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ISPWorld: India's 'Poor-Friendly' Simputer Set for May Rollout

Mar 07, 2002, 19:12 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anshuman Daga)
"Built by the non-profit Simputer Trust, the device is slightly larger than a regular handheld PC, and uses the free-to-use Linux operating system.

Its software is expected to aid farmers seeking to know commodity prices and beat middlemen and also provide speech recognition in regional languages to help illiterate rural folk.

At $250, the Simputer will be three times cheaper than a PC, and cost about the same as a color TV set, a price level which is expected to help spread computers to the corners of India, two-thirds of whose one billion people live in rural areas."

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