Mobile phone manufacturer Samsung will release a version of the S5600 specially designed for Welsh speakers and will be exclusively available on Orange.
Samsung has developed an application for the handset that includes a dictionary of 44,000 Welsh words, that replaced English by Welsh in menus and predictive texts.
Mark Mitchinson, Vice President, Samsung Mobile, UK and Ireland said “This is another first for Samsung Mobile following the launch of the Irish language phone in 2008. Yet again it proves that Samsung is at the forefront of market driven change."
More than 600,000 people in England speak Welsh and the phone will be sold on pay on you go for £130 (free on pay monthly for £20 on 24-month contracts) from the 1st of September.
The S5600 Touchwiz is a popular 2.8-inch touchscreen model that comes with a 3-megapixel camera, HSDPA connectivity, FM radio, microSD card compatibility and runs Samsung's own proprietary OS.
It will be available in Wales initially before being made available elsewhere across the United Kingdom. It is not known whether other networks or manufactures will also release similar models.
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Alun Ffred Jones, Wales’ Minister for Heritage, told the press that “It’s important to be able to have services and technology available in the language so that people can live their lives through the medium of Welsh.”
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