Verizon Wireless announced on Tuesday that it will soon offer the Samsung Illusion for $79.99 with a new two-year contract. The Illusion runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is powered by a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor. It is equipped with a 3-megapixel camera, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, a 2GB microSD card and support for sharing its 3G connection as a mobile hotspot. The rear casing and battery cover of the phone are made from 70% post-consumer material and 35% of the front-face is made from recycled materials, too. In addition, Verizon Wireless said 60% of the phone’s box is made from recycled paper. The Illusion will be available from Verizon Wireless’s website on November 23rd and it’ll land in Verizon Wireless stores in January of next year. The full press release follows after the break. More →
Not content with Motorola’s Brazilian division handsets, Moto has just recently announced the MOTOCUBO A45, an eco-friendly full-QWERTY featurephone. It’s nowhere near as sustainable as Motorola’s previous green offering or even Samsung’s or Sony Ericsson’s, but 25% of the materials used in MOTOCUBO are made out of recycled plastic bottles which has to count for something. Why? Because a 2 megapixel camera, QVGA disaply and EDGE connectivity sure doesn’t. Look for the MOTOCUBO A45 to hit Brazil in September for 549 Brazilian reals or $293 USD.
Earlier this week, Sony Ericsson announced their not-designed-for-production GreenHeart concept phone that focuses on making a phone environmentally sustainable throughout its life cycle. The GreenHeart phone will feature bio-plastic housings, recycled plastic keypads, a zero charger with 3.5mW standby power, HTML based e-manuals instead of traditional printed ones, and environmentally conscious packaging. Sony Ericsson is taking this concept to industry partners and customers to help develop and design the features of this environmentally-friendly phone. The folks over at Mobile Cowboys got a sneak peek at the first prototype design and snagged a few pictures. Yeah, it is not as sexy as the XPERIA X1 but its not too shabby either; at least not for a concept phone made out of biodegradable and recycled materials. If this concept does become a reality, will this mean we can throw our old phones into the compost pile and have their remnants show up on our dinner plate come next harvest? Probably not, but the idea of a biodegradable phone is still very cool and very green.