Sprint has officially announced another eco-friendly phone offering. The Samsung Replenish is Sprint’s first eco-friendly smartphone to run the Android operating system that, among other green features, accommodates the use of an add-on solar charging battery cover.
Sprint says the Replenish’s casing is made from 34.6% post-consumer recycled plastic content and the device as a whole is made from 82% recyclable materials. The phone’s charger is also energy efficient and Sprint says the Replenish offers a visual alert when the battery is fully charged. Packaging for the phone is fully recyclable and incorporates 80% post-consumer waste material printed with soy-based inks. Sprint has even created a “green ID” option which reportedly lets the user instantly personalize their phone with eco-friendly Android apps and mobile content. To help responsibly dispose of older phones, Sprint is also including a postage paid envelope to send the old phone off for recycling.
Pricing details on the optional solar charging battery cover were not disclosed in Sprint’s announcement, though the company did indicate that the solar add-on and an eco-cover made from Naturacell (a plant based plastic resin) would be available starting May 8th. Pricing on the phone is set at $49.99 with a two-year contract. Sprint has also opted to waive its $10.00 monthly premium data charge in order to “make it easier for customers to make eco-friendly buying decisions.”
Some of the Replenish’s features include a four-line QWERTY keyboard, 2.8-inch QVGA display, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and a 2GB microSD card slot that will support up to a 32GB SD card.. The phone also includes a 2 megapixel camera and runs on Android 2.2 Froyo. Color options for the Replenish are black, blue and, available in June, pink..