Government run telecom major BSNL recently launched a low cost smartphone for common man dubbed as “Bharat Phone”. The main objective behind the launch of this smartphone is to enable a large section of population to use java based e-governance applications. Branded as “Bharat Phone”, the device has all the bare minimum specifications at a low cost of Rs. 1,099, so that common man can afford it. It has a a 3 inch display and also boasts of dual SIM functionality.
“The low-cost mobile device will alter the Indian feature phone industry as it has been designed especially for e-governance applications and optimised for internet access to empower common man,” BSNL chairman R.K. Upadhyay said on the occasion. Further adding Upadhyay said “As the phone is pre-bundled with attractive voice plan, the mobile handset offers common man the power of internet access at an affordable price and will benefit a wide section of society.
Low cost tablet manufacturer Pantel Technologies Ltd. is involved in the designing and development of the low cost smartphone. Bharat Phone uses a proprietary Java Based operation system which is suitable for user applications such as mobile banking, tele-healthcare delivery and streaming data delivery. According to Pantel managing director Vijender Singh, the phone has facility to browse, e-mail, to check Facebook and download music, video and Java games
“Besides facility for dual SIM card, the phone is equipped with 1.3 mega pixel rear camera, Bluetooth for quick sharing of files, a lithium-ion battery with eight-hour charge and 15 days standby, 64MB random access memeory (RAM) and 64MB of internal storage, SMS scheduler, multimedia gaming and mobile tracker,” Singh said.