Many leading mobile phone vendors have understood the importance of exit market products that meet and need autonomy and battery charge in difficult conditions because still there are countries which have to face the problem of electricity.
In order to pursue their profit and the natural course of things a number of Indian vendors are offering other ways to work around the electricity problem in India, including extended battery life of 30 days on their phones, dual mode mobile phones that can use regular alkaline batteries when users run out of charge on their mobile batteries.
As well known the people has to face with an unstable and frequent power cuts in most Indian cities and in semi-urban areas acces to electricity is difficult, “requiring people sometimes to walk long distances to find a power point to charge their phones”, said Ruchika Batra, a spokeswoman for Samsung in India. So Samsung launched a dual-powered phone called Solar Guru in June last year, priced at 2,799 rupees ($60-£39). The mobile phone could be charged by solar power or mains electricity. “We found that the phone was popular in the cities as well” and also”We still see great opportunity in a solar powered product,” Batra said.
But just a few days ago Samsung officially joined the “Go Green team” and launched their first and Cheap Solar Powered Mobile Phone called Samsung Crest Solar or Samsung E1107. It has a large solar panel on the back which can provide up to 10 minutes of talk time from every hour it spends in the sun and will only cost you $59 United States dollars on the Asian Market and no word on how much it will cost in States or other countries.
By solar phone probably you mean a simple gadget but the Samsung Crest Solar features include a camera, Mp3 Player, FM Radio, Games and a flashlight, an AC Adapter. The Samsung E1107 also features Samsung’s proprietary Mobile Tracker which alerts the relevant authorities in case of an emergency with a SOS signal.
Another example of going solar is Vodafone India, which introduces this week its solar power mobile phone VF 247 as response to unreliable energy supply in many parts of the country. The VF 247 solar powered phone, made by Chinese phone and network equipment manufacturer ZTE, can be charged in sunlight or ambient light, or from mains electricity, according to a company spokesman. It will go on sale in India in about one month and a half, priced at about 1,500 Indian rupees ($32 or £20). From the other sources, the phone is likely to go on sale in a number of countries, starting with India and South Africa.
Nokia is also working on products to address the requirement of users who do not have easy access to mains electricity to charge their phones. The company unveiled a bicycle charger kit in Nairobi, Kenya, in June, which it uses a small dynamo or electrical generator, powered by the rotation of the bicycle wheel, to charge a phone, the kit would be available before year end.
The last but not least is LG’s solar powered handset which still promises to use green packaging for this handset and also print it’s user manuals with soy ink on recycled paper. LG’s eco friendly phone has a solar pannel on its battery cover and gives you 3 minutes of talk time for every 10 minutes it is exposed to the sunlight.
Let’s wait each of producers prove us their values and give us finally better products.