PURETALK USA HAS PARTNERED WITH CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS
TO PROVIDE TROOPS WITH FREE CALLS HOME
Atlanta, GA, November 2, 2015 – PureTalk USA is now a Two Star Sponsor of nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers, helping troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. Although the military landscape is ever changing, as many as 200,000 troops are serving in the United States military overseas around the world. By donating to Cell Phones For Soldiers, PureTalk USA is providing a lifeline for America’s bravest.
“We are very proud to help provide communication resources to America’s military members,” said Norman Klugman, COO of PureTalk USA. “It is an honor for us to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women serving our country.”
PureTalk USA is a Veteran-owned company, and its commitment to supporting US soldiers is at the core of the business. With this partnership, our customers can rest assured that returned, devices are recycled in a generous and forward-thinking way.
Cell Phones For Soldiers was founded in 2004 by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist at the ages of 12 and 13. The charity has since provided more than 216 million minutes of free talk time to servicemen and women stationed around the world through its calling card program, Minutes That Matter. Funds raised from the recycling of cellular phones are used to purchase prepaid international calling cards. On average, Cell Phones For Soldiers distributes 1,500 calling cards each week to bases around the world, care package programs, deployment ceremonies and VA hospitals.
“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like PureTalk USA that take the initiative to support our military members,” said co-founder Robbie Bergquist. “The communication gap between those serving and their families is a crucial need that Cell Phones For Soldiers is committed to addressing for years to come.”
For every donated phone valued at $5, Cell Phones For Soldiers is able to provide two and a half hours of free talk time to deployed troops.
Since 2004, more than 11.7 million phones have been recycled or repurposed. Approximately half of the phones processed are reconditioned and reused. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and responsibly recycled to reclaim materials, including:
- Gold, silver and platinum from circuit boards
- Copper wiring from phone chargers
- Nickel, iron, cadmium and lead from battery packs
ABOUT PURETALK USA
PureTalk USA is a nationwide service provider of low cost, no-contract mobile phone service. It operates using the nation’s largest & most reliable GSM wireless network that reaches over 300 million Americans. The company has been in business since 2004 and provides 100% USA-based customer service. To learn more about PureTalk USA, visit www.puretalkusa.com.
ABOUT CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS INC.
Cell Phones For Soldiers Inc. is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding. Founded in 2004 by Robbie and Brittany Bergquist, then 12 and 13 years old, Cell Phones For Soldiers has provided more than 216 million “Minutes That Matter” to servicemen and women. Since 2012, “Helping Heroes Home” has provided emergency funds for more than 2,800 veterans to alleviate communication challenges as well as physical, emotional and assimilation hardships. For more information, visit www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com,