If you're in the United States, here's an easier, and more direct, way to recycle your old phone.

Call to Protect is a charity funded by Motorola which provides old mobile phones to women who are victims of domestic violence. Phone companies donate the airtime, while the phones come from donations from the company or from private citizens. So far, about 30,000 have been collected.

Cell phones are very useful for victims of domestic violence so that they feel they have a lifeline to turn to whenever they're in danger. When a woman runs away from her home in the heat of a conflict for fear of her life, she can use her phone to call for help. Sometimes it just enables the confidence neccesary to take a stand.

I know a lot of people with old phones stashed away in a drawer, products of upgrades to smaller and shinier models. Here's a way to do some good, and save lives.

Until July 31st, you can just drop it off at the nearest Radio Shack. You could mail it here:

c/o Motorola
1580 E. Ellsworth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

or go here to find a dropoff location near you: http://www.wirelessfoundation.org/12give/where.cfm