Moto W233 Renew

w233Honestly when I found the Moto W233 Renew I was just looking for a cheap phone. The phone listed on Fido’s website at $65 and I found it at Future Shop for $59.99, which was apparently a mistake but they honoured the price on the display (after peeling it off so don’t bother rushing down there). Only after I had the phone did I start to look at “renew”.

The phone housing is made with 25% post-consumer recycled plastics, water bottles according to Motorola’s website. The housing is of course recyclable itself. Phone innards do not use lead solder and the Getting Started Guide is printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable-based inks. Included with the phone was a postage paid envelope for recycling your old phone via the Phones for Food project of the Canadian Association of Food Banks. Motorola promotes this phone as the world’s first carbon neutral phone. It is certified CarbonFreeĀ® by through use of offsets for the manufacturing, distribution and lifetime use of the phone. The external packaging of the phone seemed excessive to me, but at least it is composed of paper and recyclable plastic.

All in all it seems this is a sincere effort by Motorola and Fido to make a more environmentally responsible device. For people looking for a cell phone and who weight environmental impact into their product choices or even for people who are just looking for good value in a basic GSM phone, the Moto W233 Renew is worth a look. I’ll post on the function of the phone once I’ve had a chance to use it a bit. Right now I am waiting for a call back from Motorola on how to make voice memos on it. Both Fido and Motorola say it has that feature, but so far I can’t find it and neither can they.



Motorola Fact Sheet
Canadian Association of Food Banks

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