Motorola's green phone has a great price

April 13, 2009 By Eric Benderoff
The Moto W233 Renew

At least one of Motorola's new phones will appeal to consumers searching for "green" products.

The Moto W233 Renew is housed in plastic made from recycled water bottles. Is it a great phone? I can't say yet, but I can tell you this: It is affordable. The Renew is on sale at T-Mobile online for $10 with a two-year contract.

Made from recycled plastics, the Renew is a exclusive. It offers nine-hours of talk time (better than average) to reduce the need to charge the phone.

Also, the phone's packaging is made from recycled materials. The packaging even includes a pre-paid envelope so buyers can return their old phone for recycling. (That's a solid idea for every phone maker, frankly.)

I haven't held this phone, so I can't speak about its performance. But if you're looking for a basic at a nice price -- the Renew includes a music player, too -- take a look.


(c) 2009, Chicago Tribune.
Visit the Chicago Tribune on the Internet at
Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

Explore further: EPA promotes cell phone recycling

Related Stories

EPA promotes cell phone recycling

January 8, 2008

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has teamed up with cell phone makers, service providers, and retailers to promote cell phone recycling.

Motorola phone talks a tough game

February 4, 2009

For some people, a phone is just a phone. They don't need e-mail, a Web browser or a camera. They just want to make a call. And the last thing they want to worry about is what will happen to a phone that's dropped or gets ...

Recommended for you

Internet giants race to faster mobile news apps

October 4, 2015

US tech giants are turning to the news in their competition for mobile users, developing new, faster ways to deliver content, but the benefits for struggling media outlets remain unclear.

Radio frequency 'harvesting' tech unveiled in UK

September 30, 2015

An energy harvesting technology that its developers say will be able to turn ambient radio frequency waves into usable electricity to charge low power devices was unveiled in London on Wednesday.

Professors say US has fallen behind on offshore wind power

September 29, 2015

University of Delaware faculty from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), the College of Engineering and the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics say that the U.S. has fallen behind in offshore wind ...


Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

4 / 5 (1) Apr 13, 2009
this is not freakin science. i expected to at least see it running off of solar power and using a new generation viral battery. lol
not rated yet Apr 15, 2009
Wow... 10$ with a two year contract? And what contracts do they offer??? $30/month? so... this phoneis now worth $730??

I think not.

What a cheap attempt at a weak advert!

"I haven't held this phone," So.... You know nothing about it, you haven't used it and this is news how???
not rated yet Apr 17, 2009
I work for a cell phone company, and Motorola phones are generally very good in quality, but have rather steep pricing. This is the kind of phone that should sell pretty good if it proves durable and as good as other Motorola offerings.
not rated yet Apr 18, 2009
"I haven't held this phone," So.... You know nothing about it, you haven't used it and this is news how???

I didn't know about it... now I do. That constitutes "news" as far as I can tell. What exactly is your problem?

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.