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      Cell phones make it easier to reduce, reuse and recycle

      Looking for some fresh ideas to help make a difference on Earth Day this year? Look no further than your cell phone. According to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, itâ??s estimated that more than 135 million cell phones â?? about four per second - will end up in landfills each year, and only about 10 percent of cell phones are recycled. Making the choice to recycle a used device represents a tremendous opportunity to reduce waste in the environment.

      â??At U.S. Cellular we have a Trade-In Program that gives anyone who comes into our stores or visits our website the opportunity to get up to $250 for each used device,â?? said Josh Beelman, store manager for U.S. Cellular in Kirksville. â??You can also drop off any used phones at your local U.S. Cellular store and weâ??ll recycle them for you.â??

      The following suggestions from U.S. Cellular show how simple it can be to find nearby recycling areas via your cell phone and highlight other easy ways to be more sustainable when using your device. All recommended apps are available on Google Play, and the tips work across a range of devices including the 4G LTE Android-powered Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II:

      • App â?? Find recycling points near you with the touch of a button. This app gives you addresses of recycling locations along with GPS-guided directions. It also allows you to make your own personalized list of materials that need to be recycled and suggests a specific recycling center based on those materials to make recycling simpler and easier.
      • GoodGuide App â?? This app helps you determine whether a product you want to purchase is safe, healthy and green. It uses a barcode scanner to let you get quick access to environment and social ratings for more than 170,000 products in the U.S.
      • Fuelio Appâ?? You can track your fuel consumption, mileage and costs, even on multiple vehicles. Get useful statistics more quickly with 4G LTE speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G and similar to a cable Internet connection U.S. Cellularâ??s high-speed nationwide network.
      • Eco Change Appâ?? This app can easily reduce battery consumption on your mobile device. When the battery is low, simply touch the icon to switch to eco mode, which turns off certain features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, backlight, sound mode, vibration mode and synchronization. You can even customize your own â??Offâ?? menu.
      • Unplug your charger when not in use â?? Many people donâ??t realize that c hargers still draw energy even when they arenâ??t plugged into a device.
      â??If you have any questions about downloading or using apps, stop by one of U.S. Cellularâ??s Device Workshops or simply come into any of our stores and one of our helpful associates will be happy to assist you,â?? adds Beelman.

      About U.S. CellularU.S. Cellular rewards its customers with unmatched benefits and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by its high-speed nationwide network that has the highest call quality of any national carrier. Currently, 61 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds and 87 percent will have access by the end of 2013. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Service Champion in 2012 for the second year in a row. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and YOUTUBE.