Kenya’s biggest mobile phone company, Safaricom Ltd., launched the nation’s first solar-charged phone this month. The handset comes with a regular electrical charger and a solar panel that charges the phone using the sun’s rays, company CEO Michael Joseph told CNN by telephone.
Retailing at about $35, the phones were manufactured by Chinese telecommunications company ZTE Corp. Safaricom plans to make an initial supply of 100,000 phones available.
“People are excited about these phones,” Joseph said. “I expect to be sold out in a week.”
Does anyone else find it awkward that environmentally conscious consumers are willing to pay a premium for a bottle of water from a country on the other side of the world where the inhabitants of that country die from lack of access to clean water?