updated 5/25/2007 5:57:45 PM ET 2007-05-25T21:57:45

AT&T will start accepting old cell phones at its 1,800 stores through a program that will benefit a military charity.

The San Antonio-based company announced Friday that it will partner with the nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers.

Siblings Brittany and Robbie Bergquist in 2004 began collecting old cell phones for recycling and using the proceeds to buy prepaid phone cards for armed services members overseas.

AT&T works with recyclers, but doesn’t recycle phones itself.

The company offered to begin helping the Norwell, Mass., teens collect the phones after receiving an e-mail from the Berquists asking for help.

The recycling program will start in the Northeast and should be available nationwide by July 4, the company said.

AT&T also said it will donate 30,000 phone cards to the charity.

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