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Islamic SIM to be showcased in Africa | The African World http://www.theafricanworld.tv/2013/11/06/islamic-sim-to-be-showcased-i... Wednesday , 22 January 2014 Opinion Home Entertainment Business Contact Interesting Africans Development Travel Technology News Sports Health Mobile Money World News TV Programs Search... Video Reports About Us Magazine Sample Breaking News Eltek establishes so Editor’s Pick Insider steals and sells credit card data of 20m South Koreans Russian teen accused of writing Target malware French Senate holds bitcoin hearing World Bank: Africa’s economy picking up Digital Money will save the world’s poor It’s Time for Africa to Rise A new SIM-based application designed to offer a range of functions to users of even lower end feature phones will be showcased at Africa Com in Cape Town next week. Poll reveals 77% of people won’t use smartphone cheque deposit apps The Islamic SIM Service (ISS), designed by Greek electrical engineer Yiannis Hatzopoulis, enables users to track the direction of the Kaa’bah, receive accurate prayer timing, convert dates between Gregorian and Arabic calendars and automatically ban incoming calls during prayer time. The SIM will be showcased at Africa Com in Cape Town from 12 – 14 November. Hatzopoulis says the Islamic SIM Service is currently under scrutiny by mobile operators in several countries, but that it would be premature to speculate on its distribution in Africa. He says the ISS came about after he noted the success of LG’s Islamic phones in 2009, and saw a gap in the market for good Islamic services running on generic feature phones. He says: “I realised that I could pack most of the functions of an Islamic phone inside a SIM card, to turn any casual feature phone into an Islamic phone, simply through the swap of its SIM card.” He says he elected to release the functionality in a GSM SIM rather than a smartphone app, because around a billion GSM feature phones are in use in Asia and Africa, due to their low prices, long battery lives and ease of use. Find us on Facebook “Also, there are places where the networks have not been upgraded to 3G, 1 of 3 22/01/2014 03:59 μμ

Islamic SIM to be showcased in Africa | The African World http://www.theafricanworld.tv/2013/11/06/islamic-sim-to-be-showcased-i... which can support a functional smartphone with Islamic apps; and in most places prepaid connections and high churn rates exist. The SIM is cheap, so this type of product offering could be used as a utility gadget by mobile networks, to attract those users that could not really afford an Islamic phone or smartphone, but would find it convenient to introduce Islamic features in their existing GSM phones,” says Hatzopoulis. The concept prototype was submitted to SIMagine, a development and business plan contest event run by SIMAlliance (www.simalliance.org) in 2010. The project won a Best Mobile App award that year, which subsequently led to contacts with SIM manufacturers, who eventually provided resources to build the first network connected samples for market evaluation. Follow us Hatzopoulis is now working with leading manufacturer Bluefish Technologies on the project. “This SIM basically offers on plain-vanilla feature phones what you get on an Islamic phone/smartphone, minus the Quoran text. We get a dial-aQuoran voice recital instead with the SIM.” The service is location independent and enables the user to find the direction even when roaming, with the new prayer times and direction automatically calculated and sent to the subscriber vie SMS or MMS. Poll of the week Poll of the Week With the rise in malware attacks, do you still feel safe doing online transactions? Yes No He notes that not only can operators generate customer loyalty through the service, they can also offer it as a subscription service or increase ARPU due to the increased SMS usage. Other Vote Share ! tweet View Results Featured Video Related Articles Central African Republic assembly elects Bangui mayor as interim president IBM to invest $1.2bn to expand global cloud New law in Nigeria bans gay meetings January 20, 2014 January 14, 2014 Securing Liberty – Forging Unity : The History of the Organization of African Unity January 20, 2014 FOCUS African World Interview with Mauritius Ambassador to the USA Exclusive 2 of 3 22/01/2014 03:59 μμ

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