Puma Rolls Out Solar Smartphone in Select Areas

It’s a smartphone, with all the bells and whistles–some of them, in fact, very strange–that comes with its own built-in solar charger, made by Puma. How cool is that? (€399 ($509.00) worth of cool, exactly, but who’s counting?)

The Puma Phone, revealed at the Mobile World Conference back in February and manufactured in partnership with Sagem, features video chat capability along with GPS, HSDPA 7.2 Mbps connectivity, and a solar panel in the back that can be used to recharge the device, simply by leaving it out in the sun (we assume all that heat won’t damage the phone itself). According to Digital Trends, it has a 2.8-inch QVGA display, a 3.2 megapixel camera, microSD removable storage, and a second front-facing video camera for video calling capability.


image via Digital Trends

The phone comes pre-loaded with applications for social networking, news, sports information (of course), along with a hundred Puma icons that will allow users to add some Puma-brand flare to their SMS messages. Included also are maps of Europe, a 3D yachting compass, a scratch-turntable-simulating MP3 player, a “sarcastic” calculator, and Puma phone-to-Puma phone picture sharing technology. Which perhaps justifies the expense associated with this new phone, should you happen live in selected portions of Germany, Africa, or the Middle East, where Puma is rolling it out.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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