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[GreenYes] Throw-Away Cellular Phones Need Refundable Deposits

REFUNDABLE DEPOSITS WILL KEEP THROWAWAY CELLULAR PHONES
OUT OF THE DUMP


Throwaway cellular phones have to be the epitome of wastefulness.  Like 
throwaway cans
and bottles, throwaway cellular phones, razors, cameras, etc. need a 
refundable deposit to insure a high rate of recovery for recycling.  And 
let's don't stop there!!!!  How about deposits
on electronics??  That's the only way you're going to get them back in high 
quantities.

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At 06:09 PM 3/19/01 -0500, DavidOrr@aol.com wrote:

>Throw-Away Phone Tossed Into Cellular Market
>     Monday, March 19, 2001
>
>BY KAREN A. DAVIS
>THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
>
>     SAN FRANCISCO -- Cellular users may be throwing away their phones by
>the end of this year.
>
>     Following the lead of companies touting disposable razors and
>cameras, Telespree Communications has unveiled plans to introduce a
>partly disposable cellular phone into the U.S. market by year's end.
>
>     The Telespree phones with AirClips, disposable clip-on battery packs
>that keep track of how many cellular minutes are left, will be priced at
>less than $30.
>
>     The AirClips will be sold in 60-, 90- and 120-minute packages at drug
>stores, supermarkets, gas stations and other retail outlets, a
>spokeswoman for the San Francisco-based company said.
>
>     Once they have used all the prepaid minutes, consumers can keep the
>colorful handsets and throw away the battery and airtime packs.
>
>     "Like the razor blade in a razor, the air clips can be changed. That
>is the only truly disposable part of the phone," Telespree Chief
>Executive Alon Segal said last week.
>
>     Marketed as simple and easy to use, the phones have only two buttons
>and use voice-recognition technology. To make a call, the user simply
>presses the on/off button and says the number. Telespree users also will
>be able to develop online speed-dial lists.
>
>     "Imagine giving a wireless phone to your 8-year-old child so he can
>call you to pick him up after school by saying, 'Call home,' " said
>Segal.
>
>     Segal said the new concept in prepaid phones will make cellular a
>technology that is "everywhere for everyone."
>
>     A voice message will greet a disposable phone user, telling him how
>many minutes are left on the airtime pack when the phone is turned on.
>
>     Bryan Prohm, a senior analyst with Gartner Dataquest, doubts the
>disposable phones -- with their limited usage capability -- will compete
>in mobile markets with major companies such as Nokia, Ericsson and
>Motorola.
>
>     But Prohm said the phones could "acclimate the more timid consumer to
>the wireless market," replacing calling cards and pay phones.
>
>
>
>(C) Copyright 2001, The Salt Lake Tribune
>
>
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