Consumer Cellular Helps Recycle 10,000 Phones

Cell Phone Recycling Program Benefits Planet and Local Children's Hospital

Portland, Oregon, UNITED STATES

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwire - July 28, 2008) - Leading, national mobile virtual network operator Consumer Cellular is helping to save the planet and give back to the local community through its innovative cell phone recycling program that has already kept 10,000 cell phones out of landfills and raised more than $8,000 for Portland, Ore.-based Doernbecher Children's Hospital Foundation.

As reported by CTIA, an estimated 150 million cell phones are retired in the U.S. every year but less than 10 percent of idled phones are recycled. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) reports that 75 percent of Americans are unaware of cell phone recycling options.

"Every year, millions of cell phones are replaced with new phones and the old phones are not properly recycled," said Consumer Cellular CEO John Marick. "Consumer Cellular recognizes that by encouraging our customers to recycle and making it easy for them, we can help the environment and our community."

With every mobile phone sold, Consumer Cellular includes a postage-paid envelope so customers can recycle their old cell phone, regardless of if the phone still works. Consumer Cellular's award-winning recycling partner, ReCellular, refurbishes and resells the usable cell phones, making wireless communication more accessible to 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 cell 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, more than $8,000 has been contributed to the Children's Hospital Foundation and 10,000 phones have been recycled thus far.

For more information on Consumer Cellular's recycling initiative or to download a postage-free mailing label to recycle an old phone, please visit:

About Consumer Cellular

Consumer Cellular 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 800-686-4460.

About Doernbecher Children's Hospital

Doernbecher Children's Hospital is Oregon's premier pediatric health center, providing the region's widest range of children's health care services and serving as the primary center for OHSU pediatric programs. As part of Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon's only academic health center, Doernbecher offers patients exceptional primary care and access to the region's most advanced treatments. In addition Doernbecher is Oregon's primary teaching hospital. Its staff educates tomorrow's pediatric specialists. For more information:

About ReCellular

With offices in the United States, Hong Kong, and Brazil, ReCellular Inc. is the world's foremost collector, reseller and recycler of used wireless phones and accessories. We provide solutions for the collection, reuse and recycling of used personal electronics that generate financial return for our partners, quality products for our customers, funding for charity organizations, and protection of the environment. Corporate and wholesale information is available at Consumer information, including the Cell Phone Data Eraser and charity fundraising information, is available at

Contact Information: Media Contact: Katie Stringer LANE PR 503-866-7639