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Nokia reveals bicycle-powered charger, new cheap phones


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Nokia on Thursday,  has launched the different facents of four new cheap phone models plus a battery charger powered by the energy generated from riding a bicycle.

The charger, has a two millimeter charger jack, uses a dynamo to generate electricity from the movement of the wheels, and fits to any Nokia phones, Nokia said.

"Bicycles are the most widespread means of transport in many markets around the world, so this is just one more benefit to be gained from an activity people are already doing," Alex Lambeek, Vice President at Nokia, said.

According to Nokia spokesman, the price of the new product will vary according to market.  The charger kit will also include a holder that will secure the phone to the bicycle. In countries like Kenya,  the price would be around 15 euros which is 18.43 in dollars.

To start the process, a cyclist needs six kilometers per hour (four miles per hour), and while charging times will vary depending on battery model, a 10 minute journey at 10 kmh produces around 28 minutes of talk time or 37 hours of standby time, the spokesman said. The more speed, the more battery life you generate.

Deliveries of the phone models, priced at 30-45 euros, will kick off by September.