’s a moment of sheer joy when military men stationed far away from home call simply to say ‘hello’ and enjoy a normal conversation with their friends and family – thanks to the free calling cards donated to them due to your contributions in the form of old cell phones!

Donate your Gently-used Cell Phones for Soldiers

October 19, 2016

One of the most volatile markets is – the cell phone market. Every month or two there are new models of smartphones with compelling features that are so convincing that users feel that they are a ‘must have’! The old cell phones are easily forgotten and are either discarded or left to gather dust in the drawers. All these cell phones in working condition and we seldom think of them after they are cast-away.

Repurposing these gently used cell phones and putting them to good use by donating them to charity that works towards keeping our soldiers connected could be one way you can truly help. Free calling cards can be sent to our soldiers by selling old cell phones. Our soldiers who are stationed on national and international borders work under adverse conditions to ensure the safety of our country. Being away from home and their loved ones is many times overwhelming – international calling isn’t cheap either. Sometimes its months before they can talk to someone back at home.

Our simple donations can ensure that they stay connected and relaxed due to the notion that they have the means to call back home anytime and from anywhere. Providing them with calling cards and cell phones could be a noble gesture too rather than it sitting in your drawer to be forgotten forever until it is finally discarded some day!

Gently used cell phones

donate cell phonesGently used phones serve this purpose perfectly. If your unwanted phone hasn’t been used too much, it can be easily refurbished, wiped clean of all the data and sent to our soldiers. The electronic refurbishing companies ensure that the phone does not contain traces of any personal data in the form of messages, photographs or apps. This is mainly because these phones will be used in areas where communication devices could pose a high security risk. These devices hence should not have vulnerabilities that anyone could take advantage of.

Making the best out of waste

A staggering 100 million cell phones are thrown away each year, let’s make the best out of waste and bring smiles on the faces of those who deserve it. Rather than discarding your old cell phones, you can sell your used cell phones and put them to good use and show your gratitude to our soldiers. It’s not environment friendly too. Discarding these phones could cause hard to the environment. It’s better to recycle these mobile phones that are old or refurbish them so that they can be used for our soldiers. So, if you have hardly used a cell phone and brought a new one simply because if it’s promising new features, you could donate your cell phone by mailing it or by stopping by one of the drop off locations for “Cell Phones For Soldiers”. We shall recycle these mobile phones and ensure that they reach our troops!
Many of us take for granted these little things in life such as calling home regularly and staying in touch with our friends. The importance is only realized when you are away and unable to call so easily due to restrictions of distance and time.

It’s time to show our gratitude and donate our old cell phones as a small gesture to show our soldiers that we truly care! Donate your used cell phones today.