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Samsung India Announces First Solar-Powered Mobile Phone

Posted By Cameron Scott On June 28, 2010 @ 1:11 pm In Architecture,Environment,global development,Greener Gadgets,Innovation,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 5 Comments

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Imagine living in a poor rural area or urban slum [2] with sporadic or no electricity: the reality is, you would still need a cell phone [3]. 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 [4] are also working [5] on solar-powered phones.

With free electricity [6], the phone will save users money and make them more available for economic opportunities.

+ Samsung India [7]

Via Times of India [8]

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/06/samsung-guru2.jpg

[2] urban slum: http://inhabitat.com/2010/06/02/brilliant-favela-paintings-energize-neighborhoods/

[3] cell phone: http://www.inhabitat.com/index.php?s=cell+phones

[4] companies: http://inhabitat.com/2009/03/05/lg-answers-the-green-call-with-a-yet-to-be-named-solar-powered-handset/

[5] working: http://inhabitat.com/2010/01/25/coming-soon-solar-powered-ipods-iphones/

[6] electricity: http://www.inhabitat.com/energy/

[7] + Samsung India: http://www.samsung.com/in/

[8] Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/personal-tech/gadget-special/Worlds-first-solar-powered-cellphone/articleshow/6100719.cms

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