Sprint introduces eco-friendly mobile handset Samsung Reclaim
Posted on 7-Aug-2009 09:48
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Sprint is introducing new eco-friendly products, services and programs and expanding its commitment with sustainability. Available on 16th August, Sprint and Samsung Mobile have announced Samsung Reclaim as the first phone in the U.S. constructed from eco-friendly bio-plastic materials.
Made from 80 percent recyclable materials, Samsung Reclaim is a feature-rich messaging phone that offers environmentally conscious customers a perfect blend of responsibility without sacrificing the latest in network speeds and must-have features.
Its bio-plastic material, made from corn, makes up 40 percent of the Reclaim’s outer casing. Samsung Reclaim is free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), phthalates, and nearly free of brominated flame retardants (BFR): three materials commonly targeted on green electronics guidelines.
The outer packaging and the phone tray inside the box are made from 70 percent recycled materials. The images and text on the box as well as the phone warranty information are printed with soy-based ink.
The typical thick paper user manual has been replaced with a virtual manual that users can access online.
The charger is Energy Star approved for meeting the highest energy efficiency standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. It consumes 12 times less power than the Energy Star standard for standby power consumption and is equipped with a visible notification to alert the user to unplug the handset once it’s fully charged.
“Samsung Reclaim is more than just an eco-friendly device, it’s also a powerful and stylish phone that’s easy-to-use,” said Omar Khan, senior vice president of Strategy and Product Management for Samsung Mobile. “When you combine the Reclaim’s impressive feature set with its bio-plastic hardware and eco-friendly packaging, you’re using a phone that is good for you and the environment.”
The slide-out full QWERTY keyboard making it easy to access personal or corporate email as well as text and multimedia messaging. Sprint Navigation with Search, providing easy access to directory information and GPS-enabled directions. Other features include a 2 megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom and camcorder and stereo Bluetooth 2.0.
When customers purchase Samsung Reclaim from Sprint, US$2 of the proceeds will benefit The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program, which supports land conservation across the United States and protects some of the world’s most beautiful and important natural habitats.
“This generous donation from Sprint will help us protect and restore some of America’s most beautiful and ecologically-important landscapes for future generations to enjoy,” said Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy. “We applaud Sprint’s sustainability efforts, as innovation and new technology are crucial to the future of conservation.”
Sprint is also launching several new environmental initiatives in an effort to support its aggressive long-term environmental goals. This includes being the first U.S. wireless carrier to establish a set of environmental design criteria for future devices and accessories.
The company is implementing a series of new environmentally-responsible retail initiatives including adding a dedicated display area in stores that highlights Sprint’s commitment to eco-friendly products and accessories.