If you are upgrading your cell phone to a PDA such as a Treo, a Blackberry or an iPhone, whatever, don’t toss your older phone into the trash.
Take it to the AT&T store in Town Center Mall and that company will put the old phone to good use for military personnel overseas.
The phones are recycled and the proceeds from that are used to buy free phone cards for the troops. It’s a joint project by AT&T and the Cell Phones for Soldiers organization. A side benefit is that the old phones are disposed of in a safe, none polluting way.
Kara Grifoni, manager of the AT&T store on Marco, is an enthusiastic promoter of the cell phone program to help the troops.
“We love it when customers bring in phones they want to replace for the project,” Ms Grifoni says. “We send the phones immediately to the recycling location.”
Kara also has announced a discount incentive at the Marco AT&T store.
“Anyone who brings in a cell phone for recycling will get a ten percent discount on any accessory product we sell here,” she says. The discount is not for new phone instruments but includes all accessories, such as leather cases, cables, wireless ear pieces, etc.
You'll find more on this story in next Wednesday's Marcophiles column.