News by Todd Haselton on Tuesday February 23, 2010.
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Sprint's CEO, Dan Hesse, is on Capitol Hill today and recently testitied before Senator John Kerry and the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.
During his speech, in which he introduced a new Buyback program, he also said that the carrier would only accept new devices from manufacturers that meet Sprint's new, eco-friendly, criteria for devices. "Moving forward, every handset member who manufacturers handsets to operate on Sprint's networks must product handsets that meet or exceeed Sprint's new green design criteria and specifications," Hesse said.
To meet Sprint's new criteria, devices must: be made of sustainable materials, manufactured and packaged sustainably, be free of potentially hazardous materials, be highly energy-efficient or even self-charging, be compatible with interoperable accessories, and be fully and easily recyclable.
Sprint is working with Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Palm, RIM, and Sanyo and has created a report card to judge the eco-friendliness. The report card will measure a handset's eco-friendliness in 5 categories: "Environmentally Sensitive Materials," "End of Life Management," "Sustainable Packaging," "Energy Efficiency," and "Innovation."
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