Sprint's latest option for saving the environment will run you exactly $49.99 on contract after rebate, and it'll be available in just a couple days' time. It might not be the hot news on the carrier right this second, granted, but we imagine a few folks will fall for the Samsung Restore's sliding landscape QWERTY keyboard, Energy Star 2.0-compliant charger, 2 megapixel camera, and microSD expansion all the way up to 32GB (assuming you can find a 32GB card, that is). Sunday, June 6 is your target date in your choice of "midnight" or "limeade," but you can start preparing now by recycling stuff and buying a hybrid car.

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Sprint's Next-Generation Eco-Friendly Samsung Restore
Available Sunday, June 6, for $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate

Sprint and Samsung start the summer off green with Samsung Restore, partnering on their second eco-friendly1 device and building on their combined industry leadership in environmental responsibility; for more information visit www.sprint.com/restore

Highlights/Key Facts

· Sprint (NYSE: S) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States2, announce the eco-friendly Samsung Restore™, available beginning Sunday, June 6.

· Sprint customers can purchase Restore via all Sprint retail channels, including Sprint stores, www.sprint.com and 1-800-SPRINT1 for $49.99 with a new two-year service agreement, after a $50 mail-in rebate (taxes and surcharges excluded).

· Restore is a full-featured messaging device, offering a slide-out, full QWERTY keyboard with a full range of multimedia and entertainment capabilities.

· Restore is available in two vibrant colors – Midnight and Limeade.


Restore's Earth-Friendly5 Design

· Restore's outer casing is made from 27 percent post-consumer recycled plastic; the handset is 84 percent recyclable3 as a whole.

· Meets RoHS4 standards and has low levels of PVC, PFRs, Phthalates and Beryllium

· Powered with an Energy Star version 2.0 qualified charger.

· Packaging is 100 percent recyclable3; features a cardboard box made from 70 percent post-consumer materials; and is printed with soy ink.

· Online user manual replaces Restore's paper manual, available online June 6.


Sprint was the first U.S. wireless carrier to establish green specifications for future devices, collaborating with device suppliers to design and provide products that feature sustainable design elements and that contain a reduced level of environmentally sensitive materials.

Executive Quote from Omar Khan, Samsung Mobile SVP of Strategy and Product Management

"Following the success of Samsung Reclaim, our first eco-friendly device with Sprint, Samsung Restore furthers Samsung's overall commitment to creating environmentally sound products without sacrificing impressive features and stylish design," said Omar Khan, senior vice president of strategy and product management for Samsung Mobile.

Executive Quote from Kevin Packingham, Sprint SVP – Product Development

· "Samsung Restore builds on the legacy of creating eco-friendly devices that started with Samsung Reclaim," said Kevin Packingham, senior vice president–Product Development, Sprint. "It is a full-featured messaging device that offers a full range of multimedia and entertainment capabilities, without sacrificing our commitment to the environment."


Restore Resources

Samsung Newsroom – High-res photo, full image photo gallery, http://bit.ly/aF8twi
Samsung Newsroom – Related press release, http://bit.ly/cqY2Tv
Samsung Newsroom – Related blog post, http://bit.ly/ceUeJ6

Sprint's Recent Environmental Initiatives

At #15 on Newsweek's 2009 Green Rankings of America's 500 largest corporations, Sprint is the only U.S. telecom ranked within the top 100.
In February 2010, Sprint expanded its Buyback program, to offer subscribers a financial incentive for recycling up to three old cell phones.
· Sprint continues to expand its line of eco-friendly accessories that are featured in Sprint's dedicated Green Area in Sprint Retail Stores.

· Sprint recently received a $7.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to expand its use of hydrogen fuel cells as backup power for cell sites.

· Sprint announced new more sustainable accessory packaging in October 2009. The changes enabled Sprint to save $2.1 million and reduce packaging waste 647 tons annually.


For more information on Sprint and its programs that help to protect the environment, go to: www.sprint.com/green or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter.

Samsung's Recent Environmental Initiatives

Samsung Reclaim™, launched August 2009, was the first phone in the U.S. with hardware partly constructed from bio-plastic5 materials. Made with 80 percent recyclable3 materials, Reclaim recently received the Best of Green: Best New Cell Phone Award in the Science and Technology category by TreeHugger.com.
· Samsung remains committed to their Eco-Management 2013 Plan announced in July 2009, detailing a comprehensive set of sustainability goals to be achieved by Samsung in 2013, including 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.


Related Links

Newsweek Green Rankings – Sprint, No. 15, http://greenrankings.newsweek.com/companies/view/sprint-nextel
Sprint Sustainability - http://www.sprint.com/green
· Sprint Corporate Social Responsibility, http://www.sprint.com/responsibility/

· Samsung Recycling Direct – March to a Million, http://www.samsungusanews.com/2010/01/samsung-mobile-march-to-a-million-phones/

· March to a Million In-School Recycling Program, http://www.samsungmobileusa.com/RecycleYourPhone.aspx

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