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Motorola Renew W233 Prepaid Phone, Green (T-Mobile)

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  • World's first mobile phone made using plastics comprised of recycled water bottles--case is 100 percent recyclable
  • Pay for just the minutes you use with no annual contract--easy refill via Internet or prepaid cards
  • Handsfree speakerphone; text and picture messaging; MP3 player; CrystalTalk technology reduces background noise
  • Up to 9 hours of talk time, up to 432 hours (18 days) of standby time
  • What's in the Box: handset, battery, charger, quick start guide, user manual
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Technical Details

  • Size (LWH): 3.84 inches, 1.91 inches, 0.94 inches
  • Weight: 4.16 ounces
  • Network Compatibility: GSM
  • Minimum Rated Talk Time: 390 minutes
  • Minimum Rated Standby Time: 200 hours
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
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Product Description

Product Description

The Motorola W233 Renew is made of 100 percent recycled materials - namely plastic water bottles - and energy efficient charger. The eco friendly Renew features an MP3 player, microSD memory card slot good for up to 2GB, CrystalTalk technology, T9 predictive text, MMS and SMS text messaging, and speakerphone.


Stay in touch with all your contacts and keep your busy life organized with the Motorola Renew W233, and pay the way you want with prepaid and postpaid calling plans from T-Mobile Pay As You Go. You'll get all the communication features you expect from Motorola while reducing your carbon footprint. Not only is the plastic housing of Renew made from plastics comprised of recycled water bottles and 100 percent recyclable, but it is also the world's first carbon neutral phone.

The Motorola Renew is the world's first mobile phone made using plastics comprised of recycled water bottles.
A great phone for those just looking for the basics in mobile communication, the Renew will keep you connected to your closest friends and family members with T-Mobiles myFaves (offering unlimited calls to your five most-used phone numbers) as well as via SMS text and MMS multimedia messaging. The phone also features Motorola's CrystalTalk technology to helps reduce background noise, a speakerphone for handsfree conversations, digital audio player, MicroSD memory expansion (to 2 GB), and up to 9 hours of talk time

T-Mobile Pay As You Go Prepaid Service
T-Mobile prepaid plans give you wireless access with less commitment, so you can pay--and talk--as you go. With no annual contract, no credit check, and no monthly bill, prepaid plans are a simple, direct way to go mobile. There are many ways to conveniently refill your T-Mobile Prepaid Plan so that you can stay continually connected with the people who matter most, including using web2go directly from your phone, via the T-Mobile web site, or using refill cards available at over 90,000 locations nationwide.

With Pay As You Go, you get wireless service exactly how you like it--there's no long-term contract, no credit checks, and no surprises. Add $100 in refills with Pay As You Go and you'll become a Gold Rewards customer, which gets you 15 percent more minutes on all refills and your minutes won't expire for a year after the time you refill.

You can also pay only $1.00 per day for unlimited nights and unlimited nationwide calling to any T-Mobile number. All other domestic calls you make are just 10¢ per minute.

T-Mobile includes the following services with this T-Mobile Pay As You Go phone:

  • Nationwide long distance (including calls to Alaska and Hawaii)
  • National roaming on the T-Mobile USA network
  • T-Mobile web2go (free shopping for HiFi Ringers, MegaTones, wallpapers, and more; not available on all devices)
  • VoiceMail, caller ID, call waiting, three-way calling
  • Free e-mail address (10digitnumber@tmomail.net)
Additional services available for additional fees:
  • Text messaging ($0.20 to send, $0.20 to receive)
  • Picture messaging ($0.20 to send or receive)
  • Download ringtones and wallpaper (prices vary)
  • Download games and applications (prices vary)
  • 411 & More directory assistance ($1.49 per call plus airtime)
  • International dialing to over 150 countries (international rates apply)
  • Prepaid international roaming rates
To keep your mobile number active, refill within 90 days after your minutes expire. After 90 days, your account will be canceled and you will lose your phone number. If you want to restart service after that time, you will need to activate new service.

