The Samsung Replenish is Sprint's fourth eco-friendly handset. The phone's casing includes 34.6 percent post-consumer recycled plastic content and 82 percent of the phone is made from recyclable material.
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Pricing and availability
The Samsung Replenish will be available on May 8 for a $49.99 with a two-year contract and is waiving the $10 monthly premium data add-on fee. The phone will also come in arctic blue (shown here) and raspberry pink; both of these models will ship in June. Aside from the eco-friendly benefits, the Replenish offers a 2-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and runs Android 2.2.
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A battery cover with solar panels will be offered for an additional $29. The Eco-cover is made by a company called Naturacell.
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A small sun icon will appear on the phone when you're charging the device using the Eco-cover.
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The left side of the Replenish has a volume rocker. The handset in general is pretty compact and light at 4.8 inches by 2.4 inches wide by 0.5 inch thick and 4.1 ounces.
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On top of the device, you'll find a 3.5mm headphone jack and a power button.
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The Samsung Replenish offers a touch screen, QWERTY keyboard combo. The QWERTY keyboard is slightly on the cramped side, even compared with a BlackBerry or the Motorola Droid Pro, but the keys are elevated and provide a nice tactile feedback. The display measures 2.8 inches and has a QVGA (240x320-pixel) resolution. It's definitely not the sharpest screen, but we weren't expecting the latest display technology, considering the price.
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In addition to being made of environmentally sensitive materials, the Replenish can also be outfitted with Sprint's Green ID pack. This custom skin provides access to green tips, environmental resources, and more.
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Green ID pack provides shortcuts to a handful of environmental organizations and news sources, such as Treehugger.com.
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There are also apps and links to green shopping sites.
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Need to recycle something? The iRecycle app will tell you where the closest recycling drop-off center is, based on your location.
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Local farmers markets
There's even an app to help you find local farmers markets and you can also narrow your search by ingredient and see what's in season.
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Oh, did we mention that the Samsung Replenish is also a full-fledged smartphone running Android 2.2?