Deutsche Telekom and Samsung are cooperating on sustainability. Among other things, the circulation system for used smartphones is to be expanded. […]

When it comes to the cell phone cycle, the focus is on the useful life of smartphones (c)

With a strategic cooperation for more sustainability in smartphones, Telekom and Samsung now want to implement the topic in the mass market. Of particular interest among the four parts of the project is the development of a “green” 5G smartphone, which should be on the market by the end of 2022 and which can be easily repaired with a battery that can be replaced by the user.

When it comes to the cell phone cycle, the focus is on the useful life of smartphones. Samsung is already part of the telecom cell phone cycle in Germany and Poland, in which the network operator buys back used telephones, reprocesses them and puts them back into circulation. The concept is currently being expanded and is expected to be relaunched in October. Among other things, it is planned that Samsung will supply used smartphones into the cycle.

In addition, the companies are developing a joint concept for offsetting costs incurred in recycling old devices. For example, with every device sold, a donation should be made to an NGO. This organizes the proper recycling of old devices.

The fourth pillar comprises the end device portfolio, which is to be made more sustainable overall. Samsung is an important partner of Telekom in this regard. Both companies are already partners in the Eco Ranking initiative, which is introducing a sustainability rating for smartphones.

* Boris Boden heads the test editorial team for the magazines Telecom Handel and com! And is also deputy editor-in-chief of Telecom Handel. He has been working with cell phones, smartphones and tablets for many years. No device is safe from his urge to try technical toys.