Vodafone had a global announcement concerning its new own-brand phones back in April. And then, almost everyone focused on the Android-powered 845. However, hidden in that press release was a little solar-powered gem called the Vodafone 247.
Now Vodafone Essar has announced that the 247 will be available in India starting next month for the very, very low price of Rs. 1500 (that’s $32!).
The phone is very basic and aimed at rural communities where access to electricity isn’t what it should be. In fact, it’s reported that a third of Indians don’t have electricity at all.
The Vodafone 247 needs 8 hours of direct sunlight to fully charge. Once charged, it can go on for 8 days of standby and 4 hours of talk time.
Among its other features are an FM radio and a powerful torch.
This phone has the potential to be the best selling Vodafone-branded handset ever. And quite easily.
It will be the first phone for millions of people and will enable wireless communication even where there’s never any electricity.
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