Apr 16 AT 11:30 AM Edgar Cervantes 25 Comments

Sprint announces eco-friendly Android device: Samsung Replenish

As we keep damaging the world, earth-friendly products are starting to rise up, in an attempt to bring  alternatives that will be less harmful to our environment. Yesterday, April 15, Sprint announced the Samsung Replenish, the world’s first “green” Android device. The Replenish will be available as of May 8, for the price of $49.99, which is a big incentive to go green.

If the price didn’t convince you, in an attempt to “go green without sacrificing technology,” Sprint is waiving the $10 premium data charge for all new and existing customers that purchase our new tree-hugging buddy. Many of you might be wondering how powerful this device is though, and apparently, there are some things you just have to sacrifice for the sake of the planet, because the specs are not very impressive.

Samsung Replenish Specifications:

  • 2.8-inch QVGA TFT Display
  • Android 2.2
  • 600 MHz Qualcomm processor
  • 256 of RAM / 512 of ROM
  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • 2 MP Camera
  • 1160 mAh battery

If you don’t need a very strong device though, this is a great option for the earth conscious. With more than 80% of the device made out of recyclable materials, the Samsung Replenish will also be packaged with partially recycled plastics. Software wise, Sprint will offer the Green ID Pack, with a variety of apps and mobile content that allows you to live a “greener” life. There is also an optional solar door charging accessory, which should be good for charging that 1160 mAh battery.

If you are an environmentally conscious individual, and want an Android device that supports your way of life, the Samsung Replenish is the way to go! Check out the press release below, and let us know what you think of Sprint’s new green device. Will you be getting it?

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SAN FRANCISCO & DALLAS (BUSINESS WIRE), April 15, 2011 – Sprint (NYSE:S) today unveiled several progressive initiatives building on Sprint’s environmental leadership in the wireless industry, including upcoming availability of the stylish Samsung Replenishâ„¢ from Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States.1Samsung Replenish, an Android touch QWERTY smartphone enabled with Sprint ID, will be available on May 8 at the affordable price of just $49.99 with a two-year service agreement and new-line activation or eligible upgrade.

Sprint is waiving the $10 monthly premium data add-on charge for Samsung Replenish to make it easier for customers to make eco-friendly buying decisions. In addition, the Earth-friendly2Samsung Restoreâ„¢, first available from Sprint in 2010, will be offered to Virgin Mobile USA customers without an annual contract beginning on April 18.

“We want to make it as simple as we can for our customers to go green with a robust selection of products and competitive pricing,” said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. “Samsung 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. 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 five months.”

With four eco-friendly phones launched to date, Sprint has made available the most green devices and accessories of any U.S. wireless carrier. Marking another U.S. first, an optional solar charging battery cover will be available for Samsung Replenish. The solar battery cover and an Eco-cover made from Naturacell3 will be available for purchase on May 8.

Earth-friendly yet Powerful

Samsung Replenish, Sprint and Samsung Mobile’s first eco-friendly2 Android smartphone boasting access to more than 150,000 apps in Android Marketâ„¢, is partially built with recycled plastics4 and recyclable packaging5 making it the ideal choice for the environmentally conscious consumer who needs the latest technology. The phone will also be enabled with Sprint ID, which lets customers personalize their device instantly with eco-friendly focused apps and mobile content.

“We are excited to expand our portfolio of eco-friendly devices to now include the Samsung Replenish with Sprint, Samsung’s first Android-powered eco-friendly phone, and the Samsung Restore with Virgin Mobile,” said Dale Sohn, president of Samsung Telecommunications America. “Both the Replenish and Restore offer an impressive feature set with hardware made from recycled materials and eco-centric2 packaging, giving customers the option to have an eco-friendly phone without having to compromise features and functionality.”

The stylish, full-featured Samsung Replenish includes:

  • Touch QWERTY bar phone with 2.8-inch QVGA main display
  • Android 2.2, Froyo, with access to more than 150,000 apps on the Android Market
  • Special access to Sprint ID Pack, including Green ID pack
  • Solar door charging accessory (sold separately)
  • 2MP camera and camcorder — upload, share and store pictures with Photobucket, Facebook®, MySpace® and upload video to YouTubeâ„¢
  • Wi-Fi® and GPS capable
  • MicroSD card slot that supports up to a 32GB memory card
  • Three color options — Onyx Black, Arctic Blue and Raspberry Pink (in June)

It has the following impressive eco-credentials:

