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Samsung, Sprint Bring Eco-Friendly Phone To Customers

August 6, 2009

Sprint and Samsung are teaming up to sell a $50 “eco-conscious” phone with a casing constructed of biodegradable plastic.

Other manufacturers, like Motorola, have created a “green” phone, but these phones have generally been stripped down devices.

The new Samsung Reclaim has a slide-out standard-layout keyboard, e-mail and Web access, a camera and GPS navigation. 

Samsung said the biodegradable plastic on the device is made partly out of corn.

David Owens, Sprint Nextel Corp.’s director of product marketing, said that the company is paying more than usual amounts of subsidies to Samsung to bring down the price to $50 for customers signing a two-year contract.

The Samsung Reclaim will be made available on August 16.

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