How to Donate Used Cell Phone Batteries

How to Donate Used Cell Phone Batteries

The amount of cell phones being produced and purchased increases drastically every year. No part of a cell phone is biodegradable. Discarded cell phone batteries actually contain chemical compounds that are harmful to nature and the environment if not properly recycled. Numerous charitable organizations have a need for old cell phones and/or old cell phone batteries. Regardless of the condition every cell phone can be donated to a charitable organization. Some organizations sell the used phones to a recycling company, while other organizations reprogram the phones for future use. Below are steps explaining how to donate a used cell phone and a list of possible donation locations.


Decide the working condition of your used cell phone in terms of how the phone functions and battery life. If possible clear all contacts, videos, photographs, voice and text messages.


Search online for places to donate used cell phones. Deciding where to donate a used cell phone depends on the over-all working condition of the phone and the battery. If the cell phone and battery are in good working order the phone may be donated to an organization that will reprogram the phone. If the cell phone or battery is not functioning the phone will need to be donated to an organization that will sell the phone to a recycling company.


Prepare the used cell phone for shipping based on where the phone is being shipped. If the phone is going to be reprogrammed be sure the phone is well protected and include any accessories including battery recharger. If the cell phone is going to be recycled be sure the phone is protected well enough to endure shipping. A note or letter is not required with the cell phone donation.…

Late Night Dining on Mobile Bay

Late Night Dining on Mobile Bay

You might think about life in LA (that’s lower Alabama) is a bit laid back, but there’s always something to do in this area. Whether it’s a movie in the park or a trip to nearby Dauphin Island, night owls have no shortage of good places to eat. You don’t have to settle for a chain restaurant experience-try one of these unique eateries and squash those late night cravings.

Callaghans’ Irish Social Club

Callaghan’s is truly a Mobile landmark! Located at 916 Charleston Street in Mobile, Alabama it’s a place that’s always brimming with personality. Besides popular crooners and musical talent, you’ll find a tempting late night menu. From starters like the Old Fashioned French Onion Dip to burgers like Irish Dip Reuben, you won’t forget a meal here. They serve food right up to 11pm but do call 251-433-9374 for reservations.

Golden Dragon on Airport

If you’re staying at one of the hotels on Airport Boulevard, order delivery or takeout from the Golden Dragon. They have an extensive online menu with several healthy selections to choose from. You’ll find this busy establishment at 2206 Airport Blvd but you can call them at 251-478-8842. Delivery ends at 11pm so get your order in by then.

Mediterranean Sandwich Company

This amazing restaurant boasts hand crafted orders with the freshest ingredients. For your convenience you’ll find two Mediterranean Sandwich Companies in 274 Dauphin Street ,Mobile, Al 36602, 251- 545-3161 and 2502-2 Schillinger Road South, Mobile, Al 36695, 251-725-0126. You can’t order fries here-only genuine Mediterranean meals. During the week the restaurant closes at 9pm but from Friday to Sunday, the kitchen is open til 2am!


Union seems an unlikely name for a southern restaurant but in the Mobile Bay area it is the place to go for that late night craving. Located at 659 Dauphin Street, you should call for reservations before making the trip, 251-432-0300. Why? Because their steaks are legendary here! From upscale burgers to steaks and delicious, seasonal entrees there is also a wine bar. Located off Dauphin Street in between Dearborn Street and Washington Street. Book your reservation through OpenTable. 

Enjoy Mobile’s finest late night dining! …

We Control Ownership and Operation of Automobiles – Why Not Guns?

We Control Ownership and Operation of Automobiles – Why Not Guns?

As the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on gay marriage this week, Yahoo asked readers and contributors to share what one cultural issue absorbs their interest. Here’s one perspective.

COMMENTARY: While I sincerely hope the Supreme Court will make a sane decision on the federal Defense of Marriage Act, putting the federal government out of the business of interfering in what should be, not just a local, but a personal issue, the issue that I’d really like to see some rational movement on is the obsession we have in the United States with guns, and efforts to stem the endemic violence caused by the proliferation of guns in our society.

