Urdu language compatible Nokia phone, price Rs 2,500

Mobile handset maker Nokia released a low-cost device with Urdu language capability in the country on Thursday.

Nokia launches Rs 2,500 phone with Urdu capability
Nokia launches Rs 2,500 phone with Urdu capability

The device which targets the 150 million Urdu speaking residents of the country is priced at around Rs 2,500 and will offer services such as messaging, Internet access etc in Urdu.

The company offers several Indian language interface in some of its models. Nokia already had the Urdu capability due to its operations in West Asian countries and Pakistan, which has been customised for the Indian dialect.

P Balaji, managing director of Nokia India said that Nokia is the first mobile company to support content and user interface in 11 Indian languages in India. “Introducing Urdu Keymat in Nokia 114 is another such initiative to reach out to our customer across the country.”

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He added that the company was prompted to launch the product on a special request by minister of communications and information technology Kapil Sibal.

The company will initially target states which have high Urdu speaking population such as Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh among a few others.

Present at the event, Sibal said that it will benefit the Urdu speaking population in the country, which is one of the largest in the world. There are several initiatives running from the ministry of communications and IT to extend the usage of the language for the Internet, Sibal added.

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It is often argued that one of the primary reasons for the high digital divide in the country is due to unavailability of content in local languages. Just about 10% of India’s 1.2 billion population uses the Internet.

This comes at the backdrop of reports that the poll-bound government is planning to distribute 25 million mobile phones and 9 million tablets with the aim of bridging the digital divide in the country.

The event also marks the first launch by the company after Microsoft announced it was acquiring Nokia in a $7.2 billion deal last week.

Source : business-standard.com

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