SALT LAKE CITY, UT, May 19, 2009 — Memorial Day Weekend brings with it a new local effort for U.S. soldiers stationed overseas. Right after the holiday, Tuesday, May 26, Utah's five University of Phoenix campuses will become ongoing drop-off donation centers for the Cell Phones For Soldiers Program. Utahns can drop off old or unused cell phones at campuses located right off the freeway (locations below). Cell Phones For Soldiers will recycle the phones for cash and the proceeds are used to buy prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops.

"These cards are a lifeline of emotional support to families and their deployed soldiers. They don't need the added stress of long-distance phone bills," said Darris Howe, MPA, vice president/director of the Utah Campuses. "This program, started by two teenagers and twenty-one dollars of their own money has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas."

Two Teens And A Humble Beginning

Cell Phones For Soldiers was created by Brittany & Robbie Bergquist of Norwell, MA after reading a story about a soldier who ran up a huge phone bill calling home from Iraq. They decided to help out, opened an account with their own money and Cell Phones For Soldiers is now a registered 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Their efforts have motivated people and businesses around the country to donate to this worthy cause.


Utah's five University of Phoenix Campuses-addresses below.


Public can drop off old cell phones for the Cell Phones For Soldiers Program.


Ongoing during regular University business hours:

8:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Saturday 8:00 a.m.-Noon.


Recycle cell phones to purchase free calling cards for soldiers.


University Drop-off Locations/Freeway Access

Murray: 5373 South Green Street, Suite #100 (I-15 Exit 5300 South)--(801) 905-4200

Taylorsville: 4393 Riverboat Road, Suite #100 (I-15 Exit 4500 South)--(801) 905-4200

Pleasant Grove: 2174 West Grove Parkway (I-15 Exit #275)--(801) 772-4660

North Davis: 1366 Legend Hills Drive (I-15 Exit #332)--(801) 217-5040

St. George: 965 East 700 South Suite #304 (I-15 Exit #8)--(435) 688-8591

How The Phones Are Recycled

All donated phones are sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each phone-enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. Approximately half of the phones ReCellular processes are reconditioned and resold to wholesale companies in over 40 countries around the world. Phones and components that cannot be refurbished are dismantled and 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

-Plastic from phone cases and accessories

Cell Phones For Soldiers hopes to raise enough money to purchase more than 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards. For more information, please visit

About the University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of February 28, 2009, 397,700 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Wendy Paul