Cell phones for under $40

Two cell phone developers have announced supplies of cheap cell phones to emerging markets.
Hop-on, the developer of the worldâ€ââ€ÃƒÆ’¬¦šÃ‚¾Â¢s first disposable cell phone, has announced it has a sub-$40 cell phone for sale. The dual-band (900/1800 MHz) GSM cell phone is available for only US$36 in quantities of at least 10,000 units.
Hop-on.com iss {mosimage}Two cell phone developers have announced supplies of cheap cell phones to emerging markets.
Hop-on, the developer of the worldâ€ââ€ÃƒÆ’¬¦šÃ‚¾Â¢s first disposable cell phone, has announced it has a sub-$40 cell phone for sale. The dual-band (900/1800 MHz) GSM cell phone is available for only US$36 in quantities of at least 10,000 units.
Hop-on.com issued a statement about the HOP1803 model after mobile phone giant Motorola said it had been selected by the GSM Association, an industry body, to supply $40 handsets aimed at emerging markets.
Motorola announced it would be offering a family of products built on its new, Ultra-Low Cost C114 platform that is optimised for the durability, long talk time and design preferences of emerging markets. Motorola has committed itself to start delivering these products during the second quarter of 2005 at a price point below US$40 (ex-factory) and has a strategic intent to work with GSMA members to develop follow-on products at sub US$30 price points.
Hop-onâ€ââ€ÃƒÆ’¬¦šÃ‚¾Â¢s Model 1803 is a candy-bar style phone that includes such features as SMS messaging, 50 phone book entries, 15 ring tones, four games, and a rechargeable lithium ion battery. It can be customised by downloading ring tones and pictures. Available languages include English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Dutch. The phone is currently available in the USA, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia and Russia.
Hop-on develops and markets wireless phones and accessories as well as wireless surveillance systems. Its product line includes the next generation CDMA2000 handsets and GSM/GPRS handsets.
In the future, the company also plans to release phones priced at $30, according to chief executive Dan Gannon.
Hop-on: Tel +1-949-756-9008; fax +1-949-756-9054; contact@hop-on.com Motorola: www.motorola.com Motorola Southern Africa: Tel +27 11 800 7800; fax 27 11 800 7891