Onida Phone for India, Meant to Cost Less Than $5

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Philippe Daguillon is aware of the problems that India is facing and imagined a handset that will fit this market. He created the Onida cellphone, a very affordable handset, that’s supposed to cost less than $2. In India 80% of the population lives with $2 a day and can be illiterate, according to the designer.

This is a phone for illiterate persons, share in the Indian community and packing a low price. I don’t mean any of these as an insult to India, these are pure statistics. The cover for the Onida phone is also a wallet and as you can see the device is very simple, with a small display showing signal, battery, time and carrier, with some numeric keys, a messaging button, a call and end call button and an up and down button. Considering the fact that the idea of the Aakash tablet with a $35 price tag came to life in India, maybe this phone will be turned to reality, too.

I know we have a lot of readers from India. How do you feel about this phone and do you consider it will help the poor population of the country?

[via Behance]