India jumps on the handset bandwagon

Intel is teaming up with BPL Telecom of India and starting a joint venture company that will make dual-purpose GSM mobile-cum-WiFi phones in India. The details are sketchy, except these phones are for the US market place. BPL Telecom also has a licensing arrangement with Texas Instruments to source mobile chipsets to make entry-level cellular phones at its Palakkad unit in Kerala. Another Indian company, Munoth Communications has been selling cell phones for about eight months now, selling about 1,000 units a month, though I suspect they are getting all the manufacturing done somewhere in Korea. Which makes it pretty much pointless.

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