Nokia mounts bikes for mobile charging

Nokia mounts bikes for mobile charging

Summary: The handset maker has launched an innovative phone-charging kit powered by a bicycle dynamo and dual-SIM phones, among a range of mobile products aimed at emerging markets

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  • Nokia has launched a range of low-cost phones, including two with dual-SIM capacity, and an innovative phone-charging kit for cyclists. The handset manufacturer, which has a major presence in emerging markets, held the launch in Nairobi on Thursday.

    The Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit provides a charger, a dynamo and a holder for securing the handset to the bike's handlebars. Most Nokia phones can be charged using the system, as long as they use the manufacturer's 2mm charging jack.

    "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," Nokia vice president Alex Lambeek said in a statement. "This is a great solution to a real challenge, whether people will use it due to limited access to electricity or to be more environmentally responsible."

    According to Nokia, the charging kit will be available before the end of the year.

  • Several new Nokia C-series handsets were introduced on Thursday, including the two dual-SIM phones.

    Although some relatively obscure Asian manufacturers have been making dual-SIM handsets for a while, the devices have remained rare in western markets. The Nokia C1, pictured above, costs €30 (£25) before taxes and subsidies. Due for release in the third quarter of 2010, it can take two SIM cards, which the user can switch between by holding down one of the keys.

    "This enables them to take advantage of reduced call rates, flexibility when traveling from one country to another, or helps with sharing a phone within a family and still use their own SIM," Lambeek said. "This is a great added convenience feature, considering the low price of the phone."

    According to the manufacturer, the C1 has the longest ever stand-by time for a Nokia phone, at six weeks.

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Topics: Mobility, Smartphones

David Meyer

About David Meyer

David Meyer is a freelance technology journalist. He fell into journalism when he realised his musical career wouldn't pay the bills. David's main focus is on communications, as well as internet technologies, regulation and mobile devices.

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