I served my country for more than half a century, 20 years of that time in uniform. As a native Texan, I grew up with guns, but during a time when they were used for hunting and target shooting more than school or workplace massacres. I have no beef with people owning guns, provided that ownership is responsible. Unfortunately, those who hide behind the Second Amendment don’t seem to care that failing to responsibly control ownership of guns, especially automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines, is not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. We control ownership and operation of motor vehicles, why not take the same view of items that have one, and only one, purpose – to cause destruction?

The state of Maryland, where I currently live, is finally moving in the right direction. It’s time the rest of the country followed.…

Will We Always Keep Our Cell Phone Numbers?

Will We Always Keep Our Cell Phone Numbers?

I have this friend; Bill; who was from Vermont (413…even though 413 is Western Mass). He moved to New York City (Brooklyn) in…early 2000’s sometime to become an actor. I haven’t been to hisMySpace in a while but for years his profile read: “The Vermont Man With a Plan.” He has since become The Brooklyn Man Who Needs a Hand; still, he keeps his 413 cell phone number.

I grew up in Connecticut (203) and as soon as I moved to New York City (212, 917), quickly amended my area code identity to coincide with my new locale. That was almost 10 years ago. I moved into New York City in 2001, moved out in 2007, moved back in 2008, moved out again in 2009; still, my cell phone number has remained the same.

I work in a hotel in Westlake Village California and recently met a woman who was checking in for a few days as part of her larger relocation for a work assignment. As she was checking in she handed me her driver’s license; New City, New York (some 40 miles up the Palisades in Rockland County from Manhattan). When I commented that I had been from the area we shared some fond memories of the east coast. I queried for a phone number; “Yes, of course, 845…” 845 was an extension for cellular numbers in the outer lying areas of the Hudson Valley in upstate New York.

“Oh you’re going to have to get rid of that soon,” I commented.

“No, well, no,” she said as though she hadn’t even considered it. “This number is how people know me; so many people have this number.”

“Will your business keep you here for some time?” I questioned.

She stopped and looked up at me; appearing almost a little scared. “Well I’ll always be a New Yorker,” she said with finality.

It seems that, even more than we may realize, a cellular number is something of an identifier in this day and age. What’s explosive about them is that, for many of us, our cellular numbers were the first ones of their kind. My 917 number may have belonged to other people (917 was introduced in 1992) but it certainly hasn’t since 2001. While that may seem to be a pretty silly reason to keep something like a cell phone, still, we do. I’m not going back to New York to live anytime soon but I’m also not going to get rid of my cell phone either.

As we move into the 21st Century and beyond so much of what we have is unoriginal. So in a way keeping something pure is our only way of holding onto something that may have never been anyone else’s. I wonder though; will my generation; the first generation of new cellular only area codes (get ready Manhattan; 929 is coming soon!); will we always keep these same numbers we’ve always had forever, …

Save Money on Your Telephone Service

Save Money on Your Telephone Service

Most of us pay at least $40.00-$50.00 or more a month on residential telephone service. Businesses telephone lines can even cost much more than that. If you have several calling features or make a lot of long distance calls, this figure could go up significantly.

If you live in many areas in Kentucky, North Carolina and Mississippi there may be a more cost effective solution. A telecommunications company called Dialog Telecommunications offers solutions that can cut your telephone bill by a minimum of $5.00 to $15.00 or more a month.

Dialog Telecommunications is not an Internet based phone service, it is a traditional land line based phone service. How it works, is simple.

Your existing telephone service provider, Bell South for instance, still owns and services the main telephone lines. If you are having a new phone installed they, not Dialog Telecommunications, are the ones who will install or repair your phone lines on Dialog Telecommunicaitons’ behalf.

You are not paying both telephone companies, you are only paying Dialog Telecommunications who in turns pays fees to say, Bell South or whomever is your local provider. The new laws and regulations over the past few years have made telephone service much more competitive ending the virtual monopoly most telephone companies have had in the past. Now consumers have choices that make their money go further and get more calling features to boot.

Dialog Telecommunications telephone calling plans may vary in price by coverage area somewhat, but how it works is simple. The quoted monthly price is a flat rate, there are never, ever any added taxes and fees-unlike traditional telephone carriers such as Bell South. This rate never changes, no matter how many covered minutes you use your telephone line. You are also given a guarantee that you rate will never go up as long as you are a Dialog Telecommunications customer. What more can you ask for!

