August 9, 1999-TREVOSE, PA -
We all make our best effort to recycle cans,
bottles, cardboard and newspapers. But what about wireless phones?
Bell Atlantic Mobile today announced the launch of a program aimed at
putting old and unused wireless phones to work for the good of the community.
The Company's "Wireless at Work" Phone Recycling Program will allow wireless
phone customers throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, including suburban
Philadelphia, southern New Jersey and Delaware, to recycle their unused
cellular phones by donating their equipment to Bell Atlantic Mobile-sponsored
Bell Atlantic Mobile will work with non profit community groups throughout
the region to reprogram the donated phones to dial 9-1-1 at the touch
of a button, and then will return the phones to the groups where they
will help individuals and communities improve security and emergency communications.
"The evolution of wireless phones from analog to digital and the appeal
of newer, smaller handsets, have produced a large supply of old, unused
equipment sitting in desks, cabinets and even toy boxes throughout the
area," said John Stratton, president of Bell Atlantic Mobile's Tri-State
Region. "Our objective is to reclaim those phones and put them into the
hands of people who need emergency communications."
The program is open to any qualifying community service organization
willing to serve as a collection point for the used phone equipment. A
pilot program was recently launched in Camden, NJ, and Bell Atlantic Mobile
is currently collecting applications from other interested groups.
The pilot recycling program, which began in May, is a partnership between
Bell Atlantic Mobile and the Camden County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
The Freeholders' collection is aimed at putting old and unused wireless
phones to work for the good of the community. Senior citizens and people
with disabilities will be the first recipients of collected phones. Phones
are currently being collected at various drop-off points throughout Camden
County and as an added incentive, people who donate phones are receiving
a tax-deductible receipt.
Since its inception in 1995, the company's "Wireless At Work" community
service program has donated hundreds of wireless phones to aid communities
throughout the Philadelphia Tri-State Region. For information about how
to participate in the recycling program and become a sponsored agency,
please contact Bell Atlantic Mobile's Recycling Coordinator at 215-880-0462.
Bell Atlantic Mobile owns and operates the largest wireless
network in the East, covering 120,000 square miles, and the largest chain
of retail outlets devoted exclusively to wireless voice, data and paging.
Based in Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic Mobile has 6.6 million customers
and 8,000 employees from Maine to Georgia and, through a separate subsidiary,
in the Southwest. Through its "Wireless at Work..." community service program,
the company uses its technology to help individuals and communities improve
security and emergency communications. Bell Atlantic Mobile's parent,
Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE:BEL) is one of the world's largest wireless
communications companies, with domestic operations in 25 states and international
investments in Mexico, Europe and the Pacific Rim. For more information
on Bell Atlantic Mobile visit: www.bam.com; on global operations visit: