In the future, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica, and Vodafone will rate new smartphones based on how climate-friendly they are. However, several large manufacturers are not participating.
Several large European cell phone providers want to inform their customers in the future about how climate-friendly new smartphone models are and how easy they are to repair. In the “Eco Rating” presented on Tuesday, up to 100 points are awarded. The overall rating for the smartphone on offer is calculated from the manufacturer’s information.
On the provider side, Deutsche Telekom, Telefónica (O2), and Vodafone participate in the rating system. Orange from France and Telia Company from Sweden are also there. Twelve Android mobile phones are currently cooperating with the project, including OnePlus, Lenovo ( Motorola ), HMD Global (Nokia), Oppo, Samsung, Xiaomi, and Alcatel.
It is noticeable that Apple, Sony, and Google are missing. The Dutch manufacturer Fairphone, which according to many experts, currently offers the most environmentally friendly smartphones, is also not on the list of cooperation partners.
Five Categories In The Eco Rating.
The providers said the rating applies to new devices. “When new smartphones or simple cell phones come onto the market, the mobile network operators will evaluate these devices. The consortium assumes that ultimately all devices that are available to consumers will have an eco-rating. “
The “Eco Rating” is made up of a total of five categories: durability, repairability, recyclability, climate compatibility, and resource conservation. In terms of longevity, it should be assessed, for example, how robust the device is. The battery life is also assessed. The warranty period of the device is also taken into account. The duration of the software support with Android and security updates does not seem to matter.
The assessment of the reparability includes, for example, the design of the mobile phone and additional measures that can improve the reusability and upgradeability of the device and thus extend its useful life.