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SA Gets First "Green" Mobile Phone
Source: The Good News
Source Date: Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 08, 2010

Developed by Vodafone, the VF 247 enables people to benefit from mobile communications even in areas where electricity is scarce.

"Cellphones are the primary means of communication for millions of South Africans, and thanks to our association with Vodafone - we're able to supply this new solar-powered handset - which makes it as easy and practical as possible for people to connect," Vodacom South Africa MD Shameel Joosub said last week.

The VF 247 is designed with an integrated solar panel, saving users both time and money. The special built-in Sun Boost software ensures that the phone charges even when it's not in direct sunlight.

"In many communities, electricity supplies are intermittent or non-existent, but with this new handset, people won't have to worry about when they are next going to be able to charge the battery," said Joosub. Charging the phone in sunlight for an hour or two every day should be enough to cover the power needs for average users, but if the battery runs low the phone can be topped up with a traditional mains power charger.

"It's so simple and obvious, but the combination of solar power and a low-cost handset will hopefully make a big difference," Joosub added.

The VF 247 is an easy-to-use device that offers all the basic voice and text features along with FM radio, torch and a colour display. The handset has been fitted with a high-temperature battery that can safely withstand increased operational temperatures. To prevent it from failure, an additional temperature protection is also embedded which will switch off any charging should the battery exceed the safe temperature.

The phone is in the market, retailing at R 349.00 at participating Vodashops and  Vodacom4U stores.

 

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