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The Register: Indian 'Simputer' to Bridge Digital Divide

Mar 29, 2004, 18:00 (9 Talkback[s])


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"In a nation where only nine in 1,000 people own a computer, a long-awaited device has finally been launched to bring the poor into the information age.

"The so-called Simputer, a [Linux-based] device which has been discussed and hyped for three years, was finally launched last week in India with a price tag of slightly less than INR10,000 (€187 [US$227]). The Simputer is a bare-bones handheld computer that is designed to allow poorer Indians to access the Web, email and other basic computer functions..."

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