Many companies jumped on the Earth Day bandwagon, and to be frank most of the time the efforts probably waste more materials and energy than they save. But Verizon is actually one that is making a difference.
The company is offering not only an option that is better than recycling, but it is one that could truly make a difference for some individuals. While not green, the program is socially responsible. The company has started a pilot program in Northern California that offers customers a way to pay it forward. Customers who buy a new phone are given an envelope where any proceeds from the used mobile is donated to domestic violence victims. The Verizon Wireless HopeLine is in place to provide cash grants to NGO shelters, and even provide used phones directly to victims.
Now that is recycling that actually does make a difference.
T-Mobile Announces First-of-its-Kind Embedded SIM
This week, T-Mobile USA, Inc. unveiled a new embedded SIM for machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions. The size is that of the head of a pin, and this durable embedded SIM can stand up to the elements and still deliver reliable wireless connectivity while preserving many of the benefits of a GSM-based solution. Does this mean that phones could become even smaller? That is certainly a possibility.
“T-Mobile’s embedded SIM solution drives efficiencies, speeds time to market, and extends the life of M2M solutions even in the toughest environments,” said John Horn, national director of M2M, T-Mobile USA. “With our simple, streamlined certification process, we expect partners to have commercial solutions based on this new technology running on the T-Mobile network as soon as this summer.”
Orange Forms Partnership with Wikimedia
Imagine having all the world’s knowledge in the palm of your hand(set)? Well, this week European telco provider Orange and Wikimedia Foundation announced a new partnership that will extend the way people can access the free knowledge. This will allow for easy access to all of Wikimedia’s content through co-branded channels on Orange’s mobile and Web portals, and together the two companies will work to develop new services around the content from Wikipedia.
This partnership will provide quick and simple access to the co-branded content to users in France, Spain, Poland and the United Kingdom. And part two of the agreement will see the two companies cooperate to create a range of simple, but innovative services that will be available throughout Orange’s European markets.
“The Wikimedia Foundation is dedicated to spreading knowledge to as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible,” said Sue Gardner, Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation. “Orange’s leadership in mobile and focus on innovation makes them an ideal partner to help us extend our reach. The Foundation welcomes partnerships that help us carry out our mission and that respect the valuable contributions of the Wikimedia community”
Soon, everyone in Europe – at least those with an Orange handset – will be walking Web-based encyclopedias.