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Is the iPhone the "Jesus Phone" and if so who said so .... ? [May. 9th, 2008|09:19 am]
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(picture borrowed from Computerworld)

The Ilkone I-800 mobile phone from Ilkone Asia plays its own call to prayer and other features for Muslim users. (Photo courtesy of Ilkone Asia.)

Which religion has the best mobile (cellular) phone - Computerworld (link)..

Mike Elgan 18/4/2008

That there is no Christian mobile phone may surprise you. In fact, Christians lead the world in mobile phone accessories and software, including mobile phone stickers and cases, ringtones and Bible-related content specific to phones. So it's easy for Christians to assemble their own faith-based mobile phones from widely available "parts." But, to the best of my knowledge, nobody is selling a pre-packaged "Christian mobile phone" designed to be marketed to Christians.

Also note that, Apple iPhone is sometimes referred to as the "Jesus phone," it's not a Christian mobile phone per se, and thus cannot be included in this little contest of mine.

That leaves us with the top three contenders: Islam, Buddhism and Judaism. So here they are, listed in reverse order: The top three religious mobile phones.

Number 3.. Jewish cellular phone(s)

The phone is inaccurately referred to in the Israeli press as the "Kosher Phone." A gadget can't actually be "Kosher," but it does come with the approval of what is, essentially, a censorship board called the Rabbinical Committee for Communications.

Number 2.. Muslim cellular phone(s)

There are several Muslim mobile phones available in various countries. The best I've found is made by a Singapore-based company called Ilkone Asia. Called the Ilkone I-800, the phone not only plays its own "call to prayer" at the appropriate times, but points toward Mecca and plays recorded prayers over the speakerphone.

The phone also comes with the full text of the Quran in both Arabic and English.

Number 3.. Bhuddist cellular phone(s)

The best religious mobile phone in the world is made for Buddhists. This highly modified and rare Nokia N70 is currently available only in China. Like other religious mobile phones, the Buddhist phone has Buddhist ringtones, software and other trappings. What sets this phone apart from the pack is the sheer beauty and detail of the customization.

Mike Elgan writes about technology and global tech culture.

with a hint of a nod and wink to Senator Conroy