Sprint today unveiled several progressive initiatives building on Sprint’s environmental work in the wireless industry, including upcoming availability of the Samsung Replenish from Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile). Samsung Replenish, an Android touch QWERTY smartphone enabled with Sprint ID, will be available on May 8 for $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-friendly Samsung Restore, 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 Naturacell (a plant-based plastic) will be available for purchase on May 8.
The Replenish represents the latest in Sprint and Samsung's list of environmentally-themed endeavors. 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 sustainability website  details Sprint’s green mobile applications and helps customers learn about the company’s sustainability initiatives.
The Samsung Mobile Take Back Program allows consumers to send in their cell phones to be properly disposed of free of charge.