AT&T welcoming Samsung Evergreen for $30

Samsung's latest text-messaging phone has an eco slant and will sell for only $30.

Samsung Evergreen
The Samsung Evergreen is both environmentally and budget-friendly. Samsung

AT&T is getting a new quick texting phone on November 7, one that Samsung is pushing hard as an eco phone. The Samsung Evergreen is built from 70 percent recycled post-consumer materials, and its packaging is made from 80 percent recycled post-consumer paper. The packaging uses soy ink, and in lieu of a paper manual, the Evergreen comes with a CD. Eco ringtones and wallpaper round out the theme.

As for the specs, the Evergreen is a 3G-capable phone that features a 2.4-inch display and a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard. There's also a 2-megapixel camera with camcorder, Bluetooth connectivity, and apps such as AT&T Navigator onboard. This is a pretty typical Samsung messaging phone, from the looks of it, but the keyboard appears roomy at our first glance, and the two soft keys are a nice touch.

The Samsung Evergreen will sell for $29.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate. In addition, Samsung has promised to donate $1 to the nonprofit Cell Phones for Soldiers, up to $100,000.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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