Japan’s First Solar Powered Mobile PhonePublished on April 23rd, 2009.
KDDI who has been working together with Okinawa Cellular has announced that they will release Japan’s first solar powered mobile phone already in June this year. The phone is created by Sharp and apart from being powered by the sun, it’s also waterproof. The solar panel is installed on the top of the phone and about 10 minutes of sunlight is enough for 1 minute of talk time, and up to 2 hours of stand-by time. So yeah, 1 hour in the sun equals 6 minutes of talk time which isn’t too good, but the stand-by time is quite incredible.
They haven’t announced a price for it yet, but I wouldn’t expect it to be cheap. They don’t mention if it’s possible to charge it the old fashion way so I’m guessing that’s not possible, which means, if you’re in an emergency on a cloudy day, you’re screwed. But if it’s possible, it would be great if it could use the sun as it’s primary power source but don’t rely on it completely.
Either way, as I care for the environment a lot and like being as green as I can, I think this is great news!