Deutsche Telekom and Samsung Electronics today announced their strategic partnership to boost green initiatives.
Samsung and Deutsche Telekom will develop a green smartphone suitable for the mass market. It will support 5G technology and be designed to be sustainable. This includes easy repair and a removable battery. The green smartphone will be launched at the end of 2022.
Deutsche Telekom and Samsung are also focusing on the utilization periods of smartphones. Samsung is an integral part of the Telekom Smartphone circular economy in Germany and Poland, which gives phones a second life.
As part of the cycle, Telekom buys back used phones, refurbishes them and puts them back into circulation. The concept is currently being expanded and is expected to be relaunched in October. One of the plans is for Samsung to supply used smartphones to the cycle.
In addition, the companies are developing a joint concept to compensate for costs incurred in recycling used devices. For example, a donation is to be made to an NGO with every device sold. This organizes the proper recycling of old devices.
Samsung is a major manufacturer within Telekom’s smartphone portfolio.