Industry Leaders Announce Creation Of Device Renewal Forum

Group to Establish a “Gold Standard” for Refurbished Wireless Devices

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BARCELONA, SPAIN — Feb.  28, 2012 — Sprint Nextel, Brightstar Corp., eRecyclingCorps, ModusLink Global Solutions and the CDMA Development Group (CDG) today announced the creation of the Device Renewal Forum (DRF).  The goal of the DRF is to expand the growth of the renewed wireless devices market by establishing a common certification for refurbished wireless phones. The group will work across all the wireless interface technologies including but not limited to GSM, CDMA2000, EV-DO, HSPA and LTE.

Mobile telecommunications has become the largest consumer industry in the world.  More than 1.68 billion wireless devices are produced each year, yet less than 1 percent of these devices are recycled and even fewer are renewed as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

The DRF will provide a global forum to address issues related to renewing wireless devices.  Its subcommittees will establish a technology-agnostic “gold standard” for testing and certifying renewed devices.  This initiative will use the world’s “best practices” to extend the lifecycle of wireless phones already in market and mitigate impacts to the environment. The DRF certification process will also help to ensure that only high-quality and properly functioning devices reenter the marketplace.

By renewing and certifying refurbished wireless devices the demand for affordable phones in markets can be fulfilled, while preserving the environment, conserving materials, minimizing pollution and eliminating waste.  A best practices certification process for renewed devices is vitally important to ensure that these devices won’t disrupt, degrade or harm the performance of wireless networks (e.g., reducing capacity, precluding roaming, etc.).

“Collecting and renewing wireless devices are a big part of our broader sustainability commitment,” stated Fared Adib, Vice President of Product at Sprint Nextel.  “We consider the DRF’s certification process to be a key element to expand the use of renewed wireless devices across the globe by providing consumers unparalleled quality, while at the same time, protecting the operation of wireless networks.”

“The renewed devices market is a growing and exciting opportunity for Brightstar.  The certification process, as proposed by DRF, will help strengthen our ability to provide value to our customers and grow this market worldwide,” remarked Marcelo Claure, chairman and CEO of Brightstar Corp.  “We are excited to begin working with the DRF to establish a world class framework for the certification and reuse of wireless devices around the globe.”

“eRecyclingCorps’ (eRC) carrier-grade platform offers instant, in-store credit for used devices and is establishing trade-in as the new norm for wireless device purchases,” said David Edmondson, CEO of eRC.   “Due to the significant volume of devices we are now collecting, we have a vested interest in defining the ground rules for a new category of ‘renewed’ devices.  As a founding member of DRF, we are creating the standards that will give operators and consumers alike, confidence in purchasing these renewed devices.”

“With the lifecycle of wireless phones diminishing, companies are looking for ways to re-introduce affordable phones to market and minimize the environmental impact of old technology,” said Scott Crawley, President, Integrated Services for ModusLink.  “ModusLink has developed a carrier-grade, integrated solution for processing returned handsets, data wiping to ensure privacy and proper disposal and recycling of devices beyond economic repair.  We look forward to leveraging that expertise to support the goals of the DRF and helping to create a certified gold standard for product renewal that will ensure the quality and performance of refurbished goods.”

Industry veteran and CDG founder, Perry LaForge will serve as executive chairman of DRF.  LaForge noted, “I am pleased to help this worthwhile cause.  It’s clear the DRF will provide a vital role in facilitating the renewal of devices around the world and, as a result, make a significant impact on preserving our environment.”

The Device Renewal Forum is open to companies and organizations worldwide that want to make a positive and significant impact on the environment and future of the wireless industry.  DRF anticipates support from wireless service providers, device OEMs, collectors, distributors, trade-in resellers, retailers and government agencies that share common goals on device recycling.

For more information about the Device Renewal Forum (DRF) visit www.devicerenewalforum.org, email info@devicerenewalforum.org or call +1 (714) 708-1351.

About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2011 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in its 2011 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint. To learn more about Sprint programs that protect the environment, go to www.sprint.com/responsibility or follow @SprintGreenNews on Twitter.

About Brightstar Corp.
Brightstar is the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading provider of diversified services focused on enhancing the performance and profitability of the key participants in the wireless device value chain. The company supports over 80,000 points of sale worldwide with operations in 51 countries and territories and provides a comprehensive range of more than 100 customized services for value-added distribution, supply chain optimization, retail, government and value-added resellers (VARs), and consumer services. Brightstar’s services help customers manage the growing complexity of the wireless device value chain and enable them to increase product availability, expand their channel reach and drive supply chain efficiencies by getting the right products to the right place at the right time for the best value.

About eRecyclingCorps
eRecyclingCorps (eRC) is the world’s leading provider of carrier-grade wireless device trade-in solutions. Founded in 2009 to provide a scalable model to repurpose and reuse perceptually obsolete devices, eRC partners with global wireless carriers and retailers to provide instant, in-store trade-in credit. eRC renews devices to stringent certification standards and sells them to consumers in developing countries at an affordable price thereby bridging the digital divide.  eRC will complete more than five million wireless trades worldwide in 2012. For more information, please visit erecyclingcorps.com.

About ModusLink Global Solutions
ModusLink Global Solutions, Inc. designs and executes global value chain strategies to solve clients’ cost, time-to-market, customer satisfaction and revenue objectives. Our supply chain, aftermarket, e-Business and entitlement management solutions support the end-to-end product lifecycles of the world’s leading technology and consumer goods companies. ModusLink has more than 25 years of experience executing complex supply chain processes such as sourcing, configuration and fulfillment. We can manage these critical functions seamlessly with a client’s global e-Business initiative or an integrated aftermarket program, including alternative channel recovery for at-risk inventory. Backed by a footprint of more than 25 solution centers in 15 countries, ModusLink clients can react quickly to shifting market dynamics impacting value chain performance and revenues. For more information about ModusLink’s flexible, scalable and sustainable solutions, visit www.moduslink.com or www.valueunchained.com, the blog for value chain professionals.

About CDG
The CDMA Development Group is a trade association formed to foster the worldwide development, implementation and use of CDMA and other complementary wireless solutions. Its member companies include many of the world’s leading service providers and equipment manufacturers. The primary activities of the CDG include development of advanced features and services, evolution of standards, technical education, advocacy, regulatory affairs, global roaming and device availability. Currently, there are more than 500 individuals working within various CDG industry initiatives. For information about the CDG visit www.cdg.org.

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