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There's hope(Line) for old phones
There are better things you can do with that old phone than let it collect dust in your junk drawer.
Posted August 12, 2010
Since 2001, the Verizon HopeLine program has been turning old cell phones into charitable donations for victims of domestic violence across America.

More than 7 million phones have been collected in that time, with more than 90,000 of those being refurbished and provided to local domestic violence organizations and law enforcement agencies for use with their domestic violence clients. In addition to the refurbishment, these phones are pre-loaded with 3,000 minutes of wireless talk time at no cost.

Phones that are unfit for refurbishment are disposed of in an environmentally sound way, according to Verizon. The program boasts that is has kept more than 200 tons of electronic waste and batteries out of landfills.

Verizon Wireless HopeLine has also been responsible for awarding more than $7.9 million in cash grants to organization working to prevent domestic violence.

Old phones can be donated at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store. For those unable to get to a store, Verizon is urging users to mail their old phones with a postage paid label available on the HopeLine website, and suggests that parents and students consider organizing a HopeLine phone drive to further raise awareness of the program.

And to think that you were just going to throw that old handset in the garbage.
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