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Device Pitstop Partners with Cell Phones for Soldiers to Provide Free Cell Phone Calls for Troops

May 21, 2019 07:06PM

Device Pitstop and nonprofit Cell Phones For Soldiers are asking Twin Cities residents to help troops call home by donating gently-used cellular phones. 

Beginning today, residents can donate their phones and/or tablets at Twin Cities Device Pitstop locations:

  • Maple Grove - 13732 83rd Way North
  • Minnetonka - 13023 Ridgedale Drive
  • Eden Prairie - 8252 Commonwealth Drive
  • Maplewood -  2950 White Bear Avenue #6
  • Burnsville - 1603 County Road 42 West 

“We are proud to have been collaborating with Cell Phones for Soldiers since 2017,”  Vice President of Operations - Device Pitstop Brad Swenson said. “In addition to supporting Cell Phones for Soldiers, we are proud to have several veterans and reservists serving on our Device Pitstop team.” 

Cell Phones for Soldiers, founded in 2004, has provided more than 300 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. 

“Each year we have been humbled by the amount of people and organizations like Device Pitstop that take the initiative to support our military members,” Cell Phones for Soldiers co-founder Robbie Bergquist said. “The communication gap between military members actively 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 15 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 

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