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T-Mobile launches Motorola W223 Renew: Recession edition

Published Feb 4th, 2009 4:41AM EST

The Motorola Renew isn’t exactly an unheard of device, but T-Mobile has gone and scooped ’em up. Don’t expect to be taking 8-megapixel flicks here, as this is as low-end as you basically get. How low end? Well, how does $9.99 on a two-year sound? Yeah, it’s that inexpensive. There are some perks to owning a Motorola Renew, however. First of all, you’re looking at around nine whole hours of battery life — awesome. Second, the entire case of the phone is made from recycled water bottles and thus is 100% fully recyclable. Additionally, the box it comes in is also made from recycled material and the phone ships with a postage-paid envelope to a recycling center when the phone’s time on the earth is done. Not to get all gushy over the green aspect of the device, but as a final aside, Motorola has completely offset the carbon dioxide required to make, distribute, and operate the phone through investments in reforestation and renewable energy sources. Pretty damn cool, if we do say so ourselves.

Alright, you’ve got your tye-dye shirts on, incense burning, and Iron Man by Black Sabbath on repeat, but you’re still wondering how the phone is. If anyone remembers the Motorola L6 (the low cost SLVR or L8) you’ll know what we’re talking about it. The thing to remember is the cost of the handset and what you need in a phone. Would many BGR readers put up with possibly the worst display we’ve ever seen on a mobile device? Most likely not. Would most BGR readers get excited by nine hours of talk time? Probably so. The actual OS the Renew runs is Synergy (love it or hate it), but as old Moto junkies, we were rockin’ around that thing in no time. The Motorola system sounds even made us shed a single tear. In closing, we’d say that while this is certainly not the type of phone Motorola needs right now, it’s certainly not a bad option for the loved one in your life that just pisses you off because they don’t care what kind of phone they use. It’s available today from T-Mobile.

Jonathan S. Geller
Jonathan Geller Founder, President & Editor-in-chief

Jonathan S. Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

Jonathan is President of BGR Media, LLC., and Editor-in-chief of the BGR website.

What started as a side project at the age of 16, quickly transpired into 24-hour days and nights of sharing exclusive and breaking news about the mobile communications industry. BGR now reaches up to 100 million readers a month through the website, syndication partners, and additional channels.