It's also compatible with T-Mobile's myFaves service, which allows you to call up to five of your most common contacts--on any network, even landlines--without using any of your minutes. Learn more about myFaves from T-Mobile.

Phone Features
If your eco-conscience has been nagging you lately, the environmentally responsible Motorola Renew was designed for you. The phone made from 25 percent post consumer recycled plastics, and its plastic case is 100 percent recyclable. It's also the world's first carbon neutral phone. Through an alliance with Carbonfund.org, Motorola offsets the carbon dioxide required to manufacture, distribute and operate the phone through investments in renewable energy sources and reforestation. The phone has earned Carbonfund.org's CarbonFree Product Certification after an extensive product life-cycle assessment.

A no-frills communicator, the Renew is a great mobile voice and text/picture messaging companion.
The box packaging has been reduced by 22 percent in comparison with standard Motorola packaging. Additionally, the reduced package size and weight helps to reduce transportation emissions. Minimizing its carbon footprint through energy, transportation and material efficiencies this device does its part reduce its climate impact.

A no-frills communication partner for your on-the-go lifestyle, the candybar-style Renew has a 1.6-inch LCD screen (128 x 128 pixels, 65K colors) and a standard alpha-numeric keypad. Sitting between the keypad and display are a four-way navigator, send/end keys, two soft navigation keys, and a dedicated digital audio player key. The phone has a small amount of internal memory--enough to store 500 contact entries as well as ringtones and other information--and it can be expanded via optional MicroSD memory cards (up to 2 GB in size). The phonebook can store multiple numbers per contact entry and is compatible with ringer groups as well as photo/ringer ID. Other features include the most recent 10 dialed/received/missed phone calls, a protected USB port on the right side, and a protected headphone jack (2.5mm) on the left side.

Motorola's innovative CrystalTalk technology automatically accounts for background noise during a call and adjusts the audio quality based on ambient noise conditions to provide the optimal conversational experience. CrystalTalk also reduces the volume of the background noise picked up by the microphone during a call, making it possible to be more easily heard over the phone while in a noisy environment.

If you need text messaging capabilities, the Renew has you covered as support is built-in for sending and receiving SMS and MMS messages. T9 predictive text entry, a technology that makes it easier for people to enter words and text on handsets, is built-into the unit--a plus for text messaging users.

Other features include:

  • GPRS data connectivity
  • Handsfree speakerphone
  • Polyphonic and MP3 ringtones
  • Vibrating alert
  • Digital audio player compatible with MP3 files
  • Tools: Alarm clock, calculator, calendar, voice memo
  • Downloadable games (Java MIDP 2.0)
  • Web browser (WAP 2.0/xHTML)

Vital Statistics
The Motorola Renew weighs 2.93 ounces and measures 4.37 x 1.77 x 0.58 inches. Its lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9 hours of talk time, and up to 18 days of standby time. It runs on the 850/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS frequencies.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.9 x 0.9 inches ; 4.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0026IC8JU
  • Item model number: W233 Renew
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #461,291 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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Customer Reviews

Either way he's learning, and it's a good basic phone.
P. Hawley
Has been working well for me for about the last year and still going strong even though I have dropped in the dog water bowl several times!
Natascha McCants
I can't figure out how to turn off the annoying little jangley chirpy sound when I plug or unplug it in to charge.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By cyberpsycho on June 29, 2009
I don't spend a lot of time on the phone, but it has become increasingly important for people to reach me while I'm away from home, or out of the office. After researching the options, a prepaid phone seemed to be the best choice. No monthly bills, or long term commitment, for a device that would be used infrequently, plus the T-Mobile $100 for 1000 minutes prepaid plan gives me more than enough talk time, and I have up to a year to use it. Anything not used within that period can be rolled over provided you add more minutes before the year is up. Additional minutes can be easily purchased online, over the phone, or at store locations around the country.

