Nokia Life Tools take off in India
Here's a fine example of how meaningful services do not always need to be the latest hi-tech. Nokia Life Tools is a device and service bundle for rural India, and works even on the most low-cost devices because it's based on SMS. The service has a graphical user interface so the user does not need to send any messages, instead the sms's work in the background.
The service is first available on Nokia 2330 and Nokia 2323 S40 devices. The most appealing feature - in my opinion - is the Agriculture service which allows farmers to check information on seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, market prices, and weather. This is a tremendous help for people who previously had to rely on word of mouth, or newspapers that potentially could be days or weeks old.
Another nice feature is the Education service. This service is most beneficial to teachers in remote villages. They can get help for themselves as well as for their students with English language learning, General Knowledge, Exam preparations and results, and career information and tips. Because the Life Tools service itself is available in 10 different languages (Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Bengali, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Hindi, English), it is a valuable tool for basic English learning in rural areas.
Life Tools includes of course the traditional entertainment services like your horoscope, ringtones etc. And, being in India, real time cricket scores are naturally available.
Got interested? Read more in the datasheet.