Vodafone and Sumsung reveal Blue Earth eco phone

8 Feb 2010

Vodafone has introduced a new eco-friendly phone from Samsung that comes with solar-charging panels and which can slip into eco-mode for energy efficiency.

Marking a quality leap in the range of environmentally responsible handsets, the sleek, touchscreen Blue Earth smart phone will be available in Vodafone stores, via Vodafone’s website and through distributors nationwide from this week for €79.99 postpay and €259.99 prepay. 

“Until now, environmental friendly mobile phones were primarily devices with lower energy consumption and limited functions,” said Gary Twohig, country manager of Samsung Mobile.

“Samsung’s commitment goes much further, because our handsets are environmentally friendly in all the phases: from their production to their very use. We are delighted to be partnering with Vodafone and its Green Agenda with the launch of this exclusive device in Irish market,” Twohig said.

About Samsung’s Blue Earth eco smart phone

Blue Earth combines the latest high-end multimedia features with a sleek, touchscreen design, low energy consumption and solar-panel charging. The body of the handset is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Blue Earth comes with a unique user interface designed to draw attention to preserving the environment. Using ’Eco mode’, the screen brightness, backlight duration and Bluetooth can be set to an energy-efficient mode with just one click.

The ’Eco Walk’ function allows users to see the number of trees that have been saved by walking instead of driving.

“Offering increasingly environmentally-friendly devices is a key part of our overall commitment to a more sustainable society,” Laura Turkington, Vodafone Foundation and corporate responsibility manager, explained.

“Vodafone Ireland has been extremely active in the green space and the introduction of this handset in our lines allows us to give our customers more green choices.”

By John Kennedy

Photo: Samsung’s Blue Earth smart phone

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years