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$10 Cell Phone Coming Soon?

We've been hearing about ultra low-cost cell phones for a long time. But it looks like the wait may soon be over. The Berkeley Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), is reportedly working with handset makers in Taiwan to build a cell phone with a $10 price tag targeted at the developing world.
We've been hearing about ultra low-cost cell phones for a long time. But it looks like the wait may soon be over. The Berkeley Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), is reportedly working with handset makers in Taiwan to build a cell phone with a $10 price tag targeted at the developing world.CITRIS hasn't lined up anything concrete yet, but it looks like Quanta Computer, a big player in the One Laptop Per Child initiative, may get involved.

$10 seems like the right price point for this project. Brining the power of communications to the developing world is a noble and necessary goal. I wish the CITRIS folks all the best. Let's hope that $10 cell phone hits the market soon.

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