I started this post over one month ago with the high-minded intention of buying a replacement cell phone that was perhaps "less bad" for the world than others out there. Fast forward to a week or so ago and I bagged the research and went with what the IT guy said a few of the people in the office had already purchased, a Blackberry 8830. After searching Research in Motion's website for "e-waste", "product take back", and "recycling", I found something akin to a recycling program from 2003, the HopeLine program. Reality; I bailed on the research and just went with the easy choice someone else made for me.
I am not sure how I lost the Motorola Q, but it's gone. I think I left it on top of my car and drove away. Either it was smashed when it landed, smashed when it was run over by another car, or picked up by a passer-by and...who knows what.
Before I gave up on my green cell phone quest (one does not exist), I did find a few mentions of phones that may have been a little better.
LG Cyon, RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) compliance makes it "green"