Mobile Industry Tries To Go Green
Sep 22, 2006, 12:25 AM by (staff)
Nokia today announced it will lead a group of manufacturers and carriers in an effort to reduce the environmental impact of mobile phones. The group will attempt to implement a wide range of changes including reducing harmful materials in phones, reducing the energy usage of phones, and increasing the number of old phones that are recycled. Nokia also singled out chargers as one of the targets, mentioning that teaching people to unplug their charged phones could save huge amounts of electricity. Motorola, Panasonic, Vodafone, Orange and others are also founding members of this effort.
The Motorola Phones That Never Were
In a rare peek behind the curtain, Motorola reveals early prototypes of its phones, as well as phones that never saw the light of day. Explore a full gallery of prototype Motorola phones and watches, including a RAZR flip-phone for Android, phones made of cork, and early versions of the Moto 360 watch.
More Carriers and Phone Makers Agree to Adopt Google's RCS-Based 'Android Messages' Service
Google today said more wireless network operators and handset manufacturers will use Android Messages, its RCS-based messaging service, as the default SMS/MMS tool on their phones. (Android Messages was previously known as Google Messenger.) Some of the features of RCS, which is a global standard, include group chat, high-resolution photo sharing, advanced calling features, and read receipts.
FCC's Wheeler Lauds Phone Theft Prevention Report
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today said the FCC Technological Advisory Council's Mobile Device Theft Prevention Working Group Report provides workable suggestions for curbing smartphone theft. Wheeler tasked the group earlier this year to investigate how best to cut down the number of phones stolen from U.S.
Kyocera Phone Recycling Program to Benefit Soldiers
Kyocera today launched a nationwide 'Take Back' phone recycling program that will provide calling services to deployed military personnel. Kyocera partnered with SecondWave Recycling to handle the logistics.
CTIA Issues RFP for Stolen Device Database
The CTIA is looking for companies to help it with the Mobile Device Information Portal and issued a request for proposal to that effect. The portal is to be a central tool that consumers, carriers, and law enforcement can use to ascertain whether or not phones have been reported lost or stolen.
Yeah ok.. I see that cell chargers may continue to waste electricity when left pluged in and not in use... instead of teaching us, wouldn't it be smarter to design a chager that dosnt do that..
Oh and God forbid all manufactures came together for a universal charging connection.. the small usb 2.0 looks like it could very well be it.
yeah I know the newer gen chargers are more efficent but ****, mine is at home allways plugged in and the cord just pokes out somewhere so I can charge overnight.
its about time the thinking