I live in Western Kentucky which is covered by Bell South. My monthly telephone bill rate was over $45.00 through Bell South for a plan that had two ring tones (not two telephone lines, just ring tones), caller ID, and call waiting. No long distance calling minutes or any other perks were included.

Now through Dialog Telecommunications I pay $35.00 per month, every month with no rate changes. I now have unlimited local calling, unlimited local long distance calling (not nation wide long distance) and unlimited calling features.

With Dialog Telecommunications, you can have almost all the calling features Bell South provides. Personally, I have call waiting, call forwarding, three way calling and caller ID. These are all included in your monthly fee with Dialog Telecommunications. There is no change in your monthly rate if you have one or ten calling features activated on your account. They do have to be requested either at sign up or by a simple phone call once you’re a customer.

The unlimited, anytime local long distance is …

Why the Motorola Triumph Smartphone Offers Too Little Too Late

Why the Motorola Triumph Smartphone Offers Too Little Too Late

The Motorola Triumph smartphone is one of the latest Android phones to hit the market, but although it’s a modern phone, most of its features aren’t that modern. Following is why the Motorola Triumph is the last of a dying breed.

Outdated Camera

Having an HD camera is one of the biggest perks of owning a smartphone, and while it’s uncommon to see 8 megapixel and even 12 megapixel cameras on modern smartphones, the Motorola Triumph under-delivers in the camera department. While the Motorola Triumph’s inbuilt camera isn’t horrible, it’s more comparable to smartphone’s of “yester-year” with only 5 megapixels, a VGA front-facing camera, and 720p video capture with up to 24 frames per second, while 1080p and 30fps is the modern norm.

Inferior Hardware

If you thought that the outdated camera of the Motorola Triumph is the only feature that needs an upgrade, you’d be surprised to find that it isn’t. The modern smartphone features a fast dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a quick GPU, and lots of storage space, but not the Motorola Triumph. The Motorola Triumph is seriously lacking under the hood with a 1 GHz single core, 512MB of RAM, and 2GB of storage space. Quite frankly, there are MP3 players on the market with better specs than the Motorola Triumph and most of its hardware is half of what’s expected in today’s market.

Android 2.2 Only

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is the latest Android operating system and will feature many upgrades from Android 2.2 including, a new keyboard, better word selection tools, more efficient power management, better application control, internet calling, better camera options, upgraded download management, an all-new user interface, and lots of other great features, but none of those features will be experienced on the Triumph. While most smartphones are getting rid of the old and getting with the new, the Motorola Triumph is clinging onto the past and will feature Android 2.2 instead of the new and efficient Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

No 4G Internet Options

Fourth generation wireless technology, or 4G for short, has been alive and well since 2009 and is the most modern method for connecting to model devices while they are out of Wi-Fi range. 4G internet is usually a surefire feature of most modern phones, but unlike other modern smartphones, the Motorola Triumph won’t feature 4G access and will only support 3G mobile internet capabilities.…

Product Review: DualPhone 3088 for Skype

Product Review: DualPhone 3088 for Skype

If you are like me, and you have family members living in another country, you would appreciate every bit of savings you can avail of. My older brother who lives in the Philippines first introduced me to Skype. Skype offers free calls to those who are also on Skype and low rates if you call landlines and mobile phones no matter the distance. I love the fact that is is free. Even in this day and age, with a lot of long distance carriers battling for lower rates on long distance and overseas calls, they do still add up if you tend to talk longer or if you have a lot of friends and family you want to stay in contact with. Skype makes it possible to make phone and video calls economically, resulting in huge amount of savings for the consumers.

There are, however, limits to what Skype can do on its own, you would have to be on the Internet to avail of those free calls to members and make cheaper calls to any landline and cell phones. The good news is, there is a new phone system that you can use without having to log into your computer. The DualPhone 3088 is designed to allow its users the ability to make Skype calls without having to plug it into the USB of a computer to get signals from Skype- something that the older dualphone model requires. This is because the new DualPhone 3088 for Skype have clients built into its interface, eliminating the need for connections to the PC.

The DualPhone 3088, by appearance, looks like any other cordless phone you use at home. It has has a base station that it uses as a charger, much like a regular home cordless phone. It can also be used anywhere around the house, so long as the base is plugged into the socket and telephone jack. However, there is a third connection to make VoIP (Voice Over IP) possible, it makes use of an RJ-45 input for its Ethernet connection. So, you would need to have the base close to your Ethernet jack or router to make that broadband connection.

