Friday, June 04, 2010
Just what Papua New Guinea needs
From PAUL OATES
Just what PNG needs in the bush. I wonder if they can be introduced ASAP?. I read somewhere that any country that has something like 22% ownership of mobile phones will never become a dictatorship due to good and fast communications.
(in today's on line news)
Nokia unveils pedal-powered phones
a.. From correspondents in Helsinki
b.. From: AAP
c.. June 03, 2010 6:12PM
THE world's top mobile phone maker Nokia today released details of four new cheap phone models and a battery charger powered by the energy generated from riding a bicycle.
The charger, which can be fitted into any Nokia phone with a 2mm charger jack, uses a dynamo to generate electricity from the movement of the wheels, Nokia said in a statement.
"Bicycles are the most widespread means of transport in many markets around the world, so this is just one more benefit to be gained from an activity people are already doing," Alex Lambeek, Vice President at Nokia, said in the statement.
The price of the charger kit, which also includes a holder for securing the phone to the bicycle, will vary according to market, but in countries like Kenya, where the product was introduced today, it would be around 15 euros ($22), a Nokia spokesman said.
To begin charging, a cyclist needs to travel around 6km/h, and while charging times will vary depending on battery model, a 10-minute journey at 10km/h produces around 28 minutes of talk time or 37 hours of standby time, the spokesman said.
The faster you ride, the more battery life you generate. The charger is set to become available through selected retailers and the company's online store before the end of the year, Nokia said.
The four new phones it also introduced in Kenya today target developing markets, a key growth area for the Finnish company, and also contain features designed for the needs of people in countries where access to electricity is limited, such as a six-week battery standby time.