Korean mobile phone makers ship ultra-cheap sets to India

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

More affordable mobile phones are heading to India and other poorer countries, thanks to two Korean cell phone makers. ROSE Telecom and Kedcom have announced that they are shipping 100,000 phones for just $30 each to India's Reliance Infocomm.

As you would imagine, these low-cost phones just have basic features. The small phones have a 1.5" color screen, basic text messaging, and no Bluetooth or multimedia playback.

ROSE Telecom and Kedcom are planning on eventually shipping 6 million phones by 2009. Nokia and Motorola have already begun selling similarly priced phones to India.