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Two Florida companies, Choice Cellular of Tampa Bay and CellForCash.com of Ocala, announced today they have joined forces to turn old cell phones into cash that will be used to benefit the victims of Hurricane Charley.

People may donate their old, unused cell phones at any one of Choice Cellulars locations (or at its affiliate Advanced Wireless stores) in Tampa Bay, Clearwater, Orlando, Pasco County and elsewhere. CellForCash.com has agreed to purchase any and all of the phones that are collected. Then, Choice Cellular will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to the Hurricane Charley Relief Fund, established by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

This fund will be used for needs unmet by other disaster relief organizations also working to help rebuild lives and communities in the wake of Hurricane Charley, which swept across 25 Florida counties on August 13, killing 27 people and causing billions of dollars in damage.

We were very fortunate, we could have been in the same position as many of our neighbors," said Garrett Bell, district manager of Choice Cellular, which is headquartered in Oldsmar. We are only doing what our neighbors would do for us."

As the storm approached we thought we were going to get hit hard," said James Mosieur, CellForCash.coms chief executive officer. When it suddenly changed direction, we were relieved but we still feared for our friends and neighbors that were caught in the path."

Bell and Mosieur said they both realized their cell phone-related companies were in a unique position to raise dollars for the hurricane relief effort. Choice Cellular sells new cell phones; CellForCash.com buys old, unused cell phones for cash, refurbishes them, and then re-sells them, often in foreign markets.

Because of advances in technology, consumers and businesses retire more than five million cell phones every month, Bell and Mosieur said. Although many of them have value and could be sold, the phones often end up in desk drawers or in landfills.

To donate an old cell phone for the relief effort, drop by any Choice Cellular store in Florida, or send cell phones to:

Hurricane Charley Relief

c/o CellForCash.com

4551 NW 44th Ave.

Ocala FL 34482

STORE LOCATIONS:

PASCO COUNTY

9409 US Hwy 19

New Port Richey, FL 34668

8811 Mitchell Blvd.

New Port Richey, FL 34652

7039 State Road 52

Hudson, FL 34867

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

6307 W. Hillsborough Ave.

Tampa, FL 33615

12204K University Mall Court

Tampa, FL 33512

27249 SR 54

Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

3800 Tampa Road

Oldsmar, FL 34677

PINELLAS COUNTY

30133 US Hwy 19N

Clearwater, FL 33761

34720 US Hwy 19N

Palm Harbor, FL 34684

1578 SR 580

Dunedin, FL 34598

ORLANDO

3613 E. Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL 32601

OCALA

3100 SW College Road

Ocala, FL 34474

CRYSTAL RIVER

1801 NW US hwy 19 Kiosk K207

Crystal River, FL 34426

About CellForCash.com

CellForCash.com provides consumers and businesses a convenient way to get cash for cell phones that otherwise lay idle. More information can be found at http://www.CellForCash.com

About Choice Cellular

Choice Cellular is a five-year-old family-owned cell phone company that works hard to put the customer first. The company deals in a number of different cell phone carriers, providing more choices to the consumer. Starting with one location in Pinellas County in 1999, the company has grown to more than 20 locations through West Central Florida. For more information about products or store locations, call the Choice Cellular corporate office in Oldsmar at 813-891-4200.



Author Information

Lynda Gorsuch
RMS Communications Group. Inc.

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