Moto goes green with the Renew

The earth-friendly Motorola Renew is made from recycled water bottles.

Moto's Renew is kind to the Earth. Motorola

Last year at CES Motorola dazzled us with a couple of high-end multimedia cell phones . One of them, the Rokr E8, impressed us so much that it won CNET's Best of CES award in the cell phones category. This year, however, Moto is taking a more comprehensive approach with three cell phones that range from simple to complex.

On the simple side, Motorola presents the Renew W233. Its story lies not in what it offers--features are minimal--but in what it is. The Renew is made entirely of recycled water bottles (at least the plastic parts). Moto is calling it the world's first carbon neutral phone--that puts it beyond the Nokia 3110 , which is made from 50 percent recycled material. The packaging is also Earth-friendly. Not only does the Renew use 22 percent less packaging, but the packaging that it does use comes from recycled paper and the ink on the manual is soy-based. Moto is also promising that the Renew will use less energy with a promised talk time of nine hours.

Features include support for CrystalTalk feature, a VGA camera, organizer features, and a music player. The Renew will arrive at T-Mobile in the first quarter of this year.

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