Designed by Skype, the phone interface is functional and provides excellent sound quality, allowing you to hear the other person clearly. One bit of an annoyance is that every time you try to use it for landline calls it asks if you would like to call the number via Skype or via landline. You can set it to default to Skype’s SkypeoOut calls if you use Skype more often or default for landlines call if you use it for that more often. Switching to use the alternate can be a bit frustrating at times especially if you are in a rush.

Setting up a Skype Dualphone 3088 is fast and easy. First, plug-in the Skype charging dock to a wall outlet. Put the rechargeable batteries into the handset, then dock it to …

Is Phone Based Therapy Effective?

Is Phone Based Therapy Effective?

Phone based therapy has shown to have positive effects regarding both physical and mental health of patients. What phone based therapy consists of are phone calls made to clients through automated phone calls, along with surveys to complete online. These surveys and phone calls help assess clients pain and offer therapy recommendations based on the assessment. They are given the chance to request talking with a live nurse at the end of each survey or automated phone call. Even without speaking with a live nurse, studies have shown a decrease in reported pain from clients who are utilizing this service.

Patients who have used this phone therapy session include those with depression, some with cancer pain and depression, and others with both depression and pain. In each of the groups that used the phone therapy program, there were significantly greater improvements regarding both pain and depression. The group of patients who did not utilize this program were not as successful. The same type of study has been shown to have a positive influence on helping alcohol and drug dependent users remain off such substances. Overall, those who use the phone therapy service have found they feel like they are included and part of something.

Telephone therapy is used as an alternative to face-to-face therapy for several reasons. It saves money on the cost of a therapist and greatly reduces any scheduling conflicts since this can be done from a patient’s home. Patients can also feel more comfortable to opening up when they are not facing a therapist and are in the comforts of their own home. The downside to this type of therapy is that an automated machine cannot perform counseling as well as a human being, in person. Facial expressions can be missed as well as the human contact sometimes necessary for positive change.…

Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-I5503 Smartphone Review

Samsung Galaxy 5 GT-I5503 Smartphone Review

Smartphones are making it big these days and it seems that they’re a threat to conventional cellphones. There are a lot of cheap smartphones out there. In fact, I even have a friend who got his for around $120. It’s not branded but it works fine. I’ve been using conventional cellular phones for years. Then, I decided to jump right into smartphones and I got my hands on my very own Samsung’s Galaxy 5 GT-I5503/00.

It has a 2.8-inch touch screen capable of 16 million colors, a 2-megapixel camera, an audio jack, a 170 MB internal memory and an expansion slot for Micro SD cards up to 32 GB. One great thing about this phone is that it uses the Android 2.1 operating system. It is feature packed and it’s sort of like a small computer. There are thousands of applications and you can get a lot of them free at the Android market. Just be careful on what you download and install. There are quite a number of viruses or mal-ware roaming around.

One thing that users would really appreciate is the ease of navigation throughout the phone’s functions and features. The Samsung Galaxy 5 does seem to live up to that expectation especially with its full touch capabilities. Coming from a conventional cellular phone with a simple operating system and keypads, I find it really easy to use the phone and adjust its settings. There are a myriad of things you can do and you most likely won’t get lost. It may take only a few hours before you get the hang of it.

As a mobile device, it needs to be connected. That’s the reason why you have a mobile phone in the first place. You need to be always in contact with other people and the Samsung Galaxy 5 gives you lots of options. It has 2G/3G, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-fi LAN and Bluetooth. You can easily connect it to other devices using its USB connectivity. It can also act as a regular USB mass storage device especially if you’re used to transferring files using drag and drop.

It has basic texting and calling functions and they do not eat up too much of your battery’s power. I just had a 17-minute conversation with a friend a while ago and it only ate 3% of the phone’s battery life in 2G and that’s roughly up to 9.35 hours which is a fairly accurate claim on paper. It has a long battery life and short charging time through USB or an outlet.

When it comes to audio and video, it won’t disappoint. The audio output is good and quite loud. You can even use external speakers, headsets or earphones. It can play MP3 and WAV files. It also has an FM tuner if you want to listen to your favorite radio stations. Its video capability is not something you can just shun aside. Even though you can only play MP4 files, the …