Only in India: a Muslim phone tells you where Mecca is

Only in India: a Muslim phone tells you where Mecca is
Now, we’re not completely sure if the Beyon I-Tel i786 is real. It looks like it (actually Google suggests it should be called the Beyonce I-Tel i786, but that would just be weird). If it is, though - then it’s from a galaxy far far away. It is the phone for Muslims

What? Yes. Let us explain - it’s not “just another feature phone.” Tailor-made for faithfuls avoiding the iPhone, Androids or whatever other smartphone you can think of on the market for some reason, the I-Tel i786 is packed with features.

"The name of the mobile has been approved by leading Islamic scholars of India because [786] is a very auspicious number for Muslims […] And as corporate social responsibility, we are offering 2.5 percent as Zakat – a kind of Islamic tax – for an NGO that helps needy and poor Muslim children get an education," I-Tel said for tech blog Penn Olson.

Reportedly, those are not just any features - they’re of course Muslim-centric. Some on the list include the Muslim Hijri calendar, a Qibla direction finder app (that points you to Muslim’s holy Mecca), Islamic ringtones and wallpapers and a Halal meat guide among others. Now, we don’t even remember the time when ringtones and wallpapers were cool (we try not to) and it seems adding direction to the Mecca on Google Maps would fit the purpose, so why would a separate phone with that appeal to anyone? This we don’t know.

It’s arriving in India of all places on November 12th carrying a pretty affordable $60 off contract price tag. Stateside release? Don’t even ask.

source: Penn Olson

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61 Comments

66. shan unregistered

I really fail to understand the intelectuals who really want to tweet about the phone fighting with each other. 786 is the auspicious number for not only to muslims but lot of hindus also find this number auspecious see Zanjeer And Kulee famous film of bollywood where a superstar himself follow thr relevance of this number. I don't find any company like LG,Samsung etc in the countries like Indonesia,Malaysia,UAE a company is thinking about muslim and launching a lower range mobile handset so that a common muslim people can buy the handset as the MRP is Rs2999 only. I have not found any company who's launching muslim handset and offering 2.5% jakat on every sale of his handset worldwide and offer the income to poor muslim uneducated childrens for their education. Do u still feel that u r real muslim dicouraging not to buy the handset as the money earned by the co. is invested for the walfare of the people. My question to the all intelectuals how many windows mobile can a poor muslims afford. I hope it is the fault of the company to think as corporate social responsibility for the humanity.

67. gauramit1973

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

u r right Mr. Shan, atleast someone is trying to do something for poor and uneducated children and not thinking for profits only

33. hepresearch unregistered

Okay, now that I'm done swatting the bigotry out of the way... my initial reason for posting here... Does it look to any of you like this phone, at least in the picture, is running Nokia's Series 40, either 5th or 6th Edition? Does anyone know exactly who the manufacturer is, anyway? The screen shot strikes me as straight Nokia Series 40... I can't tell if "BeYon" is the manufacturer name, model series name, and/or the carrier name... it is at least part of the model name, if we are to believe the initial report, but it could be any of these. Since the device is capable of finding the Qibla, does it have an onboard compass, have GPS, triangulate via the local network towers, or a combination of these features? Just curious...

27. LOL unregistered

i just wanna know how a discussion about a phone has lead into a war between commentators , i mean are you guys everywhere?? even in phone websites , racists , stupids , idiots , empty minded people , get a life people!!!

32. hepresearch unregistered

+1 @ LOL I come here to talk about phones and phone ideas. I end up spending more time here trying to make sense of things and help people stop hating each other. I don't go around doing this for my own health... I want to be here to talk about phones, and I came in here to comment on this phone idea. I cannot place my comment here without offending anyone until I have made it clear that I do not support hate or bigotry, and I will not stand idle and silent while people point fingers at each other over who hates who more... I did not come in here to see hate plastered all over this forum, and if I post what I wanted to initially, I have no clue who is going to try to jump down my throat and accuse me of bigotry or whatever... this is not a pleasant place when people choose to spew religious/ethnic hatred at each other over an "alleged picture" and "preliminary description" of a stupid phone! A phone!

26. killer unregistered

@bluedroid glad your dad was shot in the head. hope he was ass f**ked by the rifle that shot him you piece of s**t ass little fag boy bitch

31. hepresearch unregistered

No one should be glad about murder. You, my friend, are sick... come back after you do yourself a favor and get yourself some help. -1

34. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Must be a paki too.

37. hepresearch unregistered

Bigotry and hate does not require a particular ethnicity/nationality, nor is it limited to any one ethnicity/nationality. By assuming that it does/is, you are only looking more like the thing you are accusing the them of...

39. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

not really, I'd have no issues if those animals conformed to the county they are in-not rub that garbage in everyone's face. keep it at home or in paki land and i have no issues.

42. hepresearch unregistered

"those animals"... those animals? Neither you, nor I, are any better than them. Who gets to choose whether you, or I, are an "animal" or not? If you would stop them from practicing their religion in public, then you might even try to stop me from doing the same... am I allowed to pray in public? Am I allowed to wear the clothing, which is part of my religion, outside of my own home? If I say to another person, "love thy neighbor...", have I then committed a crime?

48. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

@killer You muslims don't even deserve a place in hell...underdog like you should be fed with pork and made to sleep with pigs in the mud and should be shot with bullets coated in pig fat and no paradise and no 72 virgins for you... Cool bullets check this link http://www.womanist-musings.com/2011/06/gun-company-produces-special-bullets-to.html

54. shammaa

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 04, 2011

look you peace of crap... i have been respecting you until this... muslims don't deserve a place in hell ? you ... have NO IDEA how i would like to make a new design, not only for your face, but your brain either... i swear if you were right beside me.. you'll be a dead piece of s**t... if you were a person who knows an atom in religion, you wouldn't have said these things... what are you?? a cow or an elephant with six foot worshiper ??? what ever you are, you don't deserve a life and i hope ALLAH yehdeek bas shaklak bala hoda w kafer w fee delal mobeen... allah ye5dak ....

56. hepresearch unregistered

Well goodness, I hope you all never manage to run into each other! Ever...

23. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

Happy I could help...

30. hepresearch unregistered

Who might you be helping? Who are you trying to help?

35. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

helping me know with a piece of mind that somebody is trying to do something about it

36. hepresearch unregistered

Somebody? Who? What are THEY doing about it? What are YOU doing about it?

38. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

im doing everything i can in my area. everybody should. They are being less tolerated in the UK...thats who. look it up.

40. hepresearch unregistered

If you mean that you are working to suppress the practice of Islam, then I will not be joining you. Passing laws that prevent a person from worshipping their god according to the dictates of their own conscience is unnecessary and wrong, and I will not support it myself. I know what is going on. I am not stupid or sheltered. Everything that "they" do to suppress their "enemy" will one day be turned upon innocent people everywhere. Supporting the "government" to do the dirty work on your behalf neither excuses you, nor helps you in the end... When I ask "What are YOU doing about it", I am not asking if you are voting for leaders who will "protect" you and your interests... I am asking what you are saying to others, what you are doing when you meet people you do not wish to tolerate, and to whom you give your time and talents to help find a "solution" to the problem.

41. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

like i said, i am not trying to suppress that s**t, just making sure it doesnt get rubbed in my face. Dont try and change everybody to it. Its a form of brainwashing and im not exactly a fan of that.

43. hepresearch unregistered

Who is trying to "force" you to change anything? You cannot be forced. It is simply impossible. You ALWAYS have and ALWAYS will have a choice. Even God does not force a man to heaven... the very universe we exist in is proof of that. So, do you think proselytizing should be illegal?

20. Bluedroid

Posts: 57; Member since: Sep 12, 2011

21. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Hahahahahaha this is gold! Bookmarked!

11. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

The extreme practitioners of many faiths regard the Internet as Satan's invention. It isn't just Muslims, but this phone allows you to be a sheep and not have to make your own choices. Not surprising, but as the first post points out, this kind of thing is nothing new. Go to any of the application stores / markets, search for almost any religion, and see what turns up. But then you're exposed to the Internet and all those things the ultras don't want their sheep to see or think about.

10. Gin unregistered

Man, that ain't nice. Just cause you're from Israel doesn't mean it gives you the right to look down on other religions. Come on guys! may i remind you this is phonearena? It is a site where you discuss phones and not showcase your inherent hatred for other races/religion. If you want to, you can do it somewhere else, bro! Sorry if you're offended but yeah.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

im pretty sure that because he is in Israel gives him every right. im sure he has to deal with zealot Muslims more than anyone in america. they mention a cheap ass phone who's only feature is to help muslims find mecca. You dont think that is going to bring out the inherent hate that many people have for muslims and the terrorists that spring for them? Most muslims are nice, but there is a large group that is ruining it for the rest. Not all muslims are terrorists.. .but all terrorists are muslims.

14. Minsk unregistered

Don't get me wrong, I am in no favour of these terrorists, most muslims also condemn their actions. Though I don't see a reason as to why people have to stereotype the rest of the people because of these black sheeps. And i do know the climate in Israel right now and I do believe it affects both parties equally. What I'm just saying is that we should not turn this site into another racist site. Just my two cents worth.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

racism is hating someone for the amount of melatonin in their skin, not for their religion. religion has spawned more hate than probably any other subject/object/person in history.

28. hepresearch unregistered

That is because there are false religions, and they are pervasive and influential. Would Jesus have asked Constantine to slaughter the first set of Christian leaders who failed to agree on doctrine at Nice? Would He have led the Crusades? Or, would He have commissioned the Inquisition? There are plenty of people out there who call themselves "Christian", but they prefer not to really know Him at all. These kinds of people exist in every "religion", regardless of whether their religion teaches the Truth or not. False religion teaches us that we are better than other people, that we should hate people who try to harm us, and that we should not respect the rights of others to make their own choices in life. True religion teaches us not to hate anyone for any reason. It is up to us to find True religion, and to choose whether we want to follow it or not once we have found it. Granted, there will always be those who call themselves by that religion and then fail to follow it, but that is their business. I believe that we can get above this difficulty, and live by the Truth when we find it.

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