Linc Concept Phone by Greener Grass

The Greener Grass has done it again, coming up with yet another awesome way of helping the environment using good design. I posted about their Current State iPhone Concept earlier this month, but now they’ve got a phone idea that’s all their own.

The concept is called Linc, and while it looks and does everything like an iPhone, that’s not what makes it cool. What makes it stand out is that device already has its life planned out for it. Basically you lease the Linc for about a year until they send you a new one with all the fancy upgrades that usually come along a year later. You then sync all of the data from your existing phone to the new one, then ship your old one away to be recycled. Their idea is that older Linc’s could be disassembled Johnny 5 style and the materials could be re-used for future versions of the phone.

I personally think this could work simply because they make it look so easy to do. I mean, they would send you the cool new phone that makes your out-dated phone look antiquated! And getting your existing info onto your new phone would be a breeze as well. One thing they would definitely need to include is a system that wipes all the info off of your phone, I know I wouldn’t want someone getting my phone numbers off my old phone. It would be cool if Apple could implement some sort of program like this, thought I’m not quite sure how well it would go over with people.

Would you pay a monthly leasing fee instead of one big sum to be up-to-date with the coolest phone and help the environment?

Check out more photos of the Linc under the cut.


6 Comments Linc Concept Phone by Greener Grass

  1. Jeff February 28, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    now i just want to watch GATTACA instead of study right now…

  2. jacob February 28, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Interesting concept… but it’s seem wasteful to get new hardware every year.

    What if the guts or components deemed most upgradeable were in a swappable package…

    or.. the hardware was just that amazing that software updates would work.

    An annual shipping, disassembly for recycling, etc. just seems a bit wasteful and extreme.

    my 2 cents…

  3. Michael Roller February 29, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Thanks for posting our work.

    Jacob – to answer your question: The hardware returned to the manufacturer can continue to be reused until its obsolete. Once its unusable, the manufacturer is then responsible for disposal. So the heavy metals in the phone never end up in landfills.

    The beauty of the service model is that you could keep your phone longer than 1 year if you wanted to, but most people are getting new phones every 6 months, so we also wanted to accomodate them.

  4. Peter March 1, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    I think this is really great. I love the design, and i love the idea of someone taking care of recycling my things for me, the best way possible.

    If this became a reality i would really hope to see it on the european market as well.

    To me, (a danish guy, with no possible acces to an iphone whatsoever) this is a really interresting alternative to an iphone.

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  6. morgy December 10, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    this looks so fucking cool

    i have to have it

    this or the nokia aeon

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