Orange and Samsung launch Welsh language phone

August 5, 2009

Orange and Samsung launch Welsh language phone
Orange and Samsung will launch the first mobile phone in Welsh later this year, titled the Samsung S5600, which will be available only on Orange from September 1st onwards for both monthly contract users and pay as you go users.

The Samsung mobile contains about 44,000 Welsh words that allow the menus to be displayed in Welsh and for predictive text to be featured on the mobile.

Wales Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred, stated that the new mobile will be welcome in Wales since it is important to have technology in the Welsh language, so that people can identify with their roots and live their lives using the language of their culture.

For those who are interested in purchasing the mobile, it will be available free with a 24 month Orange contract that costs users £19.57 a month or £14.98 a month depending on the data features you choose to use.

It also can be purchased as an Orange pay as you go mobile for £129.

Outside of the new Samsung mobile, the National Eisteddfod also released a new iPhone app for those who want to learn Welsh on the go.

Both the Samsung mobile and the Welsh iPhone app were officially revealed to the public in Bala, Gwynedd.

The phrase book for the iPhone application can be downloaded from iTunes, and the Samsung mobile can be picked up from stores in Wales, although eventually it will be added to the list of mobiles that are available online on Orange’s website as well.


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