Proving that it is easy to be environmentally friendly and save money, Sprint and LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. (LG Mobile Phones) today announced the upcoming availability of LG Remarq(TM), which meets Sprint eco-criteria and is the latest addition to Sprint's growing portfolio of eco-friendly devices. Sprint is the recognized wireless industry leader in delivering to consumers and business eco-friendly devices and recycling programs.
LG Remarq will be available on May 9 in all Sprint retail channels including www.sprint.com and 1-800-Sprint1 for FREE with a new two-year service agreement and after a $19.99 instant rebate and $50 mail-in rebate (taxes and surcharges excluded). Customers can pre-register for LG Remarq beginning today at www.sprint.com/remarq.
Sprint ranked highest among all U.S. telecom companies and #15 overall on Newsweek's Green Rankings, with a series of new environmental initiatives and green innovations. Sprint also scored highest among U.S. based wireless companies on the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) 2009 Global 500 Report on carbon disclosure.
"LG Remarq gives the eco-minded consumer a way to stay connected with the people who matter most at an incredible price," said Kevin Packingham, Sprint senior vice president-Product Development. "Sprint continues to lead the U.S. wireless industry with our commitment to environmental initiatives and products."
LG Remarq is a chic messaging whiz with a full sliding QWERTY keyboard featuring a 1.3 MP camera, MP3 player with microSD card slot (supports up to 16GB), Stereo Bluetooth(R) wireless technology and instant messaging. Customers can stay connected to their friends and post their latest pics with easy access to Facebook(R) and Photobucket(R).
"Our research shows that consumers are passionate about making eco-friendly choices when purchasing their mobile phones," said Ehtisham Rabbani, corporate vice president, marketing and innovation for LG Mobile Phones. "We're continually finding new ways to weave recyclable alternatives throughout our product line-up, continuing to show our commitment to change."
Available in either dark silver or turquoise, LG Remarq and its packaging are designed with environmentally responsible components including:
-- The outer casing is made from 19 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and the handset as a whole is 87 percent recyclable. The device meets strict RoHS standards for restriction of hazardous materials such as lead, mercury and cadmium.
-- Remarq contains low levels of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and brominated flame retardants (BFR): two materials commonly targeted on green electronics guidelines.
-- Powered by an Energy Star-qualified charger which meets the energy-efficiency standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
-- The packaging is fully recyclable packaging featuring a brown craft paper exterior and made from 87 percent post consumer material (PCM). The phone tray inside the box is made from 100 percent PCM. The images and text on the box, as well as all in-box materials, are printed with soy ink.
-- The paper manual has been replaced with an online user manual that users can access beginning May 9.
In addition, LG Remarq comes pre-loaded with an innovative Eco Calculator application that allows customers to calculate C02 reduction savings by walking or cycling as opposed to driving their car. The reduction is calculated in pounds of C02 or trees planted.