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The latest entry into the market of cell phones with embedded solar cells is the POP from LG. The slick phone - very similar to the LG Dare - boasts an optional battery cover that is a solar cell, letting users charge up the battery with sunlight. The solar cell gathers enough charge in 10 minutes of sunlight to provide 2.25 minutes of talk time or 180 minutes of standby.
We always say this but it bears repeating - we aren't sure who is going to set their phone in the sun on purpose for an extended period of time. So unless you really need that 2.25 minutes of talk time, you're not likely to utilize the solar cell unless by accident as you have it sitting on a cafe table, or next to you on a park bench. Though if a user doesn't put it in the sun for terribly long, or at least not on a very hot day, then the accidental charge could help keep a battery topped off.
The Alternative Consumer also points out that green features include a notification to unplug your charger when the battery is full, that the phone is made without toxic materials like BFR and PVC, and the packaging is made from recycled materials and uses soy ink.
LG states that the LG GD510 (the formal name for the POP) will be available beginning in mid-October in Europe, followed by other markets. Prices will vary country-to-country and will be announced separately in each individual market, so we don't yet know what the solar power battery cover will cost users, or when it will come to US markets.
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