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Nokia to pilot solar phone charger this week in Africa

Most of use take electricity for granted, and we especially think that access to electrical outlets is everywhere. That is certainly not the case in other parts of the world, especially in third world countries where the infrastructure is not as built up as it is in the Western part of the world.

Today, Nokia announced it will launch a pilot program this week in parts of Africa to help some residents to charge up their mobile phones without needing to find an electrical outlet. In a post on the Nokia Conversations blog, company rep Ian Delaney revealed Nokia's plans for the Portable Solar Charger project.

Delaney stated, "The charger uses a thin film panel, and it comes with a 3 meter long cable and 2mm Nokia plug interface. It’s highly portable at just 93g, and just one minute of charging offers around two minutes of talk time."

Residents of Kenya and Nigeria have been picked to participate in this pilot program, with Delaney stating, "[...] recent World Bank reports indicate that only 16 and 51 per cent of Kenyans and Nigerians respectively had regular access to electricity between 2007 and 2011." There is no word on when Nokia will offer this product in other parts of the world.

Source: Nokia Conversations blog | Image via Nokia

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