  • Reduced environmentally sensitive materials (RoHS compliant6, free of intentionally added polyvinyl chloride (PVC), brominated flame retardants (BFRs), phthalates and beryllium)
  • Energy efficient, with a charger that meets the EC Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of External Power Supplies, Version 4, as well as a visual alert for full charge
  • Casing includes 34.6 percent post-consumer recycled plastic content (the highest level in our eco-portfolio) and 82 percent of the device is made from recyclable materials
  • Fully recyclable packaging that incorporates 80 percent post-consumer waste material and uses soy inks
  • Includes a postage-paid envelope to recycle your old phone and promotes a virtual user guide available on the Sprint website — www.sprint.com

Samsung Replenish requires activation on one of Sprint’s Everything Data plans. The Everything Data plan with Any Mobile, AnytimeSM includes unlimited text, Web and calling to and from any mobile in America while on the Sprint network, starting at just $69.99 per month — a savings of $39.99 per month vs. Verizon’s comparable plan with unlimited talk, text and Web (pricing excludes surcharges and taxes).

As the first green2 device from Virgin Mobile, Samsung Restore will cost just $79.99 (taxes and surcharges excluded) with no annual contract. Virgin Mobile offers Beyond Talkâ„¢ unlimited data plans starting at $25 per month.

Samsung Restore is a full-featured messaging whiz, offering access to Sprint’s 3G Network, a slide-out, four-row QWERTY keyboard, 2MP camera and camcorder, Stereo Bluetooth® wireless technology and social networking shortcuts to Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. It boasts a 2.4-inch LCD screen with portrait and landscape orientation, built-in media player and easy navigation with Google Maps and Virgin Navigator. Samsung Restore meets Sprint Eco-Criteria, including reduced environmentally sensitive materials, energy efficiency and use of recycled materials.

Sprint also recently announced the availability of the newest Sprint ID pack, the Green ID pack. This ID pack offers Sprint customers using select Android devices, including Samsung Replenish, the opportunity to personalize their phone with an unmatched eco-focused Android experience that provides mobile content to live green, shop green, recycle and more.

Sprint’s new Green Sprint ID pack provides instant personalization in a single download with apps, widgets and mobile shortcuts on the user’s device, and it features apps from eco-conscious favorites such as TreeHugger.com, Earth911.com, Green America and the National Audubon Society. Starting today owners of select Sprint devices, including Samsung Transformâ„¢, Samsung Epicâ„¢ 4G* and Samsung Galaxy Tabâ„¢, can load the Green ID pack onto their device. Samsung Replenish will offer the Green ID pack when it launches on May 8. Like all other Sprint ID packs, the Green ID pack is free to download with Sprint’s Everything Data plan.

Leading in Sustainability

Sprint is committed to helping customers protect the environment. In addition to advancing its sustainable product goals, which include launching iconic “green” devices, Sprint is working to manage the environmental impacts of devices using a full life-cycle view, whether it be working with Underwriter’s Laboratory Environment to develop a global green phone standard or enhancing our industry-leading phone recycling efforts.

Earlier this month, Sprint and Samsung Mobile provided a $500,000 grant to the Green Education Foundation (GEF) to help launch their K12 “Sustainability Education Teaching Methods” professional development course. It was first made available during the National Association of Elementary School Principles (NAESP) 2011 annual convention and exposition in Tampa, Fla. With the grant, GEF was able to offer the course to each of the thousands of NAESP conference attendees to educate the next generation about environmental sustainability.

Sprint’s industry-leading role in corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability continues to receive recognition:

  • For the second year in a row, Sprint ranked highest among all U.S. telecom companies on Newsweek’s 2010 Rankings of America’s Greenest Companies at No. 6, up from No. 15 in 2009.
  • Sprint was ranked highest among the wireless carrier industry on the Carbon Disclosure Project’s “Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index.”
  • Sprint recently received Frost & Sullivan’s 2010 North American Green Excellence of the Year Award in Mobile & Wireless for its demonstrated leadership and commitment to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, proactive approach to the deployment of renewable energy and aggressive cell-phone recycling efforts.
  • In 2008, Sprint and Samsung partnered to launch the award-winning Samsung Reclaimâ„¢, the nation’s first feature-rich device made of corn-based bioplastic.
  • Sprint’s take-back programs — Sprint Buyback and Sprint Project ConnectSM programs — help ensure that old or unused mobile devices are handled responsibly and kept out of the waste stream. More than 90 percent of the devices Sprint collected in 2010 were reused. Since 2001, Sprint’s wireless reuse and recycling take-back programs have kept more than 24 million wireless devices out of landfills.
  • Since 2007, Sprint has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 9.5 percent.
  • Wind power supplies more than 90 percent of the electricity needed to operate Sprint’s Overland Park, Kan., corporate headquarters.

