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Mobile Phone Goes Green for Less than $100

Sprint’s CEO Dan Hesse announced on Tuesday pricing and pre-order availability date for the LG Viper 4G LTE, claimed to be the first 4G LTE device with eco-friendly features to be offered by Sprint.

LG Viper will be available later this month in all Sprint sales channels for $99.99. Customers can pre-order LG Viper beginning Thursday, April 12 at

LG Viper takes advantage of Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, mobile hotspot capabilities and a 4GB card microSD slot that supports up to 32GB.

It also features a 5MP rear-facing camera with flash and VGA front-facing camera allowing for a fun and easy face-to-face video chat experience.

Enabled with Near Field Communication (NFC), LG Viper allows users to access features such as Google Wallet, an app that allows payment using a mobile device at participating retailers, including Bloomingdales, Toys “R” Us, CVS, Gap and Macy’s.

The smartphone also boasts a 4-inch touchscreen. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass screen protector for extra display resistance while on the go.

The device is ULE Platinum Certified, said to be the highest level of environmental performance recognized by sustainable requirements established by UL Environment and Sprint. It is protected by a casing made of 50 percent recycled plastics.

Moreover, it is RoHS compliant, meaning it is free from many potentially hazardous materials such as PVC, phthalates, halogens and mercury. The packaging contains up to 87 percent of post-consumer paper, uses soy ink, made with a glueless construction and is 100 percent recyclable.

The phone also includes a charger that exceeds the EC Code of Conduct on energy efficiency when it comes to no-load consumption. Unlike other chargers, LG Viper 4G LTE’s charger only consumes 0.03 watts of power when plugged into a wall socket without being connected to the phone, says the company.

Sprint recently announced Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio are expected to have 4G LTE and enhanced 3G service in mid-year 2012.

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