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Samsung Announces the E1107 Crest Solar Phone

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Jun 11, 2009, 12:22 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Today Samsung announced a solar-powered mobile phone called the E1107 Crest Solar. The E1107 is able to charge the battery via the sun, and can provide 5 to 10 minutes of talk time for every hour it charges. The entire back of the phone is covered the with the solar panel necessary to collect the sun's rays. The E1107 has dual-band 800/1900 GSM/EDGE and FM radios, as well as an MP3 player, GPS, a torch light and Mobile Tracker application. The Crest Solar will be on sale in select markets later this month. Pricing wasn't disclosed.

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Jun 11, 2009, 9:37 PM

Sounds like you'd be charging your phone for about a week...

Clearly it's more of an emergency/backup type feature. For example you're stranded with a dead car battery.

After all, most people keep their phones in a case, pocket, or purse so solar charging isn't really a good option.

However, if you rea...
Eric M. Zeman

Jun 11, 2009, 12:31 PM

Full Press Release from Samsung

Samsung leads solar panel mobile market with the launch of Crest Solar (E1107)

Seoul, Korea, June 10, 2009 - Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, today announced its first solar powered mobile phone, the “Crest Solar” (E1107). The new handset enables its users to charge the battery anywhere the sun is shining when electricity is unavailable.

“The Crest Solar represents our effort and commitment to strengthen our leadership in the solar panel mobile market,” said Executive Vice President JK Shin, head of the Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics.

“With Samsung’s cutting edge technology and consumer-oriented strategy, I believe the Crest Solar will be the perfect fit for anyone in any mark...
800/1900??? It will work in the USA at 1900? That is great. A solar powered world phone even if just 2 bands.
a phone that takes weeks to charge, decides which calls it wants to notify me for and reminds me everytime i forget to pray that god is watchin! Rolling Eyes

Jun 11, 2009, 6:42 PM

other phones; plug and play

I wonder if you could take this apart and stick that solar panel on other phones. Looks about the size of a nokia 2600/2610. Then I could sell them for ATT.
Why not just sell this phone as-is on AT&T? If it's really GSM 800(850)/1900, it would work.
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