The Moto W233 has surprisingly clear audio, along with a well amplified speaker, and strong signal quality. Nine hour talk time, eighteen hour standby on the battery. The screens are intuitive and simple, albeit quite basic. Included in the box is a pamphlet style "quick start" guide, however, a full version of the product manual is available on the Motorola web site.

The address book and calendar are adequate, and new contacts and phone numbers can be added from the T-Mobile web site, as well as through the dial pad. With the optional micro SD card you can also store photos and music on the device. The downside is that the screen resolution is far too poor, and too small, for viewing anything other than clipart style images. In other words, don't bother downloading your Flickr jpeg collection to this phone. You will be very disappointed.

The headphone jack is smaller than a standard earphone plug, so forget about using your favorite iPod earbuds with this one. Fortunately, a decent pair of buds are included in the box.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2009
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I needed a replacement phone immediately. Because I *completely* resent the $18 'upgrade' fee T-Mobile charges on top of the cost of a new phone, I've decided to buy unlocked or non contracted phones from now on. I didn't know what kind of 'good' phone I wanted, so I bought this as a stand in... I just slid my regular sim card in when it arrived and I was good to go (i.e. I did not use any sort of pay as you go, pre-paid service with it).

The good:

It works. It makes calls. Calls are clear. It was a cheap filler phone and I'll hang on to it for that purpose again. There's a music player which works well.

There are two fun games included with it--sodoku and tetris--which work well and don't seem to be 'demos'.

The not great but dealable:

No bluetooth, no email client. It's a cheap phone, so not having those things wasn't unexpected but I realized how much I'd grown to like both of those things.

The memory expansion card is underneath the battery--not very convenient.

The battery itself is a REALLY tight fit...I've never had one which is so hard to remove (which makes dealing with the memory card more of a pain than I'm used to.

The not so great stuff that I didn't like about the design which goes beyond the it's 'it's a basic phone' explanation:

The headphone jack isn't a 'standard' one...and the included earbuds are utter crap so I've really missed my stereo bluetooth ones. It's a shame because the music player itself isn't bad.

The photo viewer is a disappointment. Pictures don't fill the screen well and take forever to load. Waste of time.

Perhaps the most significant is that I've had a LOT of phones and this has the tightest, most uncomfortable key configuration.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Hawley on May 24, 2009
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I bought this phone for my son's first phone. He's 11, but will be doing a lot of camps this summer so I wanted him to have a way to call if needed. With the pre-paid option, I can give him a $10 per month phone allowance. He gets to demonstrate that he CAN be responsible, but it's not a huge thing if he loses it. Either way he's learning, and it's a good basic phone. Nice voice quality. Good volume. I'm sure he'll have the MP3 features figured out soon.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By H. T. on June 5, 2009
I bought this phone to replace a much more expensive Nokia phone which I lost. And I end up enjoying this phone so much more than the previous phone. For a basic mobile phone, the Motorola Renew is the best. The battery life is very impressive. Motorola claims you can talk on it for 9 hours. I guess it depends on other factors as well. If you only want a cheap basic mobile phone which does its job well, this is your perfect choice. Its carbon-neutral status is definitely an incentive to buy. However, even if it wasn't a "green" phone, it would still be a very good buy. If you're still in doubt about this phone (as a replacement or a prepaid), just go for it. I think you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AllThingsTech on June 25, 2009
I bought this phone to replace a samsung phone which is broken because it drops whenever I get out my car. However, this motorola phone is cheap and provide almost the same features as my old phone just that its not a camera or video phone. The music is really loud and clear, and the battery does not run out quick. I am the 1st to get it in my neighborhood when it came out, and have bought a few people one too. People don't even believe it's only 30 bucks in the store. I'll definately recommend it to anyone.

*Also, I've dropped this phone a few times and the battery cover just comes off. Screen did not break or crack!
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