While Sprint (NYSE:
S) maintains a year-round commitment to sustainability, the company
is marking Earth Day this year by offering customers additional
incentives for joining in efforts to protect the environment.
Ranked No. 3 in Newsweeks 2011 Green Rankings, Sprint is
encouraging more consumers to recycle old wireless phones with an
additional credit offered through the Sprint
Buyback program. The Sprint portfolio of eco-friendly phones with
eco-friendly features also continues to expand with the availability of LG
Viper 4G LTE*, the first Sprint 4G LTE
phone with eco-friendly attributes and LG Optimus Elite; both available
on Earth Day, April 22.
Last year, Sprint was recognized
by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its commitment to
phone recycling, which remains a key focus for the company. Through
Sprint recycling programs, such as Sprint Buyback, Sprint has kept more
than 28 million phones out of landfills. Sprint is seeking to increase
the momentum of this program by offering a $50 credit (for each new line
of service), on top of the Sprint Buyback program standard offer, to all
customers who participate in the Buyback program from April 15 to May 30.
Today, customers who participate in the Sprint Buyback program can
receive a Sprint credit up to $300 instantly toward a new device when
recycling eligible devices regardless of whether the phone is from
another manufacturer or carrier when you add a new line. According to Compass
Intelligence Research1, the instant credit is a big part
of why Sprints Buyback Program was named the best of the four major
carriers based on expert analysis, secondary research and primary
research with users about what they most prefer in a buyback program.
Sprints first 4G LTE phone with eco-friendly attributes, LG Viper, hits
store shelves this Sunday. Five individuals will have the chance to
receive one of the phones by participating in an Earth Day sweepstakes.
Registration is available by going online to www.sprint.com/earthday
or by texting green to 229466, where users can register once a day
through April 27. Winners will be selected April 30. For the most
up-to-date details on Sprints 4G LTE rollout, please visit www.sprint.com/4GLTE.
The eco-friendly attributes of LG Viper include:
The working partnership between Sprint and LG on sustainable product
design continues with LG Rumor Reflex. Another phone with eco-friendly
features available through Sprint LG Rumor Reflex will be made
available for FREE to new customers and existing customers eligible for
an upgrade when ordered on sprint.com
through May 17.
Sprint not only offers green products but many of its phones also come
equipped with apps that aid consumers seeking to live greener
lifestyles. The Green
ID pack allows customers, on select Sprint devices, to instantly
download a complete mobile experience, including applications, widgets,
ringtones and wallpapers related to the environment through Sprint
ID. With mobile content like TreeHugger.com, Earth911.com, LightBulb
Finder and the National Audubon Society, consumers can lead more
environmentally sustainable lives and help others to do the same.
According to Adam Borut, co-founder of EcoHatchery, the company that
owns and created the Light Bulb Finder application, Sprint customers
using the lightbulb application are expected to have saved almost $1
million after having used the application and switched to a more
efficient lighting solution by using Sprints Green ID pack.
These offers help our customers and Sprint reduce our impact on the
environment, said Jeff Hallock, Sprint vice president of consumer
acquisition. Weve seen how our customers adopt green practices if we
make products and service available, everything from smartphones that
are more earth friendly, to solar accessories, to customers who choose
online bill pay over a paper bill. Consumers in general want to do
whats best for the planet and we want to help them do that.
Sprints industry-leading role in corporate responsibility and
environmental sustainability continues to receive recognition. Sprint
ranked No. 3 on Newsweeks
of Americas Greenest Companies, up from No. 6
in 2010 and No.15 in 2009. For the past two years, Sprint received the Sustainability
Leadership Award from the International Electronics Recycling
Conference & Expo. Sprint also was named to the Dow
Jones Sustainability Index North America and leads the wireless
industry in green power, securing the No. 13 spot on the EPA
Fortune 500® Green Power Partner List, the only wireless
carrier named to National Top 50.
To learn more about Sprint programs that protect the environment, go to www.sprint.com/responsibility
or follow @SprintGreenNews
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline
communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers,
businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55
million customers at the end of 2011 and is widely recognized for
developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including
the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United
States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid
brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance
Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities;
and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No.
3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nations greenest
companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn
more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com
* Sprints 4G LTE network is expected in limited markets in mid-year
2012. See sprint.com/4GLTE for details.
1. Survey and analysis provided by Compass Intelligence was
sponsored by eRecyclingCorps. Sprints BuyBack program is powered by
SPRINT EARTH DAY SWEEPSTAKES
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of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who are at least 18
years old. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00:01 a.m. (EDT) April 5, 2012, and
ends at 11:59:59 p.m. (EDT) April 27, 2012 (the Entry Period). Void
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