The Samsung Replenish smartphone, compatible with a Green ID Pack and solar battery charger, plus the Restore headed for Virgin, are among Sprint's "green" initiatives.
Sprint and Samsung have introduced the
Android-running Replenish smartphone just in time for Earth Day.
Featuring a 2.8-inch QVGA display and a dedicated QWERTY keypad, the
phone not only boasts eco-cred but has motivated Sprint to waive the $10 premium charge
it tacks on to unlimited data plans these days.
an Everything Data plan and a new two-year contract, the Replenish is
just $50 and available beginning May 8. Users can choose from shades
called Onyx Black, Arctic Blue and (though not until June) Raspberry
Replenish is as green as we could make it with more than 80 percent
recyclable materials, housed in partially recycled plastics, energy
efficient and built with fewer environmentally sensitive materials,"
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said in an April 15 statement. "As if this is not
enough incentive, we are also lowering the monthly rate for this phone
by $10 for new or existing customers so it pays for itself within just
Replenish runs Android 2.2-"Froyo-is WiFi- and GPS-capable, has
a 2-megapixel camera with video recording and a microSD slot that supports
a 32GB memory card.
phone can also be used with a solar-charging battery cover that's sold
separately. The smartphone comes in fully recyclable packaging, has an
energy-efficient charger that meets the EC Code of Conduct on Energy
Efficiency of External Power Supplies and, as Hesse alluded, is RoHS
compliant and free of bad stuff such as brominated flame retardants.
Replenish can, of course, access the Android Market, now 150,000 apps
strong, and offers special access to a Sprint ID Pack geared toward the
environmentally conscious. The Packs aggregate widgets, applications and
mobile shortcuts geared around various interests. The four screens of
the Green ID Pack, for example, offer the latest news from
TreeHugger.com, Earth911.com and GreenBiz.com, video shorts from
TreeHugger TV, a personal carbon footprint calculator, a widget from
GreenDeals.org offering coupons and shopping advice and a "Take Action"
screen linking users to opportunities to volunteer for various green
organizations, such as the Environmental Defense Fund and the Audubon
striving every day to become more environmentally sustainable," Ralph
Reid, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Sprint,
wrote in a statement. "We want to help our customers to do the same.
From the Green ID pack to the Samsung Replenish, the latest device to
meet Sprint's Device Eco Criteria
, we are committed to providing mobility products and solutions for a better planet."
Everything Data plan starts at $70 a month and includes unlimited text,
Web and calling to and from "any mobile in America while on the Sprint
network," says Sprint. (Competitor T-Mobile recently also announced an unlimited plan of sorts
its green vibe going, Sprint added that the Samsung Restore, another
eco-geared device, will be available to Virgin Mobile USA
customers-Sprint's prepaid carrier brand-as of April 18 for $80 with no
contract. Virgin Mobile's Beyond Talk unlimited data plan starts at $25