In addition to the amazing devices that Nokia creates, I am also pleased with their awareness and attention to sustainability of our beautiful planet Earth. They even have a main level page on their website devoted to the environment. IDC issued a report on phone manufacturers recycling efforts and Nokia is one of the leading companies in this area of recyclability.
As stated by IDC:
Nokia is particularly strong in the area of materials where between 65% and 80% of any Nokia device can be recycled and the rest, primarily plastics, can be used to fuel the recycling process. The company has also gone the furthest in its use of recycled materials.
Five companies stood out from the pack, including Apple, LG, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson. Five criteria and 20 sub-criteria were evaluated in the detailed report that is available for $4,500.
So, the next time you are thinking about purchasing a smartphone you can rest easy knowing that Nokia is doing their part to recyle phones and use materials that can be recycled and used in your next Nokia smartphone.
As a father of three young ladies and a man who has a heart for others I find I enjoy writing about Nokia as a company for what they do outside of creating smartphones. If you followed my CES 2010 live blog you saw that OPK focused on what Nokia is doing to make the world a better place and barely touched on any smartphone news. Nokia issued a press release unveiling the Conspiracy For Good (CFG) movement that blends together interactive theater, mobile and alternate reality gaming, music, and physical participation to effect positive changes in the world. It is a rather unique and interesting program that will improve the Chataika Basic School, located in the village of Chataika in eastern Zambia.
Nokia is partnering with the creator of the “Heroes” TV show in this effort where participants will enter into the story to via online mysteries, casual mobile games, or physical participation in London events that will occur from mid-July through early August. Games such as Exclusion and Mainframe Liberator will be used to unlock codes to confidential websites, Ovi Maps to guide characters through the story, and Ovi Music where hidden information within songs can be deciphered to advance the story.
The fictional plot begins with the following information:
Over the decades, members of Conspiracy For Good have been reputed to be quietly and effectively doing good in the world’s most troubled areas. But CFG is not without enemies, and it is now under fierce attack by Blackwell Briggs (www.blackwellbriggs.com), a London-based multinational company committed to advanced infrastructure development and security services. For help, CFG turned to Kring, a master storyteller, to share their story, recruit new members to read the signs, and bring down Blackwell Briggs.
UK participants will be able to download a special edition app called Conspiracy for Good: DeadDrop in mid-July that will use Nokia’s Point & Find service and technology to find clues and participate in the events in London. You can also join in the conspiracy from anywhere in the world and it is all free to participate. You don’t necessarily need a Nokia device, but the experience will be much better with one and Nokia will be loaning a limited number of devices out to people who come to each of the Saturday meet up events in London. There are already several videos on the site and various ways to connect and share information with people. There a several different blog entries (looks like they started on 12 May) on how people are doing things to make the world a better place and the movement seems quite popular already.
At the conclusion of the “story” it seems that a donation or assistance of some kind will be passed along to the Zamibian school. I am trying to find out some more details on the direct benefit to an organization, but understand that people talking about ways to effect change for the betterment of the world is a large part of the dialog in the movement.
At the beginning of this week we saw a minor update to the Nokia N900 that we learned gave us access to the Ovi Store. It is a great week to be a Nokia N900 owner as we see official word that Maemo 5 PR 1.1 is rolling out now across the time zones, starting in Finland. Mine appeared early this morning and I am updating the 90MB update at this time.
If you want to know all about the changes in this update check out the changelog list. My update hasn’t arrived yet, but I understand there is a manual method available for US devices. Here are some of the new and updated features in PR 1.1:
- Support for MS Exchange 2003
- Performance improvements in the browser
- Fast SMS rejection of incoming call
- Silence ringing by flipping phone face down
- OVI Maps updated for route calculation and search performance
- Added voicemail shortcut support
- Lots of other improvements
We are not seeing MMS support, portrait mode for text messaging, or other improvements we have been hoping for. I’ll explore it a bit more when it shows up on my device too.
One thing about being a person who has several Nokia devices in the house I have no shortage of chargers available to use. Actually, with a charger at the office, at home and in my gear bag I still have a few others sitting sealed in their boxes. One thing that appeals to me about Nokia is their proactive belief and practices in helping preserve our world for future generations. I recently read on Nokia Users that Nokia is trying out a program where they give buyers the option to make a purchase with or without a charger. The first device to have this option is the Nokia N79 Petrol Black with the original white model having it soon as well.
The devices will be priced the same so there is no direct monetary benefit to buying a package without a charger, however £4 (about US$ ) will be donated to the WWF for each device sold without the charger. Keep in mind that those devices without a charger will also come in a smaller box and thus reduce packaging waste. To help with this effort, Nokia will have to stay focused on limited charger options. Right now most devices use the same charger, but some of the newer devices are coming with the capability to use the microUSB port for charging and syncing.