AT&T Inc. has begun collecting old phones at wireless stores across the country through an effort benefiting Cell Phones for Soldiers, a charitable program that helps raise money to provide phone cards for military families. Cell Phones for Soldiers uses the money raised from recycling the cell phones to purchase phone cards for soldiers.
"As Independence Day approaches, many military families will celebrate together — but many others will not because of a call to duty," says Stan Sigman, president and CEO of AT&T's wireless unit. "The launch of our national recycling program that supports Cell Phones for Soldiers gives us the chance to demonstrate our commitment to military families all across America."
AT&T-owned wireless stores in Georgia are serving as wireless phone recycling drop-off sites for the charity benefiting U.S. military families, according to a news release. All 1,800 AT&T-owned wireless stores nationwide, including three in Warner Robins and Macon, will accept donated phones, the release stated.
Proceeds from the recycled phones will enable Cell Phones for Soldiers, established by two Massachusetts teenagers, to use proceeds from recycled phones to help buy prepaid phone cards for U.S. military members serving overseas.
AT&T also has donated more than 30,000 prepaid phone cards – valued at more than $270,000 – to Cell Phones for Soldiers to help connect more military families, the release stated.