Sprint’s sustainability website, www.sprint.com/green, details Sprint’s green mobile applications and helps customers learn about the company’s sustainability initiatives, including online bill pay, wireless recycling programs and acquiring green tips, such as using mobile GPS to calculate the quickest route to save gas. To learn more about Sprint programs that protect the environment, go to www.sprint.com/responsibility or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter.

The Samsung Mobile Take Back Programâ„¢ allows consumers to send in their cell phones to be properly disposed of free of charge.

Samsung Mobile supports Samsung’s overall Eco-Management 2013 Plan announced in July 2009. The plan details a comprehensive set of sustainability goals to be achieved by Samsung in 2013, which include the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from manufacturing and product, the development of eco-friendly product, financial investment in eco-management initiatives, and enhanced green partnerships with suppliers and partners. To find out more information on the Samsung Recycling Direct and Samsung Mobile Take-Back Program please visit, www.samsung.com/recyclingdirect.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2009 consolidated sales of (US) $116.7 billion. Employing approximately 157,700 people in 185 offices across 65 countries, the company consists of seven independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Semiconductor and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT- LCDs. For more information, please visit http://www.samsung.com.

Via: Android Central

Source: Sprint

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  • http://Website Alex

    Eh they tried.

    • http://Website ari-free

      well, it sure beats sending smoke signals or carrier pigeons!

  • http://Website Techrocket9


    That is all.

  • http://Website Daniel

    Not at all the world’s first eco-friendly Android. Some releases of the Motorola Spice (the American one apparently not included) are eco-friendly, and have been on the market for several months.

  • http://Website Hatsune Miku

    lol, i’m going to be dead before any of this matters, why should i suffer with a shitty phone?

  • http://Website paul atreides

    Just another nail in the coffin of that other fruity company. People who love really cheap phones with qwerty have more incentive to try Android now too.

  • http://Website Austin

    I’m all about helping the environment but COME ON SPRINT…everyone is poping out dual core phones with bigger processors and you keep going backwards with this and the dual screen echo crap. I know Evo 3d is coming but thats not till june at earliest and other carriers have stuff coming out now! Get with it!

  • AME

    This is perfect for the hippie who wants to call the commune down the street.

    The solar charger is pretty cool though. Probably good for campers/hikers.

  • http://Website Nate

    It’s phones like this that are causing Android to have very few high quality ganges available for it.

    Google needs to improve the Android market so then developers can choose which phones can and cannot download their apps. This would get more developers to adopt android and the android market.

    I think this is a major reason why gameloft avoids the market, as when they use the market, they get too many one star ratings because people download the game on phones that aren’t optimized for the game.

    • http://Website Nate

      Sorry, I meant to say “games” instead of “ganges.”

      -using swype

  • http://Website Jason yau

    Wtf ‘Earth-friendly yet Powerful’ its only got a 600mhz processor and 256mb of ram

  • http://Website nuclear fart

    Sprint “Roseanne”

  • http://Website ari-free

    Terrible specs but it’s ‘green’ which means some people will pay for it, I guess.

  • http://Website Richard Yarrell

    I wish this device well…

  • http://Website rovex

    Its green (not really) and as such rather pretentious.. hipsters will love it! Will it pull the away from the hipster phone (iPhone).. maybe if its marketed pretentiously enough.

  • http://topbestphonereviews.info zamahsari

    Although the specs are not too impressing but the handset is quite good since the price is also reasonable. Let’s save our world..

  • http://Website Tom

    The best way to be earth-friendly is to buy a phone that has already been manufactured – find someone who is upgrading and buy their phone!

  • http://Website joe joe

    I see on the Sprint Website that the Samsung Replenish is indicated to have a battery of 1600 mAh and 512RAM/512ROM


    This seems to conflict with what is reported above and both specs would make a big performance difference….

    1160 mAh and 256 RAM

    Could you tell me who is right

    What the real spec is on the Cell for battery and RAM ?

  • http://Website g

    $50 is not that cheap.

    • http://Website a

      You are right. I would rather get the Samsung Seek, with no data plan, simple, pretty and easy to use.

  • http://Website g

    finally! someone agrees! :)

  • http://Website Jacob of Kansith

    I bought this phone as an upgrade from a Samsung Rant. I am very happy with my new phone. Its not the most powerful, but powerful enough. It is easy on my pocket and the Earth. Haters be trippin.

  • AJ

    You’re all assholes. This phone is sweet. I haven’t had a phone in 2+ years and this does everything I need it to.

    Calls People…..check.

    You all make fun of people for being hipsters, yet to run and buy whatever Apple puts out for you. Then you all run to the same forum and make the same posts.


  • C.Man

    is the free internet thing still going on? where they waive the 10 dollar data charge?