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Consumer Cellular's Phone Recycling Program Benefits Oregon Children's Hospital

Locally based mobile provider helps recycle nearly 17,000 phones, providing more than $50,000 in donations to date to Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation

Portland, Ore.—December 15, 2009

Consumer Cellular (, a nationwide provider of cellular phones and services, is giving back to the community this holiday season through its partnership with ReCellular and Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation. During the past year, Consumer Cellular has raised more than $34,677 for the Portland, Ore.-based children's hospital, with additional donations expected by the end of the year. Since the program's inception in October 2007, Consumer Cellular has contributed more than $50,000 to Doernbecher.

“Many people are replacing their old phones with the ‘latest and greatest’ this holiday season, providing a perfect opportunity to recycle items that are no longer being used,” said Consumer Cellular CEO, John Marick. “Consumer Cellular wants to make the recycling process as easy as possible, while helping both the environment and community. In a time when community funding and donations are being cut, it's important to remember that there are easy and affordable ways to give back.”

About Consumer Cellular's Phone Recycling Program
Consumer Cellular includes a postage-paid envelope with every mobile phone sold so customers are able to recycle their old cell phone. Additionally, the Consumer Cellular website offers a postage-paid mailing label for non-customers. The company's award-winning recycling partner, ReCellular, refurbishes and resells the usable cell phones, making wireless communication more accessible for more people. Phones that no longer function are recycled according to strict environmental standards and the salvaged materials are used to make other products.

All proceeds from the Consumer Cellular phone recycling program go directly to Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation at Oregon Health & Science University. Through Consumer Cellular's program, which was introduced in October 2007, 16,528 phones have been recycled. For more information on Consumer Cellular's recycling initiative or to download a postage-paid mailing label to recycle an old phone, please visit:

Cell Phone Recycling Statistics
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates Americans discard 125 million phones each year, creating 65,000 tons of waste, with less than 10 percent of idled phones recycled. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reports that 75 percent of Americans are unaware of cell-phone recycling options.

About Consumer Cellular
Consumer Cellular, the exclusive wireless provider for AARP, was founded in 1995 on the belief that everyone should have affordable access to the safety and convenience of cellular service. The company provides its customers with simple, affordable cell phones and calling plans, guaranteed satisfaction and top-ranked customer support staff all located within the United States. Plus, Consumer Cellular customers never have to sign a long-term contract in order to start service.

The Portland, Ore.-based company is privately held and utilizes the nation's largest voice and data network, covering more than 296 million people - or 97 percent of the U.S. population. As one of the nation's leading wireless wholesalers, Consumer Cellular is able to purchase wireless service in large volumes, providing its customers with the best of both worlds: great low rates and the best cellular network available. For more information: or call 800-686-4460.

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