Tuesday, February 17, 2009

ZTE Develops Low Cost Solar Handset for Digicel

ZTE unveiled a low-cost solar-powered mobile phone using proprietary technology from Dutch-based innovator Intivation. Digicel will begin offering the new Coral-200-Solar in June. Pricing and technical details were not disclosed.

Since early 2008, Digicel has been providing its customers with low-cost or free portable solar chargers in many markets.

The companies noted that there are an estimated two billion people who have limited or no access to electricity. The population of many emerging markets in which Digicel provides cellular services will benefit greatly by access to a mobile handset that can be powered by the sun, or by electric power when it is available.

Since our launch in 2001, Digicel has become the largest mobile telecommunications operator in the Caribbean and a recent new entrant to the Central American mobile market. It also serves markets in the South Pacific.

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