T-Mobile USA Joins Device Renewal Forum
Blancco, ecoATM, ERS International and FutureDial Also Among New DRF Members
Creating a "Gold Standard" for Refurbished Smartphones, Feature Phones and
COSTA MESA, Calif., April 8, 2013
COSTA MESA, Calif., April 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Device Renewal Forum
(DRF) today announced that T-Mobile USA has joined the organization, which has
created a global, industry-standard framework for refurbished mobile devices.
The DRF's goal is to provide the best practices, auditing safeguards and
certification marks necessary to increase global refurbishment rates far
beyond the current 10 percent.
T-Mobile USA, Blancco, ecoATM, ERS International and FutureDial are among the
companies that have joined the DRF this year. The DRF's other major Q1
milestone includes publishing 'DRF Device Renewal and Acceptance Criteria,' a
global standard for renewing and accepting smartphones, feature phones and
"With more than 33 million customers, T-Mobile USA will play an important role
in educating U.S. mobile users about the environmental and economic benefits
of device renewal," said Perry LaForge, DRF chairman. "We look forward to
working with T-Mobile USA's leadership to preserve the environment and double
the market for renewed mobile devices over the next five years."
"Since 2011, T-Mobile USA's handset recycling program has diverted millions of
phones from landfills and junk drawers," said Dennis Pettit, Director of
Reverse Logistics for T-Mobile USA. "By joining the DRF, we're taking this
commitment to the next level and expanding access to high-quality renewed
devices in the U.S. and abroad."
Device Renewal Forum (DRF) is a trade association formed to expand the growth
of the renewed wireless devices market by establishing a global and
technology-agnostic "gold standard" for renewing, testing and certifying
refurbished wireless devices. The DRF's goal is to ensure that only
high-quality and properly functioning devices reenter the marketplace. By
using industry best practices to renew, test and certify refurbished wireless
devices, the demand for affordable phones can be fulfilled, while preserving
consumer expectations, wireless network integrity and the environment. Its
member companies include many of the world's leading service providers,
distributors, device manufacturers, resellers, recyclers and reverse logistics
companies. For information about the DRF, visit www.DeviceRenewalForum.org.
Contact: Valerie Christopherson or
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