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Samsung India Announces First Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

by , 06/28/10

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Imagine living in a poor rural area or urban slum with sporadic or no electricity: the reality is, you would still need a cell phone. Today, Samsung India launched the first solar-powered phone, the Solar Guru, which allows users to charge the phone anywhere the sun is shining — and in India, that’s most places. The Guru is the first solar mobile phone to hit the market, and, at $60, it’s designed to be affordable as well.

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One hour of solar charging provides 5 to 10 minutes of talk time. It takes 40 hours to get a full charge — a number that will most likely come down as the technology is refined. Other mobile phone companies are also working on solar-powered phones.

With free electricity, the phone will save users money and make them more available for economic opportunities.

+ Samsung India

Via Times of India

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3 Comments

  1. karanamreshwar September 14, 2010 at 7:57 am

    joining

  2. Ranjeet_Rain August 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    \”and in India, that’s most places.\”

    What a stereotype. You haven\’t been to India, have you?

    I leave my desktop running round-the-clock without an UPS/CVT/Power stabilizer/Power conditioner or what-so-ever. Because I know there is going to be steady supply of electricity for weeks without fail.

  3. carlosmrsgoncalves June 30, 2010 at 8:02 am

    this was launched in India last year!Jun 2009…a bit outdated to post here don\’t you think?!

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